Recognizing West Virginia University’s strong presence in and around Washington, D.C., with nearly 6,000 alumni living and working in the metro area, University representatives will head to the nation’s capital next week to celebrate WVU and its innovators who are blazing unmarked paths to discovery.

WVU President Jim Clements will lead a delegation to the WVU Alumni Association’s annual Alumni Luncheon on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 26. Members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation, alumni and friends of the University are expected to be on hand for this sold-out event at the Washington Court Hotel.

“This event gives WVU a chance to be with the University’s many supporters in the D.C. area, as well as connect with policymakers and higher ed leaders,” Clements said. “It’s always a great time, with great energy, and I definitely look forward to it every year.”

The National Capital Area Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association is celebrating its 35th year as host of the Alumni Luncheon on Capitol Hill honoring West Virginia’s congressional delegation – Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, Sen. Joseph Manchin III, representatives Nick J. Rahall II, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley – as well as their staff.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the John F. Nicholas Jr. National Capital Area Chapter Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to students in the D.C.-Metro area attending WVU. To date, the chapter has raised more than $150,000 for scholarships, making it the second largest scholarship fund provided by an alumni chapter.

This year’s event sponsors include: Alpha Natural Resources, Chesapeake Energy, Consol Energy, Hamilton Insurance and Widmeyer Communications, as well as 17 WVU colleges and units.

The Alumni Luncheon on Capitol Hill will be held at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. A Mountaineer Mixer, sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, will begin at 11 a.m. prior to the noon luncheon. For more information, visit:



CONTACT: Tara Curtis, WVU Alumni Association

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