The Mountaineer Alliance

Three months ago, in my December blog, I mentioned the Mountaineer Alliance and that we’re planning on rolling it out to select cities across the country. As I write this blog, I am on an airplane heading to Austin where we will begin that rollout at the end of the week. So, you ask, what is the Mountaineer Alliance? 

The Mountaineer Alliance is our business-to-business network designed to move Alumni and WV forward while creating economic opportunity and a secure tomorrow for future generations. It was originally conceived two years ago by our leaders of the National Capital Area Alumni Chapter. Their idea was to find a way for Mountaineer business owners/leaders to help other Mountaineer business owners/leaders be successful in their businesses while also helping the University and the State. The founders’ vision is that by working together we can help each other grow, expand, and thrive in the business environment.

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WVU Connect: Lending a Helping Hand

The Mountaineer experience has a way of capturing one’s heart. No matter where we called home prior to WVU, we leave with a shared passion, dedication, and loyalty to West Virginia ingrained in our character. 

We see this every day at the Alumni Association as we work to provide life-long support to Mountaineers everywhere. When we do this well, we help to create greater success in the lives of all Mountaineers as well as a secure tomorrow for future generations.

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WVU Alumni Association Roadmap for 2018

As the snow falls ever so delicately, I’ve been enjoying an unusually quiet morning with a cup of joe and a wonderful view of snow-covered Morgantown. What’s on my mind are the graduates who will walk the stage in a few days and how our Alumni Association will live up to our pledge of providing life-long support to these newly graduated Mountaineers.

This last year was a transformative one for the Alumni Association. We launched new programs such as our smartphone app, WVU Connect, and the Mountaineer Alliance. We expanded opportunities to meet fellow Mountaineers through national networking day and the launch of several new chapters. We engaged students with life-lesson opportunities through seminars and one-on-one meetings with alumni, and we tried new concepts such as our FanFest football tailgate, family adventure camp at Snowshoe, and the opening of an Alumni Store.

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WVU Connect: By the Numbers

Have you logged into wvuconnect.com yet? You might want to check it out!

Just a few months into its launch, WVU Connect has been a powerful force by engaging Mountaineers in professional development, intentional mentorship, and social connection. In the spirit of empowering Mountaineers to help Mountaineers, we have seen the impact that our community can have when helping one other find paths to success.

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WVU Day of Giving

It’s truly incredible what we can all do together.

Each day, I am humbled by the stunning generosity of Mountaineers around the globe.

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Providing Support for Alumni, University and State

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.

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Help Mountaineers affected by Hurricane 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.

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Gearing Up for Football Season

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.

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The Mountaineer Alumni Network

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.

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WVU Mountaineer Camps

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.

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