Alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C., area will welcome West Virginia University President David C. Hardesty Jr. for the 28th annual State of the University address at noon Wednesday, June 28, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

Each year, the National Capital Area Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association hosts the event for West Virginias congressional delegationSen. Robert C. Byrd, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, Rep. Alan Mollohan, and Rep. Shelley Moore Capitoas well as alumni and friends of WVU .

In his speech, President Hardesty will discuss WVU s research initiatives; record enrollment; student, faculty and staff achievements; capital projects; and other activities taking place on campus.

WVU student Rebecca McCauley will introduce President Hardesty. McCauley, a senior majoring in biology and chemistry at WVU , was the only student in America this year to be recognized as both a Goldwater and Truman Scholar.

WVU has nurtured 29 Goldwater Scholars, Americas premier science scholarship, ranking WVU among the Top 25 institutions in the country for producing Goldwater winners. WVU has also developed 17 Truman Scholars, outstanding students who are committed to public service.

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

“Each year, our alumni and friends look forward to President Hardestys State of the University address. This is a unique opportunity for graduates to learn about the Universitys successes and offer our support to our alma mater,”said Scott Bosley, president of the National Capital Area Chapter.

Bosley noted that the support and involvement provided by corporate sponsors continues to grow each year. This years event sponsors include: BearingPoint, Foundation Coal, GolinHarris International, Information Manufacturing Corporation, Key Staffing Solutions, Bob Martini of Long&Foster Real Estate, Potomac Trust Mortgage, REM Engineering Services PLLC , Spillman, Thomas&Battle, PLLC , and Toyota. In addition, nearly 20 WVU colleges and units have provided sponsorships for the event.

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 . To date, more than $65,000 has been raised for the fund, making it the second largest scholarship fund provided by a WVU Alumni Association chapter.

“Members of the National Capital Area Chapter continue to support WVU in so many ways,”said Steve Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the WVU Alumni Association.”This event is just one example of their commitment to WVU . The State of the University Address helps to keep our alumni and friends connected to and involved in the life of their alma mater. We certainly appreciate their efforts in making this one of the most successful alumni programs for the University and the Association.”

The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 165,000 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, the Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund, Student Alumni Association, and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu.