The West Virginia University Alumni Association will host the 11th Annual Alumni LeadersInstitute from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday (April 18) at Morgantowns Residence Inn by Marriott. Chapter leaders from all over the country will return home to campus to discuss how they can better serve alumni in their area, as well as ways to promote their alma mater.

Im looking forward to attending this years event,said Sara Roth, a leader from the Alumni Associations Low Country Mountaineers Chapter in Charleston, S.C.Since we are a new chapter, I think this will be a great way to meet with other alumni leaders to see what events their chapters hold, share success stories, generate new ideas and discuss ways we can encourage more alumni engagement as a whole.

The weekend events include presentations by representatives from WVU s Career Services Center and Office of Undergraduate Recruitment, as well as an overview of alumni activities and programs. This year, the Alumni Association will present the Golden Musket awards to chapters that have demonstrated extraordinary service in the areas of scholarship, community service, career/mentoring opportunities, student recruiting and social networking.

On Saturday, attendees will tour the new alumni center and take part in a pregame reception where they will be greeted by WVU President Mike Garrison. Leaders will wrap up the weekend by attending the annual Gold and Blue spring football game that afternoon.

Our chapter and constituent leaders are vital to the success of the Alumni Association,said Stephen Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the WVU Alumni Association.Each year, these loyal Mountaineers volunteer their time to serve as ambassadors for the University, provide social and professional networking opportunities for alumni and friends throughout the country and enhance the communities in which they live. This institute is a great way to bring all of these individuals together so that we can continue to keep our alumni involved in the life of WVU .

The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 170,000 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.