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Muslim Public Affairs Council communications strategist to speak at WVU

Thu, 2017-02-16 13:36

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.

WVU College of Education and Human Services Student Ambassadors take on new, innovative role

Thu, 2017-02-16 12:35

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.

Kim Klaus, program director in the CEHS Office of Student Success, said student ambassadors are the best representatives a college has for recruitment.

WVU film festival to highlight health

Wed, 2017-02-15 13:52

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

Wed, 2017-02-15 13:29

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.

WVU Film Club president wins best director award at Sundance Film Festival

Wed, 2017-02-15 09:27

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.

WVU College of Law clinic awarded grant for student entrepreneurs

Tue, 2017-02-14 13:50

Student inventors and entrepreneurs in the state will soon benefit from a $105,000 grant to a law clinic at West Virginia University.

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation awarded the grant to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic at the WVU College of Law.

Former football standouts give gift to weight room

Tue, 2017-02-14 10:41

Former Mountaineer football players Don Barclay and Keith Tandy had All-American playing careers while at West Virginia, leading their alma mater to many victories on the field, conference championships and bowl wins before finishing their college careers.

WVU School of Medicine announces Health Informatics and Information Management undergraduate program

Tue, 2017-02-14 10:30

The West Virginia University School of Medicine recently announced a new undergraduate program, Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM).

Scholarships available for non-traditional WVU students through Bernard Osher Foundation endowment

Tue, 2017-02-14 09:00

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.

WVU researchers join national program to develop technologies to enhance natural gas utilization

Mon, 2017-02-13 13:50

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.

WVU engineering student wins Entrepreneur Pitch Contest

Mon, 2017-02-13 13:20

First-year engineering student William Keefe from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, won first place in the Entrepreneur Pitch Contest hosted by West Virginia University’s LaunchLab.

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.

Holgorsen Announces Cornerbacks Coach

Fri, 2017-02-10 15:39

West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced the hiring of Doug Belk as the Mountaineers’ cornerbacks coach.

WVU Board of Governors receives updates on finances, academics

Fri, 2017-02-10 14:45

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."

WVU Women’s Business Center is open for business.

Fri, 2017-02-10 14:40

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

Fri, 2017-02-10 11:29

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.

WVU School of Pharmacy receives reaccreditation

Thu, 2017-02-09 15:44

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

Thu, 2017-02-09 13:42

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.

Witts make major gift to women’s basketball

Thu, 2017-02-09 11:10

Loyal West Virginia University supporters Byron and Susan Witt have contributed a major gift of $150,000 to the WVU women’s basketball program to help renovate the Mountaineers’ locker room inside the WVU Coliseum.

Increase grant writing success for agriculture programs through WVU Extension workshop

Thu, 2017-02-09 09:04

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.

WVU School of Medicine names Ferrari as 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Wed, 2017-02-08 16:42

Norman D. Ferrari III, M.D., has been named as the 2017 West Virginia University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Ferrari will be honored by his friends and colleagues at the School’s Alumni Weekend banquet on October 13.