Safety precautions should be taken while setting off fireworks

As Independence Day approaches, a West Virginia University fireworks expert suggests people attend a public fireworks show where trained pyrotechnists are in charge of ignition. But Mark Lambert, Fire Service Extension and State Fire Training Director, offers tips for those purchasing their own fireworks, including avoiding alcohol and having viewers stand at least 50 feet from the display.

Academic STARS prepares African American students for college life, improves retention

A five-week program that immerses incoming African American freshmen to West Virginia University begins this week with a cohort of 14 Academic STARS. Students Achieving and Reaching Success offers academic activities designed to help foster cultural adjustment on campus, while building a solid academic foundation. The program boasts degree completion for more than 200 students since it began in 2008.

Students use summer session at WVU to complete courses, graduate early

Although many people believe that summers are slow on college campuses, 37 percent of students enrolled at West Virginia University take a summer course. Of these students, 68 percent use the term to complete general education courses, and 52 percent intend to use the summer course to graduate early or get ahead in their classes. The first term ends today, and the second term will begin on Monday (June 24).

Philosophers to discuss ethics at international summer conference hosted by WVU

Philosophy is a little discussed area of our lives, but we live out our ethics in daily decisions. West Virginia University will host a three-day international conference focusing on the relationship of human beings to each other and also to the world. Beginning Thursday (June 20) the Department of Philosophy and the Emmanuel Levinas Center at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences will focus on existentialism in Oglebay Hall, from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

WVU students make advocacy part of their project

West Virginia University Reed College of Media students interviewed formerly incarcerated women, most of whom had suffered from substance use disorder, over the last year. According to Mary Kay McFarland, West Virginia Uncovered Project Coordinator, the project challenged her students’ perception of people who are different from them, which in turn helped them become empathetic storytellers who can connect their audience with their subjects.

West Virginia Day celebration to focus on early photography

Civil War era photography program hosted by West Virginia University Libraries and the WVRHC. The program features an exhibit of early photographs from the WCRHC historical photography collection following the keynote address.

WVU to host Pedestrian Safety Symposium and Summit

The West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program, housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University will host a Pedestrian Safety Symposium and Summit June 11-13.