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WVU graduates encouraged to follow their intuition, passions to find purpose

Sat, 2019-12-21 15:52

Graduates were urged to tap into their inner wisdom and make decisions that align with their passions at West Virginia University's commencement ceremonies Saturday (Dec. 21).

“On this journey, there is no Google Maps or WAZE app to guide you,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed told graduates. “Thanks to your education at West Virginia University, you now have the tools and knowledge to be successful in the world.”

WVU’s retention efforts highlighted at Board of Governors meeting

Fri, 2019-12-20 13:57

West Virginia University students who are tantalizingly close to completing their degrees, but are at the end of their financial resources, will receive a new benefit beginning next semester with the implementation of “completion grants” to help fill the gap between checkbooks and commencement.

“We know that unmet financial need continues to be a barrier to completion for some WVU students,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed told the Board of Governors during its regular meeting Friday (Dec. 20).

Bob Huggins on Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2020 ballot, Fred Schaus on Veterans ballot

Fri, 2019-12-20 11:29

Men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has been announced as a candidate for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

WVU economists fueled to pave the way for enhanced traffic safety, road quality

Fri, 2019-12-20 10:35

Researchers from West Virginia University's John Chambers College of Business and Economics are revving up a project that will explore road pavement quality and traffic safety, thanks to funding from the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

“Effects of Pavement Maintenance on Traffic Outcomes” is one of only six proposals receiving funding from NBER. The project is part of a three-year NBER research initiative on “Transportation Economics in the 21st Century.” 

Thrasher named and NCAA Today’s Top 10 Honoree

Tue, 2019-12-17 15:37

Former West Virginia University rifle standout Ginny Thrasher has been selected as one of 10 NCAA student-athletes across all sports and all divisions to be honored as the 2020 Today's Top 10 Award winners, announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.

Expanded CHIP services aim to help low income mothers, babies

Tue, 2019-12-17 11:45

The West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program recently added coverage for maternity services — a move that can greatly improve the health of the state’s low-income mothers and their babies, according to a West Virginia University pediatrician. 

“With pregnancy, our body undergoes various physiologic changes,” said Dr. Lisa Costello, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. “It’s very important to have routine prenatal and maternal care so those changes can be monitored.” 

WVU specialist to help state primary care providers with obesity care

Mon, 2019-12-16 14:45

In areas where access to specialty care is scarce, a West Virginia University doctor wants to make sure primary care providers have the tools they need to help patients with obesity. 

“When I first started my weight management clinic, I had several providers around the state reach out for help,” said Dr. Laura Davisson, chief of obesity medicine at WVU. 

LeBlanc steps down as men’s soccer coach

Thu, 2019-12-12 13:36

Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced today that men's soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc has resigned from his position effective Dec. 30, 2019. Lyons said a national search for his replacement will begin immediately.

WVU reinforces humanities studies through creative research and fellowships

Thu, 2019-12-12 13:15

Not all purposeful research stems from machines and algorithms. It can emerge from literary texts, artwork and…online dating sites. 

The Humanities Center at West Virginia University is reinforcing the relevance of humanistic inquiry and research devoted to the study of human thought, culture and history. And it’s highlighting how learning the skills and thinking to thrive in today’s globalized society is more important than ever. 

Donors contribute $92K to WVU Foundation 2019 Pride Travel Fund

Thu, 2019-12-12 11:15

Nearly 600 donors contributed $92,000 to the West Virginia University Foundation's Pride Travel Fund this fall to support the Mountaineer Marching Band.

The yearly fundraising effort was established to reduce travel expenses for the band, which include hotels, transportation, and food for more than 350 members and staff.

Memorial fund established by Coach Huggins advances West Virginia cancer care

Wed, 2019-12-11 09:30

Dorothy Bolyard credits divine intervention for the rare moment of klutziness that changed her life. An unexpected collision with a doorway at home led Bolyard to discover a lump in her breast, which turned out to be cancerous.

Bolyard’s doctor referred her to the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, where she participated in a clinical research trial – one of hundreds conducted with support from the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund – that reduced her treatment time and offered insight to benefit future patients. 

WVU Brownfields grants to breathe new life into abandoned properties statewide

Tue, 2019-12-10 12:00

From an old train depot to empty buildings dotting a town square, the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University hopes to revive communities through its latest string of redevelopment grants. 

Nine West Virginia communities will each benefit from a $5,000 grant award, made possible by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, to redevelop abandoned and dilapidated industrial sites. The awards are part of the 2019-2020 Foundations for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths West Virginia Brownfields Program, which helps communities create a redevelopment vision for brownfield properties.

Record number of colleges, universities advance to West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition semi-finals

Mon, 2019-12-09 15:45

Eighteen state colleges and universities will be represented in the 2019-2020 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition semifinals, with a total of 31 teams moving onto the next stage of the competition. 

Semifinalist colleges and universities include Alderson Broaddus University, Bluefield State College, Blueridge Community & Technical College, Concord University, Davis & Elkins College, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Ohio Valley University, Pierpont Community & Technical College, Potomac State College, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College and WVU Institute of Technology.

Clean water and compassion: A recipe to rebuild a hurricane-ravaged island

Mon, 2019-12-09 11:15

Somewhere on the island of Barbuda is a 67-year-old man sleeping on a crooked lawn chair inside a tent. 

George Jeffrey is one of many residents who lost their homes to the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the Category 5 mega-storm that decimated 95 percent of the island’s buildings and infrastructure in September 2017. 

WVU engineering professor named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Fri, 2019-12-06 08:30

Greg Thompson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, which is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. 

The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.