WVU Athletics to honor diversity at ‘iBelong’ women’s basketball game

West Virginia University Athletics will celebrate diversity and inclusion at the second annual “iBelong” game, which will welcome people who may have felt excluded from sporting events for a variety of reasons. The “iBelong” game will be held at the women’s basketball game vs. Oklahoma at the WVU Coliseum Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. Participants will receive an “I Belong” t-shirt and free admission to the game for themselves and their families and friends. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. featuring booths with activities, informational sheets and giveaways.

WVU student race team receives award from DENSO Foundation

West Virginia University’s Formula SAE Mountaineer Racing Team, which provides opportunities for students to gain broader insight into the engineering profession, will enhance its mission through a $30,000 award from the DENSO North America Foundation. The grant money will be used to develop an engine powertrain dynamometer testing facility used to test, tune, and enhance the team’s racing engines and transmissions.

WVU IDEA Hub to host University-wide innovation challenge

The “I Heart IDEA Hub Pitch Challenge” provides students, faculty, staff and community members who utilize any of the IDEA Hub’s services the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas and compete for cash prizes to further develop their innovations. Fourteen individuals or teams will pitch their innovations in three minutes to a group of judges, followed by a question and answer period. The event will also serve as a valuable networking opportunity for IDEA Hub members, innovative leaders and West Virginia entrepreneurs to convene.

WVU sponsors ‘Merit Badge University’ for Scouts across the state and region

West Virginia University will host more than 325 Boy and Girl Scouts from six states Saturday, February 9, for an on-campus experience at “Merit Badge University.” This day-long event is both educational and fun-filled. With headquarters at the WVU Recreation Center, MBU@WVU provides a taste of college life to middle and high school youth, including rides on the PRT.

WVU Collegiate Horsemen’s Association to raise funds for U. S. Equestrian Federation Disaster Relief Fund

The West Virginia University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association will hold an indoor sale to benefit the U. S. Equestrian Federation Disaster Relief Fund Sunday (Feb. 10) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the J. W. Ruby Research Farm, Reedsville. The United States Equestrian Federation Disaster Relief Fund which helps to ensure the safety and well-being of horses affected by natural disasters.

WVU fraternities and sororities raise money to empower women across the globe

A community-wide philanthropic endeavor led by the women in the Panhellenic Association at West Virginia University has raised $37,000 for the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation to help build a school in Malawi, an effort to support entities around the world that remove educational barriers for girls and woman who face poverty and oppression.

West Virginia Small Farm Conference to help local farmers grow food and communities

There’s a growing desire among communities, restaurants and schools to use high quality, locally sourced ingredients. At the fifteenth annual West Virginia University Extension Service Small Farm Conference held in Charleston, the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center is offering classes to teach farmers how to adapt their enterprises to meet the rising demand for local foods.

WV Forward, WV Public Education Collaborative and WVU Provost Office to host inaugural WV Women Moving Forward event

Nearly 90 West Virginia women from across the state will convene at the Erickson Alumni Center to help uncover solutions that address challenges unique to women. WV Forward and the WV Public Education Collaborative, along with WVU Provost Joyce McConnell and First Lady Laurie Erickson, are partnering to coordinate results-oriented conversations aimed to empower more women to play an active role in blazing a path toward a future in which all West Virginians can stand on equal footing to attain the high-quality educational opportunities, secure jobs and sustainable pay.