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...

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,”...

WLU Students Contribute to Weather Channel Documentary

Applying knowledge gained through their West Liberty University communications courses and acquiring valuable real-world experience in the process, Sam Miller and Seth Starkey recently returned to the West Liberty University campus after working on a Weather Channel documentary. WLU professor Christian D’Andrea, who heads the university’s documentary filmmaking program, is the executive producer, creator and director of “Hurricane Hunters,” a new documentary series debuting on the Weather Channel in 2012. The Hurricane Hunters are an Air Force Reserve squadron based out of Biloxi, Miss., which flies planes into hurricanes to better understand them. The team obtains key pieces of meteorological data that can be gathered only by flying into the eye of a hurricane. The television series tracks their lives and their missions during the height of hurricane season. He selected Miller and Starkey to work on the production in September. “We had what I would characterize as a very successful internship. It actually went beyond internship.  I integrated Sam and Seth into the crew,” D’Andrea explained. He added that the film crew and Air Force personnel “began to look to Sam and Seth for insight into shots, help wrangling equipment, help managing characters and complex scene set-ups, and even executing shots and capturing critical moments.” He noted, “The students were second unit directors on a number of scenes, empowered to make the call on key storylines, run interviews and stage shots.” D’Andrea praised the students for their professionalism and job performance. “They were trusted by all of us.  We trusted them to go off and get shots and pickups we needed.  We trusted them with our expensive equipment, including...

WLU Broadcasting Students Visit Sunday Night Football on NBC

Steelers-Ravens: The most heated rivalry in the NFL during the last decade. On any given Sunday, the traditional storylines already exist between these two NFL franchises. However, on the first Sunday in November, it was nothing but traditional as a select group of West Liberty University students participated in an all-access tour of NBC’s Sunday Night Football in America. West Liberty University sports producer and adjunct professor, Chuck Scatterday, took the WLU students inside the inner production areas of the NBC compound.  Scatterday, a former co-worker and longtime friend of NBC game producer, Fred Gaudelli, worked on ESPN’s Sunday Night Football and collaborated on other projects for ABC Sports. Part of the all-access tour with Gaudelli was peering behind the doors of the five, 53-foot, expandable, state-of-the-art NBC mobile remote production units parked at Heinz Field. Todd Ullom, WLU broadcasting student said, “Seeing up close, how large the NBC production trucks were compared to WLU’s truck was impressive.” A team of 85-production members comprises the NBC crew that travels from city to city to cover Sunday Night Football. The WLU students watched all of rehearsal, which included reviewing show production elements and sales components. WLU student, Josh Benyo was “impressed with how much coordination goes into the event and how humble Mr. Gaudelli was with us.” Gaudelli told the students, “You don’t just start at the top; you have to work your way up and what your doing now at the WLU is a great place to start.” The biggest change in sports television in the last 10 years, according to Gaudelli has been the advancement and implementation of...