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WVU’s 71st Mountaineer Week to feature new traditions
Soon the smell of fresh, hot kettle corn, funnel cakes, and fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire will fill the air, luring students and the community into the Mountainlair to celebrate the 71st Mountaineer Week Craft Fair and Quilt Show. In this Inside WVU today interview, Sonja Wilson explains this year’s celebration, themed "Appalachian Foods," will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Friday (Oct. 19) with an opening ceremony in the Mountainlair Ballroom.

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WVU’s dental hygiene program helping West Virginians have healthier teeth
Amy Funk, chair in the Department of Dental Hygiene, talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about why so many West Virginians struggle to maintain healthy teeth. She also outlines the programs they have throughout the state to help people improve their teeth, mouth and gums.

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WVU Connect provides new opportunities for alumni
WVU Connect allows alumni to reconnect with old classmates and expand professional networks. Meridith Balas from the Alumni Association talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about how the new platform integrates with social networks and cultivates a culture of helping and giving back.

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New VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion talks about Diversity Week and role of DEI on campus
The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion announces Diversity Week, which begins Saturday (Sept. 29) and continues through Oct. 6 with “One Mountaineer Family” as the theme. Meshea Poore, vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about her new role at DEI and how the office promotes the different spectrums of diversity that are continuously growing on the WVU campus.

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WVU pursues ‘research with purpose’
Vice President of Research Fred King talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about the impact that WVU faculty and students have when it comes to research initiatives designed to improve the lives of those in West Virginia and beyond.

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WVU team to promote women’s empowerment in Mexico through soccer
Concerns about women’s empowerment are a public health and policy issue in the U.S., Mexico and throughout the world. Using the sport of soccer, a West Virginia University https://www.wvu.edu/ team aims to enhance young women’s empowerment through leadership development. Professor Jack Watson talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about the partnership between the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and the Leadership Studies program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

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New WVU police chief discusses pedestrian safety initiatives ahead of football home opener
The new chief of the West Virginia University Police Department, W.P. Chedester, talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about his new position, increased efforts to improve pedestrian safety on and near WVU’s campus and the role drivers and pedestrians play as we approach Saturday’s (Sept. 8) football home opener.

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Meet WVU’s new associate director of bands, leader of marching band
The latest edition of Inside WVU today features Stephen Lytle, the new associate director of bands at West Virginia University. Lytle’s role includes leading the Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer Marching Band. He talks with host April Kaull about what we can expect to see from the band this year – blending its rich history with new and exciting features.

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WVU ranked one of world’s top universities in high-profile ranking
Inside WVU today host April Kaull caught up with William Brustein, vice president for global strategy and international affairs, at the beginning of the year to talk about WVU’s recent ranking among the top 1.5 percent of universities in the world. Watch the video to see what Brustein said then about the achievement – and how it will help move the University forward.

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WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ fundraising campaign brings in more than $1.2 billion
The largest private fundraising campaign in West Virginia University history saw more than 90,000 donors contribute just over $1.2 billion to the University. In the latest edition of Inside WVU today, the Foundation’s Senior Vice President of BJ Davisson talks about the initiatives the gifts will support and what projects are on the horizon.

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Meet WVU’s new Mountaineer mascot
The latest edition of Inside WVU today features Trevor Kiess, the Mountaineer mascot for 2018-19. Kiess talks with host April Kaull about what it means to him to serve as the Mountaineer, how he spends his time in and out of the classroom and gets fans fired up for a new year.

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Celebrating Mountaineer values
Throughout 2017, senior leaders across West Virginia University awarded 150 commemorative coins to faculty and staff who exemplify one or more of the University’s values and further its mission through their work. In the latest edition of Inside WVU today, Vice President of Talent and Culture Cris DeBord talks about the program and unveils a new way to “pay it forward” in 2018.

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WVU student taps University resources to build beekeeping business into success
WVU student Matthew Byrd has taken his childhood hobby of collecting bugs and his interest in wildlife and turned it into a business. Byrd talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about Byrd’s and Bee’s Honey, its success and how he hopes the venture will do much more than create a lot of buzz.

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WVU program receives $12.7 million to build "critical bridge" between employees and employers
Gypsy Denzine, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, talks with Inside WVU today host April Kaull about the recent funding that will help continue the work of Job Accommodation Network at the University. The program is the nation’s leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

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Hospitality and Tourism Management Program helps WVU students, state soar
West Virginia University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program is the first accredited program of its kind in West Virginia. College of Business and Economics Teaching Associate Professor Frank DeMarco talks with "Inside WVU today" host April Kaull about how it’s preparing students for jobs in a $2.7 billion industry that has the potential to reinvigorate the state’s economy.

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Energy partnerships move WV Forward
Brian Anderson, director of WVU’s Energy Institute, talked with "Inside WVU today" host April Kaull just days after a historic announcement by one of the University’s research partners – who also happens to be one of the world’s largest energy companies – about a multi-billion dollar investment in West Virginia.

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WVU College of Law selected a best value
Dean Gregory Bowman joins “Inside WVU today” host April Kaull to talk about the College of Law, which recently earned a “best value” ranking.

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WVU takes multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic
In the latest edition of “Inside WVU today,” Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean at WVU’s Health Sciences Center, talks about the opioid epidemic and how West Virginia University is responding to the crisis.

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WVU prepares for Day of Giving, 24-hour online fundraising effort
The Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraising effort Wednesday, Nov. 8, is a simple way for West Virginia University supporters to contribute to the WVU Foundation’s "State of Minds" Campaign. In the latest edition of Inside WVU today, B.J. Davisson, senior vice president of development for the Foundation, explains why this inaugural event is critical to the University’s mission.

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Potential students can track WVU scholarship earning potential through new online platform
In the latest edition of “Inside WVU today,” Stephen Lee, associate vice president for enrollment management at WVU, talks about how aspiring Mountaineers can track their progress toward scholarship dollars through RaiseMe, a free online enterprise that makes calculating scholarship dollars more accessible.

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Learning more about WVU’s new Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education
The latest edition of the “Inside WVU today” video series focuses on West Virginia University’s new Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education. Nathan Sorber talks with April Kaull, director of news at University Relations, about the center – the only one of its kind in the United States.

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WVU’s Gee talks about cooperative plan to move WV Forward
The latest edition of the “Inside WVU today” video series focuses on West Virginia Forward, a joint effort effort by West Virginia University, the Department of Commerce and Marshall University to address the state’s economic challenges. WVU President Gordon Gee talks with April Kaull, director of news at University Relations, about the initiative and WVU’s role in the collaboration.

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WVU Reed College of Media chronicles “100 Days in Appalachia,” tackles ‘fake news’
WVU Reed College of Media Dean Maryanne Reed talks about the “100 Days in Appalachia” project and how the college is helping students being better news consumers in the latest edition of “Inside WVU today.” The video series, hosted by April Kaull, director of news at University Relations, focuses on the people, places and programs at West Virginia University.

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Provost Joyce McConnell talks about the University's past, present and future as WVU celebrates 150th anniversary
As WVU celebrates its 150th birthday, Provost Joyce McConnell explains in the latest edition of “Inside WVU today" how the university continues to innovate and build on the successes of the past while plotting a course for the future. The video series, hosted by April Kaull, director of news at University Relations, focuses on the people, places and programs at West Virginia University.

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New video series takes you ‘inside’ WVU
“Inside WVU today” is a new video series that periodically focuses on the people, places and programs at West Virginia University. April Kaull, director of news at University Relations, caught up with Honors College Dean Ken Blemings during move-in day for the first installment of the series to talk about the start of a new semester and the largest Honors class to date.

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