Mission. Vision. Values.
WVU is determined to lead. And on its
150th birthday, it was time to reaffirm its
role in creating transformation with an
updated mission, vision and values.
Mission: “As a land-grant institution the
faculty, staff and students at West Virginia
University commit to creating a diverse
and inclusive culture that advances
education, healthcare and prosperity for
all by providing access and opportunity;
by advancing high-impact research; and
by leading transformation in West Virginia
and the world through local, state and
Vision: “As one West Virginia University,
we are purposeful in our studies and our
work so that we can partner with our
communities — both near and far — to
bring needed and valued solutions to
real-life problems within the pillars of
education, healthcare and prosperity.”
That mission and vision are supported
by the five values: Service, Curiosity,
Respect, Accountability and Appreciation.
A+ for Nurses
Have you been thinking about furthering
your nursing education? The Future of
Nursing report has called for an increase
in the number of nurses with bachelor’s
degrees in nursing to 80 percent by 2020.
To help nurses get there, the School of
Nursing is offering in-state tuition to all
students in its online RN-BSN program.
Pepperoni on a Roll
When Italian immigrants went into the mines
of West Virginia, they brought pepperoni and
rolls, which a former miner later combined
into the pepperoni roll. You can discover the
comprehensive history of the snack — the
unofficial state food of West Virginia — with
a new book, “The West Virginia Pepperoni
Roll,” published by WVU Press and written by
contributor Candace Nelson
BS ’11, Journalism, BA ’11, English, MS
’13, Journalism. The book covers debates
about what constitutes a proper pepperoni
roll (pepperoni sticks or slices inside),
recipes, more than 100 photographs and
recollections from those who shaped the
story of the pepperoni roll. It is available at
Leader in Sports
The sport management graduate program
in the College of Physical Activity and
Sport Sciences is ranked 10th in the U.S.,
according to Eduniversal Best Masters, a
global ranking agency. On a global scale,
the program ranked in the top 50. One
hundred percent of students in the program
are placed in sports internships.
Take a Deep Breath
When doctors examine patients’ lungs, they may one day
rely on software developed by biomedical engineering
students in cooperation with the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health. They developed software
that is 90 percent accurate in diagnosing lung disease
from the sound of a patient’s cough, and the technology
could be developed into a mobile platform. The students on the project, led by Ryan Mezan
Weirton, W.Va., include Krystal Capers
of Jackson, N.J.; Adam Chivers
of Wellsburg, W.Va.; and
Honors College students Kristina Sebacher
of California, Md., and Brian Tomblin
Pa. They were part of the first graduating class of the biomedical engineering program.
Media that Matters
After the 100 Days in Appalachia project experimented with telling
the stories of the region, it became clear that readers and students
want more. Students in the Reed College of Media will have the
opportunity this fall to participate in a media enterprise that will
experiment in new distribution models for digital publishing while
offering a solutions-based approach for reporting and cultural
analysis of the region. The project is supported by a grant from the
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
“After the doctor told me I had thyroid
cancer, I couldn’t listen to anything
he said. I was stunned, and it took
me a few days to get myself together
again. I had one year of school left,
and I was so afraid I wasn’t going to
be able to graduate.”
— Chelsea Bragg, BS ’17, Medical Laboratory Science
Bragg was diagnosed about a year before her graduation with thyroid cancer. She had her
thyroid and several lymph nodes removed and was able to still attend classes during her
radiation treatment. With the flexibility and support of her professors, she graduated on time
and is entering a field where she will be a disease detective, helping others to have an accurate
diagnosis. She graduated from WVU’s histotechnology program, one of eight in the country.
50 Years of Bull
The Reymann Memorial Farm in the Davis College of Agriculture,
Natural Resources and Design held its 50th bull sale this year.
The West Virginia Bull Evaluation program — sponsored by WVU,
the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia
Cattlemen’s Association — was created to increase profitability for
cattle raisers and identify genetically superior bulls.
Hidden Figures No More
When WVU gathers in the fall, students, faculty and staff will start
reading “Hidden Figures,” the book by Margot Lee Shetterly that
depicts three African-American women — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy
Vaughn and Mary Jackson, who worked at NASA as mathematicians
during the space race. You too, can join in on this Campus Read
book has a West Virginia connection as Johnson was from White
Sulphur Springs and was the first African American to attend graduate
classes at WVU, and Vaughn moved to Morgantown as a teenager.
Learn more online: campusread.wvu.edu
Ice on Mars
WVU students are ready to make
discoveries with a win at NASA’s Mars Ice
Challenge. The Mountaineer Ice Drilling
Automated System or MIDAS team lead
by electrical engineering master’s student
and adviser Powsiri Klinkhachorn
captured top overall honors in the
competition that involved drilling and water extraction that could
one day be used on Mars. The team also scored first in collecting
the most water and the cleanest water. WVU was the only school to
send two teams to the competition among the likes of the University
of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin.
Serving our Troops
A former Army Ranger is going to medical school with the help of
law students in the College of Law’s Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic.
Jeremy Marx, who served six deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan
as a medic in the 75th Ranger Regiment, was inspired to become a
doctor after his service and was admitted to Georgetown University
School of Medicine. Though he had obtained a bachelor’s degree
through the GI Bill, injuries he received on active duty meant he was
eligible for additional benefits. Law students Alex Jonese
filed an appeal with the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs, which reversed its earlier decision to deny benefits.
By the Numbers
7 RHODES SCHOLARS
24 TRUMAN SCHOLARS
These numbers represent the impact that
Professor Emeritus Robert DiClerico has had
over a 45-year career of teaching and coaching
students applying for national scholarships.
DiClerico, though he officially retired in 2012,
taught his final class in the spring of 2017.
The political science professor was known
for captivating and mentoring his students as
well as supporting select students with the
Robert E. DiClerico Scholarship in Democratic
Institutions and Public Leadership. He fully
retired in order to spend more time with family
in New Hampshire and lessen the amount of
time he travels with his two golden retrievers,
“neither of whom drive,” he said.
Some of the finest youth roboteers are coached at WVU. The
Mountaineer Area RoboticS, or MARS, high school team took top
honors at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship as they
received the Chairman’s Award. The team is coached by Earl Scime
Oleg D. Jefimenko Professor of Physics and chair of the Department
of Physics and Astronomy, and Steve Raque, an engineer with
Bombardier in Pittsburgh, and mentored by WVU faculty, WVU
students and community members.
This summer a group of WVU students on a
study abroad trip, led by teaching associate
professor Hannah Lin
, visited the Pearl S.
Buck House at Nanjing University in China.
Buck, the first woman to receive the Pulitzer
Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature, was born
in Hillsboro, W.Va., and moved to China
where her parents were missionaries.
Using Our Words
Appalachian dialects are changing along with other English
dialects, but perceptions that these dialects are staying in the past
can interfere with students’ ability to learn. Linguistics professor
Kirk Hazen and education assistant professor Audra Slocum are
studying eighth graders’ perceptions of language and dialects in
order to map linguistic trends in West Virginia as well as to help
teachers help their students learn regardless of how they speak.
Paper and Bytes
RAYMOND THOMPSON JR.
likes to take the digital world and the physical world and
weave them together in her art. The assistant professor of painting
in the College of Creative Arts is getting a chance to create exhibits
for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and for a project in Switzerland,
with a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors
Grant Program. To make these, she’ll be using more than 80 feet of
paper, 40 pots of paint, 200 acrylic markers and multiple large-scale ink
cartridges. In this photo, Schissel and her students gathered to paint a
mural as part of her installation this spring at the Creative Arts Center.