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August 15, 2018


The Talon - August 14, 2018

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means a waste of time. ~John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894



On this day in history, the oldest known exactly dated printed book was published in 1457, and “Field and Stream” began publishing in 1873.


Steve Martin, that “Wild and Crazy Guy”, was born on this day in 1945.


In 1965, the Beatles appeared live on the Ed Sullivan show for the final time on this day (although the show wasn’t broadcast until September),


and Sonny and Cher hit Number 1 with “I Got You Babe”.






As Ed Sullivan used to say, we have a “really big shew”, so let’s get on with the Talon:



Reminder: Opening Session - tomorrow, August 15th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Ballroom (3rd floor of the Geary Student Union).  For those who are not on campus, please join the session via WebEx:


Join by phone 1-855-749-4750 US TOLL FREE

Access code: 313 018 252

Password: Eagles


President’s Perspective

Dear Colleagues,

Governor Justice’s recent efforts to take a different look at public higher education funding has generated much interest and discussion. I recently published an op ed in the Gazette-Mail suggesting that we also shine a light on the value of private colleges and universities. Here is some of what I shared.

What makes the private university experience so special? The list is actually quite long. Small class sizes, caring and accessible faculty, commitment to high-impact learning practices, personalized attention, and robust co-curricular activities are just a few examples of the student-focused experience most privates offer. Combined with great community engagement, loyal alumni, and commitments to diversity and inclusion, private colleges and universities have much to offer in contrast to the larger publics.

These factors undoubtedly help explain UC’s success, and why nationwide about 30% of all four-year undergraduate students are enrolled in private, non-profit colleges. To many people’s surprise, many privates are not more selective than publics, and they offer attractive financial packages that make attendance affordable for all types of students and families. UC’s mission to educate each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement knows no demographic, economic, or social limits.

That said, we will continue to face competitive and pricing pressures. Program and service innovations are essential for our future success, as is telling our story in compelling ways.

I look forward to discussing these themes with you at the Opening Session tomorrow!

Best regards,

Marty Roth


Screening of New Documentary

The director of Heroin(e) has produced a new documentary chronicling the lives of four men striving to break their drug habits. “Recovery Boys” will be shown in the Geary Auditorium August 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The screening is open and free to the public.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, and the UCSOP and WV Health Right will be offering free  HIV and Hepatitis C screenings on site from 5:00 - 7:00.


New Faces on Campus

A warm Golden Eagle welcome to Bridget May, the new Admissions Coordinator in our Physician Assistant Program, and Brittany Hill, helping with student accounts/third party billing in the Student Solutions Center.


New Programs

Pending approval, UC will soon be offering several new exciting programs for undergraduate students: Computational Biology Specialization, Computational Chemistry Specialization, Data Science (also available as a minor) and Homeland Security.


A Round of APP-plause

The UC Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life have  announced the launch of a new UCWV Events app. It’s available in the App Store, and will help you keep track of everything happening on campus. Never miss an event again!



Future Pharmacist

Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems, founding partners of the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards, announced the 30 selected finalists for the 2018 program, honoring remarkable pharmacists, student pharmacists, technicians, and industry advocates.  

Koffi Amegadje, University of Charleston, current School of Pharmacy student, and Andrew Van Deusen, PharmD, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy graduate and Rutgers Fellow at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, are both in the running for the Future Pharmacist award. Both will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Pharmacy Times magazine and on its website. The winner will be announced at a gala in early October.

Amegadje is a member of the three-person team behind VoixRx - the winning entry in both our I-3 Days competition and in the 2018 West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition. Van Deusen is the creator of “StudyLex”, a study assisting application for the Amazon Echo.



Compassionate Connection


"If a little shelter whose budget was less than a million dollars in rural West Virginia can become a lifesaving facility and sustain that and change their community, anyone can do it," said Chelsea Staley, in a video highlighting the receipt of a national award.


Staley is the Executive Director of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, and a UC MBA graduate.  


The Association won the 2017 Paul Jolly Compassion Award from PETCO, a national award for small to midsized organizations whose compassion for animals moved them to make a lifesaving difference. See their video here:    (Keep the tissues handy!)



A Reminder

If you have put in a job request lately, you may have noticed some changes, including a new address for accessing it:

Please note that the minimum due date for any job request is now 7 business days. Select a due date that is either the actual date or the date close to when you need the project. If there isn’t a specific date, choose one that provides the Communications Office as much time as possible. (Quick tip: Both the date needed and event date should be the same, or the system won’t accept the job.)

If you are unsure about how long a job might take and what an appropriate time frame would be, feel free to ask. Some types of jobs do take longer than others, and while the Communications office can generally accommodate most schedules, giving them as much time as possible would be appreciated.

While emergencies do happen and things can come up at the last minute, please remember that the Communications Office is completing jobs for the entire University, and often has a huge “to do” list to accomplish quickly. Job requests for same day, next day or even two days out can be very difficult - and puts already scheduled jobs behind.



Sports News


We can really claim our turf now - the installation of the new turf at University of Charleston stadium has been completed, and football practice has started. With new turf and a new scoreboard, football games will be even more exciting this season!

(Pictured, from left to right: UC Head Football Coach Pat Kirkland, Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring, Athletic Director Bren Stevens, UC President Marty Roth. Behind them, lots of excited UC football players.)



United Soccer Coaches has released the association’s national preseason rankings for men’s and women’s teams and, in NCAA-II, defending national champions University of Charleston starts the 2018 season where they finished last year, at No. 1.


Get your game face on! All of our fall sports are getting ready to start - so make plans to cheer them on as often as possible! Here are the dates/times for the first games:

Women’s Soccer - August 18, 11:00 a.m. against Ohio Dominican University

Football - August 30, 7:00 p.m. against West Virginia State University

Men’s Soccer - August 30, 8:30 p.m. against Saginaw Valley State University

Women’s Volleyball - August 31, 11:00 a.m. against Kutztown University (and at 7:00 p.m. against Shippensburg University)

For a complete schedule of all fall sports, go to


The University of Charleston Athletic Department, in partnership with West Virginia State Athletics, is beginning a three-year football sponsorship with Monarch Hotels (Fairfield Inn) of Charleston. The sponsorship is dedicated to the "Kanawha Classic", the yearly matchup between the cross-town rivals, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30.
"We are excited about our new three-year sponsorship deal with Monarch Hotels. This sponsorship is unique because it involves two athletic programs from the Mountain East Conference," said Stevens.



Save the Date:


Week of Welcome

Don’t forget our Week of Welcome is coming up:

August 26 - Hypnotic Intoxication (7:00 p.m., Geary Auditorium)

August 27 - EagleFest (4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Riverbank)

August 28 - BINGO (9:00 p.m., Ballroom)

August 29 - Sex Rules with Maria Falzone (8:00 p.m., Geary Auditorium)

August 30 - UC Organization Fair/Tailgate Party (1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Appalachian Room; Tailgate will be 5:30 ‘til kickoff, at UC Stadium)

August 31 - Food Truck Friday (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., GSU Circle)



Other Important Dates:


Move in Day for new and returning students: Friday, August 24

New Student Orientation will take place August 24-26.

First day of our brand new semester: Monday, August 27


UC Night at Live on the Levee happens Friday, August 31. Vanessa Collier and Tony Harrah & The Fly-Over States will be performing. If you have never been to a Live on the Levee event, it’s a great way to spend an evening. There are food and other vendors on Kanawha Boulevard beginning at 5:00, and the opening act begins at 6:30.


And Homecoming Weekend will be October 18-21. More details to come!




Tut, tut – did you forget to let us know what was happening in your world? Please let us know if you’ve been dancing by the Nile, or have something interesting, exciting, or fun going on; know someone who should be in the spotlight; or have a story idea for the Talon (or for Maroon & Gold or social media); please let us know about it. Send an email to .



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