Media Advisory: Alums in the Classroom: \'How WVU Changed My Life\'

October 15th, 2007

* WHAT :* West Virginia University alumni are coming home to share their success stories with current students. They will visit President Mike Garrisons political science class and share their stories of how WVU changed their lives.

* WHO :* Among the alumni expected to attend Garrisons class are:

  • Bill McCartney , bachelors degree, chemical engineering, 1995Since graduating from WVU , he has achieved great success in the dynamic energy trading sector. Currently, he manages more than $250 million in natural gas storage and transportation assets for Vitol Inc., an industry leader in the global energy market.
  • Stacy Humphreys, bachelors and masters degrees, history, 2000 and 2002Since 2003, Humphreys has served as a park ranger/historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia. Her duties include leading tours of the battlefields and serving as the parks historic weapons supervisor. Her specialty is Civil War artillery.
  • Capt. Lee Ann Campbell, bachelors degree, sociology and anthropology, 2001Capt. Campbells prior duty assignments include the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., where she served as B Company executive officer, B Company platoon leader, battalion adjutant and battalion training officer/assistant S-3 in the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom II and also supported Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.
  • Sarah Culberson, bachelors degree in fine arts, theatre, 1998Culbersons extensive acting and dancing career includes theater, movies, television and commercials. She also is a member of a professional dance company. While a native of West Virginia, her roots stem back to Africa. When seeking out her birth parents, she discovered that shes an African princess. Culberson is now executive director of Kposowa Foundation, an organization established to help rebuild her war-torn native country of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
  • Carrie Webster, bachelors degree, political science, 1988 and juris doctorate, WVU College of Law, 1997. Webster represents the 31st district in Kanawha County in the West Virginia House of Delegates. First elected to the House in 2000, she now serves as chair of the Judiciary Committee�€the first female in state history to serve in this position. While attending WVU , Webster served as student body vice president.

* WHEN :* 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18

* WHERE :* Gold Ballroom, Mountainlair

* NOTE :* Parking for media planning to cover this Inauguration Week event will be in the Mountainlair garage, Area 9. Please display your WVU media parking pass.

For more information, contact Bill Nevin, WVU News&Information Services, 304-293-5562.