Black alumni from across the United States will return to West Virginia University Sept. 12-13 for annual Black Alumni Weekend activities, sponsored by the WVU Alumni Association. The goal of reunions such as Black Alumni Weekend is to bring more diversity into the WVU Alumni Association, said Steve Douglas, the organizations chief executive officer.

On Friday, alumni can visit WVU s state of the art Visitors Center and take a campus tour to see the many new facilities on campus.

A special tailgate gathering at Tent City beside Mountaineer Field is on tap for Saturday morning, prior to the WVU -Cincinnati football game that kicks off at noon. Later in the day, black alumni will gather for a reception, dinner, entertainment and a dance.

Judge Irene Berger, the Alumni Associations national president, hopes alumni will enjoy recounting the days that made them who they are today.

Reuniting with past friends who shared special moments, and faculty who helped mold young minds is always worth the trip,she said.

Douglas said he is especially gratified that the event continues to bring people back to campus who have not visited in a while.

“They are always amazed at the transformation that has occurred here,”he said.”Plus, they see friends and faculty that they have lost touch with, and it is a tremendous occasion.”

For more information on these and other WVU Alumni Association activities, call 304-293-4731 or visit the Web site at http://www.wvu.edu/~alumni/ .

This weekend is also Visiting Committee Weekend on the WVU campus as well as Varsity Weekend.