Alumni in the Washington, D.C., area will welcome West Virginia University President David C. Hardesty Jr. for his annual State of the University address at noon Tuesday, June 21, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. This is the 27 th year the National Capital Area Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association has hosted the speech and luncheon.

Hardestys address to West Virginias congressional delegation�€Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Cong. Alan Mollohan, Cong. Nick Joe Rahall and Cong. Shelley Moore Capito�€along with alumni and friends, will focus on the Universitys accomplishments over the past 10 years.

“We have a very distinguished group of advocates on Capitol Hill,”said Steve Douglas, president of the WVU Alumni Association.”They are passionate in their support for higher education in West Virginia. This event provides us with a welcome opportunity to express our appreciation.”

The State of the University Address on Capitol Hill is a highlight of the WVU calendar thanks, in large part, to the efforts of the National Capital Area Alumni Chapter.

“We are proud to provide President Hardesty a meaningful forum with our congressional delegation, alumni, friends and corporate partners.Its an uplifting, information-rich presentation every year that makes us all proud to support our alma mater,”said Carol Wallace, president of the National Capital Area Chapter.

We would especially like to acknowledge BearingPoint, EMC , Foundation Coal, GolinHarris, Information Manufacturing Corporation, Key Staffing Solutions, McEnearney Associates, Inc., and Spillman, Thomas&Battle, PLLC , our corporate sponsors of this years State of the University Address,Wallace added.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the John F. Nicholas Jr. National Capital Area Chapter Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to students in the D.C. Metro area attending WVU .

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 more than 70 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, visit