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WVU only higher education institution named as top employer in 2019 CandE Awards

Mon, 2019-10-21 08:30

West Virginia University has been nationally recognized as one of 65 employers – and the only higher education institution — to receive the 2019 North American Candidate Experience award. This is the second time WVU has received this honor.

“At West Virginia University, we are dedicated to providing high-quality service to all members of our Mountaineer family,” said Cris DeBord, vice president of Talent and Culture. “From initial interviews to the end of the hiring process, we want to ensure that all prospective employees feel at home here.”

It’s electric: WVU breaks new ground in developing transportable, carbon-neutral energy source

Fri, 2019-10-18 11:45

Electricity is something we rarely think about -- we expect it to be there, flowing hundreds of feet over our heads, powering every facet of our daily lives. 

But what if we didn’t have giant towering power lines above us and instead the electricity flowed under our feet?

New WVU program aims to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Thu, 2019-10-17 11:59

High school graduates with intellectual and developmental disabilities will soon be joining West Virginia University’s campus through a new program developed to prepare them for independence that will provide improved academic, social engagement and real-world work experiences.

Students, ages 18-23, enrolled in the program— tentatively named The Country Roads Program—will live in a shared residential housing arrangement, participate in social activities across campus and receive career education and training. The program will include a two-year core track focused on independent-living skills and workforce preparedness, plus the option of an advanced track for an additional two years. During the advanced track, students will apply their new skills in workplace settings and can enroll in select WVU certificate programs.

WVU researcher studies link between caffeine, sleep and alcohol use in middle-schoolers

Thu, 2019-10-17 10:45

Research into young people’s drinking habits tends to focus on high school and college students. Middle school students are rarely the subject. Yet they are “at this critical age for substance use initiation,” according to Alfgeir Kristjansson, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health.

In a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health, Kristjansson will investigate two potential targets for preventing middle-schoolers from alcohol use: caffeine use and sleep deprivation.

Making reservations on the economic hype: Pro sports have little effect on tourism dollars, say WVU economists

Wed, 2019-10-16 08:30

Government and tourism officials love to tout the economic boon that professional sports bring to their cities. 

Now picture those conventional claims as a basketball floating through the air. 

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