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Gee Mail: Inspiration meets motivation during WVU’s Week of Purpose

West Virginia University recently held its inaugural Week of Purpose which delivered inspiring speakers, showcased University resources, offered diverse perspectives and introduced the campus community to new success tools for students and employees alike.

In this latest edition of Gee Mail, President Gordon Gee asks WVU students what inspires them, what they want to do, and what motivates them every day.

“Some people find their purpose early in life and never stray from it. For many of us, it takes a little longer to find the right path,” Gee says. “Pursuing your purpose makes life worth living.”

Gee introduced purpose as a fourth pillar of WVU, joining education, health care and prosperity, during his State of the University address in October 2021. A Purpose Center is planned to open on campus soon.

“At West Virginia University, we are not just a place of higher learning. We are a place of higher purpose. We approach our work, our studies every day knowing that we can make a difference. It is intrinsic to our Mountaineer Values and who we are as a campus community,” Gee wrote in a letter to students, faculty and staff launching the Week of Purpose.

“Research shows that lasting happiness rarely grows from the external rewards we chase—money, awards, job titles. Instead, it comes from doing what you love and making the world better,” Gee says in his latest message.

“That is why I was excited to attend the Week of Purpose and see how our students are turning their passions into possibilities.”

Watch the Gee Mail video.



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