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A global mindset: new academic program at WVU will encourage cross-cultural collaboration

Tue, 2019-10-29 08:30

 In a major step toward preparing students to succeed in the global market, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology at the China University of Mining and Technology are teaming up to create a 3+1+1 academic program that will allow eligible students from CUMT to study at West Virginia University

“For undergraduate students at WVU, it will allow them to work closely on projects with Chinese colleagues in their upper division courses,” said David Wyrick, associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the Statler College. “They will develop the global competency skills expected by the industry.”

WVU geologist selected for NASA’s Mars 2020 team

Mon, 2019-10-28 15:45

When samples from the Mars 2020 expedition eventually make their way to Earth, the scientists of tomorrow will have a Mountaineer to thank.

West Virginia University geologist Kathy Benison is representing the Mountain State as one of 10 scientists selected as a Return Sample Selection Participating Scientist for NASA’s Mars 2020 expedition. She is responsible for helping to select the rocks and sediments that will be gathered, or cached, by the Mars 2020 rover.

WVU Literacy Education Program receives one of the first national certificates of distinction from the International Literacy Association

Mon, 2019-10-28 13:45

West Virginia University students pursuing careers in literacy will now graduate from the award-winning Literacy Education Program, selected as one of only two programs in the nation to receive a National Recognition with Certificate of Distinction for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals.

Housed in the WVU College of Education and Human Services, the Literacy Education Program is offered fully online and prepares graduate students to become reading specialists, reading interventionists, classroom teachers and literacy coaches and coordinators. The program leads to a pre-k through adult reading specialist certification in West Virginia. 

WVU students to compete for the title of 2019 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

Mon, 2019-10-28 11:59

West Virginia University students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance and extracurricular involvement will compete in one of Mountaineer Week’s oldest traditions—the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.

The group of 10 students represent a wide range of disciplines but shares impressive academic achievements and experiences. The candidates, all senior and graduate-level students, hail from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Mountaineer Week to celebrate 72 years of Appalachian culture, heritage

Mon, 2019-10-28 08:30

The annual celebration begins with the Arts and Crafts Fair inside the Mountainlair from noon Friday (Nov. 1) to 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 3).

Visitors will be immersed in the historically rich culture of West Virginia as sweet sounds emanate from the hammered dulcimer, the smell of homemade foods fill the air and 71 artisans from the across the mountain state demonstrate their craft. 

Team from Doddridge Middle School wins 32nd annual WVU Pumpkin Drop

Fri, 2019-10-25 15:33

Team 153 from Doddridge Middle School in West Union went home with top honors from West Virginia University’s 32nd annual Pumpkin Drop, defeating nearly 300 other teams today (Oct. 25). 

Their pumpkin landed just one foot and two inches from the target after being dropped 11 floors from the roof of the Engineering Sciences Building, earning them the $100 first prize.

Grammy-winning recording artist Kathy Mattea to be Distinguished Artist in Residence at WVU

Fri, 2019-10-25 10:45

Masterclasses, one-on-one mentoring and maybe even a jam session with a country music icon await students in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts.

Grammy-winning recording artist Kathy Mattea has been named a Distinguished Artist in Residence in the School of Music for the 2019-20 academic year. In this role, the Cross Lanes native will visit WVU’s Morgantown campus to offer one-on-one mentoring to students, present lectures in several classes, and lead masterclasses with the WVU Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands.

WVU Press to release book on history and symbol of the Mountaineer

Fri, 2019-10-25 08:30

The West Virginia University Mountaineer is not just a mascot—it is a symbol of West Virginia history and identity embraced throughout the Mountain State. Rosemary Hathaway, folklorist and associate professor of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, explores the spirit of the Mountaineer in her new book, Mountaineers Are Always Free.

Published by WVU Press, Mountaineers Are Always Free weighs the varying perspectives on the Mountaineer throughout its history – from a backwoods trickster to present-day West Virginia icon. Based on past Mountaineers’ images and portrayals, the book consistently raises the question of what freedom and independence look like in West Virginia through the lens of this mascot, and who gets to claim that freedom and independence. 

WVU students benefit from international learning exchange

Thu, 2019-10-24 14:15

Students at West Virginia University have the opportunity to enhance their cultural intelligence through the visits of educators, engineers, healthcare workers and urban planners from all over the world who have traveled here for professional development and integration into community life. 

The exchange, facilitated through the West Virginia Council of International Programs, this year brings professionals from Africa, South and Central America, as well as Europe.

Hanshaw to deliver Augusta Lecture at WVU College of Law

Thu, 2019-10-24 11:30

, will deliver the Presidential Augusta Ambassadors Lecture Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law.

WVU researchers study effects of new opioid law on doctors, pharmacists, patients

Thu, 2019-10-24 08:30

In 2017, West Virginia healthcare providers wrote 81.3 opioid prescriptions for every 100 state residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national average? Just 58.7.

Treah Haggerty and Cara Sedney—researchers in the West Virginia University School of Medicine—are studying how a new West Virginia law has changed the way healthcare providers prescribe opioids. Working with the state’s Board of Pharmacy, they’re examining prescription practices before and after the law took effect on June 7, 2018, and pinpointing differences.

Giggenbach to lead West Virginia Innocence Project at WVU

Wed, 2019-10-23 14:00

Attorney Melissa Giggenbach has been named director of the West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Staffed by law students, the clinic provides free legal representation for the wrongfully incarcerated with many cases involving new DNA or other scientifically-gathered evidence. The West Virginia Innocence Project also advocates for policy reform, including safeguards for forensic techniques and eyewitness identification.

West Virginia 4-H’ers enhance teamwork, problem-solving skills with the help of cast and crew of Barnwood Builders

Wed, 2019-10-23 13:15

Learn by doing. That phrase is deeply engrained in 4-H’ers all over the country. A group of 4-H’ers from Ohio County recently had a chance to put that motto to the test.

The crew from Barnwood Builders, led by WVU alumnus Mark Bowe, visited WVU Jackson’s Mill to film an upcoming episode featuring students from the Northern Panhandle. The WVU Extension Service Ohio County 4-H’ers focused on working as a team, honed their critical thinking skills and used their know-how to solve problems. 

WVU service dog training program provides life-changing benefits to veterans

Wed, 2019-10-23 12:15

 While serving in the U.S. Army, service members are joined by a “battle buddy” – a friend to watch out for them. For some local veterans, that friend is four-legged and furry.

For more than 10 years, West Virginia University and Hearts of Gold have partnered to raise and train service dogs to be placed with people with disabilities, primarily veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

WVU Extension Service program helps kids struggling with weight and pre-diabetes

Tue, 2019-10-22 15:45

Armed with data from a new study raising alarms about the health of children in the Mountain State, a West Virginia University Extension Service program has mobilized to help families who want to make healthy lifestyle changes.

The data, collected by the Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities Project, highlights problems of obesity and diabetes showing up even in toddlers and preschoolers. 

WVU clears Engineering Research Building after chemical accident

Tue, 2019-10-22 14:42

West Virginia University students, faculty and staff in the Engineering Research Building on the Evansdale Campus are being sent home for the day (Tuesday, Oct. 22) as a precaution after a chemical accident inside one of the laboratories. 

Permit holders in Area 40 also need to vacate that parking area by moving their vehicles to another lot. Area 40 permit holders also may go home for the day. 

WVU students to experience global travel, research as part of international partnership

Tue, 2019-10-22 13:45

 An international partnership is expanding a gateway of cross-campus collaboration while opening avenues for West Virginia University students to travel, conduct research and explore a global perspective. 

Fernando Mezzadri, professor in the department of physical education and pro-rector (provost) of planning, budget and finance at Universidad Federal do Parana in Brazil, will meet this week with representatives from the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources to foster opportunities for student and faculty partnerships. 

2020 football schedule announced

Tue, 2019-10-22 10:15

West Virginia University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference has announced the 2020 football schedule.

Nominations now open for 2020 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame

Mon, 2019-10-21 12:45

The nomination process for the 2020 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame is open until Nov. 30.

Sponsored annually by the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics, the Business Hall of Fame kicks off the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit at The Greenbrier to honor and recognize those with strong West Virginia ties who have made a significant impact on the business landscape. 

WVU Foundation captures prestigious MarCom awards

Mon, 2019-10-21 11:00

The West Virginia University Foundation’s Communications team won four awards in the 2019 international MarCom Awards, which recognizes outstanding creative achievement in the marketing and communications fields.

The winners were chosen from more than 6,000 entries from corporate and educational marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries. The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals bestows the awards annually.