They mentor our young alumni and help to recruit the best and brightest students. They devote countless hours to community service and raise money for scholarships and other worthwhile programs for their alma mater. And they do this while proudly donning the gold and blue.

They are alumni volunteers and they are returning to campus for the West Virginia University Alumni Association’s 14th Annual Alumni Leaders Institute where they will learn more about what they can do to help WVU succeed in the future. Nearly 100 graduates from 13 states will take part in the leadership session on Saturday, April 30, at The Erickson Alumni Center.

The event, hosted by the WVU Alumni Association, provides chapter and constituent group leaders the opportunity to network with University administrators, participate in panel discussions and learn about events/activities taking place on campus, as well as those hosted by the various alumni groups. Leaders and volunteers from North Carolina, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland/Washington,D.C., New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, among others, will be on hand for the event.

Attendees will also participate in Gold & Blue Spring Game activities on Friday, April 29. On Saturday, alumni will hear from chapter leaders and other University administrators on topics ranging from online communities and compliance to student recruiting and WVU’s Strategic Plan.

“We are so excited to welcome our alumni leaders back to campus for our 14th Annual Alumni Leaders Institute,” said Darin Gilpin, chair of the Chapter Relations Committee and member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. “This is an incredible opportunity to bring our volunteers together where they can network and brainstorm with other leaders, while learning more about the University and how we can best support its efforts.”

The University Chapter will host a “Books for Brews” reception at 7 p.m. for alumni leaders and other guests at the Morgantown Brewing Company (1291 University Ave.). As part of the social, alumni and friends are encouraged to bring a new or gently used book to donate to WVU Children’s Hospital. This is the second year the Chapter has hosted the event and collected more than 200 books in 2010.

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CONTACT: Tara Curtis, WVU Alumni Association

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