WVU Hardesty Festival of Ideas speakers to examine social justice issues through diverse lenses

Protecting the rights of others, exposing discrimination through entertainment venues, sharing the anxiety of recovering from substance abuse disorder and recounting the personal experience of escaping a war-torn country through refugee camps are the social justice themes woven among the four speakers at West Virginia University’s 2020 Hardesty Festival of Ideas lectures.

Fitzsimmons Law Firm establishes litigation and advocacy center at WVU College of Law

The newly-established Fitzsimmons Center for Litigation and Advocacy at the West Virginia University College of Law will provide additional opportunities for students to enhance essential lawyering skills—including understanding and analyzing the applicable substantive and procedural law while translating that knowledge into effective written and oral advocacy during the litigation process.

Former WVU president Gene Budig dies

Former West Virginia University president Gene Budig died Tuesday (Sept. 8) at 81. Budig was president of two other universities—Illinois State and Kansas—was a newspaper editor and author and the former president of baseball’s American League.

WVU Alumni Association welcomes new members to board of directors

The West Virginia University Alumni Association has announce the addition of five people to its board of directors: Sharon Flanery, Bill Gray, Marilyn McClure-Demers, Zach Mendelson and Darin Rogers will offer their time and experience to the Association beginning Friday (June 5).

WVU to hold online commencement ceremonies Saturday

While West Virginia University’s 4,500-member Class of 2020 will graduate in various states and countries instead of Morgantown and in one ceremony instead of more than a dozen, graduates will be connected to each other and to Mountaineers around the world in WVU’s first virtual commencement ceremony.

WVU’s top seniors named, eight honored with 2020 Order of Augusta

Students who have exceeded classroom boundaries and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to solving complex global challenges and serving others—among them a distance learner with autism, a gymnast and an alternate Mountaineer Mascot—will receive West Virginia University’s highest student honor, the Order of Augusta.

Taylor appointed interim dean of WVU College of Law

A First Amendment expert with extensive administrative experience at West Virginia University will guide the College of Law as interim dean, an appointment that will likely encompass the next academic year. Jackson Kelly Professor John E. Taylor will step into the role on July 1, upon the departure of Gregory Bowman who was recently named dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law.