West Virginia University

Higher Education
2:30 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

WVU Provost to Step Down at End of June

Michele G. Wheatly

West Virginia University Provost Michele G. Wheatly plans to step down at the end of June.

Wheatly has served as the university's chief academic officer since Jan. 1, 2010. She came to WVU from Wright State University in Ohio, where she was head of the College of Science and Mathematics.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee said Tuesday in a news release that he has named College of Law Dean Joyce McConnell to replace Wheatly as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. McConnell's appointment is effective July 1.

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Higher Education
9:21 am
Tue June 17, 2014

WVU Continues Belt-Tightening With $20 Million Target

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West Virginia University continues to tighten its belt to achieve approximately $20 million in budget cuts.

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Higher Education
9:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

WVU Addresses Budget Cuts, Eliminates Positions

  West Virginia University has eliminated more than 100 positions as it addresses budget cuts.

The Dominion Post reports that 68 vacant positions have been eliminated. Forty-three positions were eliminated when workers either retired or resigned. Another 13.5 positions were part of a reduction in the workforce.

Several departments have been combined, restructured or eliminated.

The university has seen about $20 million in budget cuts in the past couple of fiscal years.

Higher Education
4:41 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

WVU to Launch Center on Research and Violence

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West Virginia University is launching the Center on Research and Violence.

The Morgantown school says the center will aim to learn more about violence and limit its effects.

It will earn grants to work on government and nonprofit projects, host conferences with leading speakers on violence and interact with communities across West Virginia and the nation.

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Higher Education
11:05 am
Thu June 5, 2014

WVU Board Expected to Vote on Tuition Increases

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  West Virginia University's Board of Governors is considering a proposed 8 percent tuition increase for in-state students.

Tuition for out-of-state students would increase by 4 percent.

The proposed increases are on the agenda for the board's meeting on Thursday at Jackson's Mill in Weston.

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University Cooperation
10:36 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Marshall, WVU to Work Together on Higher Education Issues

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 The presidents of West Virginia's two largest public universities say the only rivalry between the schools will be in athletics. 

Marshall University President Stephen Kopp and West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee say the schools plan to work together to improve public higher education in the state.

Both presidents say their universities can create opportunities to keep students in West Virginia after they graduate.

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Coal Mining
12:22 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

WVU Studies Probability of Mine Explosions, Fires

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West Virginia University is creating a model to determine the probability of coal mine fires and explosions.

The university's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is creating the model. The 15-month study will also delve into the roles of moisture and rock and coal dust.

Experiments will be conducted at a combustion laboratory at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

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Higher Education
11:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Cases Heard by WVU Student Conduct Board Decline

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
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  Student conduct cases at West Virginia University have declined.

The Student Conduct Board heard 39 cases during the 2013-2014 academic year, and eight other cases are pending. That's down from 70 cases during the 2012-2013 academic year.

This past academic year's cases include six malicious burning, eight hazing and eight possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Another 14 cases involved a school policy covering sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Prescription Drug Abuse
9:52 am
Mon May 5, 2014

WVU Students Chronicle ADHD Prescription Drug Abuse Among Peers

    

West Virginia University students recently finished up their final examinations for the school year. During this time period, of course, many stay up long hours to cram to prepare for the tests. And according to West Virginia University Journalism students who performed a research study, many are reaching for prescription drugs to prepare, without a prescription.

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Environment
10:44 am
Mon April 28, 2014

WVU Faces Fine for Waste Violations

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State regulators have proposed a $33,380 fine for West Virginia University for violating hazardous waste storage practices. The fine stems from an inspection by the Department of Environmental Protection last September. A proposed DEP consent order says the violations include failing to mark the date of accumulation on a container of hazardous waste, and failing to keep containers closed except when adding or removing wastes.

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World Affairs
10:41 am
Wed April 23, 2014

EU Ambassador to U.S. Visits Morgantown

Joao Vale De Almeida visited Morgantown on Tuesday.
Credit West Virginia University

A native of Portugal, Joao Vale De Almeida is a fan of soccer and port wines. He’s the European Union’s ambassador to the United States and this was his first trip to West Virginia.

De Almeida spoke to several hundred WVU students about the need for collaboration between America’s government and the European Union as the world’s economy continues to move forward following harsh fiscal times in the last several years. The Ukraine-Russian tension is something De Almeida is paying attention to. He says problems there have the ability to inflict problems on the world economy.

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Healthcare
10:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Forum: 'The State of Rural Healthcare'

Congressman David McKinley hosted the forum at the Erickson Alumni Center on WVU's Evansdale Campus.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia faces a multitude of challenges when it comes to providing healthcare to its citizens. Because of its rural nature, many citizens face a lack of access to healthcare facilities, healthful foods and places to exercise.

But a recent forum at West Virginia University uncovered problems even more complex, problems with recruitment, public education and cooperation between healthcare providers.

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Higher Education
6:31 am
Tue April 15, 2014

W.Va. Universities Receive STEM Grants for Minority Students

Woodburn Hall at West Virginia University
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West Virginia University and two other institutions of higher learning in the state will share in a $2.5 million grant to attract, retain and graduate underrepresented students in so-called STEM studies.

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Higher Education
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Higher Ed Panel to Set WVU President's Salary

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee
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The Higher Education Policy Commission will meet April 25 at Fairmont State University to vote on a new contract for West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee.

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Performing Arts
11:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Celebrating Shakespeare, 450 Years After His Birth

WVU is performing "Henry IV" as part of its William Shakespeare celebration this month.
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It was this month, 450 years ago, that the famous playwright William Shakespeare was born in Stratford Upon Avon.

"We have made Shakespeare our literature," said Pat Conner a retired English professor from West Virginia University. He’s studied Shakespeare and his texts, and says there are many reasons people still flock to Shakespeare’s words even nearly 400 years after completing  his last work. Conner says he made one such discovery when studying the play, “The Merchant of Venice.”

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West Virginia University
8:38 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Upgrades Possible for Puskar Stadium, PRT

The West Virginia University Board of Governor is set to vote on athletic facilities upgrades and improvements to the university's Personal Rapid Transit system.

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Covering the Spill
11:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

WVU Panel on Elk River Chemical Spill Broadcast As Part of 'West Virginia Talks'

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra provides insight into coverage of January's Elk River chemical spill as part of WVU School of Journalism's panel discussion on the event.
Credit David Smith / WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism

Last week, West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism held a panel on how West Virginia media covered the January 9 chemical spill by Freedom Industries and the subsequent water crisis that affected some 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties.

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PRT
9:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

WVU Plans Second Phase of Transit Upgrade

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West Virginia University is planning a multimillion-dollar upgrade of its Personal Rapid Transit.
 
The upgrade is the second phase of a modernization plan for the 38-year-old system.
 
The university's Board of Governor is scheduled to vote Friday on authorizing up to $60 million in bond funding for the project.
 

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Education
1:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Two W.Va. Humanities Projects Awarded Grants

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The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants to two humanities projects in West Virginia.

West Virginia University Research Corporation received a $59,973 grant to develop a search engine for electronic literature. The search engine would link nine international research centers' databases.
 

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West Virginia Morning
11:17 am
Thu March 13, 2014

WVU Professor Talks Russia/Ukraine Conflict

Boris Barkanov, (right,) is a WVU political science professor who spent some time in the USSR.
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Tensions are high as negotiations continue over whether Russian forces will leave Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. One West Virginia University professor is hoping the conflict is able to come to an end.

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