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Scholarship established in honor of former WVU Athletic Director Leland Byrd

Thu, 2017-04-27 08:15

West Virginia University students from Mercer County will benefit from a scholarship established in honor of Mercer County native and WVU’s 5th Director of Athletics, Dr. Leland E. Byrd.

Byrd was a WVU scholar-athlete and All-American basketball player who lettered in the 1945-48 seasons. He played for his father, Roy Byrd, at Matoaka High in Mercer County before enrolling at WVU in 1944.

First generation college student's fascination with physiology sparks career in physical therapy

Wed, 2017-04-26 13:03

It was curiosity and the desire to help others that sparked Kelsie Gillespie’s fascination about the different physiological mechanisms that help people recover. A first generation college student and graduate of James Monroe High School in Lindside, West Virginia, Kelsie chose to earn her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology with an emphasis in aquatic therapy at West Virginia University.

PRT suspends service during summer for modernization

Wed, 2017-04-26 12:30

Beginning May 6, West Virginia University’s PRT will be closed for passenger service to continue with automatic train control modernization and to perform other maintenance activities. It is anticipated that normal operations will resume Monday, Aug. 7.

Two WVU commencement venues—the Creative Arts Center and the Coliseum— will have shuttle service surrounding short-term parking lots on the Evansdale Campus, including lots 1, 4 and 9.

Benedum Foundation’s latest grants continue support to WVU

Wed, 2017-04-26 11:30

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation recently awarded three grants to West Virginia University through the WVU Foundation totaling $304,300.

These grants will benefit various programs, initiatives, and individuals at WVU including:

Athletics to add second video board at stadium

Wed, 2017-04-26 10:09

West Virginia University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will install a Daktronics 13 HD video board this summer in the north end zone at Milan Puskar Stadium, completing the project in time for the 2017 football season.

Spurred by transition work, WVU researchers offer ideas on government effectiveness

Wed, 2017-04-26 08:32

Following West Virginia University's involvement in transition planning for incoming Gov. Jim Justice, a multi-disciplinary group at the university has continued to look at ways government can be made more efficient, and not incidentally, less expensive. 

"Our state is at a crossroads, which offers us a wonderful opportunity to map out a prosperous future for all West Virginians,” Provost Joyce McConnell said. 

WVU, Marshall presidents thank Justice, legislators for "freedom" bill

Tue, 2017-04-25 13:34

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Michael Adelman today (April 25) issued a joint statement following Gov. Jim Justice's signing of HB 2815, granting greater authority to the schools' governing boards. 

The text of the statement: 

WVU Police Department earns highest ranking to date in The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey

Tue, 2017-04-25 12:30

West Virginia University Police Department received its highest ranking—13th—in The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey, a validation of the department’s commitment to keeping WVU safe and secure through community policing and prevention. The department has finished in the top 20 in the rankings for four consecutive years.

The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey is a reliable database to compare and measure various organizations in an effort to create a benchmarking program among security organizations. The results will enable organizations to answer the question, “Where Do I Stand?” as a basis of an ongoing peer review process.

WVU student selected to present liver disease research on Capitol Hill

Tue, 2017-04-25 10:45

One West Virginia University student’s research on sugary sodas and liver disease will take her to Capitol Hill this week to meet with congressional representatives and advocate for undergraduate research.

Sundus Lateef of Bridgeport is one of 60 student selected nationally by the Council on Undergraduate Research to showcase her work to members of Congress and their staff  at the annual Posters on the Hill session on April 25-26.

Registration closes soon for WVU Extension Service's Junior Firefighter Camp

Tue, 2017-04-25 08:44

Teens can learn what it takes to be a firefighter at West Virginia University Extension Service’s Junior Firefighter Camp, June 3 through June 8 at the State Fire Academy at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston.

LeBlanc announces 2017 signing class

Tue, 2017-04-25 08:43

West Virginia University men’s soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc has announced that eight student-athletes will join the program for the 2017 season.

Pulitzer Prize, Grammy winners among West Virginia University commencement speakers

Tue, 2017-04-25 08:15

A West Virginia University alumna who delved into the unseemly world of Indonesian slavery and brought home a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a Grammy winning Mountain State native whose music has been covered by legends of the industry and sung at presidential inaugurations top the ranks of speakers at the University’s commencement ceremonies this year.

WVU will hold commencement exercises at all 15 colleges and schools over a three-day period May 12-14.

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosts inaugural M.A.L.E. Leadership Breakfast

Mon, 2017-04-24 16:51

Having a committed mentor or role model is an important part of successful growth and development for a young adult.

To promote this ideal, My Brother’s Keeper – The Successful M.A.L.E Initiative will hold its inaugural M.A.L.E. Leadership Breakfast Thursday (April 27) at 9:30 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

WVU student teams sweep 2017 WV Collegiate Business Plan Competition

Mon, 2017-04-24 12:10

West Virginia University students will have the opportunity to foster entrepreneurship in the state, after bringing home the top spots in all three categories at the 2017 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Competition on April 21.

Winners of the 11th annual competition are Keith Heisler, a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majoring in aerospace engineering in the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources with his business, H2OLD IT; Matthew Byrd, a native of Ritchie County, and a wildlife and fisheries resources sophomore in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, with his business, Byrds and Bees Honey; and Brandon Lucke-Wold from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Zachary Wright from Bridgeport, dual M.D./Ph.D. students in the WVU School of Medicine with their business, SwifTag Systems.

WVU’s top seniors honored with 2017 Order of Augusta, Outstanding Seniors award

Mon, 2017-04-24 08:00

Eight students from a variety of backgrounds have been honored with the Order of Augusta, West Virginia University’s most prestigious student honor. They are among 44 students who have been named WVU Foundation’s Outstanding Seniors.

“With both the Outstanding Senior award and the Order of Augusta, we recognize and celebrate some extraordinary young people,” said Provost Joyce McConnell. “These students come from different backgrounds and disciplines and they are heading in many directions when they leave WVU, but they are all poised to do great things and to show the world that Mountaineers can do.”

BOG backs WVU values: service, curiosity, respect, accountability, appreciation

Fri, 2017-04-21 14:49

As it celebrates its 150th anniversary, West Virginia University has outlined a mission of leading transformation, through partnership and based on the values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation. 

The Board of Governors endorsed a mission, vision and values statement at its regular meeting Friday (April 21), culminating a year-long process kicked off by President Gordon Gee's State of the University speech on March 1, 2016. 

West Virginia University Board of Governors authorizes term sheet with KVC Health Systems

Fri, 2017-04-21 12:07

Today, the WVU Board of Governors authorized a term sheet for a lease-purchase agreement with KVC Health Systems for facilities on the Montgomery Campus. This agreement is an intent to lease, which details the obligations related to maintenance, payments and purchase. KVC intends to use the facilities to operate a specialized career college for youth aging out of foster care, a move that WVU President Gordon Gee called “a tremendous plus for the campus and community.”

West Virginia University Alumni Association San Diego Chapter launches $25,000 scholarship

Thu, 2017-04-20 14:00

The West Virginia University Alumni Association San Diego Chapter has launched its newest form of support for West Virginia University students with the establishment of the ‘WVU Alumni Association San Diego Chapter Scholarship.’

The $25,000 scholarship will be offered to any undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at WVU, living in either San Diego or Orange counties in California.

Inaugural class of WVU biomedical engineers to present senior projects

Thu, 2017-04-20 13:30

Working in three teams, West Virginia University’s inaugural biomedical engineering class has developed an intraocular lens characterization, software that is about 90 percent accurate in diagnosing lung disease from the sound of a patient’s cough and formulated a printable ink for use in creating the next generation of flexible electrodes for brain recording and stimulation.

Sixteen students in all will showcase their work in an open house, led by chief engineers Meg Neely (Morgantown) and Erin Midkiff (Winfield), Ryan Mezan (Weirton) and Melanie Hott (Augusta). The four are also students in WVU’s Honors College.