By Hank Wright, ‘68
Twenty four Tech alumni and their spouses along with members of the WVU Tech administration came together at an event on May 31, 2013 in Cary, North Carolina. The alumni gathering was organized by Hank Wright, ‘68 and Richard “Dick” Hart, ‘62.
Throughout the evening old friends reconnected and new friendships were formed. Steve Claywell, ‘74, president of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association encouraged people to get involved with the alumni association and help support the school. WVU Tech CEO, Carolyn Long, spoke about the great things that are happening on campus. Other representatives from WVU Tech who attended the event were Tara Hines, ‘03, alumni relations coordinator; Z. Torbica, dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences; and Frank Pergolizzi, Golden Bear athletics director.
The main goal of the event was to establish a new Tech alumni chapter in the area where people can network with one another, support the efforts of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association and spread the word about the bright future that lies ahead for WVU Tech. By the end of the night several alumni volunteered to lead this new group including Hank Wright as the interim chapter president; Ken Barker, ‘65; Tim Bennett, ‘82; Jack Harvey, ‘66; and Paula Miller, ‘80.
This was a great first step toward organizing the NC Chapter and giving alumni in central North Carolina a place to stay in touch with our school. Anyone interested in joining the group can e-mail TechAlumniAssoc@mail.wvu.edu.