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!