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Spring 2018

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[On "Of Ice and Men"] 

Great story! I’ve gone to dozens of games over the years and always enjoy cheering them on. Glad to see them getting some positive attention.
David Kurtz via Facebook 

Would love to see WVU have a regulation size rink and go D1!
Eina-fts Senih via Facebook 


The center top floor classroom had closets on either side of the center window. One closet had an amplifier and record player connected to speakers in the tower. Christmas music was played in the evenings.
Jim Boyd via Facebook 
I am a public school teacher in West Virginia. This is my second career. After working almost 14 years as a medical technologist, I took classes part time while I continued to work full time to become a certified chemistry teacher.

The one thing I underestimated about public education is how little control teachers have over the curriculum. One day you’re teaching physical science and the next you’re teaching earth science. That has happened in the 9th-grade curriculum, obviously not overnight but people in offices with a higher pay grade than me are making these decisions. Educators can lobby for sure but mostly it doesn’t do any good.

I do my best to teach what I’m told to teach, but it gets frustrating when you feel you have no voice. On top of that, there are a number of other things teachers are required to do that have no bearing on student achievement. For example, teachers have been required for the past few years to write “goals.” These are tied to student achievement but if students do not meet the goals, will it eventually reflect badly on teacher evaluation? It takes a lot of time to do these goals right but in the end, I feel like I’ve wasted my time because I can evaluate student success quicker and easier informally.

I agree with everything in the article [An Expected Crisis] about new teachers not being supported. I did have a mentor when I started but the biggest deterrent is time. If your mentor doesn’t have the same planning time, then you are left with before or after school. Speaking for myself, I put in many hours of unpaid time every week. It is rare for me not to take papers home every weekend. Maybe that is to be expected but all of these things combined are definitely contributing to teacher retention.

I intend to keep teaching in West Virginia. My family is here, and I have found my way in this profession. Also with my age and retirement looming I can’t change careers again! However younger teachers may not see it that way. Changes need to be made to attract and keep good people.

Lea Ann (Straight) Barnes
BS '88, Medical Technology 
Clarksburg, W.Va. 

I was fortunate enough to be the first woman accepted into the School of Forestry in 1966 under new director David White. I graduated in 1970 with a BS in wildlife management. In the meantime several other women were accepted into the School of Forestry. I greatly enjoyed my college experiences at WVU and will always be grateful to Dr. White for allowing me to experience the educational opportunities provided by his staff.

Teddy (Schubert) Moritz
BS '70, Wildlife Management 
I was very disappointed in the content of the WVU Magazine Fall 2017 edition. The article and pictures in “Marked, Unmarked, Remembered” featured past injustices throughout history. It is not something I expected to be featured in an alumni publication. It looked like a leftist agenda gone wrong.

I worked 38 years as an RN all over the country. I grew up in Wheeling and moved away after graduation. When I have returned to campus, I am always impressed with the character of the students I meet. They are outstanding and reflect the good morals and values that come from growing up in West Virginia or being drawn there from other regions.

When I get an alumni magazine, I want to hear what is going on at WVU. I don’t want to see a photographer’s attempt to take us back to all the wrongs of the world. Get back to what alumni look for in a publication. You have lost your way.

Susan Prugh 
BS '71, Nursing 
Buckhead, Ga. 
In your recent list of 150 facts about WVU, you missed the fact that WVU is the first school in the world to have an undergraduate degree in forensics. I know this because my daughter, Kelly Ayers, MS, CSCSA, director, Forensic Science Academy for Professionals at WVU is the first person in the world to have earned this degree (but you’ll never hear it from her). OK, if you do the research, you’ll find out that there were actually three students in that graduating class, but Kelly was graduated in May and the boys didn’t finish until August. Still makes her first! 

Mary Ellen Zeppuhar
EdD ’96, Special Education, MS Rehabilitation Counseling
Morgantown, W.Va.

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Fall 2014

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Fall 2015

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Fall 2016

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You gave us feedback on WVU at 150 and shared us more fond memories of Arnold Hall.

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Spring 2015

Everyone had a lot to say, from insights about last issue’s cover story “Where We Go From Here” to thoughts on our new design.

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Spring 2016

You had touching stories about your own health after our cover story on stroke and you had lots of fond memories about the Evansdale campus in response to the Flashback photo from the late 1960s.

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Spring 2017

We love hearing from you. Readers in this edition shared touching notes about "Guarding the Nation's Tomb" and the Mountaineer Marching Band.

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Spring 2018

We always love hearing from you. Here are some of your letters and comments on previous stories.

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Summer 2016

Readers were delighted with the research issue's coverage of art and science, and had some pointed comments on the Volkswagen emissions scandal story.

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You responded to our stories on new industry in Appalachia, Mother Jones and breast cancer breakthroughs. And you had a lot to share about Arnold Hall.

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