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Matching, participation gift challenges part of Wednesday’s inaugural WVU Day of Giving

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:00

Donors to West Virginia University’s inaugural Day of Giving on Wednesday (Nov. 8) could see their investment grow immediately thanks to other generous University supporters.

Several alumni and friends have issued challenge and participation matches for the 24-hour online fundraising effort designed to raise dollars for the University’s greatest priorities and opportunities, as well as scholarships and unrestricted funds at both the University and unit specific level. Among them: 

Women's soccer to face Bucknell Saturday in NCAA Tournament

Tue, 2017-11-07 12:50

The No. 7-ranked women's soccer team earned a No. 2 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and will face Bucknell in the first round on Saturday (Nov. 11) at 1 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Paying it forward: Social work scholarship encourages students to give back

Tue, 2017-11-07 11:41

A dozen WVU social work students have received the Social Work Pay It Forward scholarship, which has been in place for a decade. This scholarship is made possible by 120 donors that who have given 280 gifts totaling $110,000. The idea behind the scholarship is to encourage recipients of the scholarship to not pay back the money given, but to instead pay it forward to support students with financial need.

Lyons announces four-year contract extension for Bob Huggins

Mon, 2017-11-06 15:26

Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced a four-year contract extension to 2021-22 for basketball coach Bob Huggins, extending his relationship with the University until 2027. The amended employment agreement takes effect immediately.

WVU to study of possible geothermal use thanks to DoE grant

Mon, 2017-11-06 14:00

Every possible energy source exists within 100 miles of West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, so it only makes sense that the University explores a variety of sustainable ways to heat and cool some 250 buildings on nearly 2,000 acres.

And in keeping with its “Go First” motto, WVU could become home to the first geothermal direct-use heating and cooling system in the eastern United States.

Tickets on sale for women’s basketball Charleston game

Mon, 2017-11-06 12:55

Tickets for the women's basketball game against Radford at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston are now on sale through the Civic Center Box Office. The Mountaineers and the Highlanders will square off on Saturday, Dec. 16, in a 4 p.m. tip.

WVU’s Mr. Mountaineer Garrett Burgess a finalist for the prestigious British Marshall Scholarship

Mon, 2017-11-06 10:17

Just days after being named Mr. Mountaineer, a competitive award that recognizes exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement, West Virginia University senior Garrett Burgess got word that he is a finalist for the prestigious British Marshall Scholarship.

Marshall Scholarships offer up to 40 young Americans of high ability the opportunity to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Burgess will interview for one of the coveted spots Nov. 13.

Verl and Sandra Purdy make $5 million gift commitment to WVU

Fri, 2017-11-03 11:59

West Virginia University graduate Verl O. Purdy attributes much of his success to the education and opportunities he received as a student at WVU in the 1960s.

The Poca native, who founded the largest agricultural data analysis and marketing company in the world, and his wife, Sandra, are now giving back to WVU with a $5 million donation, announced Friday (Nov. 3). The gift will be split between the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the College of Business and Economics and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Clemons’ non-participation in Mountaineer Mascot duties extended one game

Fri, 2017-11-03 09:45

Troy Clemons, West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Mascot, will not participate in events surrounding this weekend’s home football game against Iowa State.

This is the second week Clemons has not participated in the wake of his arrest on Oct. 27 for speeding and misdemeanor driving under the influence. Alternate Mountaineer Trevor Kiess will assume the duties this weekend.

WVU’s Donna Peduto recognized for commitment to public education

Fri, 2017-11-03 09:30

Donna Hoylman Peduto, executive director of the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and long-time educational policy expert, has been recognized by National Association of State Boards of Education for her commitment to translating public policy into practice to ensure that all West Virginia students have access to equal educational opportunities.

Peduto will receive the organization’s David A, Kysilko distinguished service award Saturday at the group’s meeting in Atlanta.

WVU researchers to hold NIH-funded camp that turns high schoolers into citizen scientists

Fri, 2017-11-03 08:00

“Have you ever been to camp?” asked Ann Chester, assistant vice president for education partnerships at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. “Camps are magical for building relationships. Over time, you can use those magical relationships for good.”

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded Chester $270,000 for one year to help high-schoolers forge those “magical relationships” and consider a career in science, technology, engineering or math.

Long-time donor provides lead gift in construction of bridge at WVU Jackson’s Mill

Thu, 2017-11-02 09:16

Each year thousands of West Virginia youths and other visitors travel to West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill to participate in 4-H camps where they learn valuable leadership and mentoring skills, while forging lifelong friendships. Part of that journey includes participation in the West Virginia State 4-H Camp Council Circle, a symbolic center of spirit for campers.

For the past century, getting to the Circle has meant traversing along a wooded trail, with no direct access to the area. Through a generous donation of $100,000 from long-time 4-H and Jackson’s Mill supporter, Jack M. Tyree, campers will now travel to the Circle via the Jack M. and Helen S. Tyree Bridge.

Huggins' Mountaineers begin season ranked No. 11

Thu, 2017-11-02 08:42

It is the third time a Huggins-coached West Virginia team has been ranked by AP to begin the season, joining last year's squad that began ranked 20th and his 2010 club that started the season ranked eighth before ending it in Indianapolis in the Final Four.

NASA space shuttle scientist to speak at WVU

Wed, 2017-11-01 14:00

A rocket scientist who oversaw many of NASA’s Space Shuttle launches will present a lecture at West Virginia University Monday (Nov. 6).

Known as the Rocket Man, Suresh Kulkarni helped launch 55 successful flights for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. His lecture, “Engineering Role Before and After the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster,” will be presented as part of the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering’s lecture series from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in G102 of the Engineering Sciences Building.

WVU Reed College of Media to host a women’s hackathon on artificial intelligence

Wed, 2017-11-01 11:02

Artificial intelligence has a serious diversity problem. Algorithms that increasingly influence much of our daily lives are created by technologists who aren’t necessarily doing the best job representing gender, racial or economic diversity.

That’s why the West Virginia University Reed College of Media has teamed up with MediaShift to co-host “Hack the Gender Gap: A Women’s Hackathon on Diversifying AI,” which will bring together college-aged women from around the country to add their voices to the emerging artificial intelligence market.

WVU researcher examines patient awareness of prescription drug risks

Wed, 2017-11-01 00:16

(Editor’s Note: Citations are below.) 

WVU Extension presents philanthropy awards

Tue, 2017-10-31 15:26

West Virginia University Extension Service provides valuable outreach, research, programs and education to improve lives in every county in West Virginia. Behind those efforts are loyal, committed donors who share our passion for improving the lives of West Virginians. WVU Extension Service recently recognized several donors who have made significant contributions to Extension’s mission with Extension Partner Appreciation awards.

The 2017 recipients include the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, National 4-H Council, EQT Foundation, and Mary M. “Mickey” Welch.

Spend an evening with the 'Space Gal’ at WVU

Tue, 2017-10-31 13:00

Emily Calandrelli, a West Virginia University alumna who is currently the Emmy-nominated host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space and chief correspondent on Netflix’s show, “Bill Nye Saves the World,” returns to campus as a scholar-in-residence Nov. 6-7. She will also share her passion for space exploration in an “Evening with the Space Gal,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 6), in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. This event is open to the public.

As part of her residency, Calandrelli will engage with students and faculty in the Reed College of Media, the Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the Honors College and the Department of Leadership Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Her appearance is also a signature event of the yearlong celebration of the 2017-2018 Campus Read, “Hidden Figures.”

The human dimensions of water

Tue, 2017-10-31 11:00

Water is the driving force of all nature, but how do people react when an area begins to run out of water? Martina Angela Caretta, assistant professor of geography at West Virginia University, seeks to answer that question in a report she co-authored for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Riffon named WVU interim director of WVU’s Office of Veteran Affairs

Mon, 2017-10-30 16:40

Steve Riffon, a retired U.S. Air Force captain, has been appointed the interim director of the Office of Veterans Affairs at West Virginia University, effective Nov. 1.

Simultaneously, the University administration has created a President’s Action Group for Veterans, to be headed by WVU Alumni Association President and CEO Sean Frisbee, a retired USAF colonel, to review current outreach to veterans across the system.

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