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April 2012

What’s Inside Page 2 Donor Profile: Charlie and Barb Morgan Page 3 Building the Yellow Brick Road Page 4 Calendar of Events

Contact Info Geni Astorg Executive Director geni.astorg@wvup.edu 304.424.8341 Molly Floding Office Administrator Katie Thaxton Communications Assistant WVU at Parkersburg Foundation 304.424.8340 Foundation@wvup.edu www.wvup.edu/foundation

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Purse Bingo May 5, West Virginia University at Parkersburg Staff Council is hosting its first-ever purse bingo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and bingo starts at 6 p.m. in the college activities center. The cost is $20 for 20 games with extra cards available. With over $2,800 in handbags, guests will have a chance at handbags from such names as Coach, Aigner, Franco Sarto and more. Each purse has a theme and is filled with gifts to go along with that theme. Extras include a Coach purse raffle, 50/50 drawing and more. Vendors will include Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple and Avon. For groups of six or more, reserved seating is available. There is a limited number of tickets, so be sure to purchase yours today. If tickets are not sold out, they will be available at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets contact Drema Starkey in office 1110 at 304.424.8310 or Patsy Bee in office 1105 at 304.424.8200. Must be 18 or older to participate.

Proceeds from Frosty Key Tags Support Scholarship Ray and Kim Blackburn, owners of 15 area Wendy’s restaurants, continue their mission to assist local children in furthering their education. In 2009, the Blackburn’s began the sale of Frosty key tags. All proceeds from those key tags went to fund the Wendy’s Adoption Scholarship Endowment Fund. After the initial $3 purchase of the key tag, customers can receive a free junior Frosty with each purchase from participating Wendy’s locations. The scholarship is open to WVU Parkersburg students in financial need. Preference goes to those who were adopted or went through the foster care program. For more information on the Wendy’s Adoption Scholarship, or to purchase Wendy’s Frosty key tags, contact the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation at 304.424.8340. Key tags can also be purchased at participating Wendy’s locations.


Donor Profile: Charlie and Barb Morgan In March 2008, Charlie and Barb Morgan established the Charles W. and Barbara S. Morgan Scholarship Fund. The fund was established to offer aid to students from Pleasants County who demonstrate financial need and are majoring in computer science, business or education. Neither Charlie nor Barb came from wealthy backgrounds, and they wanted to assist those hard-working students in similar situations. “We didn’t want money to be the reason why a good education would be wasted,” Charlie said. Natives of Pleasants County, W.Va., Charlie and Barb married in 1979. They both attended Parkersburg Community College(PCC) at a time when the college was affiliated with Glenville State College.

Barb received her degree in elementary education and began teaching at St. Marys Elementary where she taught for 12 years. Charlie worked part-time jobs all through school, and once Barb graduated, it gave him the opportunity to blitz through his last year of college. He finished his degree in business administration a year and a half early with double minors in management and computer science. Both of their degrees are from Glenville State, although all of their coursework was completed on the PCC campus. During that time in the college’s history Glenville instructors would travel to Parkersburg in order to offer baccalaureate degrees to PCC students. Charlie and Barb have also set up a scholarship through Glenville

State with similar criteria. Charlie and Barb have two daughters, Allie, 25, and Laura, 28, who will be married this fall. In their spare time, Charlie loves to golf and Barb enjoys reading and going for walks.

Scholarship Recipient Profile: Nicole Lowther

“I am truly honored to receive this scholarship,” said Nicole Lowther, this year’s recipient of the Charles W. and Barbara S. Morgan Scholarship. Nicole is a resident of St. Marys, W.Va. and loves the flexibility that WVU Parkersburg offers. A business major, she has aspirations of starting a family business. When Nicole moved to St. Marys from Columbus, N.J., she had a dream of turning her new home into more, and she soon devised a business plan. If things remain on schedule, her agritourism farm should be fully operational in five years.

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With her college career beginning spring 2006, Nicole has 40 hours to complete to receive her bachelor of applied science in business administration with a concentration in management and marketing. She is very pleased with the knowledge and skill set that she is receiving at WVU Parkersburg. Nicole has two children that she educates at home, and the nontraditional classroom settings offered at the college make WVU Parkersburg an even better fit for her. “I was able to receive my associate in business administration almost completely

by taking courses by alternative delivery. I am learning so much this semester about how to get a business started right, I am so excited,” Nicole said. Not only is Nicole busy with her family, business and school, but she is co-founder of a local networking group called WE SHINE (Woman Entrepreneurs Succeed, Help, Inspire, Network and Encourage). In her spare time, Nicole enjoys walking, hiking and riding ATVs on the family farm. She is also a member of a women’s bible study group which she really enjoys taking part in.

WVU Parkersburg Phi Theta Kappa members are selling $5 discount cards to benefit the organization. Belk shoppers can spend $5 on a discount card and present the card at checkout on April 21st, to receive $5 off their purchase. Phi Theta Kappa gets to keep the initial $5 and gets entered into other drawings for more support. For more information, contact Vickie Underwood at the information desk on the main campus at 304.424.8000, or Dianne Davis at the Jackson County Center at 304.372.6992.

Foundation Wish List • Athletics Scoreboard • Sponsors and donations for the second annual Riverhawk Golf Classic

Sponsors Wanted! Contact the Foundation @ 304.424.8340 to find out how to become a Riverhawks Sponsor today! Benefiting Athletic teams include: • Men’s Basketball • Women’s Basketball • Women’s Volleyball

• Men’s Soccer • Golf • Table Tennis April 2012 ~ Page 2


Building The Yellow Brick Road

Photos by: Jeremy Harrison, Meryl Walker, and Melanie Roby Thank you all for your time, energy and talent!

On March 24, the yellow brick road led to WVU Parkersburg for Building the Yellow Brick Road, A Wizard of Oz luncheon. The luncheon was a fundraiser to support the new WVU Parkersburg Child Development Center. The new center is currently under construction and expected to be complete in fall 2012. The event was a huge success, raising over $5,000 to support the center. With games, photos, food and a live performance, all of those in attendance spent a fun afternoon in Oz. The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation would like to thank all of those who volunteered, contributed and attended for their support in making the event a success! April 2012 ~ Page 3


Alumni West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Alumnus Opens Unique-to-the-area Business

Molly Floding moved to West Virginia in August 2009 after her husband Jason lost his position with a major electronics company during the economic downturn. They wanted to move closer to his family and had big plans for a business unique to the MidOhio Valley. Originally from Florence, Ala., Molly took part in many children’s consignment sales in her area. When considering moving to West Virginia, they realized that it would be a great area for a consignment sale and My Mommy Mart was born. Their first sale was September 2009, less than a month after moving to Williamstown, W.Va. Molly is now gearing up for her sixth sale April 20 through the 22 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta, Oh. She had 26 consignors at her first sale. With the tremendous response by local community members, she expects 160 consignors for the next sale. Some might wonder what a consignment sale actually is. Molly would describe My Mommy Mart as “a great opportunity for local families to buy and sell gently used kids clothing and items from pregnancy to

age 12.” A great example of an innovative alumnus, Molly recently graduated from WVU Parkersburg in December 2011 with a Reagents Bachelor of Arts. She began her college career at Auburn right out of high school, but was offered a full-time job and took some time off from school. After moving to West Virginia, Molly began taking classes at WVU Parkersburg majoring in marketing and public relations. Molly enjoyed her time as a student at WVU Parkersburg, and shortly after she began taking classes, she received a job proposal from the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation. Molly interviewed and acquired the position of administrative assistant, which she still holds today. At that point she was taking classes, working 30-plus hours a week and running Mommy Mart, all the while maintaining a 3.7 GPA and being a full-time mother of two. Molly enjoyed much about the college, but it was the availability of course offerings that was really appealing. “Being able to take online courses that fit with my schedule as a business owner and a mom

In Search of ... Alumni If you, or anyone that you may know, is an alumnus of WVU at Parkersburg, We would like to hear from you! We are working to improve our communications of college progress, upcoming events and foundation opportunities. Whether you have taken one class, or are a graduate, our goal is to build better communications. Contact us with your information Phone Facebook Email 304.424.8340 facebook.com/WVUPAlumni foundation@wvup.edu April 2012

were a huge plus.” She also had many instructors that left a lasting impression on her. “There are just too many great instructors to list. One of the most useful classes that I took though, was small business management. It helped me develop a more solid business plan.”

Molly with Daughter Jolie.

‘Hawk’s Nest Social Section We want to know what’s happening in your life! Special occasions, births, birthdays, weddings, new jobs or awards. We want to acknowledge your accomplishments and share them with your fellow Riverhawks in our new ‘Hawk’s Nest Social Section. Email foundation@wvup.edu with your listing today!


Alumnus Continues to Build on Skills learned in the Classroom

With a long-time interest in math, alumnus Kayla Hall figured that accounting was a good fit for her. The increasing number of opportunities in the field also helped. After transferring from Washington State Community

College in 2007, Kayla began taking business courses at West Virginia University Parkersburg. Kayla graduated from the college in December 2012. She received her bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. A successful student and business woman, Kayla is a financial representative assistant at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Parkersburg. Now that she is out in the industry, Kayla enjoys what she is doing and likes the people that she works with every day. She enjoys the fact that she is using her degree and that she is able to

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utilize and continue to build on skills that she received at WVU Parkersburg. Kayla enjoyed her time on campus, the low cost of tuition and especially the small class size and relationships sheformed with instructors. One such instructor was John Altman. “He is a very smart talented person who always made the classes interesting and would relate it to the ‘real world’ to prepare us for the future, whether it be with our careers or our personal lives,” she said. Kayla lives with her husband and two dogs in Vienna. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.

Second Annual Riverhawk Classic Golf Tournament and Riverhawks Athletics Fundraiser Saturday, June 16th @ Woodridge Golf Club Tee off at 8:30 a.m.

Hole In One Prize $20,000 Cash Other Prizes include: *$500 Visa Gift Card *Cleveland® CG16 Black Pearl Irons *Kindle Fire

Four-Person Scramble $50 per person Includes Lunch and cart

Minimum Team Handicap is 40 per team

$5 Skins, Mulligans and Putting Contest Call Woodridge Golf Club at 304.489.1800 or the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation at 304.424.8340 for more information

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You can donate to the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation online at www.wvup.edu/foundation. It’s easy, just click to begin your support of WVU at Parkersburg! April 2012

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Calendar of Events: Open to the Public May 5 Purse Bingo

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2012 Riverhawk Classic

1 p.m. at the Doors Open at 4:30 p.m. Tee Off at 8:30 a.m. At WVU Parkersburg WVU Parkersburg Bingo starts at 6 p.m. at Woodridge Golf Club 9 a.m. -12 a.m. Jackson County Center $20 for 20 games Four person scramble $60 per person $20 per person Various vendors will be in $50 per person Facebook is the fastest Join us to discover how attendance, and food will Includes lunch and cart growing social media site you can utilize free social be available for purchase. Minimum team handicap 40. for organizations! Join us media sites to create more for this 3 hour hands-on Groups of 6 or more can To register or for more receive reserved seating. awareness for your business! training to learn how to information contact Tickets can be purchased Please contact the WVU at build your Facebook Fan Woodridge Golf Club at Parkersburg Foundation at Page from the ground up. from Drema Starkey at 304.489.1800 or the 304.424.8340 304.424.8310 WVU at Parkersburg Please contact the WVU at to reserve your seat. or Patsy Bee at Foundation Parkersburg Foundation at Limited seating! 304.424.8200. at 304.424.8340 304.424.8340 to reserve your seat. Limited seating!

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