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West Concourse renovations take shape at Milan Puskar Stadium

Fri, 2017-08-18 13:25

What Mountaineer fans appreciated on the east side of Milan Puskar Stadium last year will now be enjoyed on the west side, starting with West Virginia’s season opener game against East Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 9.

WVU and IMG debut Mountaineer Tailgate Club

Fri, 2017-08-18 11:14

West Virginia University Athletics and IMG announced Friday (Aug. 18) the debut of the Mountaineer Tailgate Club, a customizable, premier tailgate and hospitality experience for Mountaineer fans attending home games at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia University Police Department up for reaccreditation Sept. 10

Fri, 2017-08-18 09:00

West Virginia University’s Police Department will be examined for reaccreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement on September 10.  The IACLEA will examine all aspects of University Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation and support services, Chief Bob Roberts announced today (Aug. 18).

“Accreditation shows that our department complies with the current best practices in law enforcement,” Roberts said. “Verification by the team that West Virginia University Police Department meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to keep accreditation – a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence.”

Mountaineers and WVU Libraries renew TD Challenge

Thu, 2017-08-17 14:18

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and WVU Libraries are teaming up again for the Mountaineer Touchdown Challenge, a fundraising campaign to benefit the Libraries.

Back-to-school budgeting made simple with advice from WVU Extension Service experts

Thu, 2017-08-17 14:00

Back-to-school time can be exciting for parents and students alike. With so many things to prepare for, shopping for school items might seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be, according to West Virginia University Extension Service experts.

Rockefeller, Burwell to keynote WVU Children’s Health Policy Summit

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:30

As children’s access to quality and accessible health care is in uncertain times, West Virginia University’s John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics is partnering with the WVU Health Sciences Center and WVU Libraries to host a Children’s Health Policy Summit: Understanding the People, Place and Policy Behind Health Care.

The summit is scheduled for Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. Keynote speakers will include West Virginia native Sylvia Burwell, president of American University and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and former U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a leader in state and federal health care policy for 40 years.

West Virginia University system welcomes record enrollment

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:59

The West Virginia University system began classes Wednesday with record numbers of first-time freshmen enrollment – 6,224 across its three campuses in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser. The incoming class also features higher test scores and an increase in international students. 

“This increase shows that more high school students everywhere are beginning to recognize the quality education available at West Virginia University,” President Gordon Gee said. “I have been saying for years that West Virginia University is the ‘Goldilocks’ university: not too big, and not too small, but just right.

WVU researchers, health professionals lead new effort to prevent HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks related to opioid epidemic

Wed, 2017-08-16 15:38

When communities face epidemics of drug abuse, a wave of infectious diseases often follows, including hepatitis and HIV. A new federally-funded program in southern West Virginia, led by West Virginia University, will seek to interrupt that cycle. 

“West Virginia has the highest drug overdose fatality and hepatitis rates in the U.S.,” said Judith Feinberg, M.D., of the WVU School of Medicine. “We have not seen an HIV outbreak yet. But it’s a ticking time bomb for us, especially in rural areas where the local health system’s ability to detect and mitigate an HIV outbreak may not be well developed.” 

Mountaineer Center wellness facility under construction at Mylan Park

Wed, 2017-08-16 12:34

The starting gun has sounded and construction workers are off and running building Mountaineer Center, a community wellness facility at Mylan Park featuring competitive and community pools and a track and field complex that will also attract visitors from across the region.

In addition to school and community use, the estimated $40 million, state-of-the-art center will also be home for West Virginia University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving and track and cross-country teams.

WVU names director of Greek Life

Wed, 2017-08-16 12:20

Matthew Richardson has been named director of Greek Life at West Virginia University, effective August 28. Richardson is currently the coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Pittsburgh.

As the director of Greek Life, he will provide leadership in moving forward WVU’s strategic initiative to strengthen and promote the positive aspects of the Greek community, with special emphasis on scholarship, service, leadership, friendship, and safety.

WVU opens Humanities Center; Claycomb to serve as interim director

Wed, 2017-08-16 08:25

West Virginia University is opening a new center for the humanities to support innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary faculty research in all humanities fields. Dr. Ryan Claycomb will serve as founding interim director. He most recently served as associate dean of the WVU Honors College

“Scholarly research faces defunding from the state and national levels, and the humanities disciplines are vulnerable because their value is hard to quantify,” said WVU Provost Joyce McConnell

WVU Law mourns the passing of Justice Frank Cleckley

Tue, 2017-08-15 15:00

Justice Franklin D. Cleckley, the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law Emeritus at the West Virginia University College of Law, passed away in Morgantown on August 14.

“Frank was a giant in legal education and in law practice,” said  Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of the Law. “He had one of the keenest intellects I have ever known, and he was admired and loved as a friend and colleague across the state and the country. He will be missed. Please keep his family in your thoughts.”

WVU to participate in national study of PhD student outcomes

Tue, 2017-08-15 08:30

West Virginia University will be participating as an affiliate partner in a collective effort spearheaded by the Council of Graduate Schools to gather and use data about the careers of Ph.D. students and alumni. The broad-based survey will collect data about Ph.D. careers in both STEM and humanities fields and is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A total of 48 universities have been selected to participate as funded research partners or project affiliates. Collectively, these institutions award more than 8000 Ph.D. degrees annually (on average); WVU awards an average of 183 annually (2013-16).

WVU Foundation’s University Fund sets all-time giving record

Tue, 2017-08-15 08:30

Donors to the University Fund, the annual giving program of the West Virginia University Foundation, gave $21.6 million in fiscal year 2017, an all-time high record. The previous record high was $21.4 million donated in fiscal year 2016.

The $21.6 million is part of an overall $139.8 million in gifts and pledges by donors to WVU between July 1, 2016 and June 30, the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation’s history. Foundation officials say 17,484 individual donors made 35,946 gifts to WVU through the University Fund between July 1, 2016 and June 30. 

Izzo-Brown sheds light on 2017 season

Mon, 2017-08-14 10:37

With preseason nearly complete and two exhibition wins to its name, the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team can now turn its attention to its season opener, a 4 p.m. match at No. 5 Georgetown on Friday, Aug. 18, at Shaw Field, in Washington, D.C.

WVU Libraries receives fourth grant to digitize historical newspapers

Fri, 2017-08-11 13:30

The West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center has received a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing newspapers published in West Virginia from 1836 to 1922.

The award is the Libraries’ fourth NEH grant as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. The collaboration between the NEH and the Library of Congress enlists libraries and institutions from around the country to create a digital database of historical United States newspapers.

Grammy Award-winner Cage the Elephant to headline FallFest 2017

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:03

West Virginia University’s annual FallFest concert will be held Tuesday, Aug.15, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. The show begins at 5 p.m. and will include performances by Cage the Elephant, 21 Savage and RL Grime. Cage the Elephant will close the show. FallFest is free and open to WVU Students only. Students must present their valid WVU Student ID to enter. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Alternative rockers Cage the Elephant – Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass) and Jared Champion (drums) may hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky, but their first step to fame came from chart success in England, where they had relocated before the release of their first album. The band has since released six albums. Cage the Elephant’s self-titled debut album garnered both commercial and critical success and the band earned a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for 2016’s “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” Their latest release, “Unpeeled,” is their second live album and chronicles a series of intimate, stripped-down performances that the band played earlier this year.

WVU Extension Service offers flood recovery tips for gardeners and farmers

Thu, 2017-08-10 15:00

Floods have far reaching effects that extend past the immediate damage and danger that high water presents at the crest stage. In addition to the clean-up efforts afterwards, there are agricultural considerations for the home gardener and farmer with livestock.

‘Drive to the finish line’ continues as WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ Campaign tops $1.12 billion

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:30

With fewer than six months left in “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” gifts to the comprehensive fundraising effort continue to roll in.

Through June 30, donors have given $1.125 billion to the Campaign, an increase of $26 million over the past three months. The Campaign’s success was bolstered by $139.8 million in new gifts and pledges in FY’17 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation’s history. Part of that included a record $21.6 million given by donors to the Foundation’s annual giving program, the University Fund. 

Ecosystem greenhouse gases under rising temperatures to be studied by WVU researcher

Thu, 2017-08-10 13:00

An award from the National Science Foundation will allow a researcher from West Virginia University to better predict greenhouse gases and carbon storage under rising temperatures and changing environments.

Omar Abdul-Aziz, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will use publicly available data sets from around the world to identify the ecological similarities and emergent scaling laws of carbon, water and energy exchanges between the land and atmosphere. The three-year award is expected to total nearly $300,000.