The West Virginia University Alumni Association and alumni chapters nationwide will host a variety of events this summer to increase awareness about WVU and to raise money for student scholarships.

The Association will sponsor the 3 rd annual Gold and Blue Weekend July 28-30 at Stonewall Resort in Lewis County. This event includes the 63 rd annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament as well as an Alumni LeadersInstitute. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Marmaduke Dent Society which helps to permanently support programs, services and facilities of the Alumni Association.

The Lonestar alumni chapter will hold it annual Shrimp Boil in Houston June 18, while the Delaware chapter will host a picnic for alumni, students and friends July 16.

The annual Boone County Pig Roast is set for July 23, and the National Capital Area chapter will close out summer activities with its annual Crab Feast Aug. 27. The event brings together hundreds of alumni in the Washington, D.C., area to raise money for the John F. Nicholas Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

While the chapter-sponsored events serve as great networking functions for WVU alumni, the primary purpose of the events is to raise funds for student scholarships. Proceeds from a silent auction held during the golf tournament will go to fund scholarships, and students from Boone and Lincoln counties who attend the annual Boone County Pig Roast will each receive a $50 gift certificate to the WVU Bookstore.

Our alumni are committed to providing educational opportunities for future Mountaineers,said Stephen Douglas, president and chief executive officer, WVU Alumni Association.Thanks to the efforts of our alumni chapters, deserving students will be given the opportunity to succeed at WVU .

In addition to sponsoring various summer events, alumni chapters are also in their communities. Members of the University chapter volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, while Research Triangle Park chapter members are actively engaged with the Adopt-A-Highway program. The chapters also assist the Mountaineer Parents Club by participating in summer send-offs for WVU students. (more)

These loyal alumni work tirelessly to promote WVU , while helping to make their local communities better,Douglas said.We are extremely proud of their efforts and their commitment to WVU .

For more information concerning summer events or to find an alumni chapter in their local area, alumni and friends of WVU can access the full calendar of events athttp://calendar.wvu.edu/alumnior call the WVU Alumni Association toll-free at 1-866-WVU-ALUM.

The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 160,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia, every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations. With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the Associations 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu/.