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Practice Based Ed & Service Learning radio spot
March 10, 2022
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April Kaull: At West Virginia University, mountaineers go first.

April Kaull: I'm here with Diane Gross from the School of Public Health. And Diane, thanks for being with us. You are in charge of practice-based education and service learning. What exactly does that mean?

Diane Gross: A program to let students interact and learn by doing out in the real world. We try and find projects that students can work with public health entities from the local, state, national health institutions, as well as charities and organizations that have a public health component as part of their work.

April Kaull: How is that different from maybe other public health programs across the country and why is that so important for public health education, especially right now?

Diane Gross: Two reasons. One, it is a way for our students in the university to give back to the communities. It also allows us to use this opportunity of COVID and the response as a teaching experience for students. Unfortunately, we will have emerging diseases on and on and public health has to respond to it. So students actually right now, have a great opportunity to just learn by watching what's going on around them.

April Kaull: What is public health all about and what would your advice be to someone if they think they're interested?

Diane Gross: It is about health for the public, from nutrition to occupational health, to outbreak investigation, to designing programs, to people to live healthy. Come on over to Health Sciences Center, we'll be happy to talk to you about the program and about all your options.

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Day of Giving radio spot
Feb. 25, 2022
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April Kaull: At West Virginia University, Mountaineers go first.

West Virginia University's annual day of giving is March ninth. B.J. Davison from the WVU Foundation is here with me to talk a little bit about the day and the planning, but even more importantly, the results that come from an important day like this.

April Kaull: How excited are you for day of giving?

B.J. Davison: Oh my goodness. April, Here we are, our fifth time around, we've raised in our combined days of giving over $30 million for the institution. The giving is definitely important and makes a difference.

April Kaull: Talk a little bit about what day of giving means in terms of those results. Some of the projects, some of the initiatives, some of the scholarships and other support that have been made possible.

B.J. Davison: It's not unusual for people to want to really follow their passion and make their gift to one of those various funds during day of giving the scholarship support and particularly we are stronger together, which is our most general unrestricted scholarship effort is hugely important to the institution because it makes a difference in the lives of our students. Also encouraging folks to maybe make a gift unrestricted to that college or unit so that leader has the flexibility to use those funds in ways that maybe we can't see today as a need, but we might in a month from now.

April Kaull: So what are the ways people can participate on March ninth?

B.J. Davison: So the easiest way is to go online to of and other people giving a variety of ways and day of giving is actually a celebration. We want to be there when people need us and we're there.

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CyberCom radio spot
Feb. 9, 2022
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April Kaull: At West Virginia University, mountaineers go first.

A partnership with the United States Defense Department is giving students at West Virginia University real-word cybersecurity experience.

WVU is one of 84 educational institutions that will work closely with CYBERCOM where students engage in applied research and innovation while gaining valuable cybersecurity workforce training.

This translates into a leadership advantage in the rapidly growing field of computer science and electrical engineering at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Or for students majoring in cybersecurity at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

Both majors have access to CYBERCOM's academic partnership, including expertise from some of the country's most eminent cybersecurity experts and prestigious civilian internship opportunities. And learning labs allow teams of students to see how many ways a system can be compromised, find its vulnerabilities or weak spots and develop appropriate defenses.

The program also ties into cross-college experiences like the Locked Shields cyber competition. Last Spring, WVU students from engineering, business, law and media schools cooperated with the West Virginia National Guard and Polish allies to defend a fictional country. Their hard work led the U.S. team to its highest ranking in the exercise and put WVU on CYBERCOM's radar.

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Extension radio spot February 2022 
Feb. 2, 2022
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April Kaull: At West Virginia University, mountaineers go first. West Virginia's communities have seen elevated interest in tourism staples and a new national park, and along with the COVID-19 pandemic and work at home expansion, have experienced more visitors and new residents. I'm joined by Doug Arbogast from WVU's extension service to talk about sustainable rural tourism and a new webinar series.

Doug Arbogast: We're bringing in guest speakers from around the state to talk about how tourism has impacted their communities and how we're addressing not only these opportunities, but some of the challenges that it brings. And so how we can create a roadmap for sustainable tourism future for the state. We know that people in these communities really value the sense of place and the authenticity that West Virginia has to provide. And we want to be sure to protect that while also capitalizing on these economic opportunities that these visitors are bringing to our state.

April Kaull: Registration is required. So where can people learn more information and sign up if they're interested?

Doug Arbogast: It's a free webinar series. And if you go to the extension service website and search for the sustainable tourism webinar series, you'll be able to find our registration page. And there's just a quick signup page.

April Kaull: Doug, thank you. We've also shared this information on our WVU Today website, Just click on the extension tab.

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Dean of Students Corey Farris talks about the spring 2022 semester 
Jan. 13, 2022
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April Kaull: At West Virginia University, Mountaineers Go First.

The spring semester is underway at West Virginia University. I'm joined by the Dean of Students, Corey Farris, to talk about a new semester, a new year, 2022.

Hi Corey.

Corey Farris: Hi April.

April Kaull: I am assuming you are excited to have our students, faculty and staff back on campus.

Corey Farris: I'm looking out the window at a class change now, watching them traverse in front of The Mountainlair. It's so good to see them.

April Kaull: Obviously with the pandemic continuing, there are still a lot of health and safety protocols.

Corey Farris : Our goal is to protect that classroom experience, but we also know that students are on a campus to be able to interact with each other. And so we've got lots of things on tap for them, whether it's WVUp All Night, clubs or organizations, fraternity and sorority. Recruitment's coming up. We've got Mountain State that's going to be at our Creative Arts Center, as well as other events that they will have. Our Refresh series and Campus Recreation. It's relaunch of Project 168, where we're going to help students track their out of classroom experiences, so we can eventually create a co-curricular transcript that will go along with their academic transcript. Employers and others who are looking at our students for that next step, that job, the military professional school they're telling us that out of classroom experience is really important. We're giving our students that little bit extra, that's going to make them a better employee selection.

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Bike Tech program radio spot 
Jan. 3, 2022
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April Kaull: At West Virginia University, mountaineers go first. I'm here with Greg Corio from the Brad and Alys Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative at West Virginia University. Greg, thanks for being with us. And you have something really exciting to talk about and it's all related to bicycles.

Greg Corio: Yeah, I'm super excited about the donation that Rad Power Bikes did at Morgantown, West Virginia to build a project bike tech classroom in a modern county high school. The bike tech program is a STEM-based learning program for juniors and seniors in high school. The bike industry said we need young people to know how to work on bicycles. They started sprinkling in STEM education. The project bike tech classroom has all the tools you need to fix an entire bicycle.

April Kaull: The Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative has really been instrumental in facilitating a lot of these opportunities related to the outdoor economy. Talk about being at that intersection of making these connections to help young people move in new ways from an economic perspective.

Greg Corio: Part of the collaborative's goal is to find these opportunities, to invigorate our communities, tap into some of the resources that are here, but also to bring in new resources. This is a amazing place to live that, and especially if you love to get outside and recreate. They were looking at one town that 10 of the largest bicycling non-profits were going to come together to get more children on bicycles. They chose Morgantown, West Virginia. Something special's happened here.

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Steam Tac program radio spot 
Jan. 3, 2022
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April Kaull: At West Virginia University, Mountaineers go first.

April Kaull: West Virginia University, the State Department of Education and the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative have launched a new Technical Assistance Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Donna Peduto from the PEC is with us to talk a little bit more about these so-called STEAM TACs.

Donna Peduto: Any public school, middle school, grade six through eight can participate. It's free and open to all.

April Kaull: What exactly will students be doing in these STEAM TAC events?

Donna Peduto: STEAM Technical assistant specialist, fresh out of the classroom, their teachers with the wide variety of expertise in the STEAM field. They've designed personalized, engaging lessons that nurture critical thinking and interdisciplinary with real world relevancy and career exploration.

April Kaull: Why is this so critical? Especially right now?

Donna Peduto: The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics states that growth in the STEM occupations have grown 80% in the past 30 years and will continue to grow, but we have a gap in our country that only 20% of high school graduates are prepared for these STEM majors when they go on to post secondary. They are so excited about STEAM. They can register by going to our website

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