$83.7 billion energy investment boosts state, WVU on world stage

West Virginia’s presence on the world energy stage jumped significantly Thursday (Nov. 9) as China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd., one of the world’s largest energy companies and a long-time research and development partner of West Virginia University, announced an agreement that will bring $83.7 billion to the state.

WVU to study possible geothermal use thanks to DoE grant

Every possible energy source exists within 100 miles of West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, so it only makes sense that the University explores a variety of sustainable ways to heat and cool some 250 buildings on nearly 2,000 acres. And in keeping with its “Go First” motto, WVU could become home to the first geothermal direct-use heating and cooling system in the eastern United States.

WVU’s Donna Peduto recognized for commitment to public education

Donna Hoylman Peduto, executive director of the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and long-time educational policy expert, has been recognized by National Association of State Boards of Education for her commitment to translating public policy into practice to ensure that all West Virginia students have access to equal educational opportunities.

WVU approves three-week, online winter term

West Virginia University students who want to lighten their regular term class load, or just get a few credits ahead, will be able to do so under a new winter term approved unanimously by the Board of Governors Friday (Oct. 27).

WVU LaunchLab hosts inaugural Women’s Pitch Competition

West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network hosted its first Women’s Pitch Competition on Oct. 26 to encourage female students to push the limits of their entrepreneurial ideas, develop products and business models and showcase the results in a tightly-timed presentation to a panel of judges.

WVU and Benedum Foundation partner to form a research and outreach center to support the WVPEC, tap Donna Peduto as executive director

Donna Hoylman Peduto, an experienced educator and long-time expert in educational policy in West Virginia, has been named executive director of the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative. The WVPEC was convened three years ago by WVU President Gordon Gee and Dr. Suzanne Shipley, then president of Shepherd University. Peduto’s first move is to provide support for the WVPEC, made possible by a new partnership between West Virginia University and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.