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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.

WVU doctors and nurses work together to get tonsillectomy patients home faster

Wed, 2018-02-21 08:30

After having their tonsils removed, patients often can’t leave the hospital for six hours, even if they bounce back from surgery sooner. Hospital policy commonly mandates a six-hour recovery time. But research led by Habib Zalzal, a resident in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests that not all tonsillectomy patients have to wait that long.

The project earned him the G. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh Research Award for the southern region of the Triological Society, a national society for ear, nose and throat surgeons.

WVU to analyze crosswalk safety after pedestrian accidents

Tue, 2018-02-20 21:12

In light of two pedestrian accidents around crosswalks in recent weeks, West Virginia University officials will undertake a comprehensive analysis relating to crosswalks on and around our campus.

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said the University has already been working with city officials and will initiate additional conversations with city, county and state officials, including the Morgantown Pedestrian Safety Board, to discuss ways in which safety at crosswalks can be increased. 

WVU’s McConnell appointed to Antero Resources Board of Directors

Tue, 2018-02-20 20:45

West Virginia University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joyce McConnell will serve as a member of the Antero Resources Board of Directors effective today (Feb. 20).

“I am thrilled to join the Board of Antero, a great company with a forward-thinking management team and a bright future in West Virginia and Ohio. Antero’s momentum, footprint and operational capabilities present a tremendous opportunity,” said McConnell. “I am excited to represent shareholders and work with the Board to oversee the execution of the company’s business strategy.”

WVU students selected for legislative internships

Tue, 2018-02-20 13:00

Eleven students from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University have been selected to intern at the West Virginia State Legislature this semester. The interns were selected through a competitive application process and will assist legislators in their daily activities. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge from the 60-day legislative session, which runs from Jan. 10 through March 10.

WVU researcher wins national award; examines use of multiple medications among older cancer survivors

Mon, 2018-02-19 08:30

With age comes a higher prevalence of chronic illness, often resulting in the use of multiple prescription medications at a time. With the help of a new award, a West Virginia University researcher is examining the prevalence and hazards of potentially inappropriate medication prescribing among elderly cancer survivors.

Traci LeMasters, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, is a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s New Investigator Award, which grants funding to early-career faculty to jumpstart independent research programs. She is one of only 16 people nationwide to receive the award this year. 

2018 Annual Gold-Blue Game set

Fri, 2018-02-16 16:02

West Virginia University will hold its annual Gold-Blue Spring Game presented by U.S. Cellular on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU expects to have 1,100 students in Living Learning Communities by 2019

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:55

By the fall semester of 2019, West Virginia University expects to have almost 1,100 students residing in Living-Learning Communities, a re-envisioned approach to bridging the gap between academic and non-academic life on campus to help build retention.

In a report to the Board of Governors Friday (Feb. 16), Dean of Students Corey Farris and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Paul Kreider reported on the history of the initiative as well as plans for its growth during the next few years.

WVU Day at the Legislature canceled

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:42

After monitoring events in Charleston and anticipating large crowds at the Capitol next week, West Virginia University and WVU Extension Service have made the decision to cancel the WVU Day at the Legislature event scheduled for Feb. 20, 2018.

Recent graduate named WVU's first Gates Cambridge scholar

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:00

When Dillon Muhly-Alexander became the first student from Doddridge County High School to be named a West Virginia University Foundation Scholar, it was because of the leadership and compassion he showed for others by creating a backpack program to supply food to at-risk children.

As a WVU student, he took advantage of every opportunity to conduct research on food security, work with legislators and travel abroad to learn about global development. Now he has another first for his already impressive resume—the first WVU student to be named a Gates-Cambridge Scholar.

New endowment established in light of national teacher shortage

Fri, 2018-02-16 09:30

A newly established CEHS scholarship from Drs. Donald and Catherine Perry Cotten will support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in teacher education.

Students, 4-H’ers to ‘find their path’ at WVU Day at the Legislature

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:30

Higher education can open the door to a world of possibilities for West Virginia’s young people. Hundreds of 4-H’ers and students will have an opportunity to learn how they can find their path to those possibilities and to West Virginia University during the 2018 WVU Day at the Legislature. The event, hosted by WVU and WVU Extension Service will take place at the Capitol in Charleston Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The WVU Day at the Legislature will feature interactive displays, activities and exhibits for students aimed a piquing an interest in higher education. Students and visitors will learn about scholarships, how to choose a career, get information on WVU camps, talk with current students about life at WVU, interact with faculty and much more. Additionally, 4-H’ers, representatives from WVU’s colleges/units and others will meet their state representatives, get a peek into the legislative process and participate in a special recognition by the House and Senate of WVU and WVU Extension programs, including 4-H.

WVU establishes moratorium on IFC activity, launches system review

Wed, 2018-02-14 19:57

West Virginia University today (Feb. 14) placed an immediate moratorium on all social and recruiting activities of the 16 social and social-professional fraternities comprising the Interfraternity Council, enacting a plan to review and strengthen oversight in the wake of concern over continued behavioral issues. 

“We know many students have a great experience in fraternity life, and do the right things – make the right choices and actively engage in philanthropy, service and leadership, but as a system, there are enough concerns that we want to ask the IFC to help us reset,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. 

Long-time activist Meshea Poore to lead WVU's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office

Wed, 2018-02-14 13:30

Meshea Poore, a long-time champion of under-represented people, has been named vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at West Virginia University.

“Meshea will be a powerful voice at the University on some of the most important societal issues we face,” President Gordon Gee said Wednesday (Feb. 14) in announcing her appointment. “She brings a long list of accomplishments and remarkable enthusiasm to the position.”

WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

Wed, 2018-02-14 11:09

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Feb. 16) in remembrance of students Leah Berhanu and Ibrahim Alkammis.

Berhanu, 21, a civil engineering major from Morgantown, died Feb. 1; and Alkammis, 26, a business and economics major from Saudi Arabia, died Jan. 20.

West Virginia Law Review symposium to explore range of Appalachian issues

Tue, 2018-02-13 09:30

More than 80 national and regional experts will address issues that affect those who live Appalachia every day including: health care; veterans; oil, gas and coal; civil rights; broadband expansion; economic development; criminal justice and educational and legal reform at a symposium to be held at the West Virginia University College of Law later this month.

The Appalachian Justice System Symposium, a two-day event hosted by the West Virginia Law Review, begins Feb. 23 and continues through Feb. 24, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

WVU Extension’s Women in Ag to host statewide workshops

Mon, 2018-02-12 14:48

West Virginia is home to nearly 10,000 female farmers. To help this important group of agribusiness owners, WVU Extension Service’s Women in Ag program is hosting a series of workshops throughout the state (and online) to provide them with tools and resources needed to run a successful business.

WVU Festival of Ideas to host panel of six opioid crisis experts

Mon, 2018-02-12 12:30

Six experts on the state’s opioid crisis will take part in a panel discussion Feb. 20 in the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater as part of West Virginia University’s Festival of Ideas. “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” starts at 7:30 p.m., and is co-sponsored by The Charleston Gazette-Mail. 

“Instead of looking for experts from far afield, we have brought together some of the people on our campus and in the Gazette-Mail newsroom who have been working diligently to help us understand our substance abuse crisis in West Virginia, and to solve it,” said Dr. Clay B. Marsh, vice president and executive dean for WVU Health Sciences, who will moderate the event.