WVU vs Baylor February 7th

Join us on Saturday, February 7th at the Houston Texans Grille at City Centre to celebrate West Virginia University’s 148th Birthday as we cheer on the nationally ranked WVU Men’s Basketball team to victory over Baylor.

Tip-off is at 11 AM.

WVU was born on Feb. 7, 1867 from the Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862. This act of Congress offered “land grants” of federally owned land to states that agreed to establish colleges to teach agriculture and the mechanical arts. On Oct. 3, 1863, the state legislature voted to accept a grant of land totaling 150,000 acres from the federal government. Funds from the sale of this land were used to establish WVU.

Let’s Go Mountaineers!!

St. Louis Rams vs Houston tickets online auction

It’s Football Time in Houston !!!!

As the Mountaineers take a much needed break during their bye week,

The WVU Alumni Association Lone Star Chapter has a special opportunity for you.

The Lone Star Chapter is holding an online auction

for two suite level tickets (Suite 239) for the


St. Louis Rams vs. Houston Texans Game

on October 13 @ Noon

at Reliant Stadium.


The two tickets will include parking and food/beverages will be provided in the suite. 

This is a $600 value!


The auction will last until

Tuesday, October 8th at 10:00 PM CST.


Don’t miss this opportunity to watch a great NFL match up

and to see two former Mountaineer standouts,

Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey,

in their rookie season with the St. Louis Rams.

To make a bid, please send your highest bid to auctions@wvulonestarchapter.org with your name and highest bid.

Many thanks to Joel and Shannon for providing these tickets to our chapter!

   Also, be sure to register for our Mountaineer Tailgate prior to the game – http://wvulonestarbluelot-e.eventbrite.com

Big 12 Conference Happy Hour on Tuesday, August 20th

As we approach the middle of August, it means only one thing…football season is just around the corner! To celebrate and get ready for the upcoming season, we are holding an all Big 12 happy hour meet and greet.   All Big 12 alumni groups are invited to attend as this will be a great opportunity to connect and network with different alumni groups and kickoff the upcoming 2013 Big 12 football season.


Please RSVP using this link: https://houstonbig12happyhour.eventbrite.com/

Here are a few free parking locations you may want to use whenever you visit The Texan’s Grille.

Volunteer Day @ The Food Bank on Saturday 8/17/13

The Chapter will be volunteering at the Houston Food Bank – Portwall Warehouse (535 Portwall Street) on Saturday, August 17 from 8 AM – Noon.

Support the Backpack Buddy Program and bring canned tuna!

Volunteers must be at least 8 years old.


Please contact heather.dishman.wvu@gmail.com if you would like to join our group.

Click on this link for registration information: WVU Food Bank Volunteer Registration


Mountaineer Tuesday – August 13th

Our next Mountaineer Tuesday is just around the corner…


Mountaineer Tuesday

Happy Hour

Tuesday, August 13th

@ BlackFinn (1910 Bagby Street)

6:00 – 8:00 PM


Happy Hour until 7 PM featuring $3 wells, house wines, and domestic drafts AND $6 appetizers and classic burgers.


Tuesday is also $12.00 Steak Night!


For those who are interested, stick around for Trivia @ 8 PM.


Please RSVP to  (heather.dishman.wvu@gmail.com) if you are able to attend.


We look forward to seeing you at Mountaineer Tuesday!


Let’s Go Mountaineers!!


Oliver Luck Welcome/Farewell Event

As you have heard Oliver Luck is the new director of intercollegiate athletics at WVU, effective July 1st.  He is resigning his current position as the President and General Manager of Houston Dynamo on Wednesday June 30th.
The Houston Dynamo is hosting a farewell party for Oliver on Saturday June 26th after their game vs. the Colorado Rapids and have invited us to join them.   Here is the info if you would like to attend the event.
Oliver Luck Welcome/Farewell Event
Saturday June 26th, 9:30 PM @ the VIP Tent
Tickets are $17/person (with the ticket you can attend the game vs. Colorado at 7:30 PM)
RSVP to Gelareh (gelareh.chafin@gmail.com) by NOON Thursday June 24th
Bring a check made to WVU Lone Star Chapter or cash in order to receive your ticket
NOTE: If you RSVP but do not attend the event you will still be required to pay for your ticket(s)
Show your WVU pride and wear BLUE & GOLD to the game
Bring a Business card with you to enter a drawing to win items signed by Oliver Luck
Raymond & Gelareh Chafin

Luck Returns Back to Campus to Lead WVU Athletics

One of our own has been selected to be the next Athletic Director

Congratulations on our outstanding selection for WVU Athletic Director
by President Clements and the screening committee which consisted of WVU
Alumni Association Chair Nancy DiPaolo! – Steve Douglas.

Oliver Luck, former WVU and NFL quarterback, Academic All-American,
named WVU’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

June 10th, 2010

President James P. Clements today (June 10) named former West Virginia
University and NFL quarterback and Academic All-American Oliver Luck as
West Virginia University’s director of intercollegiate athletics,
effective July 1.

Luck, 50, president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo soccer
franchise in Houston, Texas, will fill the position when Ed Pastilong
retires on June 30. Pastilong will serve as Athletic Director Emeritus
through 2012.

Oliver Luck “is the clear choice to carry forward what has truly been a
golden era in athletics. I am thrilled to welcome Oliver back to West
Virginia and WVU, and I am confident that he will do an outstanding

The two-time Academic All-American is a member of the Academic All
American Hall of Fame and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He was also a
National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, graduating from WVU magna
cum laude in 1982 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

“Oliver Luck is someone who has succeeded at the highest of levels at
everything he has done – from his college and professional football
playing days to his academic pursuits and his professional business
career,” said President Clements. “He is the clear choice to carry
forward what has truly been a golden era in athletics. I am thrilled to
welcome Oliver back to West Virginia and WVU, and I am confident that he
will do an outstanding job.”

“It is truly an honor to be selected to serve my alma mater as
athletic director, and to succeed such a fine gentleman as Ed Pastilong,
who has served WVU so well for so many years,” Luck said. “My
passion and love for West Virginia University has never wavered, and to
return to a school that has built a solid foundation in academics and
athletics over the last two decades is exciting.

“And while it’s a challenging time in intercollegiate athletics
with discussions on conference realignments and other issues, I look
forward to working with the University administration, athletic staff
and coaches and others to remain a successful, attractive and fiscally
responsible intercollegiate athletic program,” he said.

“WVU is truly one of the outstanding land-grant universities in the
country, and I am so pleased to be a part of its momentum and growth,”
he said. “This is a tremendous opportunity —a chance to return to a
University and a state that I love at a dynamic and strategic time in
its history. I want to thank President Clements and the screening
committee for their confidence in me.”

“My passion and love for West Virginia University has never wavered,
and to return to a school that has built a solid foundation in academics
and athletics over the last two decades is exciting.”

Luck assumes the position at a time when the University is engaged in a
long-term strategic planning process, which Clements has said is “an
ideal time” to lead the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics into
the next chapter in WVU’s history.

Screening Committee Chair Dr. Sam Ameri said he was impressed with
Luck’s academic background and his emphasis on academics. “Oliver
Luck truly believes in the mission of this University – teaching,
research and service – areas so important to the faculty, staff,
students and our state citizens,” he said.

“I also like his focus on our student-athletes and graduates being
ambassadors for WVU and representing themselves in a way that the image
of the University is enhanced,” he added.

A formal welcome celebration and press conference with Luck is expected
to be held Monday, June 14. More details will follow.

Luck’s Background

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Luck played quarterback for the
Mountaineers from 1978-1981, setting school records for touchdown passes
and completions, and leading the team to a Peach Bowl victory over
Florida as a senior. He ended his career as a three-year starter with
school records of 43 career touchdown passes and 466 completions out of
911 passing attempts. His 5,765 career passing yards ranks him fourth on
the school’s all-time passing list. He was named MVP in 1980 and 1981,
and also earned the 1981 Louis D. Meisel Award for the WVU scholar
athlete with the highest grade-point average. He was inducted into the
WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

In 1982, he was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the
Houston Oilers, and either started or played back-up quarterback through
the 1986 season. During that time, he earned his law degree from the
University of Texas cum laude.

After retiring from football, Luck became vice president of business
development for the National Football League and President and CEO of
NFL Europe.

In 2001, he became chief executive officer of the Harris County-Houston
Sports Authority, overseeing the development and management of over $1
billion of professional sports and entertainment venues in Houston:
Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros; Reliant Stadium, home of
the Houston Texans and the Livestock Show and Rodeo; and the Toyota
Center, home of the Houston Rockets.

He became president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo in 2005,
and the team won two MLS Cup championships in his first two years in the

He is married to the former Kathy Wilson. They have four children:
Andrew, the starting quarterback at Stanford; Mary Ellen, an incoming
freshman volleyball player at Stanford; daughter Emily, an incoming high
school junior; and 7th grade son, Addison.

Luck, who was appointed to the WVU Board of Governors by Gov. Joe
Manchin in 2008, resigned his Board position this week. (Contract
information will be available in the near future.)

Clements thanked the screening committee for its careful and thoughtful
review of the applicants and insight into the process that helped him
with his decision.

“I appreciate the hard work and diligence of the screening
committee,” Clements said. “There were many outstanding candidates
in this national search. I am confident we’ve found the ideal person
to lead this department to even greater success.”

WVU Athletic Achievements

Luck will lead a strong, healthy athletic department.

Over the past two decades, more than $85 million in facility
renovations have taken place within the Department of Intercollegiate
Athletics, including many at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium,
making WVU’s football facility among the nation’s best. Suites on
three sides of the stadium were added, along with club seating, an
indoor practice facility, new locker rooms, an academic center and hall
of traditions.

Other improvements include a new soccer stadium and women’s soccer
training facility, gymnastics and wrestling facilities, and renovations
to the Coliseum and Hawley Field.

The department’s budget has also grown from $20 million to more than
$59 million over the past two decades, and WVU joined the BIG EAST
football conference in 1991 and became a full-fledged member in 1995.

A growing endowment fund and an academic honor roll were also
established, along with a sports hall of fame.

In addition, WVU has finished in the Top 50 in the Director’s Cup
standings two out of the last three years; WVU is currently ranked No.


Stephen L. Douglas
WVU Alumni Association
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A special note from Gregg Cave of the WVU Alumni Association

Thank you to everyone for an absolutely fantastic weekend in Houston. The rain could certainly not dampen the spirit and comradery of those clad in Gold & Blue. I would like to thank all of those who worked so diligently to put on one of the best Shrimp Boils! I want to thank Gelareh and Raymond Chafin for their outstanding leadership this year. The chapter has produced some of our greatest alumni leaders, such as Bill & Christie McCartney and Jed & Nancy DiPaolo to name a few, and you both have continued that tradition. I would be remiss if I did not inform the membership of the Lone Star Chapter that their very own, Nancy DiPaolo, this past weekend, was elected Chair of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Congratulations to her!

I saw some old friends and met many new ones, which is why events like this are so important. Over 125 people attending the Shrimp Boil, through a driving rain storm, speaks volumes of the commitment and loyalty of our Mountaineers in the Houston area. The Lone Star Shrimp Boil has become one of the great signature events for the Alumni Association, in the same breathes as the NCAC Crabfeast and Boone Co. Pig Roast. You have all contributed to this and for that we will be eternally grateful.

Thanks again for you hospitality and I look forward to spending another Shrimp Boil with you in the future!