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Gee Mail: President Gee surprises a few 'Good EGGs'

In his recent State of the University speech, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee outlined the five core values of a true Mountaineer. 

One of them is appreciation. 

And in this edition of Gee Mail, the president shows members of the WVU family firsthand how much he appreciates their dedication to the gold-and-blue. 

With the help of the Student Government Association, our lovable leader chose one student, one faculty and two staff members to surprise on campus with gifts and a "Good EGG" certificate – which is essentially made from construction paper, crayon scribbles and stickers. 

After all, you don't necessarily need expensive trophies or fancy galas to recognize others' efforts, Gee said. 

"Sometimes the simplest expressions matter the most."

In the video, Gee surprises Pranav Sabharwal, an industrial engineering student from India who's active in international and civic organizations; Facilities staff Steve Adams and Paul Cole, who are both retiring in May after 90 years of service between them; and Jena Martin, professor of law

"As Mountaineers, we need to support, value and celebrate each other's successes," Gee said, "and we have so much to celebrate. Celebrating success is the best way to inspire more success."

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can now recognize Mountaineers who make a difference through the new Go Beyond Recognition Portal, which Gee also mentioned during his State of the University address. To show appreciation for a colleague, go to



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