A panel of three prominent West VirginiaUniversity alumni will share their success tips at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb.22) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.


Panelists include OraSure Technologies Senior Vice President of Marketing Bill Hinchey; State Tourism Commissioner and Bureau of Commerce Chief Alisa Bailey; and WVU Foundation Board member and President of Craig Underwood Consultants Craig Underwood.


In addition to their discussion, they will give full-time WVU students the opportunity to apply for Entrepreneur Challenge Grants. The panel will judge grant proposals for activities or projects related to entrepreneurial activities. The deadline to apply for these one-time grants is March 15.


Bill Hinchey, co-founder of STC Technolgies Inc., is a 1982 graduate of the WVU College of Business and Economics. He holds a masters degree from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at CarnegieMellonUniversity.


OraSure Technologies is a publicly held company that resulted from the merger of STC Technologies �€the leader in oral fluid drug and alcohol testing �€and Epitope Inc., the leader in oral fluid HIV testing.


Craig Underwood is a 1980 graduate of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and currently serves on the WVU Foundation Board. President of Craig Underwood Consultants, he founded the Loyalty Group, a Canadian database marketing company responsible for the creating and management of AIR MILES Shopping Reward Program �€one of the worlds largest multi-company programs of its kind.


Before founding The Loyalty Group, Underwood was a partner at the international management consulting firm, Bain&Company.


He holds a masters degree from OxfordUniversity, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a masters in business administration from the University of Chicago.


Both Hinchey and Underwood were WVU Student Body presidents.


On Monday, Dr. Cornel West, professor of Afro-American studies and philosophy of religion at Harvard, spoke on race and democracy.


Candice Carpenter, founder of ivillage.com, will present the next lecture titled Seizing the New Economy on Tuesday (Feb. 27) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.