WVU and CDC partnership helps build healthy futures in southern West Virginia

Last year, faculty from WVU Extension Service, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and WVU School of Public Health and West Virginia Prevention Research Center entered into a five-year contractual partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make a group of West Virginia University employees’ dream of a healthier West Virginia come true. The Be Wild, Be Wonderful, Be Healthy project is a community-based project that aims to create local solutions for our state’s health-related challenges by supporting projects in Clay and McDowell counties that increase access to physical activity and healthy foods.

Engineering and marching band: A match made in WVU

A love of marching bands and the desire to become an engineer led Martinsburg native Jessica Hammersla to West Virginia University. As drum major, the junior is responsible for making sure the Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer Marching Band is playing in unison, something she’ll be doing during Saturday’s Homecoming game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Women outnumber men in WVU’s Law Class of 2022

For the first time in more than a decade, women in West Virginia University’s Law Class of 2022 make up more than half of the class, which also boasts higher academic credentials than previous years. WVU also welcomes self-identified minorities who make up eight percent of these students, one-third of whom are first-generation college students. Greg Bowman, dean of the WVU College of Law, said diversity in law delivers fairness in the justice system.

WVU LGBTQ+ Center ensures welcoming, inclusive culture across campus as school year begins

The West Virginia University LGBTQ+ Center offers a variety of Safe Zone trainings, resources, classes and events to advocate for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Center is committed to helping provide a safe and inclusive campus for all students, while understanding that transgender students may arrive on campus already stressed and concerned about the potential for isolation.

‘Together We Are Stronger’ is theme for WVU’s National Recovery Month

This year's National Recovery Month theme at West Virginia University is Join the Voices of Recovery: Together We Are Stronger highlighting the notion that mental health issues and substance use affects all of us and the ongoing need to build campus and community networks that support recovery. The Collegiate Recovery Program will host events and activities in September designed to increase awareness and understanding of substance use and mental health disorders among college students and celebrate their journey and achievements.

WVU partners on videos promoting the Monongahela and area cities

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University partnered with InnerAction Media to produce two videos that showcase Morgantown, Fairmont, Star City and the surrounding areas along the Monongahela River. Anna Withrow, a redevelopment specialist, wants West Virginia residents to begin maximizing the availability of this community resource.

WVU Extension Service and FFA lead junior livestock show at State Fair

For months, West Virginia University Extension Service employees and state FFA advisers around the state have been working with youths in their communities to prepare them to show their project animals in the junior livestock competitions at the State Fair on Aug. 8 to Aug. 15, teaching valuable life skills in the process.

WVU’s John Deskins to testify before Senate Energy Committee

John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business & Economic Research, is testifying on Capitol Hill before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources on the importance of energy innovation to economic growth and competitiveness. His testimony will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday (July 25).

WVU’s Financial University to ‘teach teachers’ how to prepare students for financial realities

West Virginia University is taking the lead in helping the state’s educators prepare students for life’s financial realities. Naomi Boyd from the John Chambers College of Business and Economics joins experts from the region to offer resources, including classroom tools and materials and online educational programming in this “teach the teachers” event. Finance University will be held July 7-11 at the Hampton Inn and Suites at University Town Centre in Morgantown.