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Buchanan named Big 12 athlete of the year

10 hours 2 min ago

West Virginia University women’s soccer defender Kadeisha Buchanan has been named the 2016-17 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year.

WVU faculty awarded Big 12 research grants

11 hours 34 min ago

Eleven West Virginia University faculty members have been awarded research grants from the Office of the Provost as part of the 2017-2018 Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program.

The program offers faculty members at institutions in the Big 12 Conference the opportunity to travel to other member institutions to pursue collaborative research in a wide variety of ways. Our university application specifies that award recipients may each use up to $2500 to “work on collaborative research, consult with faculty and students, offer a series of lectures or symposia, acquire new skills, or take advantage of a unique archive or laboratory facility.”

Mountaineer Kids Club returns for 2017-18

Wed, 2017-07-26 11:18

Sign-ups for the Mountaineer Kids Club, presented by Chick-fil-A on Patteson Drive, are now available for the 2017-18 season.

Fairgoers can celebrate WVU’s 150th at 2017 State Fair of West Virginia

Tue, 2017-07-25 10:45

Fairgoers can play games and be involved in activities at West Virginia University exhibits, learn about WVU Extension Service programs and celebrate WVU’s 150th birthday at the State Fair of West Virginia, Aug. 10-19 in Fairlea.

The WVU Building is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Thursday, August 10 when the building opens at 2 p.m. (official start of the State Fair) and the final day of the fair when the building closes at 5 p.m.

Huggins announces staff reorganization

Tue, 2017-07-25 09:48

West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins announced two title changes and a new hire for the men’s basketball staff.

Positive experiences turn campers into students at WVU

Mon, 2017-07-24 14:30

Not only are West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps a great way to introduce students to the possibilities in STEM-related fields, they also serve as a great recruiting tool for the Statler College.

“The camps act as a recruitment tool because campers have the opportunity to spend a week on campus learning about all the exciting things happening at WVU engineering,” said Cate Schlobohm, Statler College outreach program coordinator. “For many campers, this is their first time on a college campus, so the camps help take away some of the mystery of what it’s like to go away to college.”

WVU alumni establish science and engineering scholarships for West Virginia students

Mon, 2017-07-24 14:00

Future students in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will benefit from an endowed scholarship created by a generous estate gift from West Virginia University alumni Charlie and Barbe Meredith.

The Charles E. and Barbara R. Meredith Scholarship will recognize rising full-time sophomores, juniors and seniors within the Statler and Eberly Colleges who have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to West Virginia residents.

WVU’s experimental journalism project focused on Appalachia reaches international milestone

Mon, 2017-07-24 12:01

Since its launch in January, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media’s digital publication, “100 Days in Appalachia,” has earned a reputation among national media as a “go-to” source for stories about the challenges and hopes of Appalachia during President Donald Trump’s administration.  

Now, the start-up publication is gaining an international audience. One of the United Kingdom’s top newspapers, The Guardian, recently co-published an article with “100 Day” detailing how the social media site “Reddit” has become a lifeline for opioid addicts in the region. The story trended quickly after it was published, receiving more than 15,000 hits in the first few hours.

Diaz appointed interim dean of WVU Libraries

Mon, 2017-07-24 09:29

West Virginia University’s associate dean of Libraries, Karen Diaz, has been appointed interim dean of Libraries effective July 31. Diaz steps into the role following the departure of Dean Jon Cawthorne, who left for a position at Wayne State University.

“Having been a professional librarian in higher education for 30 years, Karen obviously has tremendous experience,” said Provost Joyce McConnell. “She also has a clear understanding of how university libraries like ours need to redefine their role and the nature of their collections in the 21st century. I know that under her leadership, our talented library staff will flourish and our libraries will grow as extraordinary campus resources.”

Curtis named WVU Extension Service director of communications and marketing

Fri, 2017-07-21 14:47

At the heart of the West Virginia University Extension Service is a passion for the state and its people. That statement also holds true for Tara Curtis, the new director of communications and marketing for the University’s main outreach arm, bringing more than 20 years of public relations, communications and marketing experience to the unit.

Not only is she a Mountaineer through and through in regards to her work experience and academic career, but she’s also acutely aware of Extension’s mission as she spent part of her youth growing up in West Virginia 4-H programs.

West Virginia University research says technology that connects aging adults in rural areas with health experts improves weight loss

Fri, 2017-07-21 13:29

In many rural areas, treating chronic diseases related to diet and weight is challenging because of limited access to food and nutrition experts. A West Virginia University professor has found that using technology to connect those experts with middle-aged and older patients in those areas can improve nutritional health. 

Melissa Ventura Marra, assistant professor of human nutrition and foods in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is part of a multistate research team that is evaluating how food security and lifestyle choices such as diet quality and physical activity affect individual health and well-being. 

Football Fan Day set for Sunday, August 13

Fri, 2017-07-21 12:08

Mountaineer fans will be given the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite WVU coaches and players at the WVU football team’s annual Fan Day on Sunday, August 13, at 1 p.m., in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. Coach Dana Holgorsen, assistant coaches and WVU players will be signing autographs and visiting with fans from 1 - 3 p.m. Gates will open at 12:45 p.m.

WVU Libraries hosts WVU Press author, former student presentation on Appalachian music

Fri, 2017-07-21 11:00

Two research projects at West Virginia University focus on native Mountain State musicians who made their mark on the entertainment industry in different ways.

Associate professor of music history Travis Stimeling’s work on the Nashville Sound, a sub-genre of country music noted for its smoother elements (as opposed to “honky-tonk”), led him to Charlie McCoy from Oak Hill. McCoy, the leader of Hee Haw’s “Million Dollar Band” spent 20 years on television and contributed to some of the most successful recordings of country, pop and rock music of the last six decades.

Holgorsen to appear in ESPN special

Fri, 2017-07-21 08:50

West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will appear on ESPN’s annual college football coaches’ “Car Wash”, on Friday, July 21 – in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day. Holgorsen will join the Big 12 coaches from Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters.

‘Finish line’ in sight for inaugural class of data analytics grad students at WVU business school

Thu, 2017-07-20 13:00

A year ago, students from across the country and various walks of life took a leap into the new, online Business Data Analytics graduate program at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. After completing their final on-campus residency, and much course work over the past 12 months, these students will cross the finish line August 4 with a Master of Science in Business Data Analytics degree.

The inaugural class of 18 students included an interesting mix of individuals; a majority of the group had ties to West Virginia or WVU, but also included participants from three different time zones. Students will have earned 30 credit hours in a year through 10 courses, but with unique elements to the curriculum that encompassed experiential learning objectives — such as the capstone projects that provided students with real life assignments.

Award-winning WVU artist’s work to be on display at Evansdale Library

Wed, 2017-07-19 14:00

Inspired by the realism and symmetry of the Renaissance and other times, award-winning West Virginia University senior Patrick Bayly’s paintings are in a style that is uniquely American. Bayly’s work “New American Paintings” will be on display at Evansdale Library in August.

Many of Bayly’s painting subjects are his friends, professors and local acquaintances. Bayly’s paintings will be complemented by books from the WVU Libraries’ Myers Collection for context into his style, research, inspiration and process.

Youth programs at WVU supported by $80K in grants from EQT Foundation

Wed, 2017-07-19 13:00

The EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation, recently awarded two grants to West Virginia University through the WVU Foundation.

The grants, totaling $80,000, will benefit two programs for West Virginia students.

Transfers now a big part of WVU's success

Wed, 2017-07-19 10:15

The way Dana Holgorsen sees things, his West Virginia University football program is becoming a melting pot of good college football players.

WVU initiatives receive $500K in grants from Benedum Foundation

Tue, 2017-07-18 14:00

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation recently awarded five grants to West Virginia University, through the WVU Foundation, totaling $540,000.

The grants will benefit various programs and initiatives at WVU and across the state including:

WVU to host inaugural Summer Youth Business Camp

Tue, 2017-07-18 09:30

A group of West Virginia high school students will immerse themselves in business in late July at West Virginia University, participating in activities ranging from working on interview skills to creating hypothetical businesses to presenting those ideas to businesspeople.                                                                

The College of Business and Economics will host 20 West Virginia high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at the first Summer Youth Business Camp July 24-28, a collaboration between B&E and WVU’s Extension Service 4-H unit. Camp participants will reside in WVU dorms and ultimately make business presentations to local business leaders.