STORY PITCH: WVU combines hoops and health for Education Day at the Coliseum

West Virginia University brings athletics and academics together to help improve the lives of West Virginians as the School of Nursing and College of Physical Activities and Sport Sciences join with the women’s basketball team to provide 8,000 Morgantown area elementary and junior high school students with health and wellness education. Topics include nutrition, stranger/predator danger, oral health, the impact of electronics and skin/acne care and more. This is another way WVU fulfills its land-grant mission of education, service and research.

WVU LGBTQ+ Center to host inaugural Transgender Advocacy Month in November, commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance

The West Virginia University LGBTQ+ Center is hosting its inaugural Transgender Advocacy Month in November to recognize the transgender community at WVU, raise awareness of transgender rights and celebrate a culture of inclusiveness across campus. To commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the LGBTQ+ Center will host a candlelight vigil and name-reading ceremony before Thanksgiving break Thursday (Nov. 15) at 6 p.m. in Woodburn Circle. The vigil will honor the trans people who have been killed this year from transphobic violence.

WVU to hold second annual Day of Giving Nov. 14

West Virginia University, including Health Sciences and regional campuses, will hold its second annual Day of Giving, a 24-hour online event to raise money for scholarships and the greatest needs of the University and individual colleges and schools. Last year, more than $2.9 million was raised from more than 2,500 donors in the first WVU Day of Giving.

Patriotism, Politics and the Playing Field

Patriotism, Politics and the Playing Field,” a panel discussion presented as part of the West Virginia University David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas, will feature national sports journalists, commentators and athletes discussing the intersection of sports, race and media during a time of intense political division and partisanship. A variety of timely issues will be addressed Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms, including the recent decision by the NFL to ban players from kneeling during the national anthem.

MEDIA KIT: Former Cisco CEO and Chairman to help WVU support start-ups and entrepreneurship; business school renamed John Chambers College of Business and Economics

In a unique agreement that will provide West Virginia University significant financial and intellectual resources, Silicon Valley visionary John Chambers today (Nov. 9) announced a gift of time, talent and treasure to support a recently announced start-up engine at the College of Business and Economics. Additionally, the College will be renamed the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities launches new program for children with developmental and behavioral disorders

The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities is expanding its programming to offer a new program, Behavior and Learning Intervention Services. This program will help children ages 18 months to 21-years-old build communication and daily living and play skills, while decreasing challenging behaviors like tantrums, aggression and self-injury. Clients can be involved in social skills group and parents can learn how to increase desired behaviors.

WVU expert available for comment on how low vaccine rates may have contributed to deadly rise in flu cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newly released impact report shows that more that 79,000 deaths were attributed to influenza last year. And while West Virginia leads the nation in flu vaccination, with 46.3 percent of the adult population vaccinated, the United States has a long way to go in helping overcome deaths and illnesses related to the flu.