Skip to main content

Spring 2017

Farewell Arnold Hall

Arnold Hall Arnold Hall and Apartments, a 60-year-old residence hall, is being retired at the end of the spring semester as part of the University’s long-term housing plan to refresh housing options. To meet the need and provide a new option for students, freshman housing will be offered in University Place South — now known as Seneca Hall — one of the new public-private partnership residence buildings in Morgantown. We want to hear your memories of Arnold Hall: the friends you made, the adventures you had and the lasting memories you’ll treasure. Email us at

Meet the Press

Meet the Press

(L-R) Joel Whetzel of Romney, W.Va., Caity Coyne of San Diego, Calif., Andrew Spellman of Harrisville, W.Va., Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, Kayla Asbury of Fayetteville, W.Va., Jennifer Gardner of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Claire Hemme of Charleston, W.Va.

Students from The Daily Athenaeum and U92 traveled to Washington, D.C., to cover President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the following day’s Women’s March on Washington, and to sit in on a taping of the NBC show Meet the Press. Jennifer Gardner, managing editor of The DA, said, “None of us had attended an inauguration before, and I think the controversy surrounding it caused us to prepare differently than we would have for another.”

Against the Crash

Levees There isn’t much standing between us and the next inevitable financial crisis. But that could change. Public Administration Professor Karen Kunz, who specializes in financial market regulation and fiscal policy, and Law Professor Jena Martin, who specializes in business and securities regulation and worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, suggest a mostly automated system to make market stabilization easier to ensure. Their new book “When the Levees Break: Re-Visioning Regulation of the Securities Markets,” asserts that federal securities law has not kept pace with decades of change on Wall Street, and the results include the 2008 financial crisis that is estimated to have cost the U.S. economy $12.8 trillion.

Reynolds Couple Gives $10 Million For New Business Complex

Reynolds The College of Business and Economics will create a new building complex with the help of a generous $10 million gift from Bob, BSBA ’74, and Laura Reynolds. The couple’s gift will enable the college to start design and construction of the complex, which is expected to be built at the site where Stansbury Hall now sits. Built in 1928 as the Mountaineer Fieldhouse, the University has studied potential uses for the site for nearly a decade. Iconic alumnus Jerry West, who played basketball there in the 1950s, said of the new plan, “Building a new business school complex will help the University provide students with the academics and educational experiences they need to be the business leaders of tomorrow. It gives me a great feeling that the location of this new complex will be in the location where I already have a lot of great memories.” 

The main building of the new business complex will be named in the couple’s honor. “We feel highly confident about investing in the future that President Gee and Dean [Javier] Reyes are building here,” Laura Reynolds said, “and we’re excited to be part of this new and transformational initiative for business education.” The gift is part of the A State of Minds comprehensive private fundraising campaign for WVU, of which Bob Reynolds serves as co-chairman. The campaign, which runs through the end of the year, has raised $1.069 billion through December 31, 2016.

Clap Your Hands

Paisley DVD Wish you could have been on campus to see Brad Paisley’s concert? Now you can with the DVD “Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU.” Daniel E. Catullo III, BBA ’92, producer, director and CEO of City Drive Films, produced the video, which also aired on PBS. You can purchase a copy or watch instantly on Amazon.

Somewhere Out There

Music prof Young musicians in West Virginia deserve access to music lessons just as much as kids elsewhere. But there aren’t always advanced music teachers in town. WVU School of Music professors are now giving virtual lessons to students who intend to audition for the West Virginia All-State Orchestra who attend John Marshall High School in Glen Dale or Spring Mills High School in Martinsburg. Professors like violinist Mikylah McTeer (pictured) teach a group of students at once, spending 15 minutes with each student. Now that the program has had a successful pilot, faculty are eager to expand to other schools in West Virginia.

Corralling Laws

It’s estimated that states have made roughly 4.2 million decisions in the last several decades. That valuable information will soon be all in one place. Political science assistant professor William Franko is part of a team collecting every bill, executive rule and judicial decision across all 50 states, with some dating back to the 1950s. In the next three years, these policies will be digitized and compiled in one open-source database, the first of its kind.

Dressed to Impress

You want to make sure young Mountaineers are getting their best chance during a job interview? There’s something you can do. The Statler College Career Closet equips students in the college with current business attire, including new or gently used suits, shirts, belts, ties and shoes. For more information on how to donate, contact Mary Dillon at or 304-293-4821. The closet was established by the WVU chapters of Sigma Phi Delta, Alpha Omega Epsilon and the Society of Women Engineers.

Anti-Tumor Team

Melanoma that metastasizes to the rest of the body can mean a median survival time of six months or less in advanced cases. So it’s important to know what treatments work and which don’t. A new team of WVU researchers, Richard Seftor, Elisabeth Seftor and Naira Margaryan, under the leadership of Mary J.C. Hendrix, a cancer researcher and president of Shepherd University, have found that current front-line cancer therapies do not reduce the presence of Nodal protein levels, which play a critical role in aggressive human cancer. Their research, published in Laboratory Investigation, suggests that treatments that target Nodal-positive melanoma cells and other surrounding cancer cells will be most effective in halting the spread of melanoma.

Got 30?

Thirty minutes with you could change a student’s career. The WVU Alumni Association has started the Got 30 program, in which alumni visit campus and spend 30 minutes with each student who signs up over a day or two, or however much time you have. The student uses that time as they’d like to learn from your career expertise. Come meet students who would love to talk to you. To get involved, call the Alumni Association at 304-293-4731.

Quote Solo

Sara Berzingi

Photo by Nancy Andrews

“... I do wear a headscarf on my head, and I probably don’t look like your stereotypical American, but I’ve lived here since I was about 4 months old. I’m not sure how I can get much more American than that.”  Sara Berzingi, WVU student

Berzingi was born in Erbil, Iraq, before her family left for Kurdistan as refugees through operation Pacific Haven, which brought them to the United States in 1997. She and her family have lived in West Virginia for a decade. Her account is part of the “100 Days of Appalachia” project chronicling accounts of those living in Appalachia — a region that was pivotal in the election — during the first 100 days of the Donald J. Trump presidency. The project, featuring industrial workers, retirees, children, clergy and others from diverse backgrounds, is published by the Reed College of Media Innovation Center in collaboration with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and The Daily Yonder of the Center for Rural Strategies. Visit the project online at

New Cancer Chief

Richard M. Goldberg The WVU Cancer Institute now has a new director, Richard M. Goldberg, who has led cancer research at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and is an expert on gastrointestinal cancer. At Ohio State, he served as the Klotz Family Professor of Cancer Research, the physician-in-chief of the James Cancer Hospital and associate director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center. Before that, he was physician-in-chief and division chief for Hematology and Oncology at the University of North Carolina.

High-Tech Dentists

Fourth-year dental students will now have the most advanced dental technology at their fingertips as they prepare to become dentists. The School of Dentistry, in partnership with the Center for Research and Education in Technology Inc. (CRET), will design, build and equip an Innovation Center located at WVU Dental Care in Suncrest Towne Center in Morgantown. The center will simulate a private practice and will be open to dentists in private practice throughout West Virginia, approximately 85 percent of whom are School of Dentistry alumni. WVU is one of only three locations in the United States and Canada to be selected for a CRET Innovation Center.

By The Numbers

We know it’s hard for most of you to get to campus. Every year, more of campus comes to you. WVU Online now has: More than 600 courses, more than 30 degrees and eight certificates. They include bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees ranging from advanced elementary education to clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling to sport coaching. Find out more:

Planes In The Air

As the world’s largest airline group merges, it received some help from aerospace and mechanical engineering teaching assistant professor Pete Gall. American Airlines, US Airways and American West Airlines are combining flight operations following a merger, and the Gall Hybrid Methodology — created by Gall with the assistance of a team of students — was supported by an arbitration board as a way forward to resolve issues of pilot seniority in a “fair and equitable” manner and in accordance with the law.

Tops In Software

U.S. News & World Report has ranked WVU’s online graduate program in software engineering 10th in its Best Online Program Rankings. More than 1,300 online programs were reviewed, including several other ranked programs at WVU, such as the online hybrid MBA (47 out of 254), nursing (61 out of 141) and two online business programs, Business Data Analytics and Forensic and Fraud Examination (66 out of 139).

Matter of Fact Archive

Fall 2014

From the new art museum to acupuncture to shoe research, there’s a lot happening at WVU.

Continue Reading

Fall 2015

The WVU Beckley campus opened, an alumna took a case to the U.S. Supreme Court and new students prepared for zombie wars. Catch these and so much more in Matter of Fact.

Continue Reading

Fall 2016

WVU surpassed $1 billion in its State of Minds campaign and the robotics team was again the only team to win NASA's competition.

Continue Reading

Fall 2017

One alumna beat the pros in the Food Network show "Cooks vs. Cons" and another alumnus was on flights measuring Hurricane Irma. See what else is cookin' among WVU faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Continue Reading

Spring 2015

A 94-year-old grad. An artificial hand that works like a real one. A tree from Isaac Newton’s backyard. Learn about these and more.

Continue Reading

Spring 2016

This issue, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute prepares to open, a professor takes cameras into classrooms and Morgantown breaks ground on a new $30-million swimming, diving and track complex.

Continue Reading

Spring 2017

We bid farewell to Arnold Hall, "meet the press" and applaud WVU's online grad program in software engineering.

Continue Reading

Summer 2016

Mountaineers went first in assisting with flood relief efforts in West Virginia this summer.

Continue Reading

Summer 2017

An ice drilling team took home top honors in a NASA competition, the sports management graduate program is ranked 10th in the U.S., and an alumna wrote the book on pepperoni rolls.

Continue Reading