A sold-out crowd of alumni and friends will welcome West Virginia University to the Kanawha Valley as part of Wednesdays (Jan. 14) 13th annual Capital Classic luncheon.

The event, hosted by the WVU Alumni Association, will be held at noon at the Charleston Embassy Suites. More than 35 affiliates, divisions, units, schools and colleges of WVU are set to participate in the luncheon, which takes place prior to the WVU -Marshall basketball games.

Interim WVU President C. Peter Magrath will discuss how the role of WVU , as a 21st-century land-grant university, is changing and how it can address the most critical and most complex needslocally, nationally and internationally. Hundreds of alumni, legislators, government leaders, parents and friends of WVU are expected to be on hand for the event.

Gov. Joe Manchin is expected to attend the luncheon and offer greetings. Mens and womens basketball coaches and players also will make brief visits.

The Kanawha Valley represents one of our largest constituent groups, so this is a wonderful opportunity to bring WVU to the Charleston area and discuss the successes of our great University,said Steve Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the WVU Alumni Association.

Before attending the basketball games, alumni and fans can meet and greet fellow Mountaineers at WVU Fanfare, a reception in the Civic Center North Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. The event, which attracts thousands annually, is free and open to all WVU fans and is sponsored by the WVU Alumni Association, WVU Foundations University Fund, The Daily Athenaeum, WVU Presidents Office, Mountaineer Athletic Club and Liberty Mutual.

Fanfare will include themed displays, interactive games, face painting, unique giveaways, video highlights, performances by the WVU Alumni Band, complimentary snacks and the Mountaineer Market, where fans can purchase their favorite WVU merchandise.

Carolyn Atkins, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year and professor of the popular speech classSpeaking to Communities(known popularly asJock Talk), will be on hand to sign copies of her new book,Great Unexpectations: Lessons from the Hearts of College Athletes.Visitors also will be able to watch videos of some of their favorite athletes talking about a wide range of subjects, including honesty, drugs and academics, among others.

In addition, Mickey Furfari, dean of WVU sportswriters, will be on hand to autograph copies of his new book,Mickeys Mountaineer Memories.The book details stories of some of WVU s most legendary athletes and games, including Jerry West, Pat White,Hot RodHundley, Major Harris and the WVU -Boston College game, among others.

Books by both authors will be available for purchase through Zides Mountaineer Market.

The Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic womens game tips off at 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. The mens game follows at 8 p.m. Both games are sold out.