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Cassak named 2017-2018 Benedum Distinguished Scholar in Physical Sciences and Technology

Thu, 2018-03-01 13:00

Paul Cassak, associate professor of Physics and Astronomy in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has been named West Virginia University’s 2017-2018 Benedum Distinguished Scholar in Physical Sciences and Technology. This designation is intended to recognize and reward WVU faculty who exemplify distinction in research, scholarship or creative activity.

Cassak is a theoretical and computational plasma physicist specializing in space physics and magnetically confined fusion. His research explores a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection, which drives solar flares in the sun’s atmosphere and leads to auroral light displays and space weather at Earth. He serves on numerous science community committees and does elementary school outreach throughout West Virginia in partnership with Morgantown’s Spark! Imagination and Science Center. Cassak has also made appearances on NASA TV.

Holgorsen hopes to build on red zone success in 2018

Thu, 2018-03-01 11:22

Each year, coaching staffs across the country assemble and go over all of the things their teams did well, all of the things they didn't do well and all of the things they want to see improved during the spring.

WVU Alumni Association alumni chapters reach $1 million mark

Thu, 2018-03-01 08:15

West Virginia University alumni continue to show their devotion to their alma mater by contributing more than $2 million for scholarships and the WVU Alumni Association

More than 60 active chapters across the United States and internationally, were able to raise more than $1 million so that alumni chapters can continue to work tirelessly to engage and connect with graduates of WVU. Through outreach programs, service events, student recruitment and networking opportunities, alumni chapters serve as an extended arm of the Alumni Association in forming communities of Mountaineers across the world.

Single game baseball tickets on sale

Wed, 2018-02-28 14:16

Single game tickets are on sale now for another exciting season of West Virginia University baseball at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Marsh to speak at South by Southwest Conference in Texas

Wed, 2018-02-28 12:00

WVU’s chief health leader will participate in a discussion of new ways to approach the nation’s drug crisis at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. Clay B. Marsh, M.D., WVU vice president and executive dean for health sciences, will be one of four panelists discussing “Hacking the Opioid Epidemic: How Behavioral Science Can Help Us Combat America’s Most Pressing Health Crisis,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 13 in the Austin Convention Center.

WVU College of Law student named one of the country's top leaders

Wed, 2018-02-28 09:30

Ryan Wallace, a third-year student at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been named one of the top student leaders in the country by The National Jurist.

In it spring issue, the magazine named Wallace a finalist for Law Student of the Year. He is among 20 student leaders from across the country recognized for significantly contributing to their law school and community.

WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education receives $100,000 Eberly Foundation grant to expand WVUteach program

Wed, 2018-02-28 00:00

Through WVUteach, the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education is set to produce nearly 25 STEM teachers each year, accelerating the pace of placing certified teachers in vacant West Virginia classrooms.

A $100,00 grant from the Eberly Foundation will support that effort through a master teacher assistant, allowing nearly 100 additional students to enter WVUteach over the span of four years, with 12 estimated to credential and enter the classroom following graduation each year. The remainder of these students will graduate with a STEM degree.

WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ fundraising campaign brings in more than $1.2 billion

Tue, 2018-02-27 16:00

The largest private fundraising campaign in West Virginia University history saw more than 90,000 donors contribute just over $1.2 billion to the University.

Alumni and friends of WVU contributed $1,218,886,505 to the “State of Minds” campaign which ended Dec. 31, WVU President Gordon Gee announced Tuesday (Feb. 27) during his State of the University Address at Erickson Alumni Center. That amount is more than $200 million over the campaign’s $1 billion goal. 

Gee: WVU to lead 'purposeful change' for students, state

Tue, 2018-02-27 15:49

In a country where higher education is being devalued, even as the cost of an education skyrockets, West Virginia University remains committed to its purpose of transforming lives in the state and the world, President Gordon Gee said today (Feb. 27). 

“Every day our faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors are putting the power of that purpose to work,” Gee said while delivering his 9th State of the University address in his second term at WVU. 

WVU Extension Service offers food safety courses statewide

Mon, 2018-02-26 15:00

With new safety regulations and procedures in place for farmers and agribusiness owners, West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local growers navigate these changes while providing education and training to ensure consumer safety.

Eberly College launches new transatlantic MA in international history and security studies

Mon, 2018-02-26 14:30

The Department of History has partnered with Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland to launch a new transatlantic Master of Arts in international history and security studies for fall 2018.

Businessman, entrepreneur Don Hoylman makes leadership gift commitment to WVU

Mon, 2018-02-26 14:00

Don Hoylman attributes the success of his three children to the education and opportunities they received as students at West Virginia University. He also credits WVU with being a positive driver for his vision and success in creating and growing his businesses.  

The Harrison County native and longtime Marion County resident, who has enjoyed a very successful career in the mining, gas and oil business, is now giving back to WVU with a transformational leadership donation through his trust. The amount of the gift is not being made public at this time at the donor’s request. The substantial gift will be split evenly between the College of Business and Economics and the WVU Cancer Institute.

Libraries to host exhibit, Heroin(e) screening for Women's History Month

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:30

As part of Women’s History Month, West Virginia University Libraries will showcase the work of Peabody Award-winning documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon and three other West Virginia-based photographers.

West Virginia native and WVU alumna Sheldon (BSJ, 2009) will screen her most recent film, the Oscar-nominated “Heroin(e)”, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library, Room 104. The Netflix Original Documentary short follows three women fighting the opioid crisis in Huntington.

WVU researcher to study hospital wayfinding through virtual reality technologies

Mon, 2018-02-26 09:30

With support from a research grant from the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation, a West Virginia University researcher is leading a study that will help address the functional complexity of large hospitals. 

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of landscape architecture in the School of Design and Community Development, and her research team will utilize immersive virtual reality technologies to conduct a study focused primarily on hospital wayfinding. 

Rifle wins 2018 GARC Championship

Mon, 2018-02-26 08:25

The rifle team shot 2366 air rifle at the 2018 Great America Rifle Conference Championships, pushing its aggregate total to 4699 and giving the Mountaineers their ninth straight championship title. WVU's (13-0, 9-0) title is its conference-best 13th. The 2018 GARC regular-season champions as well, the Mountaineers have swept the GARC team titles nine times since 1998.

Trevor Kiess named WVU’s 65th Mountaineer Mascot

Sat, 2018-02-24 20:02

West Virginia University senior and member of the Honors College Trevor Kiess was announced as the next Mountaineer Mascot at tonight’s (Feb. 24) men’s basketball game vs Iowa State. 

Prior to being named the new Mountaineer mascot, Kiess had the opportunity to wear the buckskins and carry the musket as the alternate to WVU’s current mascot Troy Clemons. 

College of Media professor's work featured by Google for Black History Month

Thu, 2018-02-22 11:30

A worldwide audience can view a West Virginia University researcher’s work on Appalachia’s African American history on his virtual exhibit “Soldiers of the Coalfields: The Hidden Stories of Black Appalachians in WWI,” one of 100 stories highlighted by the Google Cultural Institute in celebration of Black History Month.

Joel Beeson, an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media, created the online gallery that chronicles the stories of African Amercians who migrated to McDowell County in the early 1900s to work in the coal mines and then went on to serve in the U.S. military. The town of Kimball is home to one of the nation’s earliest World War I memorial honoring black soldiers.

WVU LaunchLab hosts inaugural Student Organization Pitch Competition

Wed, 2018-02-21 15:30

West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network hosted its first Student Organization Pitch Competition to encourage students to share their ideas to spark social entrepreneurship and change. The top three teams were awarded money to fund their projects. 

Six student organization teams pitched products and businesses to a packed house, then the judges solicited audience feedback in selecting the winners of the competition. The judges for the event were Cory Dennison, CEO and president of Vision Shared; Anna Carrier, owner of The Cupcakerie; Corey Farris, WVU dean of students; John Williams, staff attorney at the WVU College of Law; and Miguel Henriquez, SGA senator and physics student.

Take a look at Appalachia through the eyes of noted authors during WVU's Festival of Ideas

Wed, 2018-02-21 14:46

The David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas is bringing two authors with differing perspectives on Appalachian culture to West Virginia University.

J.D. Vance, author of the No. 1 New York Times best seller “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” will be held tonight, (Feb. 21) at 7: 30 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms. Elizabeth Catte, public historian and author of “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia” will discuss her work, a frank assessment of the country's recent obsession with the people and problems of Appalachia, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, room G15.

WVU Center for Executive Education helping to connect forensic science and business

Wed, 2018-02-21 11:30

With a backlog of DNA cases at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory and a push to do more with less money, Sheri Lemons needed help. The director of the state crime lab was desperate to apply business skills to forensic science, so she turned to West Virginia University to help her manage people, money and projects.

The solutions Lemons needed were in WVU’s Center for Executive Education, where she found the internationally recognized Forensic Management Academy and Lean Six Sigma programs. Call it a game-changer for Lemons and for the entire state forensic lab.