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In honor of Black History Month, The West Virginia University Muslim Student Association and the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research will co-sponsor a forum on navigating race, religion and gender in America on Tuesday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. in Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair.
The event, free and open to the public, will feature special guest speaker Riham Osman, communications coordinator for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. Osman specializes in digital media, manages the organization’s online presence and works to ensure the media accurately portrays Muslim Americans.
Using a variety of connections, including social media and similar interests, the student ambassador program at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services is working to recruit and retain prospective students.
This year’s West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival will dive into the systemic challenges of local, national and global health.
Hosted by the electronic media program in the West Virginia University School of Art & Design, the three-day festival accepts narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, virtual reality and student pieces on any subject and annually highlights a topical theme in contemporary culture.
WVU neurosurgeon and football team physician leaves lasting impact on community, honored with major gift
G. Robert “Bob” Nugent, M.D., one of the nation’s most respected neurosurgeons and a former physician for West Virginia University’s football team, spent 43 seasons tending to the medical needs of Mountaineer football players and was one of the first neurosurgeons to treat patients in what was then the new University Hospital, now the WVU Health Sciences Center.
Last month, Samuel Thompson, a West Virginia University senior multidisciplinary studies major from Shamong, New Jersey, brought home The Creative Mind Group best director award as a part of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Thompson was selected from among thousands of global entries as one of the eight finalists to participate in The Creative Minds Sundance program. The selection process included the submission of a two-minute film to a panel of industry professionals consisting of independent filmmakers, story-writers, cameramen and other media professionals.
Non-traditional-aged, undergraduate West Virginia University students have the opportunity to receive scholarship funding through the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program, supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
In 2011, the Bernard Osher Foundation began supporting the scholarship program with annual grants of $50,000. Three years later, WVU received a $1 million grant from the Foundation, creating an endowed scholarship program.
West Virginia University has joined a national effort to turn natural gas into valuable products and do it at the well. This serves a real-world need for many production locations in the Marcellus Shale, especially those in West Virginia, where some shale gas resources are stranded without pipeline infrastructure, which affects access and price.
The University has joined the newest branch of the United States Department of Energy’s National Network of Manufacturing Institutes. Called Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment institute, or RAPID, the institute will focus on using advanced manufacturing to develop breakthrough technologies to boost the productivity and efficiency of some of industrial processes by 20 percent in the next five years.
Keefe, who is also a member of the WVU Honors College, worked with the LaunchLab to come up with his winning mobile application idea called Band Books. Once developed, Band Books will be a social media app that connects bands, venues and fans in one digital platform.
While West Virginia University remains financially stable, it faces future challenges with continued reductions in state revenue, limited ability and desire to increase tuition and competition from other institutions, the Board of Governors was told Friday (Feb. 10).
"The University continues to invest in its students, employees and facilities as evidenced by increases in scholarships, salaries & wages and capital assets," Senior Associate Vice President Dan Durbin said in presenting the 2016 financial statements and a clean audit to the board. "The University’s balance sheet remains stable with adequate working capital (current assets less current liabilities) to meet current obligations."
Entrepreneurs from the community now have a resource at West Virginia University to guide them through the process of starting their own business. The WVU Women’s Business Center offers services including one-on-one counseling, networking events, training workshops and technical assistance on topics including business fundamentals, financial management, marketing and procurement.
The WBC also connects entrepreneurs with services such as prototyping and financing.
Reynolds ‘transformational’ gift of $10 million to name main building at new WVU business school complex
Bob and Laura Reynolds have a history of giving back and making a difference through their philanthropy.
That was never more evident than today (Feb. 10) when West Virginia University announced that the Boston couple is giving $10 million to the WVU College of Business and Economics. The gift will provide initial funding for a building in their names at a new business school complex on Morgantown’s waterfront, as well as propel other academic components of business education at B&E.
The West Virginia University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional program recently received continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The accreditation is valid until 2025—a full eight years, which is the maximum length of time for ACPE’s accreditation.
David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas, College of Media to co-sponsor panel discussion on fake news
Fake news is nothing new, but the anonymity of the social web has allowed it to spread faster and farther than ever before.
At the same time, people are seeking and sharing information that reinforces their political views, aided by algorithms that target stories directly to them. The end result is a public that is finding it harder to discern fabrication from fiction, and a nation further divided.
A collaborative effort between the West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture will teach interested individuals how to understand, develop, write and submit federal and private grant applications.
The training will cover the fundamentals of grant writing for any organization, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Program, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, NESARE Farmer and Partnership Grants and many others.