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Upcoming Events April 20 4:15pm - College of Natural Science & Mathematics Convocation: Keynote Speaker - B. Gentry Lee, Wallace Hall Auditorium 23-28 WVSU Spring Sting 27 11:00am – WVSU Communications Media Summit: Keynote Speaker Tererai Trent, Davis Fine Arts Theater

WVSU National Alumni Association 21st National Alumni Conference May 3-6, 2012 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 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 (1-800-682-4087).

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Seven undergraduate students are working to start an Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) chapter at WVStateU. The professional business fraternity is open to all majors and as an English major, Javier McCoy stated “starting an AKPsi chapter will provide students with a chance to grow personally & professionally.” Founded in 1904, Alpha Kappa Psi has developed more than 250,000 men and women worldwide. We have active chapters at more than 200 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Our alumni include former U.S. presidents, U.S. congressmen, as well as founders and executives of many Fortune 500 companies. As our vision states, Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders. Alpha Kappa Psi is co-

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ed, open to students of all majors and provides outstanding leadership opportunities and the model environment for the development of young professionals committed to the field of business. This opportunity helps students to share ideas and practice business skills in a structured setting that will directly benefit their communities. The co-ed fraternity’s only female member Tacy Wright is “excited to expand [her] political science degree into the knowledge of business behaviors & responsibilities.” The students are currently working with an expansion coordinator to establish the chapter on campus. Cordero Davis contacted the international organization in December 2011 in hopes of gaining the fraternity tagline: Shaping People, Shaping Business. For more information contact, 317.695.7952 or CLICK HERE.

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The 35th Annual Foundation Dinner will be held on Thursday,May 17, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, WV. Each year the foundation honors two outstanding individuals. This year they are The Honorable Reggie B. Walton, Class of 1971, and outstanding educator Dr. James W. Rowley. Please join us in congratulating the honorees as well as meet some of the many students who receive scholarships from the Foundation. Individual dinner tickets are available for $150. Please call the WVSU Foundation at 304-766-4107 or 304-766-5259 for more information. or CLICK HERE

In Memoriam March 2012 Arlene Thompson Belfield ‘70 Raymond “Smitty” Smith John Robert Drain ‘49 Roger Maybin ‘66 Franklin P. Justice, Jr. ‘67 Jean Hollingsworth-Daniels ‘51 Laurence (Larry) Bailey Sylvia Miller

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Nachette Montgomery, Class of 2003 & 2005 Nachette Montgomery will be receiving her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Charleston (WV) in May 2012. Nachette received her Associate in Applied Science in Chemical Technology in 2003 and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Pre-Med/Pre-Pharm in 2005.

Katherine C. “K.C.” Lohr, Class of 1995 Katherine C. “K.C.” Lohr, Member, primarily focuses on complex legal and factual issues in the areas of medical malpractice claims, slip and fall injury cases, third party claims arising from work related injuries, automobile accidents, and long-term disability benefits appeals. K.C. was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, where her father was stationed for U.S. Army helicopter training, though she spent much of her childhood in Charleston, West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia State College in 1995 with a degree in political science. Following graduation, she worked for the West Virginia Legislature in various capacities before beginning law school at West Virginia University College of Law, located in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she was a member of the West Virginia Law Review, Lugar Trial Court Association, and Clinical Law Program. She earned her law degree there in 2001 and was admitted to the South Carolina State Bar that same year. In her first associate attorney position at the Lacombe Law Firm, she defended local area hospitals against medical malpractice and premises liability claims. At Richard Wern Lawyers, K.C. began representing victims of medical malpractice, slip and falls, on-the-job injuries, third party negligence and automobile accidents. K.C. is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and Charleston County Bar Association. K.C. is also a member of the Zona Rosa Creative Writing Group located in Savannah, Georgia.

Major Matthew Scott, Class of 1992 Major Matthew Scott (left), a Williamson, W.Va. native, received his promotional certificate from Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer at KSP headquarters in Frankfort on March 23. A 17and-a-half year veteran of the agency, Scott is commander of the KSP Operations Support Troop and is responsible for the Driver Testing Branch, Facilities Security Branch, Financial and Grants Management Branch, Inspections and Evaluations Branch, Legislative Security Branch, Public Affairs Branch and the Strategic Planning Branch. His previous duty assignments include KSP Post 6 in Dry Ridge, Post 9 in Pikeville, Post 14 in Ashland, the Internal Affairs Branch and the Properties Management and Supply Branch. He also served as commander of KSP Post 11 in London and Post 12 in Frankfort. A Frankfort, Ky. resident, Scott is a 1989 graduate of Williamson (W.Va.) High School and a 1992 graduate of West Virginia State University. He is the son of Katherine Sue Scott of South Williamson, Ky. and the late Harold Arthur Scott. He is married to Lisa (Earnest) Scott, formerly of Hardy, Ky. They have two children, Malia Grace and Joshua Matthew Sco. Ed White, Class of 1941 Ed White, affectionately known to family as “Popa Ed”, was born on October 25, 1916 in Nicholas, West Virginia as the eldest of three children born to Leonard and Margaret (Shields) White. His father was a coal miner as was his grandfather and family before that. After graduation from high school, Ed went off to college at then West Virginia State. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture on June 2, 1941 and on October 23, 1940, he crossed the burning sand into the Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. With a degree in hand, Ed’s life soon took him back to work in the coal mines before enlisting as a private in the U.S. Army on February 25, 1942 and eventually training alongside the Tuskegee Airmen as a member of the 617thBombardment Squadron. After an honorable discharge, Ed returned to West Virginia and resumed work in the coal mines. After a life-threatening experience, Ed decided that coal mining was not the life for him and moved to Morgantown, West Virginia to earn a master’s in Engineering from the then all White West Virginia University. After he got his master’s degree, a college friend named Wickcliff encouraged him to come to Columbus and work in the manufacturing industry for then North American Aviation, a major aerospace manufacturer responsible for a number of historic aircrafts. Through a series of mergers and sales, North American Aviation became part of Rockwell International and is today a part of Boeing. Ed worked as a designer, engineer and foreman for North American Aviation and eventually went on to work for Ohio Malleable before finally retiring from Timken. Mr. White passed away in January of 2000 but his legacy lives on. He was recently honored this past February during a Black History Month presentation by his family at their church.

Chapter News Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter At Left: Members of The Metropolitan Washington DC WVSU Chapter College Fair Team prepare to talk to students from the metro area. From Left to Right: Saundra McCray, Julie Vass and Maurice Gregg. The DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education sponsored the 2012 Smart Choice College Expo, a new college fair at Trinity University in Northeast Washington DC. In a letter of appreciation

from The State Superintendent, The DC Office of Education expressed how successful the expo went, because it allowed a significant number of top DC students an opportunity to speak with representatives from our institution. Many students were surprised to hear about the rich history and academic programs at WVSU. This was the chapter’s last scheduled college fair for this school year 2011-2012; however, the chapter already has plans to increase their participation in the number of college fairs next year. The Chapter will also be hosting a trip to the Hollywood Casino in Grantville, PA on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The cost will be $40 and the casino will refund $25 for slots and $5 for buffet). For tickets and information, please contact: Grace Sheffey 301-894-0193, Maurice Gregg 301-258-5263, or Antoinette Hodges 301-919-3553. Payment must be received no later than May 25, 2012. To view a flyer for the event, please CLICK HERE.

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