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Mountain State Business Index: West Virginia continues on path of economic recovery

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:30


MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The Mountain State Business Index recorded a trace increase in May, marking the ninth time the index has improved on a month-to-month basis out of the last 10 months. Economists at West Virginia University said the MSBI has risen 1.9 percent on an annualized basis over the last six months, and has also notched a 1.6 percent gain over its May 2016 reading.

Three earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:26

A trio of West Virginia University student-athletes have been named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

WVU to host training sessions for Project Lead The Way teachers

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:52

Middle and high school teachers from seven states will head to West Virginia University this summer to advance their skills in the classroom through Project Lead The Way. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides science, technology, engineering and math curriculum and professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers. WVU has been an affiliate of the program since 2006.

Alumni Center hosting exhibit on Senator Rockefeller and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:30

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Erickson Alumni Center will host an exhibit honoring the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Health Insurance Program from June 7-30.

WVU, The Greenbrier to host Big 12 Golf in 2019

Wed, 2017-06-07 11:11

West Virginia University and The Greenbrier will host the 2019 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, as announced by the league on Wednesday.

Making health care more human: WVU launches medical humanities and health studies minor

Wed, 2017-06-07 08:20

As West Virginians face the challenges of 21st century health care, scholars at West Virginia University aspire to help students see this reality from a variety of perspectives.

A new minor in medical humanities and health studies from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences teaches the social and cultural contexts of health, illness and medicine. It demonstrates how perspectives of the humanities and social sciences can help future health care participants— patients and professionals alike—think of health and medicine as more than just science.

West Virginia University library dean to head up libraries and library school at Wayne State University

Wed, 2017-06-07 08:15

West Virginia University’s Dean of Libraries, Jon Cawthorne, has been appointed the dean of libraries and head of the library school at Wayne State University in Detroit effective July 31. The full release in which WSU announced the news Tuesday (June 6) can be found at

“Jon is a visionary, forward-thinking leader who has helped WVU faculty, staff and students expand our understanding of what our libraries can mean at an institution of our caliber,” said Vice Provost John Campbell. “We’re excited that he will have the opportunity to both influence library education and the future of research libraries at Wayne State.” 

President Gee underscores transformation agenda for West Virginia and its flagship university in the nation's capitol

Tue, 2017-06-06 14:40

Inside the beltway, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee delivered a call for changing the dialogue and working together to fix the problems plaguing the Mountain State. 

Gee, speaking Tuesday (June 6) at the 39th annual WVU Alumni Luncheon on Capitol Hill, said, "Today, we can either stack hands to create new solutions – or we can stand in silos and continue to struggle. I choose stacking hands." 

WVU School of Medicine inducts students, residents and faculty into Gold Humanism Honor Society

Tue, 2017-06-06 11:23

In recognition of their compassion in the practice of medicine, 15 medical students, four residents and two faculty members were inducted into the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society at a ceremony held on Sat., June 3 at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

WVU team achieves fourth place finish in year three of EcoCAR 3 competition

Tue, 2017-06-06 08:20

With one year left to go in the four-year EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University finds itself in some pretty good company. After a two-week stint that featured stops in Michigan and Washington, D.C., the team from WVU placed fourth overall, joining Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Tech at the top.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, EcoCAR 3 is an advanced vehicle technology competition that gives teams from 16 universities across the nation four years to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

WVU summer camps tradition takes off

Mon, 2017-06-05 14:55

From sports to the arts to building a rocket, there is a summer camp experience for all ages at West Virginia University. All summer, these camps, both on and off campus show future Mountaineers what it is like to go first.

“WVU’s summer programs are designed to keep students engaged academically while having fun and making new friends,” said Tammy Bishoff, director of Support Services. “With courses in engineering, forensics, and the creative arts, children can explore their interests or discover new ones.”

WVU’s Gee named Big 12 Board of Directors Executive Committee chair

Mon, 2017-06-05 14:05

Starting July 1, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee will take the helm as chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors Executive Committee for the 2017-18 year. 

The Big 12 also noted in its Monday (June 5) news release that TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini and Texas President Gregory Fenves will sit on the committee as vice-chair and secretary/treasurer, respectively. 

The Greenbrier enters into partnership with WVU Medicine

Mon, 2017-06-05 13:33

Officials at The Greenbrier and WVU Medicine announced today (June 5) that they have entered into a partnership and clinical affiliation for medical care delivery in support of the resort’s professional athletic events and training camps. - See more at:

Historic baseball season ends in NCAA Regional Final

Mon, 2017-06-05 12:05

The West Virginia University baseball team fought until the end, but it was not enough as WVU’s season came to a close with a 12-8 loss at No. 13 Wake Forest on Sunday night in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Winston-Salem Regional Final. The Mountaineers finish the year with a 36-26 record after advancing to their 12th NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 1996.

WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes newly elected members and officers

Mon, 2017-06-05 09:30

Four new members and officers have joined the West Virginia University Alumni Association Board of Directors. On Friday, June 2, J. Rob Alsop, Sharon Martin, Morris Morrison and J. Casey Rentch were elected to the board during its annual meeting.

The board also elected Malene Smith Davis of Preston County to her first term as chair; Dean Hartley of Wheeling, vice-chair; Charles Emanuel of Orlando, Florida, secretary; and Bill Beynon of Naples, Florida, as treasurer.

WVU alumni give back to their alma mater, support equine program

Mon, 2017-06-05 08:30

For Roberta and William “Bill” Gellner, West Virginia University has been an integral part of their family for many years – and the alumni are showing their appreciation by establishing a new endowment to support the equine program.  

The Roberta and William Gellner Equine Endowment will advance the mission and goals of the equine program, which is housed within the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, with discretionary funds to support scholarships, research and other opportunities.

Professionals focus on West Virginia health

Thu, 2017-06-01 15:22

More than 100 health professionals from across West Virginia gathered today (June 1) in Buckhannon to share information on community approaches to the state’s health issues. The Try This for Health Professionals day was held at West Virginia Wesleyan College, one day ahead of the fourth annual Try This West Virginia conference that will take place Friday and Saturday.

WVU Foundation honors philanthropists

Thu, 2017-06-01 14:00

The West Virginia University Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2017 Outstanding Philanthropy awards. 

This year’s recipients are Verl and Sandra Purdy, Milan Puskar Outstanding Philanthropists; Jack Rossi, Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist; the Bernard McDonough Foundation, Hazel Ruby McQuain Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation; and Dominion Energy, Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation.

WVU's Gee says suggested federal budget cuts threaten economy and future

Thu, 2017-06-01 13:27

In a letter to West Virginia University faculty, students today (June 1), President Gordon Gee said "profound and far-reaching" cuts to federal support of medical and scientific research threaten efforts to build "a strong economy and sound future."

Here is the text of the letter:

Study finds most universities lack best practices in NSF-mandated research integrity plans

Thu, 2017-06-01 12:25

Five years after the implementation of a congressional mandate, West Virginia University researchers found that the majority of top U.S. research universities have not complied with the National Science Foundation’s policy on instruction in the responsible conduct of research.