In West Virginia’s hills and hollows, its larger cities along interstates and smaller communities on country roads, at ground levels and from broader 365-degree views, West Virginia University students, faculty and staff are working each day in service to the Mountain State.Read the full story
WVUToday stories highlighting service to West Virginia:
Working in service: WVU research reaches all of West Virginia
Breakthroughs and research expertise nurtured at West Virginia University extend far beyond its labs, experimental sites and classrooms. These public research contributions will be celebrated during the fifth annual Research Week, beginning March 20.
Working in service: WVU enhances health and well-being throughout West Virginia
West Virginia University Health Sciences tackles important health issues plaguing the Mountain State through academics, research, clinics and partnerships extending to communities across West Virginia and the region, embodying the University’s mission to serve with purpose.
Working in service: WVU offers opportunities to explore other worlds close to home
West Virginia University is taking exploration into Mountain State communities with programs focused on driving interest in science, technology, engineering and math while encouraging people of all ages to examine their world and others.
Working in service: WVU takes the arts into Mountain State communities
From live theater and music performances to hands-on art projects, the WVU College of Creative Arts provides opportunities for residents in communities throughout the Mountain State to participate directly in artistic endeavors and express their creativity.
Working in service: WVU land use attorneys address fundamental needs of West Virginia communities
The WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic is improving the quality of life for West Virginians across the state by contributing much-needed local government legal services to communities, while also providing meaningful educational opportunities for law students.
Working in service: WVU acts as community development catalyst
From building up outdoor recreation throughout the state, to crunching vital numbers for its small communities, to exploring ways that small businesses can best market their goods and services, WVU is serving as a community development catalyst in real time and making significant change at ground levels.
WVU’s Project TRAIN lays a new track to support children affected by addiction at home
One of every four children in the United States has a parent wrestling with drug or alcohol addiction, based on national data, and is at risk of developing a substance use disorder later in life. To break that cycle and give adults in those kids’ lives the tools to make a difference, West Virginia University’s Project TRAIN has expanded its program, originally focused on enabling K-12 teachers to support students affected by addiction, to youth camps statewide.
With little known about rising nutrient levels in small communities’ treated sewage, WVU researchers test the waters
Alarmed about rising levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in America’s water, the Environmental Protection Agency has invested $1 million in West Virginia University assistant professor Kevin Orner’s wastewater treatment research.
WVPEC announces 2022 Sparking Early Literacy Growth projects to help close the disparity gap in reading proficiency
To improve statewide literacy rates, the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative has announced nine projects across West Virginia will each receive up to $50,000 to strengthen West Virginia’s youngest learners’ reading and writing skills by the end of the third grade.
West Virginia rising: WVU partners with Coalfield Development Corporation, other coalition members to win $63M EDA grant
Thousands of acres of abandoned mining land in West Virginia will get new uses out of part of a large-scale development project Coalfield Development Corporation is leading
with support from West Virginia University. The project is among those to receive funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration as part of the “Build Back Better Regional Challenge.”
Clouds part for solar energy’s prospects in West Virginia as WVU and partners build a solar-power test site in Fairmont
The launch of a partnership between West Virginia University engineers and the nonprofit and utility sectors could bring the region one step closer to integrating solar- generated power into the electrical grid.
WVU Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative celebrates new trail openings
Three miles make up the first phase of the West Run Woods Trail System which represents the beginning of a larger WVU trail initiative designed to improve health opportunities for community members, attract and retain talent, enhance quality of life and increase tourism. It's one of several cycling projects underway in Monongalia County.
WVU-led initiative engages West Virginia youth in their communities
The West Virginia University School of Public Health and Health Sciences & Technology Academy are collaborating on a project that will engage trusted individuals in rural communities throughout the state and provide experiential learning opportunities for the next generation of health care professionals to improve health outcomes.
WVU expands rural opioid response programs with $1M grant
The West Virginia University Institute for Community and Rural Health will use the funding to continue expanding resources across the Mountain State through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to address barriers to prevention, treatment and recovery services for substance use disorder.
WVU researchers counting on cow cooperation for improvements in soil health and carbon sequestration
Researchers in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design are working to improve soil health and increase economic gains for Appalachian cattle farmers by bringing nutrients, like carbon, to the soil while decreasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Ascend West Virginia expands into fourth community
Greater Elkins joins three other areas in West Virginia offering incentives to remote workers who want to make the Mountain State home, part of the Ascend WV program involving the WVU Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative.
With a generation’s literacy at stake, WVU joins schools and communities to combat COVID-19 learning loss
A statewide education initiative is bringing West Virginia University literacy consultants together with local schools and communities to reverse pandemic-driven early learning loss.
WVU Extension helping veterans learn about agriculture through partnership with Operation Welcome Home
Veterans and community members are gaining career knowledge and tools through agriculture as part of a cooperative effort between West Virginia University Extension and Operation Welcome Home, a project designed to support military members moving from active-duty service to civilian life.
WVU recognized nationally for community engagement through partnership with long-running prison book program
West Virginia University's partnership with the prison book program is one of four exemplary projects being recognized this year as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards. Through the years, the project has created opportunities for people in prison to learn and has sent more than 50,000 free books to people in Appalachian prisons in six states.
WVU research helps gifted programs discover talented low-income students and bring STEM learning to kids of all abilities
Appalachian Coders provides resources and trainings enabling teachers to embed computational, STEM-related activities and thinking in core lesson plans for elementary students. The project tracks teacher confidence and student and parent engagement and analyzes alternative ways to screen who qualifies for gifted education.
WVU engineers aim to improve safety with autonomous robotic inspection system for coal waste storage facilities
Two West Virginia University engineers are developing new technologies for coal waste storage facilities that will detect and prevent potential failures like leakage of hazardous materials into the environment.
WVU launches prevention program to support at-risk youth, young adults
Research has shown that prevention programs are effective at reducing risk of substance use and addiction, and the prevalence of drug use increases rapidly during adolescence and the transition to young adulthood. To support this population through these critical development years, West Virginia University has launched Regional Transition Navigator services.
WVU’s STEAM TAC launches second year of engaging, interactive immersions for West Virginia public schools
With public schools back in session, the West Virginia Technical Assistance Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, housed at West Virginia University, is expanding its impact and reach during its second year of immersive, hands-on learning activities.
WVU launches program putting students from rural West Virginia on paths to success
Maintaining a sharp focus on the unique needs of rural, underrepresented West Virginia University students, the Office of Student Success welcomes its first cohort of Mountain Scholars this fall. The Mountain Scholars Program is designed to create a culture of support for incoming first-year students from rural areas of West Virginia as they work toward academic success while also preparing them for jobs in the Mountain State.
New WVU teacher education initiative brings coding to K-5 classrooms
A West Virginia University instructional design expert is looking to break the code of the traditional elementary school classroom. Ugur Kale, associate professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences, earned a National Science Foundation grant to prepare elementary education majors to use computer science as a tool in classrooms.
Dollars for Disaster support effort at WVU relaunches after flooding in several states
West Virginia University is stepping up to support residents affected by flooding in eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia with the restart of Dollars for Disaster, a campus-wide disaster response effort organized through the Center for Community Engagement.
WVU researchers work to restore iconic West Virginia red spruce forests
Clearcutting and wildfires destroyed the red spruce which were once the dominant tree species in West Virginia. Today, only 10% of the state’s red spruce coverage remains and it faces a new threat in climate change. West Virginia University researchers are working toward restoring some of the original tree habitat by studying the long-term effects of climate change on red spruce and the surrounding environment.
NASA-funded physics research at WVU aims to create new stars among local teachers and HBCU students
West Virginia University physicists are helping NASA measure light from distant stars and involving local high school science teachers in the process.
Crowdfunding effort aims to boost support for WVU Tech's Tomorrow is Mine Summer Camp
A crowdfunding effort launched in partnership with the West Virginia University Foundation aims to encourage middle-schoolers in southern West Virginia via Tomorrow is Mine, a summer camp held this week at WVU Tech in Beckley.
WVU partnership provides first responders with free online electric vehicle safety training
With more hybrid and electric vehicles on the roads, West Virginia University is helping first responders more easily train for emergencies. WVU Extension Fire Service and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at WVU have teamed up to produce a free online safety instructional course.