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Shining a Spotlight

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Mountaineers everywhere are a making an impact. A few years ago, we created the WVU Alumni Spotlight series to showcase stories of our former students around the country who are positively representing West Virginia University in their lives, careers, and communities.

Our short film series began with LTC Dave Taylor, who was representing the Mountaineers by organizing and holding funerals for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. We’ve met scientists at NASA, Secret Service Agents, Hidden Figures, Pearl Harbor Survivors and philanthropists along the way. From small business owners in Charleston, WV, to presidents of major corporations, we’ve taken pride in sharing their success stories and celebrating their common thread - they are all Mountaineers.

No matter where we travel,  we meet new individuals who credit West Virginia University as a place of inspiration and comfort. Tomorrow, we’ll leave for New York City to host a Mountaineer Alliance networking event and a pre-game celebration for the WVU Men’s Basketball game on Saturday. I’m confident that we’ll meet a few more Mountaineers who deserved to be celebrated for all that they do.

When we first launched the short film series, we had no idea that we’d uncover story after story of proud alumni who are “going first” and changing the world because WVU changed theirs. As we approach a new year, we want to recognize more graduates whose stories have yet to be told.

We need your help to tell more stories - we’re on the lookout for Mountaineers who have gone above and beyond in representing both WVU and the state of West Virginia. If you know someone who is leading their field of expertise or has an inspiring story to tell, you can nominate a Mountaineer for our Alumni Spotlight Videos and podcast episodes by emailing

While you’re spending some time with the family this holiday season, do yourself a favor and take a moment to watch a few of our Spotlight videos - I’m filled with more and more Mountaineer pride every time I do.

Let’s Go!
Sean, ’89