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WVU Libraries releases materials, digital photographs from Congressman Rahall’s career

Mon, 2017-11-20 11:00

Thousands of archival records and digital photographs from the Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II papers are now open for research at West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center.  

In 1976, Nick Rahall II, a 27-year-old Beckley native, won the race for the West Virginia Fourth Congressional District and went on to win re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for another 18 terms (1977-2015), making him the longest-serving congressman in West Virginia history.

WVU Hospitality and Tourism student team wins international market study competition

Fri, 2017-11-17 09:30

The West Virginia University Hospitality and Tourism Management program is taking center stage in the industry, as the Mountaineer student team captured first place in the international 2017 STR Student Market Study Competition at HX: The Hotel Experience conference in New York City Nov.12. 

The team was made up of six students in the WVU College of Business and Economics hospitality and tourism management program: Carrie Digman, a senior from Charleston; Nicole Flesche a senior from Toms River, New Jersey; Lauren Jurcevich, a senior from Washington, Pennsylvania; Emily Linton, a senior from Hedgesville; Caroline Morris, a junior from Charleston, and Matthew Smith, a senior from Gaithersburg, Maryland.

West Virginia Innocence Project client granted parole

Fri, 2017-11-17 08:00

Joseph Lavigne, a client of the West Virginia Innocence Project at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been granted parole. He was released from Huttonsville Correctional Center on November 15 after serving 20 years in prison.

In 1997, Lavigne was convicted of one count each of sexual abuse in the first degree, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, and incest. The victim was his five-year old daughter. For 20 years, she and her mother have maintained Lavigne's innocence.
No physical DNA evidence was submitted at Lavigne's trial but witnesses testified that his daughter said she was assaulted by her father. Lavigne argued that his daughter said she was assaulted by a man who looked like her father.

WVU certified navigators available to help with enrollment for the 2018 healthcare insurance market, open through Dec. 15

Thu, 2017-11-16 14:07

Individuals and families who need assistance understanding health insurance options and applying for coverage are invited to meet with a healthcare navigator through the WV Healthy Start Navigator Project. The 2018 enrollment season started on Nov. 1 and will continue through Dec. 15.

In West Virginia, interest in health enrollment is off to a strong start. West Virginia University navigators assisted more people in the first full week of open enrollment for 2018 than the entire month of November last year. Nationwide, in week one 601,462 people selected plans using the platform with 464,140 consumers renewing coverage and 137,322 new consumers.

WVU Medicine Children’s growing into new tower to be added onto J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital

Thu, 2017-11-16 11:02

WVU Hospitals announced today (Nov. 16) plans to construct a 10-story tower dedicated to WVU Medicine Children’s to address capacity issues and better serve the healthcare needs of all of West Virginia’s women and children. As a result of the project, 150 beds will be added to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Mountaineers to be invited back to White House

Thu, 2017-11-16 08:44

For the second time in West Virginia University history and the first time since 2014, a Mountaineer athletic team will visit the White House and meet with the President of the United States for NCAA Champions Day.

WVU business school wins national Award of Excellence for economic outlook publication

Thu, 2017-11-16 08:15

A publication produced by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has been recognized with the national Award of Excellence for Print Publications by the Association for University Business and Economic Research.


2017 Fall/Thanksgiving Break campus service hours

Wed, 2017-11-15 13:30

Check out the West Virginia University transportation and food services schedule for Thanksgiving break Nov. 17-26.

WVU Fire Service Extension provides free fire training during West Virginia State Fire School

Wed, 2017-11-15 11:00

The West Virginia State Fire School is returning this year to ensure that West Virginia’s firefighters, from volunteer to full-time, get the most up-to-date training and certifications to keep their towns and communities safe. Best of all, it’s free to those firefighters that meet individual class prerequisites.

Hosted and organized by the West Virginia University Fire Service Extension, the school runs from Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3 and will take place in the Morgantown area. Organizers claim the school is an opportunity for growth for all firefighters, with classes that cover everything from self-contained breathing apparatus to helicopter firefighting.

WVU Foundation wins top digital award from Acquia

Tue, 2017-11-14 12:30

The West Virginia University Foundation’s efforts to overhaul its online donation web pages have earned it a top national honor. 


WVU assistant professor celebrates Appalachian landscapes through juried photographic work

Mon, 2017-11-13 11:00

West Virginia University assistant professor of landscape architecture Lisa Orr is using her photographic work to inspire others and generate a deeper understanding of Appalachian culture.

Orr’s work was selected for inclusion in the Women of Appalachia Project, which features Appalachia’s finest visual, literary and performing women artists. Her work will be a part of a traveling Fine Arts Exhibition that will tour parts of Ohio and West Virginia for the next six months, with the next exhibition scheduled for November 19 through December 24 at the Parkersburg Art Center.

WVU Jackson’s Mill invites community to 2017 Thanksgiving Buffet

Fri, 2017-11-10 09:30

Bring friends and family to enjoy a seasonal feast at the 2017 Thanksgiving Buffet in the historic Mount Vernon Dining Hall at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for youth ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under eat free. Those who bring a canned food donation will receive $1 off per person.

PRT schedule change planned Nov. 13-17 for modernization testing

Fri, 2017-11-10 08:32

The West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system will be closed to passenger service starting at 8 p.m. next week (Nov. 13-17) to accommodate phase II modernization testing. 

The University will provide bus support during the suspended PRT hours.  Buses will operate on a continuous loop from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. to all PRT locations except for Walnut Street.  

WVU study: Urgent care centers represent entrepreneurial opportunities, positive health outcomes in Appalachia

Fri, 2017-11-10 08:30

Joshua Hall, associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Free Enterprise at WVU’s College of Business and Economics, led the research effort, looking specifically at the entry of MedExpress neighborhood medical centers into Appalachian counties between 2001-13. The research paper, entitled “The Effect of Health Care Entrepreneurship on Local Health: The Case of MedExpress in Appalachia,” found that urgent care centers are beneficial to rural areas in multiple ways.

Inaugural Day of Giving brings in nearly $3 million for WVU

Thu, 2017-11-09 10:41

It was promoted as “One Day to Give Back” and supporters of West Virginia University responded Wednesday (Nov. 8) during the University’s first Day of Giving.

Unofficial numbers show more than 2,500 gifts were made totaling more than $2.9 million. A more detailed report will be released in the coming days. 

WVU School of Nursing BSN Program approved for Potomac State College

Thu, 2017-11-09 09:30

West Virginia University will respond to the demand for more health care professionals by offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Potomac State College beginning next year.

“We are thrilled to offer the BSN program to Potomac State students,” said Tara Hulsey, dean of the WVU School of Nursing and vice president of Health Promotion and Wellness. “This new program is a testament to the demand and need for four-year nursing programs in West Virginia.”

$83.7 billion energy investment boosts state, WVU on world stage

Thu, 2017-11-09 08:20

West Virginia’s presence on the world energy stage jumped significantly Thursday (Nov. 9) as China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd., one of the world’s largest energy companies and a long-time research and development partner of West Virginia University, announced an agreement that will bring $83.7 billion to the state.

WVU will work closely with the state Department of Commerce and other state officials to help coordinate the investment, with funding focused on developing an Appalachia Storage and Trading Hub, itself a key piece of reinvigorating the state’s and region’s petrochemical industry.

West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition sees growth in state connectivity in 2017-2018

Wed, 2017-11-08 13:31

The West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition continues to make a significant impact on the state’s entrepreneurial landscape with 292 entries from 16 of the 29 West Virginia colleges and universities in the 2017-2018 competition.

The statewide competition, which recently became part of the national ZinnStarter Program that helps college students launch new products and companies, is in its 12th year. Each year, it awards a $10,000 first prize to the winning team in each the competition’s three categories – Lifestyle and Innovation, Hospitality and Tourism and STEM/Technology.

WVU doctors create Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health to halt chronic disease

Wed, 2017-11-08 12:26

As recent national statistics for obesity and diabetes revealed West Virginia’s ranking as number one in both, a team of interdisciplinary healthcare providers at West Virginia University is creating a new Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health with the bold goal of preventing and reversing these conditions with not more medication, but less.