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Riffon named WVU interim director of WVU’s Office of Veteran Affairs

Mon, 2017-10-30 16:40

Steve Riffon, a retired U.S. Air Force captain, has been appointed the interim director of the Office of Veterans Affairs at West Virginia University, effective Nov. 1.

Simultaneously, the University administration has created a President’s Action Group for Veterans, to be headed by WVU Alumni Association President and CEO Sean Frisbee, a retired USAF colonel, to review current outreach to veterans across the system.

WVU finishes first, third in national mine rescue contest

Mon, 2017-10-30 14:34

West Virginia University sent two teams to the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration–Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Organization National Mine Rescue Contest in Beckley October 27-28. Both ended up on the winner’s platform.

The competition tests the teams’ ability to locate and rescue three missing miners. 

WVU Online offers new Winter Intersession, Dec 14-Jan 4

Mon, 2017-10-30 14:18

WVU students looking to make the most of their upcoming winter break can now take an online course during WVU Online’s new “Winter Intersession,” Dec. 14-Jan. 4.

With this accelerated format, students can earn up to three credits in just three weeks.

WVU student competing for international Schwarzman Scholarship

Mon, 2017-10-30 12:30

Colin Lopez, a recent West Virginia University graduate, has been named a semi-finalist for the Schwarzman Scholarship, a program that prepares global leaders through a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Lopez graduated in May with a degree in international studies, with an emphasis on international business. He is preparing to go to Amman, Jordan, next month on a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research with the United Nations Refugee Agency in healthcare services.

‘Blue Zones’ author to speak at WVU

Mon, 2017-10-30 12:00

West Virginians are regularly bombarded with negative health statistics about our state – high rates of obesity, diabetes, and drug abuse, low participation in healthy activity, and on and on. Some West Virginia counties have a predicted life expectancy a decade or more less than the healthiest parts of the U.S.

What’s the path to a healthier life for all of us? Dan Buettner, author of the bestselling “Blue Zones” books, will speak at West Virginia University Nov. 2 to share his perspective, based on years of study in diverse regions across the globe where most people live long and healthy lives.

Burgess, Lusk named 2017 WVU Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

Sat, 2017-10-28 14:06

West Virginia University has named Garrett Burgess and Savannah Lusk the 2017 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer. A Mountaineer Week tradition, the award recognizes student’s exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement.

Burgess and Lusk were announced as this year’s honorees during halftime of the WVU vs. Oklahoma State football game today (Oct. 28) at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU approves three-week, online winter term

Fri, 2017-10-27 16:03

West Virginia University students who want to lighten their regular term class load, or just get a few credits ahead, will be able to do so under a new winter term approved unanimously by the Board of Governors Friday (Oct. 27).

The Winter Session will be offered exclusively online from Dec. 14 to Jan. 4, 2018 and will be limited in offerings and enrollment, Paul Kreider, associate provost for undergraduate education, told the board.  

Team from Greater Beckley Christian School wins 30th annual WVU Pumpkin Drop

Fri, 2017-10-27 15:36

While nearly 400 pumpkins flew off the roof of West Virginia University’s Engineering Sciences Building one—from team no. 102A from the Greater Beckley Christian School in Prosperity —not only survived the 11-story drop but landed closest to the target.

The winning pumpkin landed two-feet, four-inches from the target, earning them the $100 Pumpkin Drop first prize.

BrickStreet endows WVU law school scholarship in honor of Tom Flaherty

Fri, 2017-10-27 13:55

A scholarship at the West Virginia University College of Law, endowed by The BrickStreet Foundation and honoring Charleston attorney Thomas V. Flaherty, was announced Friday at the University’s Board of Governors meeting. 

The $100,000 gift was announced by W. Marston Becker, a member of both the BrickStreet and WVU boards. Flaherty, also a member of both boards, is immediate past chair of the BrickStreet board and immediate past president of the WVU board. 

WVU researcher examines mindfulness

Fri, 2017-10-27 08:00

(Editor’s Note: Citations are below.)

The mindfulness movement has grown in popularity over the past two decades, but research on its effectiveness is still catching up. According to a West Virginia University neuroscientist, increasing the precision of mindfulness research can multiply the potential benefits that meditation and similar practices impart.    

WVU LaunchLab hosts inaugural Women’s Pitch Competition

Thu, 2017-10-26 20:01

West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network hosted its first Women’s Pitch Competition on Oct. 26 to encourage female students to push the limits of their entrepreneurial ideas, develop products and business models and showcase the results in a tightly-timed presentation to a panel of judges. 

Eight students participated and the top three contenders were awarded monetary prizes to fund their business and product development, receiving $3,000, $1,500 and $750 respectively, thanks in part to the sponsorship of the Women of WVU Leadership Council

WVU, community groups to host screening of ‘Heroin(e)’ documentary and discussion on opioid epidemic

Thu, 2017-10-26 14:00

Several West Virginia University and community groups are joining efforts to discuss the Morgantown area’s approach to combatting the opioid epidemic.                                                    

The WVU School of Public Health, Milan Puskar Health Right, the Monongalia County Health Department, WVU Collegiate Recovery Program, and WVU Student Government Association will host a November 16 community screening of the Netflix original short documentary “Heroin(e),” followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is supporting the event.

2018 Football Schedule Released

Thu, 2017-10-26 12:00

West Virginia University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference, has announced the 2018 football schedule. Six home dates, two Power 5 non-conference road games in the state of North Carolina and four Big 12 Conference road dates comprise the upcoming schedule.

WVU releases May 2018 Commencement Ceremony Information

Wed, 2017-10-25 14:00


West Virginia University’s May 2018 graduates will be honored during Commencement weekend, May 11-13.

WVU’s Amateur Radio Club offers communications services to Puerto Rico

Wed, 2017-10-25 12:00

West Virginia University’s Amateur Radio Club will provide communication services for members of the WVU community looking to reach relatives in disaster-stricken Puerto Rico. 

On September 20, Hurricane Maria made direct land fall on Puerto Rico as a category four storm with sustained winds of more than 150 miles per hour. The powerful storm left behind a path of destruction that caused the entire territory to lose electricity, leaving 3.5 million residents without clean water or communication services.

WVU College of Law selected a best value

Wed, 2017-10-25 11:00

The National Jurist and preLaw Magazine have once again named West Virginia University College of Law a best value.

WVU Law scored an A-, which is a higher grade than 160 other law schools approved by the American Bar Association.

The sound of silence: Using sound waves for biomedical breakthroughs

Tue, 2017-10-24 12:30

Sound waves could be the future of biomedical research, diagnosing and treatment, says Peng Li, a chemistry professor at West Virginia University.

Whipkey Fund to advance WVU diabetic research initiatives

Tue, 2017-10-24 10:41

West Virginia University Health Sciences has received a renewable grant of more than $100,000 to assist its effort in the fight against diabetes.  

The funding comes from the Stoy K. Whipkey and Twila O. Whipkey Fund, established as a result of the couple’s family-related experience with diabetes—their son’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.

Former WVU physician establishes future faculty chair with estate gift

Mon, 2017-10-23 14:30

Ronald Scobbo, MD and his wife, Jeanne, are donating the remainder of their estate to the West Virginia University School of Medicine, establishing the Ronald and Jeanne Scobbo Chair of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

The endowed chair, being established following their passing, will serve as a crucial piece in recruiting an outstanding faculty member who embraces providing quality healthcare to West Virginians, much like Scobbo did during his time as a physician.