Next Wednesday, November 13th, is an important day for the Alumni Association and West Virginia University. It’s our annual Day of Giving.
The amazon packages keep showing up at my door step. “What’s this?”, I ask my daughter... “Under-bed organizers.”
Since returning to West Virginia almost four years ago, I’ve enjoyed reuniting myself with the wonders of this beautiful state. Whether I’m running trails at Coopers Rock State Forest, skiing and mountain biking on Snowshoe Mountain, fishing the Elk River, backpacking in Dolly Sods, or riding my motorcycle through the majestic mountains, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and in truth, I’ve only touched the surface. There is so much to do, and our state has something for everyone!
We’re in full-swing summer mode at the Alumni Association. Our chapters across the country are holding family picnics, pig roasts, crab feasts, beach parties, shrimp boils, pepperoni roll bake-offs, and many other activities. Some chapters are going to baseball games and others are heading to the amusement park. You can discover what’s happening in your neck of the woods by visiting the events page on our website or downloading the WVU Alumni app for your smart phone.
Last week, I was spending time with a group of alumni and they were asking me about the alumni association, what we do, how we’re organized, etc. This discussion and their questions made me realize that perhaps we need to do a better job of discussing the fundamentals of our Alumni Association.
The place to begin is by answering the most basic question: “Why do we have an alumni association in the first place?” Our “why” has been consistent since we were formed in 1873 - to be a valuable asset for our alumni, the University and the state.
Spring is a great season in Morgantown! We’re seeing more sunshine, the trees and flowers are coming alive, the Gold-Blue Spring Game is just around the corner and in just over a month, the Class of 2019 will be celebrating commencement.
I was visiting our alumni chapter in The Villages, FL, last week and to my great surprise, Dr. Don Lyons and his wife, Dr. Migri Lyons, attended our events. Don was the Chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department when I attended WVU in the 1980s and Migri was a faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department.
Seeing Don again was truly special for me. I was able to express my gratitude for the important role he played in my decision to attend WVU.