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From the President's Desk

A Monthly Update from President and CEO, Sean Frisbee


September 2017

Greetings Mountaineers!

 As we watch our beloved Mountaineers on the gridiron and wait for the fall colors to arrive, we’re hard at work finding new ways to support our alumni and friends, the University, and the state of West Virginia.

 Most recently, WVU joined a collaborative with Marshall University and the state called West Virginia Forward to identify opportunities that will diversify and strengthen the economy of the state. This West Virginia Forward collaborative partnered with the McKinsey consulting firm and spent the last several months traveling the state, holding workshops, and completing detailed data analysis to develop a roadmap for our future.

 Strengthening the West Virginia economy will be no easy task and it will take a diverse group of stakeholders to move from roadmap to reality. The WVU Alumni Association, representing over 200,000 graduates, will play a vital role in moving West Virginia Forward while creating economic opportunity and a secure tomorrow for future generations.

 Our Alumni Association is the connective tissue between West Virginia and the many graduates who have moved away to pursue their careers. In the future, we want to keep our graduates in West Virginia and the best way to do this is to enable economic growth and job creation. Harnessing the knowledge, skills, wisdom, talents and treasure of our alumni will play a vital role in helping us find innovative solutions to achieve our goals.

 The first step to success is turning our 200,000 graduates and 150,000 friends into an active network. We’ve launched two programs aimed at developing that network:

 WVU Connect – think of WVU Connect as LinkedIn for Mountaineers. It’s an online tool designed for Mountaineers to help Mountaineers. Need to find a mentor? Want to hire an experienced Mountaineer? Need some help learning about an industry? Want to connect with your classmates? WVU Connect is the place to go. Each of you will be receiving an invite over the next couple of weeks to join WVU Connect and I look forward to engaging with you on the site.

 Mountaineer Alliance – The Alliance is a business-to-business network of Mountaineers created by our Alumni Chapter in Washington, D.C. This professional network of business owners/leaders, experts and thought leaders, and senior government officials was created to support economic opportunities for our alumni, the University and the State. It fits perfectly with the vision of the West Virginia Forward collaborative and we’re already seeing success. We are piloting this program in the DC Metro area this year with plans to roll it out to other locations in 2018.

 Thank you for all you do for West Virginia and West Virginia University! I hope to see each of you in Morgantown soon!

 Let’s Go!

Sean, ‘89


August 2017

Help Mountaineers affected by Hurricane Harvey

Harvey

We've heard from alumni across the country looking to help fellow Mountaineers in the Houston area. Our Lone Star (Houston) Chapter suggests that you support the Houston Food Bank. The organization covers a large range of counties surrounding Houston and can use the assistance. As recovery efforts progress, we will continue to coordinate with members of the local chapter and provide updates.  

Donate here.

August 2017 

Happy mid-summer greetings Mountaineer Nation! I hope you’re enjoying the warm weather and finding some time to relax. The atmosphere in Morgantown is still quiet, but that will change in less than two weeks when our students return to campus! In the meantime, we’ve been hard at work preparing for the fall and I wanted to give you a quick run-down on some of the programs we have planned for you.

 

·      Football Fan Fest – Brand new this fall is a whole new tailgating experience you’re going to love! We’re hosting Football Fan Fest in the Alumni Parking Lot beginning 3-hours before game time. We’ll have outdoor games, a la carte food trucks and beverage trucks, music and a whole lot more.

 

·      The Alumni Collection – Our new Alumni merchandise store grand opening will be the weekend of October 27th at the Erickson Alumni Center. We’ll have a pre-opening the weekend of September 9th, the first home game. Come by and check out the new merchandise we’ve been curating just for Alumni!

 

·      WVU Alumni Smartphone App – The Alumni Association is happy to announce our new app is up and running! The app features an alumni directory so you can connect with old friends, or make some new ones! Download by searching “WVU Alumni” in the iTunes Apple Store or Google Play store.

 

·      WVU Connect – Coming this fall is our new professional mentorship/networking program designed to help you connect with fellow Mountaineers. WVU Connect will include a jobs board, a directory of Mountaineers willing to help, as well as the latest University news. Stay tuned for an opportunity to be one of the first to try out WVU Connect!

 

This is just a glimpse into some of the events and programs planned for you this fall. I hope to see you in Morgantown soon and when you come to town please stop by your Alumni Center and check out our new Welcome Center and store—The Alumni Collection.

 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

Let’s Go!

Sean 

April 2017

 I hope you’re having a wonderful spring season like we are in Morgantown. The flowers, trees, and mountains just seem to be smiling—and so are our students! Next week is finals week and then the summer begins. In just two weeks our new graduates will be walking across the platform and beginning the next phase of their professional life.

 Yesterday I was talking to a small group of students and they were all telling me their plans. Some have jobs, some are off to graduate school and some are still looking. Many without jobs are moving to cities where they want to begin their careers with the hopes of finding something once they get there.

 In our discussion, we talked about the Mountaineer Alumni network. I helped them understand the importance of our Alumni Chapters and how those Chapters will provide them a friendly face and support their transition in a far-away land. Our Chapters are a great place for fellow Mountaineers to network, help each other out and simply fellowship with those who have common experiences.

 If you’re not part of a local chapter, please consider taking part in their activities. Let’s help all these newly minted graduates settle into the place they will now call home. I’m sure each of us remembers that time in our lives and I’m also sure we all could have used a little extra help. Let’s welcome the newest members of our Alumni family with open arms!

 You can find a list of our Chapters and points of contact on our website: http://www.alumni.wvu.edu/chapters. Our Chapter Leads eagerly await your call!

 Let’s Go!

 Sean

March 2017
Mountaineer Alumni—Check Out this New Tradition!

 Hey Mountaineer Nation, it’s been an incredible year so far, including some great alumni gatherings, remarkable success in our athletic programs, and anticipation for amazing spring weather! Now it’s time to join us for a new Mountaineer alumni tradition that will keep the excitement going—WVU Mountaineer Camps!

 Need a break from the heat in July and August? Join us at a cool 4848 feet on top of Snowshoe Mountain where the average summer temperature ranges between 55 and 75. We’ve teamed with Snowshoe Mountain Resort, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier 4-season destination, to offer Mountaineers the chance to enjoy the beautiful mountains of West Virginia through a range of activities and adventures. WVU Mountaineer Camps will take place in July and August and will offer two unique experiences.

 Family Camp: A Getaway for the Whole Family!

 Mountaineer families are one of a kind and so is our Family Camp, a week-long program that your whole family will love. While your kids enjoy supervised activities, you choose your own adventures! Horseback riding, standup paddle boarding, RZR off-road tours, sporting clay shooting, golf, downhill mountain biking, relaxing at the lake, and much much more are all part of this all-inclusive opportunity.

 Don’t worry, you’ll still get to tell your WVU tales over a lakeside campfire, enjoy chef-prepared meals, evening musical performances and other events centered on the whole family. I can’t wait for our Alumni Mountaineers to share these new experiences with our young and bright future Mountaineers!

 There are two sessions for Family Camp: July 2-9 and August 6-13

 We’ve Got Adventure Camp!

 Adventure Camp is 4 days of pure redline adrenaline! Thrill seekers will enjoy all the adventures from Family Camp—sporting clay shooting, one of the best downhill mountain bike parks in the East, the epic Raven Golf Course, off-road RAZRs, horseback riding, hiking, paddle boarding, and on and on. Of course, all that will be topped off with craft beer, dinner and wine at one of Snowshoe’s unbelievable restaurants. Following dinner, the party goes on with good drinks, good people, and good music from the WVU Bluegrass Band. And that’s just Day 1!

 Adventure Camp will take place July 13-16.

 Mountaineers that Bikes, Hikes, Swims, Eats and Adventures Together, Selfies Together!

 It’s a great day to be a Mountaineer wherever you may be, but it’s even better when you’re in the company of other Mountaineers!

 Mountaineer Camp is a great place to meet new Mountaineers friends and reminisce with old ones. At each camp, we’ll also have WVU faculty and staff on site to talk about their latest research, provide interesting educational seminars, and talk to you about life on campus in 2017. Of course, the Mountaineer will be at each camp to lead a few cheers and I hear one of our special guests is planning on picking a camp or two to teach a bow-tying class. Who wears bow-ties these days?!?! J

 I’m looking forward to seeing you on the beautiful cobblestone streets of Snowshoe Mountain Resort this summer! For more information and reservations visit http://www.alumni.wvu.edu/events/mountaineer-camps.

 

Let’s Go Camping!

-Sean

February 2017

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 christyn.hill@mail.wvu.edu.

 

Let’s Go!

Sean


January 2017

Happy Sesquicentennial Anniversary Mountaineer Nation!

 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!

 Let’s Go!

Sean