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Weekly Update 9/17/13

September 17, 2013

In the News:


UC once again ranked among the top Regional Colleges in the South according to the 2014 U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges and the Princeton Review’s2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “The University of Charleston is honored to be recognized yet again by U.S. News & World Report as a top Regional College in the South,” said President Welch. UC is number 19 of the 117 colleges that made the list.

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PASS is UC’s mentoring program that connects current UC students with alumni in their career path who are established professionals in your aspiring profession. Do you know students looking for networking opportunities, have questions about their respective job market, want someone to review your cover letter/resume, or simply need tips from the experts? Have them sign up today for more information:


Looking for a fun way to get fit? Join Kellie Lewis in the fitness center on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for free Zumba classes!

Upcoming Events:


The University of Charleston will host a panel discussion on Syria this Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Geary Student Union Appalachian Room, located on the second floor. The discussion, titled “Syria, a Human Tragedy: How Does the World Respond?,” will be moderated by UC President Ed Welch and feature experts on the various sides of the conflict. The event will also touch on whether the United States should intervene.

Panelists include: Director of the Washington, D.C, office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council Haris Tarin, West Virginia Patriots for Peace founder Rev. Jim Lewis, and UC political science program director and retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Brad Deel. The event will also include accounts from two dissident Syrian natives Ahed Al Hendi and Hadeel Kouki.

Professor Ray Yeager’s art show, titled “In Rerum Natura,” will be on display through November 14 in Bluefield College’s Art Gallery in Lansdell Hall. Open and free to the public, the exhibit will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend hours may be obtained by calling the BC Art Department at 276-326-4558 or by e-mailing the BC Office of Public Relations at Visit to learn more!

Washington Post writer, movie producer and author of the new book “The Butler: A Witness to History,” Wil Haygood will kick off the 2013-14 University of Charleston Speaker Series sponsored by Dow Chemical Company Foundation on Tuesday, Sept. 24th:

Cheering Section:


Ana Maria Pena was named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after going 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles at the Converse Classic.



The women’s soccer team beat Ashland 1-0 at home on Wednesday and tied Shepherd 1-1 on Sunday.



The men’s soccer team shut out Alderson-Broaddus 2-0 on Wednesday night.


tennisThe women’s tennis team beat Fairmont State for their first MEC victory Saturday afternoon.



The football team fell to Division I Southern Illinois 31-10 on Saturday.



The women’s cross country team won the Coastal Carolina Invitational with a total score of 27. Kourtney Willey was the top DII finisher coming in 11th place.



The women’s volleyball team finished the UC Invitational with a 2-1 record.


This Week in Sports:

  • The men’s and women’s soccer teams play at Notre Dame (Ohio) on Wednesday and Urbana University on Saturday.
  • The volleyball team heads to West Liberty for the weekend for the MEC/PSAC Crossover Tournament.
  • Women’s golf plays at Wooster Saturday and Sunday.
  • Women’s cross country is at Concord on Saturday.
  • Football is away at the University of Virginia @ Wise on Saturday afternoon.
  • The women’s tennis team is hosting the ITA Regional Tournament this weekend. Times and opponents to be announced.

The White Coat Ceremony

September 17, 2013

Receiving the privilege to wear a pharmacist’s white coat in only the first year of pharmacy school was a shock for me. I didn’t expect to receive my actual white coat until graduation. Getting our white coats early sets you into that mentality that you are already considered a professional starting the moment you entered pharmacy school.


Attending the white coat ceremony was amazing! Most of the families of my colleagues were there, so it was pleasant to meet them. If my parents were to have come, I’m sure they would have been proud to see their daughter go up on stage and receive the universal symbol of a pharmacist, shake hands with the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, sign the Pledge of Professionalism and recite it as well. [Elainie is from Texas, so it was a little far for her family to travel!]

I feel accomplished that I closed a chapter in my life, which was undergraduate, and now I am starting the transition into graduate school.

Elainie Martinez (Class of 2017)


Congrats Class of 2017!


What I Wish I Knew as a Freshman

September 6, 2013

UC students share what they wish they knew when they were freshmen in college.

New York City Bound – Enactus Partner Summit 2013

February 27, 2013

By Adam DeBriae

Final boarding call for US Airways flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Now wait.. where did this come from?? What is Enactus?? What is a partner summit??

Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) is a global organization that brings together the top leaders of both the business and academic world to create sustainable projects in local communities raising the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Our UC team currently is working on a wide variety of projects ranging from teaching diversity at the Boys and Girls Club to assisting a local small business with marketing endeavors.

As a sophomore and second year member of Enactus, it is hard to believe how much I have grown in less than two years. This year, in addition to serving as our team president, I have served as a grant writer, project leader, and as a teacher at the Boys and Girls club.

Last semester, I found out that Enactus USA would be holding a “Partner Summit” in New York to bring top Enactus students from across the country and high ranking business leaders to both network and share experiences. Each team could nominate two members for the summit chosen by the Faculty advisor, or Sam Walton Fellow. I did not think much of it to begin with (due to my class rank) until I received an email from our Sam Walton Fellow stating that I was one of the two students nominated from our UC team. Ecstatically, I submitted all requested materials along with my advisor’s nomination and waited to find out if I was one of thirty students selected from across the country. As winter break progressed, I felt more and more like I was not going to be picked. Then in early January, I received an email from Enactus USA letting me know that I was chosen to represent the University of Charleston at the New York City partner summit! I quickly called our UC Enactus advisor and, before I knew it, I was booked to go to New York City! As the date approached, I ensured I had all my networking materials, business cards, resumes, and notepad all ready to go.

On January 30th I had my best suit packed and headed off to Yeager Airport to fly to the city! I arrived in New York City and, after a short cab ride, arrived at my hotel just blocks from times square. As I waited for the start of the “Partner Summit” I was able to explore the heart of Times Square and, of course, do a bit of shopping! At 6:30 PM all of the Enactus students gathered in the hotel lobby to meet one another and head over to the Time Warner Building, the host site of the Summit. Wednesday Night served as a mixer-type event where the thirty Enactus students networked with around fifty business leaders. It was an amazing experience being able to talk to the Vice President of Hershey and the CEO of American Greetings, just to name a few of the corporate leaders I engaged with at the Summit.

After a great night of networking, Thursday served as a day where we were assigned a table with one other student along with a handful of guests. Sitting beside of me was Juan Servitje the president of Rich Products in Latin America, a major bakery/ distributor. It was very interesting to talk to Mr. Servitje, for he compared and contrasted the business climate in Mexico to that in the United States and told me about difficulties his company had experienced in the states, such as dealing with unions. At our table, discussion ensued about key issues like globalization, with perspectives from the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Business leaders from Unliever and Walmart were also seated at my table.

My favorite feature of the summit was listening to the winner of the Enactus Mexico Competition present on a business they had created from the ground up, which now employs 1500 people. Learning about the difference this team of students was able to make in the world was truly inspiring!

We finished the final day of the conference with a roundtable discussion about the effect of globalization and what impact it would make on us as individuals as well as on business as a whole. Each table shared some key points of their discussion and had to nominate one speaker and, of course, our table nominated was me! (It was kind of fun being able to stand and talk in front of all of those Presidents and Vice Presidents!)

As the “Partner Summit” came to a close, I knew it would be hard to return back to reality. Boarding the plane back to Charleston, I was still in awe of all the great people I met and the stories I had heard. The connections I made with other students and business leaders will last a lifetime. Every day that I think back to this opportunity and my experience, I am thankful for choosing the University of Charleston for my education!

PharmUC’s Drug Take-Back Program

December 17, 2012

Dr. Krista Capehart explains the importance of drug take-back programs at the UC School of Pharmacy, and how they benefit students.

For more information on the UC School of Pharmacy, visit:

Diagnosing Patients

December 7, 2012

Undergraduate students in Dr. John Robinson’s immunology lab learn how to diagnose and treat patients.

Singing for a Cause

November 29, 2012

Editor’s Note: The UC Holiday Gala takes place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. in Riggleman Hall’s Geary Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

By Andre Lore

The University of Charleston Concert Choir has a different mission this semester.  Rather than just singing beautifully, as we are still working hard to do, we have decided to go outside Keenan Music Hall and affect the lives of those less fortunate.  As many UC students know, the mission statement of the university is “preparing students for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement.”  The Concert Choir has decided that it is going to live the university’s mission statement this year, and help change the life of a child in need.  We are coming together, and as a group, raising money to give an impoverished child the gifts that have changed many of our lives: education and music.

Dr. Joseph Janisch spoke to the choir earlier this year about the possibility of adopting a child in need.  After taking a group vote, it was clear that we felt strongly about giving an impoverished child every opportunity he or she needs to succeed.  Having discussed some of the options and details, the choir decided to adopt a child for £35 a month—or roughly $50.  Given that there are over 20 members in the choir, it was decided that giving a little more than two dollars in spending money paled in comparison to having the chance to positively affect the life of a child.  Dr. Janisch acquired some information about the program, and found out that the children least likely to get adopted are teenagers.  The choir came to the consensus that it would be best to adopt a person who might otherwise be overlooked.  The question then becomes, “What does this child get for $50 a month?”

According to the African Children’s Choir’s website, when a group, such as UC’s choir, adopts a child, the child will receive a fully paid tuition to school, school supplies, school uniforms, and a meal every day until he/she graduates from high school.  The Music for Life Institute—the organization responsible for the African Children’s Choir—focuses on the needs of children in the African countries of Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, and South Sudan.  Giving only $50 a month, the education of a child, who might otherwise not receive one, is guaranteed kindergarten through graduation.  Recently, the choir received information on the teenager we adopted—Joash.

Joash is a 17-year-old boy from Uganda.  He, unlike many children in Africa, is not an orphan and lives with his parents.  Joash is currently in the tenth grade.  What does the donation of $50  mean to Joash? In his own words, “Life here in Uganda is not easy, but thanks to your help, I will be able to receive support in such areas as an education that will help me both now and later on in life, books, supplies, clothing, nourishment and medical care…”  The choir will continue to receive information on Joash and learn about his progress throughout the year.  To fully understand why UC’s choir adopted a child, it is important to hear from some of its members.

Many believe, and not incorrectly, that college students have little to spare.  In a time when we are all trying to scrap by to pay our own bills, what would possess us to give away money we desperately need? Chante Reeves, a sophomore, said, “Music has saved my life…Music helps me live that much more abundantly, so who am I not to lend a hand in the lives of those less privileged?”  Dr. Joe Janisch spoke very eloquently about the difference we were making in Joash’s life: “I saw this as a way to make a connection because music means so much to me, and it will mean so much to this child.  I also wanted the choir to see that they can make a difference in the world and empower a child to make a difference in his own life.  My life has been so blessed that it is my responsibility to be a blessing to others.”  The overwhelming majority of the choir shared the sentiment that it is our responsibility as citizens of the world to make a difference in the lives of others—especially when it can be accomplished by sharing our love of music.

Like the University of Charleston, the African Children’s Choir has its own mission statement and purpose: “Helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.”  By donating $50 , we not only help a child overcome his or her own obstacles today, but help enrich the lives of children for generations to come.  Education is the most powerful tool that can be given to a child, and this organization helps bring it to those who are in desperate need; all through the gift that is music.

For more information on the African Children’s Choir, please visit their website at

If you are interested in joining or hosting the University of Charleston’s Concert Choir for a concert, please contact Joe Janisch at


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