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WVU classes to operate on delay Monday due to inclement weather; University operations normal

Sun, 2019-03-03 22:22

Classes will be delayed on West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus Monday (March 4) due to inclement weather and road conditions. However, the remainder of the University, including the PRT and buses, will operate on a normal schedule.

Students should report to classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. or later. If students cannot get to class because of adverse weather or road conditions, they should contact their instructors as soon as possible. Tests and assignments due prior to 10:30 a.m. Monday will be due at the next class period.

WVU program one of only 39 internationally to earn Certification for Education in Public Relations

Fri, 2019-03-01 13:03

 Noting that West Virginia University “offers a sound, insightful, career-building, challenging and successful program for its public relations majors,” reviewers recently awarded the Reed College of Media the Certification for Education in Public Relations, one of only 39 such awards internationally. 

The CEPR was established in 1989 by the Public Relations Society of America as a quality-assurance endorsement of public relations programs at colleges and universities worldwide. Diana Martinelli, associate dean, spearheaded the certification process, which included a letter of intent, an application that detailed how the College meets the certification standards and a site review. 

WVU Extension Service connects volunteer efforts and communities through Energy Express

Thu, 2019-02-28 11:59

While some college students look forward to time off during summer break, West Virginia University student Moriah Davis looks forward to heading back into the classroom where she helps young West Virginians enhance their reading skills through the WVU Extension Service Energy Express program.

Energy Express, an award-winning, eight-week reading and nutrition program offered in rural and low-income West Virginia communities, helps children entering first through sixth grade overcome the ‘summer slide’ that occurs when youths fall behind academically between school years.

WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics’ retention efforts increase undergraduate enrollment as universities face declining applications

Thu, 2019-02-28 10:59

Despite regional and nationwide trends of declining numbers of students graduating from high school, enrollment at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University has increased.

Actually, undergraduate enrollment has increased every year since the business school went to a four-year format in 2011, allowing business students to be directly admitted as freshmen instead of after they have met specific criteria prior to their junior years. That format also benefitted students through earlier access to advisors and increased internship opportunities.

WVU neuroscientist explores fighting weight gain with darkness

Wed, 2019-02-27 11:00

A novel way to treat weight gain may involve limiting our exposure to light at night—whether that light comes from our bedside lamps, the light pollution that sneaks through our windows or the electronic devices we use as we drift off to sleep.

Randy Nelson, who chairs the Department of Neuroscience in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is exploring how maintaining a truly dark sleeping environment may make it easier to keep weight off.

WVU to offer new neuroscience major

Wed, 2019-02-27 09:30

This year, West Virginia University became the first university in the state to offer an undergraduate neuroscience major. The program, housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is a dual effort between the departments of psychology and biology

“Before, if there was a West Virginia high school student who wanted to study behavioral neuroscience, there was nothing for them in the state,” said Kevin Larkin, chair of the Department of Psychology. “There are a lot of developing programs in the area, and we wanted to have one available in the state. We have the expertise and the classes already, so it was the next logical step.” 

Eads named WVU’s 66th Mountaineer Mascot

Tue, 2019-02-26 21:04

West Virginia University sophomore Timothy Eads can cross off one item from the bucket list he created his freshman year of high school—to serve as the Mountaineer Mascot. Eads heard his name announced as the next Mountaineer tonight (Feb. 25) at the men’s basketball game vs. Texas Christian University.

Eads, a graduate of Buffalo High School, made the decision to pursue the mascot role in 2013 while scrolling through Twitter– the day he stumbled upon a photo of former Mountaineer Jonathan Kimble standing on Seneca Rocks.

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to hear arguments at WVU College of Law

Tue, 2019-02-26 15:34

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will convene at the West Virginia University College of Law March 5 to hear arguments in three cases.

The court convenes at 10 a.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Admission is free and the court’s session is open to the public. Seating begins at 9 a.m.

WVU’s Brustein recognized for contributions to international education

Mon, 2019-02-25 13:30

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — William Brustein, West Virginia University’s vice president for global strategies and international affairs and Eberly family professor of history, has been recognized for his contributions to international education and leadership in global mobility.

The Institute of International Education presented Brustein with its Centennial Medial during its recent summit in New York. The medal, minted in recognition of its 100th anniversary, was given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field.

West Virginia - Alabama announce football series

Mon, 2019-02-25 08:59

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced today that WVU and Alabama will play a home-and-home football series beginning in 2026.

WVU raises more than $223,000 for United Way

Fri, 2019-02-22 11:59

The Mountaineer family at West Virginia University combined individual donations to raise more than $223,000 for the United Way campaign, helping support families and children in Monongalia and Preston counties. 

Led by Meshea Poore, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the campaign supports 45 programs at 27 health and human service agencies and more than 32,000 friends and neighbors in need.

WVU researcher explores what tumor cells and a healthy retina have in common

Thu, 2019-02-21 15:00

How is a healthy retina cell like a tumor cell? It hijacks an energy-producing chemical reaction to churn out molecular building blocks. When tumor cells do it, they use the building blocks to make cancer grow and spread. But when retina cells do it, they renew photoreceptor membranes that keep our vision sharp.

West Virginia University researcher Jianhai Du is parsing how the retina accomplishes this feat. His findings are published in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

WVU professor helps military families 'navigate life outside the gate’

Mon, 2019-02-18 11:59

With 1.3 million active duty military personnel nationwide, coordinating and finding accessible healthcare and social services for their 1.7 million family members is a major challenge.

Christopher Plein, the Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Service at West Virginia University, is working to address these challenges and needs through the Military Families Learning Network.

Gee Mail: The Magic Flute

Mon, 2019-02-18 10:16

Recently, the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts presented four live performances of one of Mozart’s greatest operas, “The Magic Flute.”

To pull it off, a team of students and faculty had to conjure up a bit of magic of their own, as WVU President Gordon Geeobserved in his latest Gee Mail.

Royal University for Women in Bahrain makes gift to WVU

Mon, 2019-02-18 08:45

International students enrolled in West Virginia University’s civil engineering program in Bahrain now have an opportunity to receive tuition assistance thanks to a gift from the Royal University for Women.

RUW, founded by four WVU alumni in 2006, is donating $83,000 to support scholarships for international students, specifically those enrolled in WVU’s civil engineering program in Bahrain. RUW officials say the gift also stands as a challenge to other international alumni of WVU to support the University.  

Four finalists to compete Monday in Mountaineer Mascot Cheer-Off

Fri, 2019-02-15 10:45

 The four finalists vying for the title to represent the student body as the 67th West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot come from a variety of academic backgrounds and are involved in an array of extra-curricular activities. All West Virginia natives, they will compete wearing buckskins and carrying the rifle in a cheer-off held during the men’s basketball game vs. Kansas State at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the WVU Coliseum. 

They were selected by a committee of faculty, staff and students based on an application, essay and interview. Finalists will be judged on their performance and interaction with the crowd.

WVU oncologist researches new treatment for cervical and vaginal cancers

Thu, 2019-02-14 10:45

Cervical cancer can be insidious. Changes to the cervix are often detected with a pap smear, but for those with limited access to health care, cervical and vaginal cancers can go unnoticed for years—silently growing, spreading and invading other organs—and by the time they’re detected, they may be so advanced that the patient’s prognosis is poor and her treatment options few. 

Valerie Galvan Turner, a gynecologic oncologist at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, has opened a randomized clinical trial to assess whether a novel supplemental treatment can help chemotherapy and radiation fight these dangerous forms of cancer better.

U.S. Fourth Circuit judges to hear arguments at WVU College of Law

Wed, 2019-02-13 09:00

 A panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will convene at the West Virginia University College of Law Feb. 19. 

The judges will hear arguments in three cases beginning at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. Security screening and seating begins at 8 a.m. and photo ID is required. Bags, backpacks, cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the courtroom.

Zinn named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2019

Wed, 2019-02-13 08:14

Deputy Director of Athletics Keli Zinn has been named to the prestigious Sports Business Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2019.