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WVU business school to induct four into Roll of Distinguished Alumni

Tue, 2017-09-19 13:00

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics will induct four graduates into its renowned B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni during WVU Homecoming Weekend. This year’s honorees, who represent various industries, will be inducted during a ceremony and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.

This year’s inductees will include Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Berwyn, Pennsylvania; Kim Craig, president and chief executive officer of F.N.B. Wealth Management, Morgantown; Royce Harworth Keller, former chief financial officer and chairperson of the board for CLG, Morgantown; and Rodney Williams, CEO and co-founder of LISNR, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wikimedia Foundation awards grant to WVU Libraries

Tue, 2017-09-19 11:30

The Wikimedia Foundation has award West Virginia University Libraries a $52,000 grant to enable Kelly Doyle, the Libraries’ Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity, to continue her efforts at WVU and expand the thriving program to three other universities.

“We are thrilled that the Wikimedia Foundation recognizes WVU Libraries’ contribution to Wikipedia and has chosen to support our continued work of addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap,” said Karen Diaz, interim dean of WVU Libraries. “We are very excited to continue this work and lead the academic library community in Wikipedia initiatives.”

WVU biochemist goes online to X-ray life-sustaining crystals

Tue, 2017-09-19 08:15

Under conventional magnification, the crystals Aaron Robart grows in his West Virginia University lab may look like simple rock salt, but by bombarding them with X-rays, he and his research team can build computational models that reveal the molecules within.

On August 22, Robart, assistant professor of biochemistry in the WVU School of Medicine, used the powerful Advanced Photon Source at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago to zap three types of life-sustaining crystals with X-rays revealing molecular structures that resemble tangles of corkscrew pasta or patterns of daisies.

Change never ages: WVU introduces new gerontology minor

Mon, 2017-09-18 14:00

As the second-oldest state in the nation, West Virginia is in dire need for professionals who can work with its aging population.

To meet this need, the School of Social Work at West Virginia University has launched a new undergraduate gerontology minor, an interdisciplinary program geared toward understanding the biological, social and spiritual aspects associated with the aging process.

Izzo-Brown inducted into WVSA Hall of Fame

Mon, 2017-09-18 13:56

The West Virginia Soccer Association announced the induction of Nikki Izzo-Brown, head coach for the WVU women's soccer team, as a meritorious member into the WVSA Hall of Fame - Class of 2018.

WVU listed among top sales schools in the world for sixth straight year

Mon, 2017-09-18 13:00

West Virginia University’s Professional Sales Institute has been named to the “2017 Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” by the Sales Education Foundation, marking the sixth straight year WVU has been listed among the best schools in the world.

The Professional Sales Institute is located within the WVU College of Business and Economics, and is among the top schools to be recognized in North American and internationally by the SEF. 

WVU Libraries holds film screening, opens exhibit about Vietnam War

Mon, 2017-09-18 11:30

West Virginia University Libraries invites the campus community and the public to a screening and panel discussion of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary “Vietnam: West Virginians Remember” at the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theatre Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. The Libraries welcomes all interested attendees and hopes many student veterans and campus veteran advocates will join us for this program.

A panel discussion will follow the film and feature WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins and WVU Associate Professor of History James Siekmeier. WVU Reed College of Media Shott Chair of Journalism and Assistant Professor Lois Raimondo will moderate the discussion.

FIve women’s hoops games to air on FOX

Mon, 2017-09-18 08:43

The women's basketball team will have five games air on FOX Sports Networks as part of the Big 12 Conference's 2017-18 television schedule. Three of the contests will be televised nationally, and three games will originate from the WVU Coliseum.

WVU kicks off 2017 United Way campaign

Mon, 2017-09-18 08:15


Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, Dr. Clay Marsh will serve as the chair of the 35th annual campaign. This year’s theme, My United Way, is designed to allow community members, donors and volunteers to express what the United Way means to them. The campaign, which lasts eight weeks, will wrap up Nov. 10.

WVU Native American Studies Program to host 25th anniversary peace tree events

Fri, 2017-09-15 14:00

The Native American Studies Program at West Virginia University welcomes the public to its annual Peace Tree Ceremony Oct. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The peace tree is located between Martin and Elizabeth Moore halls.

This year’s guest of honor is Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons, a leader known internationally as an advocate for tribal sovereignty, human rights and the environment.

WVU to formalize partnership with Federal University of Parana, Brazil

Fri, 2017-09-15 12:45

A new agreement between West Virginia University and the Federal University of Parana will promote opportunities for research, faculty exchange and a grant collaboration between the universities.

A delegation of four high-ranking university administrators from UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil, will visit the WVU campus on Monday (Sept. 18). The UFPR delegation, which includes UFPR President, Ricardo Marcelo Fonseca, Vice-President of Planning, Budget and Finance, Fernando Mezzadri, Director of International Affairs, Andre Duarte, and Graduate Programs Coordinator André Rodacki, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with WVU.

New endowment to help expand academic scholarship opportunities at WVU

Fri, 2017-09-15 11:00

A gift of $25,000 from Melinda and John Hale to West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, will provide financial aid to CPASS students, with a preference for students from Mineral County and transfer students from Potomac State College.

“The Hale’s gift will offer excellent opportunities for students wanting to further their education. Increasing scholarship support will help our most promising students pursue their degrees without undue financial burden, especially those in the Physical Education Teacher Education program,” said Dana D. Brooks, CPASS dean and professor of physical education, “On behalf of the college, I want to thank the Hales for their generosity and leadership,” 

WVU alumnus Nicco Campriani retires his rifle for a career with the International Olympic Committee

Fri, 2017-09-15 10:30

Nicco Campriani, a 2011 industrial engineering graduate of the West Virginia University and three-time Olympic Gold medalist, has retired from competitive rifle shooting and will soon begin a new career with the International Olympic Committee.

Campriani, a native of Florence, Italy, fired his final shots during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. He walked into the event knowing it would be his third and final Olympic appearance and was determined to go out with a bang.

WVU to host founder and CEO of Coalfield Development Corporation, presenting ‘Rebuilding the Appalachian Economy’

Fri, 2017-09-15 09:30

Gumption. Grit. Grace. These are the core values of the Coalfield Development Corporation, a community-based nonprofit in southern West Virginia that empowers individuals to learn and grow while improving communities in tangible ways– all in the face of a challenging economic climate. West Virginia University will host the organization’s founder and CEO, Brandon Dennison, who will share Coalfield’s unique approach to community development.  

The guest lecture, hosted by the IDEA Fellows Program and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, will be held Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in room 414 of Evansdale Crossing. Dennison will present “Rebuilding the Appalachian Economy from the Ground Up: Social Entrepreneurship, Creative Economic Development, and Social Justice in the Coalfields of West Virginia.”

WVU receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

Thu, 2017-09-14 15:00

For the second consecutive year, West Virginia University’s efforts in diversity and inclusion have been honored with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. WVU will be featured, along with 79 other recipients, in the November 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition now part of national program

Thu, 2017-09-14 14:00

The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition has partnered with Silicon Valley’s longest-serving CEO to become part of a national network of similar competitions, and will benefit from valuable financial and mentoring resources.

The statewide event that encourages students from West Virginia’s colleges and universities to participate in a competition that awards three $10,000 grand prizes is now part of the ZinnStarter program to help college students launch new products and companies. Ray Zinn, the longest-serving CEO in Silicon Valley and founder of Micrel Semiconductors, provided $10,000 to the West Virginia University BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, host of the statewide competition.

WVU physicists chase new ‘wave’ of condensed matter research

Thu, 2017-09-14 12:50

Just one year after arriving at West Virginia University, physicist Lian Li is taking physics research to new frontiers.

In collaboration with fellow WVU condensed matter experiment expert Cheng Cen, he is breaking the rules of classical physics in search of a solution to making computers faster than ever.

Discovering the art of waste: WVU English professor named a fellow of the National Humanities Center

Thu, 2017-09-14 11:00

Stephanie Foote is the first West Virginia University faculty member to be chosen for a National Humanities Center Fellowship. 

Foote is in residence at the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina, for the 2017-18 academic year while working on her book about waste.

DeLynn Lecture to feature national expert on improving cancer care delivery

Thu, 2017-09-14 09:30

Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH, a nationally renowned medical oncologist and population health researcher, will deliver the 2017 Laurence and Jean DeLynn Lecture at 4 p.m., Sept. 21, in the Fukushima Auditorium of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. The lecture is open to the public. A reception will follow in the Learning Center Commons.

The title of Schrag’s lecture is “Precision Public Health:  High Value Strategies to Decrease the Burden of Cancer on the Health of Communities.”

WVU in Top 100 public universities

Thu, 2017-09-14 09:15

West Virginia University remains one of the top 100 public universities in rankings published this week by U.S. News and World Report.

WVU is tied for 99th among public universities and tied for 187th among all national universities, which includes private schools which offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research. The rankings, including ties, are little changed from last year.