From the President's Desk
A Monthly Update from President and CEO, Sean Frisbee
WVU 50-Year Reunion!
Each year our Emeritus Club hosts a reunion to honor our 50-year graduates and this year the reunion will be held Friday and Saturday, June 2-4.
Emeritus weekend is one of my favorite weekends all year long at WVU. Alumni return from across the globe to reunite with their classmates and get a fresh look at their Alma Mater. The warm embrace of a long-lost classmate, the stories of WVU from years past, and the journeys taken over the course of a career make this event incredibly inspirational.
This year we’ll be honoring the class of 1967, known as the centennial class. In 1967 WVU was celebrating its 100th anniversary and I’m told there were all kinds of events and celebrations including a special commencement ceremony. I can’t wait to hear the stories and see some of the pictures and other items our Alumni bring with them!
We will also be honoring any graduate prior to 1967 that has not had an opportunity to be awarded their Emeritus medallion. If that is you, please attend! Last year we honored a graduate from the class of 1948. It sure was a treat to meet Cova Strickland Rexroad!
For those of you who do not meet the 50+ year criteria for the Emeritus Club, you’re welcome too! I assure you that you’ll be inspired as well after meeting our Alumni legends!
Information on Emeritus weekend and registration is available on our website: http://www.alumni.wvu.edu/events/graduate-emeritus. If you prefer to talk to someone please call Christyn Hill at 304-293-4731 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sesqui—what, you ask? That’s the fifty-cent word for 150th. On February 7th, WVU will celebrate its 150th anniversary! I wonder what Marmaduke Dent, our first graduate and first President of the Alumni Association, would think if he could see us now?
2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year. In addition to celebrating our 150th Anniversary you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for some exciting new Alumni Association programs and activities.
Next month, members will receive an e-mail for how to access the new WVU Savings Network providing discounts to over 300,000 national merchants across the U.S. If there are any restaurants or retail stores you’d like added from your local area just let us know and we’ll do our best to get them included in the WVU Savings Network.
We’re on track to release our custom built WVU Alumni smartphone app in about 90 days! This is designed to be your go to app for all things WVU Alumni. It will include your electronic membership card, news from WVU and your local Chapter, listing of alumni events across the country, mobile access to the WVU Savings Network, alumni directory so you can look up your classmates and friends, and alumni spotlight videos.
This summer you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a new tradition—WVU Mountaineer Camps! We’ve teamed with Snowshoe Mountain Resort to offer two varieties of camps: Mountaineer Family Camp and Mountaineer Adventure Camp. Horseback riding, golfing, 4-wheel ATVing, downhill mountain biking, sporting clay shooting, relaxing at the lake, and much more are all part of these all-inclusive opportunities.
Family Camp is a week-long program for the whole family to enjoy. While your kids bounce from activity to activity you choose your own adventures. Of course, you’ll still get to share your tales over a lakeside campfire, enjoy chef-prepared meals and participate in organized alumni camp events together.
At Adventure Camp we turn up the gain for four adrenaline-filled days of pure adventuring – WVU style. Camp is all about filling your lungs, testing your limits and seeing just how much fun you can string together in the name of unbridled Mountaineer pride!
Networking is one of the biggest benefits to being a member of the WVU Alumni Association. Our new smartphone app will make it easier than ever to network, but we’re also continuing our work on building a mentoring program. Whether you’re a senior in undergrad, at mid-career, about to retire, or anywhere in between, chances are you can benefit from the guidance and advice of others. Look for the launch of the WVU Alumni Mentoring program later in the year.
Happy New Year to all our WVU Alumni and best wishes for a fantastic 2017!