While campus has been a bit quieter since Commencement last month, our chapters and interest groups around the country have been busy planning signature events, engaging alumni, and showing their communities what it means to be a Mountaineer. Our volunteers were forced to adapt when in-person programs were put on hold two years ago, but now we’re hitting the ground running and can’t wait to celebrate WVU in cities nationwide! Since I can’t highlight every event that’s being hosted this summer, be sure to visit our website to find gatherings in your hometown, or wherever you’ll be vacationing!Potomac Valley Meet and Greet | Friday, June 10
Our Potomac Valley Chapter is kicking off the summer with a meet and greet at Dig Deep Brewing Company in Cumberland, MD. I invite you to stop by, learn about your local chapter and some exciting things happening on campus, and connect with staff from the Alumni Association and local Mountaineers.
The Alumni Association has over 70 official chapters around the country, and we're excited to celebrate adding another to the list this month! If you're in the Fredericksburg, VA., area then come out to celebrate with us and other Mountaineers in the area!
As someone who's attended this event, I can confidently say this is one you don't want to miss. What's better than enjoying some BBQ, meeting new Mountaineers, and competing for the title of best pepperoni rolls in the area? Alumni and friends can enjoy it all while supporting the chapter's scholarship fund.
The Boone County Pig Roast has been around for 35 years and has provided hundreds of local students with scholarships to WVU. The event is well-known in the community and beyond and brings out WVU alumni and friends from around the region every year. In addition to enjoying BBQ and your favorite beverages, the event also includes a float down a local river and a virtual 5k run.
It doesn't matter the level of your game, if spending an afternoon on the course surrounded by fellow Mountaineers and supporting student scholarships is of interest to you, this is an event to consider in the Denver area. Our Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts several signature events annually, so keep an eye out for other activities in Colorado.
We also offer a variety of virtual events through the WVU Alumni Webinar series. Many of these offerings are designed to provide personal and professional advice and assistance from a variety of authors and subject matter experts. I would encourage you to visit ALC | WVU Alumni Association Webinars and Online Events to explore webinars scheduled through the end of July.
I also encourage you to check out the WVU Alumni Association Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund Scholarship Golf Tournament on July 29th. Benefitting WVU’s oldest scholarship program which provides needed financial aid to more than 500 deserving students annually, the tournament is a fun day of Mountaineer comradery that supports an important cause. You can learn more about the tournament by visiting the events section of our web page.
I've only touched on a few of the events happening this summer, to learn about more local offerings, visit the chapters section of our website and see what's going on in your area. Thank you to all of our chapter leaders, board members, and Mountaineers that have generously volunteered the time and talents to help us engage with alumni and friends across the country. It is our volunteer alumni leaders and constituents that participate in local alumni programming that help us keep Mountaineer spirit alive in all corners of our globe.
Kevin Berry ('94, '95)
WVU Vice President of Alumni Relations
CEO of the WVU Alumni Association, Inc.