WVU Extension partners with drug courts to offer a fresh start to residents fighting addiction

The West Virginia University Extension Service has been teaming up with many drug court programs across the state to provide additional support and education that recovering addicts need to begin a new life. Illicit drug use in the United States has been steadily increasing, and in 2014 alone, more than seven million Americans who struggled with drug use. West Virginia has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the United States and one-in-10 people in the state battle with some form of drug addiction.

Gee Mail: A Top 10 for the Class of 2018

President Gordon Gee has a few parting words — a top 10 list, to be precise — for the more than 4,450 soon-to-be graduates of West Virginia University.

WVU commencement ceremonies celebrate accomplishments of graduates, alumni, West Virginia natives

Renowned West Virginia novelist Ann Pancake leads the list of honorary degree recipients when West Virginia University sends more than 4,450 graduates into the world the weekend of May 11-13 as commencement ceremonies take place in three venues for 13 colleges and schools. Of those graduates, 3,009 have earned their undergraduate degrees or certificates, 1,110 their master’s degrees and 360 have earned their doctorates.

WVU Extension Service specialist fuels monarch conservation efforts

The future of West Virginia’s state butterfly, the monarch, is in danger. Populations have declined so much that it is at risk of being placed on the endangered species list — a move that could have regulatory and economic impacts for the state. According to West Virginia University Extension Service Wildlife Specialist Sheldon Owen, most experts estimate that the Eastern population of monarchs has declined by 90 percent over the last 20 years