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February 10 Higher Education Day 16 Black History Month Convocation : Dennis Rahiim Watson 10:30 AM Ferrell Hall Aud. May 3-6 National Conference (Philadelphia, PA)

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West Virginia State University Office of Alumni Relations 200 Erickson Alumni Center P.O. Box 1000 Institute, WV 25112 Phone: 304.766.3322 Fax: 304.766.4107

Yesterday was West Virginia State University Day at the Legislature. The Day is set aside for WVSU to showcase its academic programs and projects, services to students, and student organizations. The University is now in its 121st year of educating students in central West Virginia and beyond. Its economic impact on the region is more than 254 million dollars annually. Degree offerings include 22 baccalaureate degrees and three master’s degrees with 79 areas of study. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin read a Proclamation for the Day at 1 p.m. and WVSU President Hazo W. Carter, Jr. and other University officials were on hand to receive the document.

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WVSU Headlines News and updates about alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends. Nichell Fowler, Class of 2001

WVSU National Alumni Association Chapter Listing For contact information for each chapter, please visit our website at: wvstateu.edu/alumni or CLICK HERE

EASTERN REGION Baltimore, MD Buffalo, NY Harrisburg, PA New England New York/ New Jersey Philadelphia, PA \Pittsburgh, PA SOUTHERN REGION Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Greater Williamsburg, VA Gulf Coast Region Hampton Roads, VA Jacksonville, FL Memphis, Mid-South Metropolitan Washington (DC) North Carolina Triad Raleigh-Durham, NC Richmond, VA Roanoke, VA South Carolina South Florida

MID WEST REGION Chicago, IL Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Dayton, OH Detroit, MI Indianapolis, IN Kanawha Valley WV Metro Charleston WV Toledo, OH FAR WEST REGION Las Vegas, NV Los Angeles, CA Pacific Northwest

In Memoriam January 2012 Shelba Childers ‘73 Colonel Frankie D. Hoskey. ‘72 For more information, please visit our In Memoriam page at:

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2012) – Nichell Fowler of Charlotte recently joined Youth Villages North Carolina as a family counselor. In her new role, she will help children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues and their families in their own homes in the Concord area. Fowler holds a master’s degree in counseling and from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia State University in Institute, W.Va. Fowler is originally from Spartanburg, S.C., and is a graduate of Spartanburg High School.

Bill Shahan, Class of 1984 http://www.dailymail.com/foodandliving/201201250 014 Longtime radio personality and WV State Alumnus Bill Shahan was recently named community development coordinator for Mountain Mission. Shahan will coordinate efforts to collect furniture, clothing and monetary donations from individuals and companies throughout the Kanawha Valley to help individuals and families in need. To read the entire article in the Daily Mail CLICK HERE

WVSU National Alumni Association News 21st National Alumni Conference May 3-6, 2012 WVSU National Alumni Association – 21st National Alumni Conference The 21st National Alumni Conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA May 3-6, 2012. WVSUNAA National Conferences are designed to provide opportunities for Alumni to dialogue with University administrators, staff, students, friends and each other around strategies to support our University (i.e. student recruitment, membership development, and fundraising). Highlights include presentations by

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the University, recognition of Distinguished Alumni, and 110% Chapter Awards. Full registration is $150 (includes all conference activities). Philadelphia Airport Marriott is the Conference hotel (1-800-6824087) The tentative agenda includes: Thursday, May, 3

9:00 am Executive Officers Meeting 2:00 pm Alumni “Think Tank” 5:00 pm Executive Board Meeting

Friday, May 4

9:00 am WVSU Round-Table Sessions 12:00 pm Glover L. Smiley 110% Awards Luncheon 2:00 pm Regional Meetings

Saturday, May 5

9:00 am National Business Meeting 12:30 pm Memorial Service 7:00 pm Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner& Dance

Click HERE to view the Registration Form for the Conference (Deadline to register is April 15th, 2012) Click HERE to view the Souvenir Journal Contract/Ad Application for the Conference

Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter News The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter, following up on the program initiated by Dr. Frank Enty, has begun presenting copies of the book “Moonfixer” by Earl Lloyd to schools in the Chapter’s area. The book is a significant piece of Black History in that Earl, a WVSU alumnus, was the first African American to play in the National Basketball Association.

Pictured from left: Dr. Reginald Lee (Class of 1950), Samuel Brown, LTC Frederick Franklin, USAF, Ret. (Earl’s high school and college classmate Class of 1950), and Dashon Armstrong. Samuel and Dashon attend the Sankofa Academy Charter School, located in West Chester, PA. LTC Franklin is the Chairman of the Sankofa Academy Charter School Board of Trustees and Dr. Lee is Secretary. Alumni chapters that would like to support this project and help insure its

success may get information from Dr. Frank Enty, also a member of the Class of 1950, at the following address: Dr. Frank Enty, 16136 Parklawn Pl. Bowie, MD 20716, Phone: 301-390-4749.

Metropolitan Washington Chapter News The Metropolitan Washington Alumni Chapter of WVSU had a very busy fourth quarter in, 2011:

College Fairs - The chapter started the 2011 school year by participating in two college fairs. One was held at Quince Orchard High School in North Potomac Maryland. A larger college fair, was part of The UNCF Empower Me Tour. This fair took place on September 9 at the DC Convention Center with more than 500 students attending. During February of 2012, we plan to attend at least three more fairs, one in each of the following areas: Washington DC (UNCF Black College Career Day at Vermont Ave Baptist Church), Montgomery County Maryland (Montgomery Blair High School, Rockville, MD), Northern Virginia (Alfred Street Baptist Church at T. C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA) Homecoming Bus - The Chapter's Homecoming Bus was almost full as it left the DC Metro area and headed to Charleston for homecoming weekend. Our bus was also available while in Charleston, to assist in transporting alumni to and from the hotels, to the alumni forum, and the game. A large number of alumni members from the area chose to drive their personal vehicles to homecoming also this year. WVSU Football - The Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the WVSU “W” Club sponsored a tailgate at the WVSU Football game hosted at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. This year we were able to change our normal chapter meeting and join the Baltimore “Charm City” Chapter to support the "W" Club’s tailgate. Members of the three chapters assisted in serving the team, cheerleaders, and staff a meal before they returned to State. Dinner Dance - In October, the chapter had its 5th Annual Dr. Vincent E. Reed Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner Dance at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.

Alumni members and friends from Ohio, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC (many in costumes) enjoyed an evening of fun. One of the highlights of the evening was the arrival of Dr. and Mrs. Reed. Dr Vincent E. Reed (WVSU class of 52) was US Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education. He also was the former superintendent of public schools in Washington, D.C. Dr. and Mrs. Reed have always been strong supporters of State. This year they presented a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to the scholarship fund. Holiday Celebration - As 2011 neared a close, the chapter held it second holiday potluck. The meal allowed the chapter to celebrate a successful year and enjoy the holiday season together as a family. The holiday celebration was held at the Greater Washington Urban League in Washington DC. To view more photos from the Metropolitan Washington Chapters events, please CLICK HERE.

WVSU Alumni Association, Inc. Proposed Constitution Amendments A committee has reviewed and recommended two (2) amendments to the procedure for election of officers. The current method is very costly and less than 50% of the ballots are returned. The recommended amendment will be sent to all financial members 60 days prior to our May 5, 2012 vote. Approval of the above proposed amendments will change the election process. Voting on the recommended amendments will be held at the next Association’s Business Meeting, 9:00 am, May 5, 2012, Philadelphia, PA. To view the amendments, please CLICK HERE.

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