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Flying WV

The Legend of the Flying WV

Experience the symbol that unites Mountaineers as one. See how the Flying WV logo evolved from the minds of its creators more than 30 years ago—and how it continues to shape the spirit of our beloved university. In this extended feature, find out which celebrities have worn the Flying WV and view from across the globe.

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Collecting water samples

Responding in Crisis

A chemical spill that affected the Charleston area water system impacted over 300,000 people. See how WVU students and faculty responded to the emergency.

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President Gee

Gee Returns Home

E. Gordon Gee is WVU’s 24th president. But his personality is no less dynamic than it was the first time he led our University in the 1980s

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Mapping the Latest Frontier: Your Brain

WVU researchers are looking for a key to unlock the secrets of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. New technology is enabling them to map the brain and look for answers.

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Bruce Irvin

Bruuuuuuuuce! Super Bowl Champ with a Mountaineer Heart

Bruce Irving battled through his youth to find his place in life. And that place was WVU. He is an NFL player now but has fond memories of his time here.

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A Quarter-Century of Progress

The Center for Black Culture and Research celebrates 25 years of embracing diversity at WVU.

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Heartfelt Notes Take Alumnus to Star Trek, and Beyond

Did you know that Jay Chattaway, who won an Emmy for composing the score of the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager, is a WVU grad?

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Woman fishing

Planning for West Virginia’s Future

WVU College of Law students provide valuable resources for land planning in Beckley and other West Virginia towns

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Players hugging

Hearts of Gold and Blue

WVU athletes are having a blast (and learning life lessons) while volunteering their time and muscles to help those in need.

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Girl standing in front of Woodburn

The Art of Being Local

Thinking, shopping, and buying local. Journalism students show small communities how to develop and cash in on buying local initiatives.

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Dr. Clarkson

Front Lines of Service: The Doctor

A former nurse, Dr. Cynthia Clarkson makes house calls to those who have a hard time getting to town.

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The Vet

Front Lines of Service: The Vet

This second-generation WVU grad (and former Mountaineer mascot) is following in his father’s footsteps.

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The Pharmacist

Front Lines of Service: The Pharmacist

Need something (really bad) from the pharmacy in the middle of the night? You can call Ernie Gregg and he will make sure you get what you need.

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Charleston's West Side

West Virginia’s West Side Rising

David Fryson, WVU’s chief diversity office, and others are working hard to help a struggling Charleston neighborhood.

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Visitors Center

Diary of a Visitors Center

Using some top-notch technology, the WVU Visitors Center introduces prospective students to the University.

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Eve Faulkes

A Well-Designed Life

Eve Faulkes isn’t an average designer; she might design lanyards using weed eater string one day and host a conference on political communication design the next.

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Todd Petty

Sustainable Streams, Sustainable Education

Perhaps his nickname can be “stream doctor.” Todd Petty diagnoses stream ecology problems and prescribes a course of action to make it better for fish populations.

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Dr. Rhodes

Giving of the Heart

Cardiologist Larry Rhodes delves into each patient’s case with his whole heart. Treating children with major heart problems is what makes him tick.

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Woman with globe

Closing the Wounds of War

She wants to save the world. Cyanne Loyle is researching how to end conflict through rule of law and justice.

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Man standing

Not Immune to Caring

PhD candidate Zelalem Haile is working to improve the health of his native country’s people, even though he might never be able to return home.

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Woman fishing

Ensuring our Food Future

Kristen Matak is a food scientist who is thinking creatively to bring new food (egg stick, anybody?) to a grocery store near you.

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Man with baseball.

A Major League Act

WVU alumnus Justin Halladay bridges cultural boundaries by bringing a great American pastime to children in Latin America.

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Shika Sharma

West Virginia’s Energy Investigator

Drilling for natural gas within Marcellus Shale is booming and controversial. Shikha Sharma is working to make sure it’s safe for the environment.

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Dr. Brooks

Not Your Father’s Physical Education

Physical education at WVU goes beyond tube socks and dodgeball. Through the leadership of Dean Dana Brooks, students are prepared for the global marketplace.

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Sandy Baldwin

Take A Poem

Sandy Baldwin doesn’t just sit and play online games like a typical user. He immerses himself and his students in very unusual and creative ways.

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Dana Coester

Turning the Digital Page

Dana Coester empowers rural West Virginians by bridging the great digital divide.

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Man bound to chair


Jeff Daniels’ hostage research has the potential of saving lives and has attracted the attention of the FBI.

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Man with computer

Damage Control

One wildly successful internship (designing a tool tracking system for a helicopter manufacturing company) guaranteed Shaun O’Connor a great job.

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Farai Simoyi

Woman, Warrior, Wayward Traveler

Inspired by her family and native culture, Farai Simoyi creates feminine clothes in the cutthroat design environment of New York City.

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Man with tomato

Mannon Gallegly’s WV ’63 Tomato: The People’s Tomato

Meet Mannon Gallegly, retired WVU professor. He’s the goto guy when you want to grow the perfect tomato for your next BLT.

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Bobby Davis

Serving Those Who Served

WVU treasures our veteran students, as we are recognized as a military-friendly campus for the fourth year in a row.

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Brian Anderson

A Seat at the Table

Take a seat at our dinner table where we will tackle critical issues (like energy, the environment, healthcare) facing West Virginia and the world. Our dinner conversation has never been so animated.

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Tiffany Newcomb

Seeds in Good Ground

What do community planning, sustainable clothing, and robots have in common? They are all part of WVU’s direct influence on jobs and the economy.

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Jonathan Kimble

A Heart to Serve: The Story of the Mountaineer

He’s not a nameless cartoon character. He’s a real man representing all things Mountaineer. Jonathan Kimble, perhaps the busiest mascot on the planet, is in his element while representing WVU.

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Michael Paris

Where Visions Come to Life

Three special Mountaineers have very different visions of greatness that they brought to life. A professional wrestler, an inventor, and a documentary maker are all passionate about achieving their dreams.

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Man looking into space

Messages from Anonymous

The universe is sending us 10,000 messages every day. You can’t see them. You can’t understand them. But then again, neither can anybody else.

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WVU Marching Band

Returning With Pride

WVU is reconnecting with the state through big ideas and big actions.

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Students walking

Where We Go From Here

Changing culture is never easy but sometimes necessary. Read how Mountaineers are approaching the need for change.

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Pomp & Circumstance

Want to know why we wear caps and gowns at commencement? We’ve got you covered.

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Saira Blair talking

A Day With Saira Blair

Some days she’s in class at WVU. On other days she’s in her office as the nation’s youngest legislator.

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Horse standing in water

After the Storm

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, alumnus Rustin Moore led the largest horse rescue in the nation’s history.

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A Future on the Side of Equality

Read how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are finding a home at WVU.

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Attacking Stroke on all Fronts

WVU is changing the outcome for patient Jimmy Boehler and the 795,000 people who have a stroke in the U.S. every year.

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New Robot on the Block

New Robot on the Block

He's lean. He's not mean. And this metal WVU machine just won a NASA competition.

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People placing artwork

Nourishing the Soul

Take a virtual tour of the new Art Museum of WVU before you visit in person.

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Reem Eldawud

Ready. Set. Launch.

Syringes. Bees. Soil. Microgreens. They're all part of the entrepreneurship wave coming out of the WVU LaunchLab.

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Afghan soldiers

Fractured Spaces

Photojournalist Lois Raimondo went into Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. This is what she saw.

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Double Exposure

Double Exposure

This is the real story about the team who uncovered the global Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.

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Cracking the Cosmos

Gravitational waves are a ripple in spacetime. Researchers at WVU helped to make this discovery possible.

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Man behind bars

Slaves No More

She helped to free more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen in Indonesia. Then she and her team won the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting. Here’s how Margie Mason did it.

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