Lt. James Downing (U.S. Navy, Ret.) may not be a native West Virginian, but the oldest living survivor of the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor is now officially part of the West Virginia family. Members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter in Colorado recently honored Downing, age 101, who served on the U.S.S. West Virginia during the attack.
Members of the chapter presented Downing with a letter from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, an American flag, framed photos of the mast and bell of the U.S.S. West Virginia on the WVU campus, and a Mountaineer Ambassador certificate from the WVU Alumni Association.
Thanks to everyone who shared their stories of Old Mountaineer Field (Summer 2014) with us. We received some wonderful walks down memory lane, including one from alumnus John Martin, BS, ’64, Business Administration, who recalled his freshman year in 1960.
“We were required to wear gold and blue beanies. At the first football game it rained (of course). Back then, you wore a tan trench coat when it rained. By the time the game was over, my trench coat had gold and blue stripes from the sopping wet beanie!”
One group of alumni remembers their college years with pepperoni rolls. The Low Country Mountaineers Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association hosts its annual BBQ Bash and Pepperoni Roll Bake-Off each year in Charleston, South Carolina, to bring area grads together and raise money for scholarships. The chapter also works with a local restaurant to provide pepperoni rolls for all of their game watches that take place for basketball and football games. So mark your calendars, brush up on your favorite recipe and join the chapter May 9 for next year’s bash.
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You have a new baby in your family. And so do we. Share a photo of your future Mountaineer with us for the WVU Magazine. And if you are a member of the WVU Alumni Association, you’ll receive this cute bib, modeled here by Maggie Odell, daughter of Shawn and Ashley Hardesty Odell, BA, ‘00, Political Science, JD, ‘03. (Yes, her grandparents are President Emeritus David C. Hardesty Jr. and Susan B. Hardesty on her mother’s side and Kerry Odell, former campus provost of Potomac State College on her father’s side!)
Love really can overcome obstacles, including when cupid brings together WVU and Pitt graduates. Congrats to WVU alumna Lauren Statler, BMdS, ’10, Multidisciplinary Studies, and fiancé Scott McKillop, ’08 University of Pittsburgh alumnus and former Pitt linebacker, on their upcoming marriage in 2015. The couple celebrated with an engagement party at The Erickson Alumni Center and showed pride for their favorite teams.
West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Florida are the top six states our alumni call home.
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