USA TODAY Charitable Foundation awards department

USA TODAY awarded the journalism and communication studies department with 30 licenses for the electronic edition to their national newspaper. The grant allows students in media and journalism classes full access to the electronic edition, which is an exact replica of their daily print edition, through computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablet devices. Students are able to use the electronic edition to access article archives by subject area, view embedded videos related to the articles, listen to the audio files of the articles, and translates articles from English to other languages. The Foundation currently works with more than 25,000 K-12 classes across the country as well as over 400 college and university...

Professor Emeritus John Matviko remains pop culture resource for the news

West Liberty University Professor Emeritus John Matviko, Wheeling, was recently interviewed and featured in a story on the NBC’s Today Show news site. Matviko, who edited The American President in Popular Culture for Greenwood Press, has been interested in the intersection of politics and popular culture for most of his academic career and during the presidential election of 2008, he served as a go-to source for numerous national and international media including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, ABC News, the Associated Press, Agence France Presse and The Times of India. The Aug. 7 story, “President Obama can let loose on late-night TV, thanks to Bill Clinton” by Vidya Rao examines how recent presidents have increasingly used popular culture to boost their popularity. Matviko has stayed active in popular culture studies. Recently, he contributed a lengthy book review for the current issue of The Journal of Popular Music and this fall he will teach “Rock and Roll and American Culture” for West Liberty’s honors program. West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education. Led by President Robin C. Capehart, West Liberty is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information on WLU, please visit www.westliberty.edu or call 1.866.WESTLIB. AUGUST 8,...

Alumna Kim Nuzum-Lawrence Leads one of the State’s Top Ad Agencies

Alumna Kim Nuzum-Lawrence spent most of her professional career in educational public relations but is now partner and co-founder of one of West Virginia’s most respected and award-winning advertising and political consulting firms: Rainmaker, Inc. Formed in 2005, Rainmaker has captured dozens of state and national awards for its creative work in radio, television, print, politics and public affairs. Nuzum-Lawrence also serves as the executive director of Energize West Virginia, an organization that promotes the burgeoning natural gas industry and development of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. “I love the fact that I’m working on a second chapter in my professional life,” she said. “My work with Rainmaker has been so gratifying especially since we are a relatively small, new firm but have been able to emerge as the one of the top award-winning advertising/marketing agencies in the state. And the fact that we are considered the state’s premier political consulting firm is another great source of pride.” Prior to forming her own company, she served as director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Education where she was responsible for the agency’s entire communications effort and was chief speechwriter for the state superintendent of schools and the state board of education. Nuzum-Lawrence also spent 20 years traversing the country as an emcee for beauty pageants. A former Miss West Virginia-USA, she hosted shows in nearly every state for the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Teen All American and Mrs. America pageant systems. Originally from Wheeling, she has lived in Charleston since 1991 and she and her husband, Alex, are avid golfers and tennis players. AUGUST 5, 2013 BY MZAMBITO...

Student DJ’s Are On the Air

The long wait is finally over. Student DJs will return to the airwaves starting next week. Checkout our on air schedule to see when will will have DJs on the air. They will also be starting their blogs next week so make sure you checkout everyones page to see what is on their minds. As usual we are streaming 24/7 so tune in and turn it up! If you are interested in joining the WGLZ staff or receiving more information about the Communications program at WLU contact Jeff Pfister at...

Recruiting in Charleston, WV

Are you a sports nut? Considering a career in broadcasting? Join West Liberty Univesity sports broadcasting staff on Wednesday February 27 at the Charleston Civic Center as our WLU TV-14 student production crew broadcasts the WVIAC Basketball tournament. High school and community college students are encouraged to come out and meet current students & instructors. Learn about the opportunities in the Broadcasting Program and see how you can develop your talent for the future. For more information about the Charleston visit contact: Edward Mitchem at...

WLU RECEIVES $75,000 GIFT FROM BORDAS AND BORDAS

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 BY MZAMBITO– Hundreds of West Liberty University students will benefit from a recent $75,000 gift from the Bordas and Bordas law firm of Wheeling. “We are grateful to Jamie Bordas and appreciate his willingness to support higher education at West Liberty University. This money will greatly enhance our journalism and communications department and give our students an edge as they prepare for their professional careers. The students are very excited to work with the new technology that this gift is funding,” said Jason Koegler, WLU vice president of institutional advancement. “We are pleased to partner with West Liberty University and to help students to develop their skills in broadcasting. Bordas and Bordas knows the value of college and the expense involved in providing students with up-to-date programs and technology and we want to support this work and the Ohio Valley community,” said Jamie Bordas, a partner in the firm, which has offices in both Wheeling and St. Clairsville, Ohio. The Bordas and Bordas gift has already provided West Liberty with two new high definition cameras that will be put to use for the first time, this Saturday during the 1 p.m. football game when WLU Hilltoppers take on Fairmont State University at Fairmont. The resulting film will air (tape delay) at 10 p.m., Saturday on WLU-TV14. “The ability to use these state-of-the-art cameras and gain hands-on work experience is invaluable to our broadcast students,” said Theresa Gretchen, executive director of WLU-TV14. The two high definition studio configured cameras offer real world experience. Bordas and Bordas also will host a 30-minute talk show, “Bordas and Bordas Legal Review,”...