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More than 60 events make up inaugural WVU Week of Purpose, kickoff for work of new Purpose Center to inspire pursuits of passion

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The WVU community begins the inaugural Week of Purpose Sept. 18. The week's events will include speakers, training sessions, panels, physical activities and more, covering a range of topics that encourage students, employees, alumni and others to explore new perspectives, engage with others, and learn more about themselves and their passions. (WVU Illustration)

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West Virginia University officially begins a large-scale campus community journey with purpose during the inaugural Week of Purpose, designed to deliver inspiring speakers, showcase University resources, offer diverse perspectives and introduce student success tools.

WHO: Students, employees and other University community members are encouraged to explore new perspectives, engage with others and learn more about themselves and their passions.

WHEN: Sept. 18-24

WHERE: Various campus locations, Morgantown


Well-Being Speaker: Dr. Clay Marsh, chancellor and executive dean, WVU Health Sciences
Wednesday (Sept. 21), noon to 1 p.m., Media Innovation Center, 
Evansdale Crossing 
To find a sense of purpose, start with “why?” Dr. Clay Marsh hosts a workshop on finding your “why,” based on Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why,” and shares his key principles of purpose.

A Princess and her Purpose
Wednesday (Sept. 21), 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ballrooms, Mountainlair
Growing up in Morgantown with her adoptive parents, Sarah Culberson had little knowledge of her ancestry. Culberson will discuss how she discovered she is a princess and how she now pursues her purpose throughout the U.S. by promoting education, empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and abroad through her nonprofit work in Sierra Leone. This event is being held in partnership with the David C. Hardesty Festival of Ideas.

A Peace of Mind
Thursday (Sept. 22), noon-1 p.m., Gluck Theater, Mountainlair

John Noltner, a storyteller and award-winning photographer, presents his portraits of WVU staff and students during a keynote address to answer the question, “What impact have you had?” NOTE: Noltner’s exhibit is on display Monday (Sept. 19) - Thursday (Sept. 22) at the Health Sciences Center Pylons and the Vandalia Lounge, Mountainlair.

Purpose and Perspective with WVU Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea Poore, Esq.
Friday (Sept. 23), 11:30 a.m.-noon, Gluck Theater, Mountainlair

Vice President Poore will discuss the importance of knowing yourself and how you see the world around you as you pursue your purpose.

Try it! A Purpose Celebration
Saturday (Sept. 24), 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 
Student Rec Center Fields
The Week of Purpose wraps up with a party and FoodFest. Attendees can try new things with hands-on activities from different colleges and departments across campus, including the insect farm from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and puppetry from the College of Creative Arts. Eight different vendors will offer opportunities to try new foods.

Other activities include training sessions, speaker panels, physical activities and more covering a range of topics.

Read more about purpose at WVU and the planned future opening of the Purpose Center.

See the full schedule of Week of Purpose events.



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