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A direct descendent of the tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s Theory of Gravity has just been planted in Morgantown. It was a gift to retired Sen. Jay Rockefeller by the National Institute of Standards and Technology earlier this month in honor of his science policy leadership during a 30-year career in the United States Senate.

50 years ago this month, in March of 1965, armed policemen attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The incident became known as Bloody Sunday. 17 marchers were hospitalized and 50 more were treated for injuries.

An African American artist, Jacob Lawrence, depicted a scene on the bridge. That work of art is among the pieces being gifted to West Virginia University’s new art museum in Morgantown.


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WVU Tech has canceled classes for the rest of the week  of Monday, February 17, and campus residents will be provided off-site accommodations.

The cancelation is due to a water intake closure following a train derailment along the Fayette-Kanawha county line which spilled crude oil into the Kanawha River,

Here is the full release:

WVU Tech Cancels Classes following Off-Campus Incident

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A second West Virginia University fraternity member faces hazing-related misdemeanors following the November death of a student.

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  Parrish Hankins of Hightstown, New Jersey, was arraigned on hazing and conspiracy to commit hazing charges Friday in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

Earlier this week, 20-year-old Richard William Schwartz of Williamsville, New York, was charged with the same counts.

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In his first year back as president of West Virginia University, Gordon Gee faced shrinking state funding and a high-profile student death on campus. He spoke recently with us about those challenges, and about his time serving on the board of directors for coal company Massey Energy.

Gee served as chairman of the Safety, Environmental and Public Policy Committee of Massey Energy's board of directors before he resigned in 2009. Less than a year later, an explosion killed 29 men at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine.

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West Virginia University's new Advanced Engineering Research Building is on track to open in the fall of 2015.

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West Virginia University's governing board is taking an additional week to decide whether to retain exclusive rights to purchase Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

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Nuisance and negligence lawsuits have been filed this year throughout West Virginia related to horizontal drilling activities. Noise, air, and water pollution, traffic and debris are among complaints. It’s a new industrial world for many West Virginians living in the growing rural gas fields.  

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West Virginia University says a second fraternity has had its charter revoked by its national office.

The Morgantown school said Thursday that Beta Theta Pi has informed the university that the local chapter's charter had been pulled "based on past behavior issues."

The Charleston Gazette reports that the move comes after Kappa Sigma fraternity's national office informed WVU last week that the school's chapter had been suspended since mid-October.

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West Virginia University is providing transportation to the funeral of a student in Buffalo, New York.

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West Virginia University announced a partnership with West Virginia Wesleyan College that will honor and celebrate, preserve and offer for research a collection of works by Pulitzer Prize winning author and Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck.

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Some researchers at West Virginia University have discovered that wild ginseng—a native and valuable medicinal plant—could be using specific birds to catch a ride into climates for which it’s better suited.

Notable actor and Beckley-native Chris Sarandon will be in Morgantown this week presenting a play to the public, for free …about physical and sexual abuse.


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Open interview sessions for approximately 300 positions at WVU Healthcare will be held Wednesday.

WUV Healthcare includes the teaching hospitals and clinics for WVU’s health professions schools.

The job interviews will be held from 10 am to 6 pm at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center.

Per diem, casual, part-time, and full-time positions are available, including management, direct patient care, support services, and administrative.

 

What is the Future for Higher Ed in West Virginia?

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College tuition is going up across the country - and across West Virginia. Recently, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) approved increases for several colleges and universities. Unfortunately, these increases come as many schools have seen a decline in enrollment.

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There’s been much deliberation over the last week regarding new Environmental Protection Agency proposals for regulating coal fired power plant carbon emissions. State officials are very discouraged by the ideas. But as Ben Adducchio reports, there are also proposals on the table for how to regulate future power plants, and some are asking whether any will be built again in West Virginia.

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The presidents of Marshall and West Virginia universities are getting together to discuss the state's higher education issues.
 

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A Thursday sentencing is set for a New Jersey man who pleaded no contest to hazing at a West Virginia University fraternity.

Michael Sousa entered the plea Tuesday in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

WVU Gets A Golf Coach

May 22, 2014
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Sean Covich will be the head coach of the men’s golf program. The golf team will start competing in July 2015, according to a news release.

Covich spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs, a school in the Southeastern Conference.

Men’s golf was actually a varsity sport at WVU from 1933-82.

The reintroduction of men’s golf as a varsity sport will satisfy a requirement from WVU’s Conference, the Big 12, that a school must meet a minimum of six men’s and six women’s sports.

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A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center administrator has been named president and CEO of West Virginia University Hospitals.

Dr. Albert L. Wright Jr.'s appointment is effective Aug. 1. He will replace Bruce McClymonds, who is retiring at the end of May.
 

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