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WVU Extension Service program helps farmers continue to be productive and prosperous

Tue, 2019-06-11 12:45

The adage “life happens” exists for a reason. On occasion, unforeseen circumstances lead to tragic events, and they affect people of all walks of life. Our resolve as people to get through tough times builds character and ultimately decides how our story is told, but not without help from family, friends, community and, hopefully, programs to assist. 

Life happened to Danny Vaughn, a cattle producer in Greenbrier County. He didn’t ask for it or want it to—the husband and father was content with his life; however, a hazardous, slow moving log truck sprung out of the darkness on the interstate, and Vaughn swerved to miss it, wrecking in the process. After being cut out of his vehicle and suffering from extensive injuries and several tears in his aorta, he resolved his story didn’t end on that night or in the days following. 

WVU announces spring 2019 graduation honors, President's and Dean's lists

Tue, 2019-06-11 11:48

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the spring 2019 semester. A total of 4,221 students graduated from the University in May.

A total of 3,532 students were named to the Dean’s list for spring 2019. Those on the Dean’s list received a 3.5 GPA or higher.

WVU researchers thirsty for reducing fresh water use by power plants

Mon, 2019-06-10 13:45

Water is the essence of life. And electricity. 

Power plants across the country utilize more than four times as much water as all U.S. homes and account for 41 percent of total water withdrawals, according to federal data. 

WVU begins demolition activities at Stansbury Hall

Mon, 2019-06-10 09:30

West Virginia University has begun interior demolition activities at Stansbury Hall to make way for the construction of Reynolds Hall, the new home of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.  

WVU has vacated Stansbury Hall so abatement crews can remove asbestos-containing materials from the building.  Abatement activities are scheduled to be completed by mid-July and include removal of roofing, windows, floor tile and pipe insulation. WVU’s abatement contractor is Environmental Assurance Company Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana. The full demolition of Stansbury Hall will begin in mid-July and continue through October. 

Record eight Mountaineers selected in MLB draft

Fri, 2019-06-07 11:32

A record eight West Virginia University baseball players were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, as six players were picked on the final day.

WVU robotics team on top again, wins second NASA competition in 3 years

Fri, 2019-06-07 11:30

Persistence, combined with a bit of a gambling spirit, carried West Virginia University’s robotic drilling team to another first place finish Thursday (June 6) in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge, the team’s second top finish in three years.

It wasn’t certain until the very end that WVU’s Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System III, led by Powsiri Klinkhachorn, was going to pull out the victory over teams from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech or Northeastern University, the 2018 winner.

WVU researchers keep coal mining community alive through oral history and photography

Thu, 2019-06-06 12:45

Researchers from West Virginia University are preserving the memories of a coal community through oral history and photography. 

Supported by a grant from the WVU Humanities Center, the research team used historical images from the West Virginia and Regional History Center’s online photographs database, West Virginia History OnView, to document the history of the Scott’s Run community in Monongalia County. 

WVU Foundation honors endowed scholarships, fellowships donors

Thu, 2019-06-06 11:00

The West Virginia University Foundation is recognizing the alumni and friends of WVU who have created endowed scholarships, fellowships and student awards in calendar year 2018.

Fifty-three donors are being honored by having their name engraved in bricks that will be placed in the Ernest L. Hogan Walk, the pathway located at the downtown campus library.

WVU breaks new ground in students headed to mining program in China

Thu, 2019-06-06 08:30

Kaitlyn Greg, Tatianna Evanisko and Hanna Byxbee may shrug it off, but they are pioneers in West Virginia University’s long-standing partnership with the China University of Mining Technology.

The three will be the first women from WVU to participate in a two-week mining studies and cultural exchange program, joining students from more than 10 international universities at CUMT’s Nanhu campus in Xuhou in June. Students will research science, engineering and safety practices related to green energy and participate in classes about the humanities and social sciences relevant to Chinese history, policies and economy.

Barrett honors Douglas with Tower Society gift

Wed, 2019-06-05 13:00

Betty Barrett, a longtime supporter of the West Virginia University Alumni Association, is the newest member of the WVU Alumni Tower Society with her $50,000 contribution in memory of Steve Douglas, the former WVU Alumni Association president and CEO who served in that role for 27 years.

Barrett and her late husband Eddie, who was the sports information director in the Dept. of Intercollegiate Athletics, maintained a close friendship with Douglas. 

WVU biology student to investigate the role of soils in climate change across global ecosystems

Wed, 2019-06-05 10:45

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia University graduate student is investigating how soils store carbon in ecosystems around the world to understand the impact of climate change.

Biology Ph.D. student Nanette Raczka’s summer research efforts will begin in a seasonally dry tropical forest in Gaunacaste, Costa Rica. Raczka received a grant from the Explorers Club Washington Group to study how microbes in the soil cycle carbon under periods of drought.

WVU study links exposure to chemicals found in household items to lower heart disease rates in diabetics

Wed, 2019-06-05 08:30

Chemicals found in nonstick cookware, cleaning products and paint may help lead to new treatments for heart disease in diabetic adults, according to a West Virginia University epidemiologist’s research. 

Kim Innes, of the WVU School of Public Health, and her colleagues recently discovered that greater exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances was associated with lower rates of existing coronary heart disease in adults with diabetes. PFAS, considered a public health threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are manufactured chemicals that were popularized by various industries in the 1940s because of their ability to repel oil and water.

Order of Vandalia to induct three new members

Tue, 2019-06-04 12:45

 West Virginia University will induct three new members into the Order of Vandalia, the University’s highest honor for outstanding service and loyalty, Friday (June 7) at the Erickson Alumni Center

The ceremony includes a remembrance of the Vandalians who have died during the past year and celebrates the contributions of all the Order’s members.

WVU joins WVSSAC in historic collaborative effort to fight state’s opioid epidemic

Tue, 2019-06-04 11:20

WVSSAC launches historic collaborative effort to fight state’s opioid epidemic

West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia Department of Education and MVB Bank Will Join the Fight

WVU Great West to be awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Mon, 2019-06-03 13:16

Jerry West has earned yet another prestigious award. President Donald Trump has announced the 81-year-old West will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Gee Mail: President surprises a new batch of ‘Good EGGs’

Mon, 2019-06-03 10:15

In a previous Gee Mail, President Gordon Gee surprised and celebrated members of the West Virginia University family who embodied the five core Mountaineer values: service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation. 

Baseball suffers heartbreaking end to season

Mon, 2019-06-03 08:47

The baseball team's season came to an end with an 11-10 loss to Texas A&M in the NCAA Morgantown Regional on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. The loss ends West Virginia's 2019 season, which was highlighted by the program's 13th NCAA Championship appearance in program history and a selection as a regional host for the first time since 1955.

Gee Mail: President surprises a new batch of ‘Good EGGs’

Sun, 2019-06-02 14:14

In a previous Gee Mail, President Gordon Gee surprised and celebrated members of the West Virginia University family who embodied the five core Mountaineer values: service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation. 

Mountaineers host NCAA regional

Fri, 2019-05-31 08:29

The No. 15-seeded West Virginia University baseball team hosts the 2019 NCAA Morgantown Regional from Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3, at Monongalia County Ballpark.

First WVU graduate completes Peace Corps Prep Program

Thu, 2019-05-30 12:45

Armed with a degree in international studies from West Virginia University, Lauren Headley plans to use what she’s learned in the Peace Corps. The first WVU graduate of the Peace Corps Prep Program, Headley, who is from Myersville, Maryland, has applied for a Peace Corps volunteer position in Senegal.

“I always wanted to travel, and I really liked the idea of the Peace Corps and going to a different country, completely different from yours, and actually immersing yourself in the culture,” Headley said. “You’re actually part of your community, and you’re making a difference, and you can see that difference because you’re there for two years.”