West Liberty University http://westliberty.edu Welcome to Your Future Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:07:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Play to Premiere at Kelly Theatre http://westliberty.edu/news/news/new-play-premiere-kelly-theatre/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:21:08 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10430 West Liberty, W.Va., Feb. 16, 2018 — The West Liberty University Hilltop Players will offer theatre fans the opportunity to enjoy a world premiere of the new play “18 Victoria” by Cody Daigle-Orians this February at Kelly Theatre. A Louisiana-born playwright, educator and arts programmer, Daigle-Orians is now living in Hartford, Conn. and will attend the … Read More

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West Liberty, W.Va., Feb. 16, 2018 — The West Liberty University Hilltop Players will offer theatre fans the opportunity to enjoy a world premiere of the new play “18 Victoria” by Cody Daigle-Orians this February at Kelly Theatre.

A Louisiana-born playwright, educator and arts programmer, Daigle-Orians is now living in Hartford, Conn. and will attend the opening night performance. The audience will have a chance to meet him at a coffee and pastries reception just after the Feb. 22 show.

The new production uses a trio of interlocking monologues to tell the story of three siblings — Ben, Catherine and Stephen — who are struggling to piece together their broken family relationship in the wake of their father’s untimely death. But a larger crisis looms.

The need to come to grips is intensified due to the news that a huge asteroid is projected to collide with the earth in less than three weeks, setting off devastating consequences for life on earth. The three siblings scramble to mend their family ties and make sense of the devastating secret that originally tore them apart. 

A huge asteroid is projected to collide with the earth in less than three weeks, setting off devastating consequences for life on earth. The three siblings attempt to mend their family ties and make sense of the devastating secret that originally tore them apart in the brief time left until the destruction of the earth.

Maggie Balsley, who is professor of voice in WLU’s College of Arts and Communication, has worked with the small cast of three student performers to tell the story of siblings who are trying to deal with dark happenings in the past that fractured their family.

From left Alex Gordon, Grant VanCamp and Calllie Carroll are shown in limbo in a slide used in the projections of the show, according to director Maggie Balsley. 

Callie Carroll, a junior theatre major from Morgantown will be playing Catherine and Grant VanCamp, a sophomore theatre major from Follansbee, will play Ben. 

The third character, Stephen, will be portrayed by recent graduate Alex Gordon of Wheeling, who majored in music technology with a piano emphasis. Gordon also composed the original music score. 

The set designer for “18 Victoria” is Chris Rees, a junior theatre major from Follansbee and the lighting and projection design is by Alex Franke, a senior theatre and human biology major from Wheeling. Senior theater major Ingrid Young also is involved in the production, performing the duties of photographer. She is from Martinsburg, W.Va. 

As the characters share their stories of facing the last days of the human race, they also grapple with memories of their father, a troubled childhood, and their shared inability to connect as adults. In an apocalyptic present, it’s the wreckage of the past that endures.

Times and dates for “18 Victoria” are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and March 1 – 3 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4.

Tickets for all Hilltop Players productions are available through Brown Paper Tickets online. For more information, please call the box office at 304.336.8277.

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Criminal Justice Alumna Leads WV Intelligence Fusion Center http://westliberty.edu/news/news/criminal-justice-alumna-leads-wv-intelligence-fusion-center/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:58:58 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10424 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 15, 2018 — West Liberty University alumna Jessica Griffith made the news this week when she was selected to lead the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, an agency brought to the state after 9/11 to gather information and combat all forms of crime. A former State Police intelligence analyst, she earned … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 15, 2018 — West Liberty University alumna Jessica Griffith made the news this week when she was selected to lead the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, an agency brought to the state after 9/11 to gather information and combat all forms of crime.

Jessica Griffith ’06

A former State Police intelligence analyst, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice at WLU and earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Fairmont State University.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Keith Bell, who has been with WLU since 2011, is a fusion liaison officer and has served in this capacity since 2013.

“There are six regions in Fusion and we are in two. Our job is to report on any crime statistics, crisis information and work toward crisis intervention,” he said. “I see Jessica at our quarterly meetings that take place at WLU’s Highlands Center.”

A 2006 graduate, Griffith also was a cheerleader and tennis player for the Hilltoppers.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected to serve in this capacity,” Griffith said. “My goal is to strengthen partnerships with those agencies who may be underutilizing our services, and educate those who are unaware of our resources and capabilities so that we are able to better assist in helping to protect West Virginians.”

Griffith has been a major part of the Fusion Center’s success. Perhaps her key contribution has been to develop West Virginia’s Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) program. FLOs embrace the “See Something, Say Something” concept. The program provides a platform for law enforcement, first responders, and others in both the public and private sectors to strengthen information sharing.

The West Virginia FLO program has been recognized both locally and nationally for assisting the response to numerous recent natural disasters. Griffith was honored in 2016 for her outreach efforts and dedication to working with private sector partners, receiving the Partnership Award from the West Virginia International Association of Special Investigation Units.

Griffith established the FLO program following her 2011 hiring as Homeland Security Manager. She has also served as Supervisory Analyst and FLO Coordinator. Griffith previously worked for the West Virginia State Police as an Intelligence Analyst. Griffith is also a graduate of the Fusion Center Leaders Program.

“My father had a very successful career in law enforcement and criminal investigations. His drive and determination to protect the citizens of this great state inspired me to follow in his footsteps,” Griffith said. “I feel fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to continue working in a field about which I feel so passionately.”

Watching the events of 9/11 unfold on television, meanwhile, instilled in Griffith a resolve “to help protect the United States from future terrorist attacks.” As Director, Griffith said she will seek to expand awareness about Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) tools available to everyday citizens, “since the West Virginia Intelligence/Fusion Center is the repository for SARs in the state.”    

Griffith is just the second director of the W.Va. Intelligence Fusion Center since its founding, 10 years ago next month. She succeeds Thom Kirk, who remains the deputy secretary and general counsel for Military Affairs and Public Safety. The Fusion Center is overseen by the Cabinet Department’s Office of the Secretary.

“For nearly a decade, the West Virginia Fusion Center has received countless awards and accolades from across the world, and its work in West Virginia behind-the-scenes has been stellar,” said Secretary Sandy. “I am confident that Ms. Griffith, as the new director of the Fusion Center, will continue the tradition of assisting all West Virginia and our nation’s law enforcement officers.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information based on West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety’s Press Release.

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Nutting Gallery Welcomes Polish Artists in Abstract Exhibition http://westliberty.edu/news/news/nutting-gallery-welcomes-polish-artists-abstract-exhibition/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:41:44 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10414 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 13, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery opens a new exhibition featuring three visiting Polish artists, Michalina Wawrzyczek-Klasik, Michał Klasik and Artur Masternak on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The exhibition is entitled: Directly and the opening reception takes place from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The artists are first time visitors to WLU and the United States … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 13, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery opens a new exhibition featuring three visiting Polish artists, Michalina Wawrzyczek-Klasik, Michał Klasik and Artur Masternak on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The exhibition is entitled: Directly and the opening reception takes place from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

From left, Martyna Matusiak, Michalena Wawrzyczek-Klasik, Bob Villamagna, Michal Klasik and Artur Masternak are shown in the Nutting Gallery.

The artists are first time visitors to WLU and the United States and spent six days in New York City prior to arriving on the hilltop campus.

“We are fascinated by this country and familiar with the United States from movies and media so we appreciate the opportunity to be here and exhibit our work,” said Masternak, who is a Ph.D. at the Katowice School of Technology, a technical and artistic private higher school in Silesia, which offers both bachelor and master degree programs.

Masternak teaches graphic art and painting. He and the other Polish artists were invited to exhibit their work by WLU Associate Professor of Art Martyna Matusiak when she was traveling in Poland with students for summer study abroad.

“It’s great to have Michalina, Michal and Artur here. We planned the exhibit for a long time, and I invite the whole campus community to visit our Nutting Gallery. This exhibition is worth a trip across campus to the Hall of Fine Arts,” said Matusiak, whose parents still reside in Katowice, which is the capital city of the Silesian province of Poland. Matusiak joined WLU in 2012.

This drypoint etching was created by Michalena W. Klasik and is entitled: Artefacts Object I.

The other two visiting artists, Michalina Wawrzyczek-Klasik and Michal Klasik are married. Michalina studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, earning a diploma in 2010. She uses painting, silkscreen printing, digital printing and video-painting for creating installations and objects. Working with monumental forms, she creates sign and space designs. (See michalinawklasik.com.)

Her husband, Michal teaches intermedial sculpture. He is a graduate of Silesian University, Art Institute in Cieszyn with Diploma of Fine Arts with a major in sculpture and second major in ceramics. (See michalklasik.blogspot.com.)

Artur Masternak created this abstract work entitled: Male 5.

He uses sculpture, drawing, video and sound to create installations and objects that are interactive. He’s involved in a group project, “Academy sounds of the Earth” connecting sounds, sculpture and ceramics to the earth itself. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad and is a member of the Polish Artists Society.

“In the context of our exhibition the perception of an image does not mean faster and easier. Our projects have a direct impact on the recipient with the wider picture (object). They appeal to the sensibility, imagination, the ability to use a variety of associations. Operating largely beyond words,” explains the artists in their formal artists’ statement.

Directly was curated by retired professor of art, Bob Villamagna, and will be on display through March 8. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., weekdays or by appointment and all Nutting Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Located in the Hall of Fine Arts, the Nutting Gallery is dedicated to educating, enriching and engaging students and the public through art exhibitions of the highest quality and to promoting the visual arts within the WLU community.  

For more information, please contact rvillama@westliberty.edu.

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Alumnus Alan Cline Earns Metropolitan Opera Audition http://westliberty.edu/news/news/alumnus-alan-cline-earns-metropolitan-opera-audition/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:20:12 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10406 Area singer Alan Cline has won the right to compete in the semi-final round of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Cline, a baritone, earned this tremendous opportunity by being chosen as the 2017-18 regional winner from the Great Lakes Region. In April, he will compete with other regional winners on the stage of … Read More

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Area singer Alan Cline has won the right to compete in the semi-final round of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Alan Cline studied voice with Dr. Linda Cowan.

Cline, a baritone, earned this tremendous opportunity by being chosen as the 2017-18 regional winner from the Great Lakes Region. In April, he will compete with other regional winners on the stage of the world-famous opera house in New York City.

The story of his success is filled with irony. Cline is a relative “late bloomer” in the operatic world as he has been pursuing a singing career for only six or seven years. His first visit to the Met actually will be when he walks onto the main stage to sing in the auditions.

“I’ve never been to a show at the Met,” he said, noting that his introduction will be “to walk straight onto the stage, which scares me a little bit.”

After winning the regional round, Cline thought the next phase of competition would occur on a secondary stage of the Manhattan opera house. However, he learned he will appear on the Met’s main stage. This information, he admitted, “scared the heck out of me. That was a surprise that kind of opened my eyes wider.”

Cline, who grew up in Wellsburg, now lives in Mount Olivet. He works at C.A. House Music in St. Clairsville, plus teaches “lots and lots of voice lessons.”

Now, the West Liberty University alumnus will devote much of his time to prepare for the next Met auditions. He hasn’t chosen his vocal selections yet, but anticipates singing a repertoire similar to what he presented at the district and regional levels of the competition.

In preparation for the finals, Cline said he has had an “open lesson” with Dr. Linda Cowan, his former voice teacher at WLU. He also plans to meet with his former teachers at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and then go to New York City to work with his vocal coach’s former teacher.

Cline plans to choose “the four best possible things that I can sing in a cohesive unit that I can present to the judges.” He added, “It’s going to be a whole team effort. I’ll have as many of my friends and colleagues hear me. I want to have just as many ears as possible in the decision making.”

The semi-final round of the auditions usually involves about 20 people, who are given piano accompaniment. Approximately 10 singers will go on to the finals, where they will be accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra when they compete on the last weekend in April, Cline said. The judges will select three to six grand champions.

In addition to winning a $15,000 grand prize, for competitors “one of the biggest things is exposure to agents,” he explained.

“Some will receive contracts through agencies.”

Signing a contract with an artist management agency and getting sent around the world to perform “would be my best goal,” he said.

Unlike the days when Wheeling native Eleanor Steber won first prize at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air and earned a Met contract in 1940, not many opera houses sign singers to exclusive contracts now, Cline said.

Cline never thought he would get this far in the auditions. “I anticipated I’d go to the district level, get some comments and try again next year,” he said.

He competed initially in the Pittsburgh District, along with a few dozen people. He and one other singer from the Pittsburgh District were picked to compete at the regional level.

He and six other singers participated in the Great Lakes Region auditions in Grand Rapids, Mich., in late January. He was the only entrant chosen to advance to the semi-final round.

Describing his mentors’ reaction to the exciting news, he said, “They lost it. I called Dr. Linda Cowan the moment I knew when I left the concert hall in Michigan.”

Benton Hess, senior vocal coach at the Eastman School, also is thrilled by his former student’s success. “It’s been quite a few years since he’s had someone in the finals,” Cline said.

Cowan, chair of WLU’s Department of Music and Theater, said the music department is proud of Cline. She commented, “Personally, I’m thrilled for him — this will bring big things his way. I know he will make a great showing in New York at the competition and he knows there are many fans rooting for him on the Hilltop!”

Cline studied instrumental music at West Liberty for a couple of years before pursuing operatic studies. Cowan noted, “Alan came in as the winner of the Wheeling Symphony Rachael Worby scholarship as a tuba major before switching to voice performance.”

Cowan said Cline had roles in WLU’s productions of “The Magic Flute” and “Hansel and Gretel.”In opera scenes, he played Scarpia in “Tosca” and Marcello in “La Boheme,” she said.

Cline, son of Ruth Ann and Wayne Cline of Wellsburg, graduated from Brooke High School in 2009 and received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from West Liberty in 2014. He earned a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2016. He served as an adjunct music instructor in New York State for a year before returning home to the Ohio Valley.

His wife, Lara Cline, is the new band director at Bellaire High School. She is a graduate of McGuffey High School in Washington County, Pa., and a graduate of West Liberty. “We met in marching band — of all the horrifying things,” he quipped.

NOTE: Here’s the link to the original article in the Wheeling News-Register. Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net

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Professor Invited to Share Military Research with International Audience http://westliberty.edu/news/news/professor-invited-share-military-research-international-audience/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:19:30 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10399 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 9, 2018 — West Liberty University faculty member, Dr. Meleesa Wohleber, recently shared her research with elite military soldiers at an international meeting, the 4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, held in Melbourne, Australia. “I applaud Dr. Wohleber on her recent research and presentation in Australia. It was an incredible … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 9, 2018 — West Liberty University faculty member, Dr. Meleesa Wohleber, recently shared her research with elite military soldiers at an international meeting, the 4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, held in Melbourne, Australia.

“I applaud Dr. Wohleber on her recent research and presentation in Australia. It was an incredible opportunity to represent West Liberty University professionally,” said Dr. David Hanna, WLU Athletic Training program director and her supervisor. “The fact she was able to make a connection while there and orchestrate opportunities for data collection and research to our students in Quantico is icing on the cake. I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Wohleber as part of our faculty.”

Dr. Meleesa Wohleber is shown presenting her research to an international audience of military researchers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, faculty and other experts. 

The gathering is considered the most important international conference in applied military human performance research, attracting experts from all over the world.

An assistant professor of Athletic Training and resident of Bethlehem, W.Va., Wohleber was invited to present her study on physical characteristics in Special Operations Forces that predicted lower and upper body injury and how injury prevention programs targeting these areas could reduce the risk of injury in our elite military groups. 

“I was invited to speak on the military research that I completed over the last four years just prior to arriving at West Liberty, when I was part of the injury prevention and performance optimization research team at the University of Pittsburgh Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and was embedded with the Special Operations Forces we were studying,” she explained. 

While there Wohleber met exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, researchers, faculty, and military from many other countries at the conference.

“Many of the same injury and performance characteristics and issues with force readiness are the same challenges in other countries and their military, so having that common challenge and building this research network to address injury risk and physical performance internationally was inspiring. I even met an athletic training faculty from UNLV (University of Nevada) whose parents were West Liberty University alumni!” she added.

“I also got in contact with a researcher who is an athletic trainer doing research with the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. that has a student volunteer opportunity for athletic training students to participate in data collection as part of a large research study. We are hoping to take advantage of this research opportunity for our WLU athletic training students,” she said. 

Dr. Wohleber is shown with her research poster.

“I am so thankful for the support of the West Liberty Foundation, President Greiner, and Dr. Brian Crawford for the opportunity to represent WLU at this meeting and the opportunity to bring back anything that can contribute to the betterment of our Athletic Training program curriculum and the students here at WLU,” she said.

Prior to joining WLU last fall, Wohleber worked at the University of Pittsburgh as faculty and prior to that she was an athletic trainer at the University of Louisville and the United States Coast Guard Training Center.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree from James Madison University and doctoral degree in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

The Athletic Training Program is housed in the College of Education and Human Performance.

Established in 1837, West Liberty University is West Virginia’s oldest institution and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs including master’s in education, physician assistant studies, criminology, biology, professional studies and an online MBA. For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB or visit westliberty.edu.

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Student Radio Station WGLZ wins Award and Grant http://westliberty.edu/news/news/student-radio-station-wglz-wins-award-grant/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 21:35:22 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10394 WEST LIBERTY, Feb. 6, 2018 — West Liberty University’s radio station WGLZ 91.5 is celebrating a “trifecta,” as its faculty adviser Jeff Pfister describes it, from its work in 2017. After another successful year recognizing College Radio Day in October, WGLZ was named a recipient of the Spirit of College of Radio Award by the … Read More

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WGLZ station is crowded with students including Walker Polivka, seated center front. At far left front is instructor Jeff Pfister.

WEST LIBERTY, Feb. 6, 2018 — West Liberty University’s radio station WGLZ 91.5 is celebrating a “trifecta,” as its faculty adviser Jeff Pfister describes it, from its work in 2017.

After another successful year recognizing College Radio Day in October, WGLZ was named a recipient of the Spirit of College of Radio Award by the College Radio Foundation, who also provided the station with a $1,000 grant last week.

WGLZ General Manager, sophomore broadcasting student Walker Polivka, was also recognized with the Abe Voron Award, a $3,000 national scholarship by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) for his ongoing efforts in the studio.

“It feels very good,” Pfister said. “We have been doing excellent work here at West Liberty, and I feel that it’s only just for us to finally be entered into that category for recognition.” The separate grant money will be used to purchase portable speakers for the station.

Around 400 schools participated in some way for College Radio Day last year. WGLZ’s 48-hour marathon helped it stand out, as it was one of six college radio stations to receive the Spirit of College Radio Award. Walker Polivka first ran a 24-hour marathon in 2016.

“I remember when Walker was in class and we were first talking about the college radio days, and I said, ‘Well, what if we were to do a 24-hour marathon,’ and there were about a dozen students in the classroom, and I could kind of read the nonverbal that were going on with many people, and suddenly this hand slowly raised up, and it was Walker, and he said, ‘I’ll do it,’” Pfister recalled.

“This year, Walker was still interested in his marathon, and we had the students of COM 204 and 329 participate in a 24-hour marathon leading up to his,” Pfister said.

WGLZ raised $2,200 leading up to and during the marathon, which was divided and donated to the American Legion Post 52 and the Bellaire Eagles No. 371, both in Bellaire, Ohio, Polivka’s hometown.  

Polivka originally “had no clue what to expect” when he started at WGLZ. “I was walking into my major blindly, almost,” he said. He began his college career in 2016, when he was enrolled in the radio production class.

“I enjoyed the class, stuck with the radio station, and have had a lot of fun and educational experiences,” Polivka said. “It has really helped me grow as a person.”

“Our discipline of communication is very competitive,” Pfister said. “So, the field is expecting the students to have experience. You get the experience outside the classroom. So at West Liberty, we really have a lot of great laboratories to experiment and to build resume talking points. Walker has taken every advantage of that from day one in terms of coming in and recognizing what his interests were and how he could benefit from that.”

Polivka was one of nine students across seven universities in the country selected for the BEA scholarship in November. “I figured they had already picked a winner because I hadn’t heard back, but when I did I was pretty excited,” Polivka said. “My hard work is finally starting to pay off, and it’s nice to get this recognition.”

“People hear ‘communications’ and think, ‘Oh, all you do is talk,’” Polivka explained. “Well, there’s quite a bit more to it than that, and things like this will help students realize that.”

Pfister, Polivka and the rest of the station’s team are already thinking of College Radio Day 2018 and how they can keep things fresh. They’re currently planning events like “Eat to the Beats” in West Liberty’s Marketplace and the potential return of their March Madness basketball bracket competition in the spring.

“A lot of people look at the radio station and say that we’re exclusively trying to prepare somebody to go into the field of radio. But at the ‘core of the core,’ as I like to say, we’re trying to help people become better communicators,” Pfister said. “Regardless of where you want to go, and regardless of what you’re going to do in your career, radio and what you’ve done with it becomes a talking point on that resume. Anybody can get involved.  Participating in campus media — maybe that’s the newspaper, maybe that’s the TV station, maybe it’s the radio station — helps you build those talking points and they’re valuable regardless of where you go.” 

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Bridge to School of Osteopathic Medicine Established http://westliberty.edu/news/news/bridge-school-osteopathic-medicine-established/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:00:18 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10384 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 5, 2018 — West Liberty University (WLU) and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently to facilitate a bridge program designed for students seeking to become physicians. The program, which is the only guaranteed bridge program to medical school in the Mountain State, assures admission to WVSOM upon successful completion. “This … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 5, 2018 — West Liberty University (WLU) and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently to facilitate a bridge program designed for students seeking to become physicians. The program, which is the only guaranteed bridge program to medical school in the Mountain State, assures admission to WVSOM upon successful completion.

“This is a huge benefit to any student seeking to become a physician and we are pleased to offer it to the entire region,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president.

“WVSOM is excited to work with West Liberty to offer this unique opportunity to students,” stated Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D. WVSOM president.  “We want to see students succeed and train them to become great osteopathic physicians.”   

“The College of Sciences has been working on this new bridge program for a while. It is perfect for graduates who interview at WVSOM and don’t get accepted immediately. Also college students can come directly to us as they work toward medical school and we can get them into the program,” said Dr. Joseph Horzempa, associate professor of biology and director of the bridge program.

WVSOM, which is currently doing interviews for next year’s class, welcomes this new bridge program as a tool to assist potential candidates for admissions that may still need some academic work.

Students who choose, or are referred to, the new bridge program will then enroll in a two-semester, accelerated graduate degree program at WLU, the Master of Arts in Biology (MAB) with a major in biomedical sciences.

“By succeeding in our new bridge program, these students will then demonstrate they are capable of overcoming the educational rigors of WVSOM,” Horzempa explained.

MAB students will take graduate level courses with a biomedical focus to improve their overall academic credentials consisting of a minimum of 30 credit hours in any of the following disciplines: anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pathology, cell biology and/or genetics.

New bridge program is perfect tool for students heading to medical school. 

“Many of our graduates have completed their undergraduate course work at West Liberty University and we feel this degree program will be an excellent preparation for admission to medical school,” stated Craig Boisvert, D.O., WVSOM vice president for academic affairs and dean. “We look forward to working with West Liberty University on the Masters of Arts in Biology program with a Medical School emphasis.”

Students who successfully complete the MAB with the specified GPA and MCAT score will be guaranteed admission to WVSOM.

WVSOM’s typical class size is around 200 students. Located in Lewisburg, W.Va., WVSOM is one of three medical schools in the state of West Virginia. Known nationwide for its efforts in rural, family, and primary care medicine, it is No. 1 in providing primary care physicians for West Virginia.

WLU’s College of Sciences offers a student-focused teaching, learning and research environment dedicated to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. 

Established in 1837, West Liberty University is a public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution and today it offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs including master’s in education, physician assistant studies, criminology, biology, professional studies and an online MBA. 

For more information on the new bridge program, please visit westliberty.edu/mamsbiology or contact Dr. Horzempa at joseph.horzempa@westliberty.edu. Contact WLU at anytime by calling 1.866.westlib.

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Fraternity Raises $7,000 for Elementary School http://westliberty.edu/news/news/fraternity-raises-7000-elementary-school/ Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:34:14 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10375 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 2, 2018 — West Liberty University’s largest Greek organization, Phi Delta Theta, successfully raised $7,000 to assist nearby West Liberty Elementary School in its efforts to remodel and resurface the existing playground by hosting a Night at the Races recently. “The event went very well and the cooperation of the community … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 2, 2018 — West Liberty University’s largest Greek organization, Phi Delta Theta, successfully raised $7,000 to assist nearby West Liberty Elementary School in its efforts to remodel and resurface the existing playground by hosting a Night at the Races recently.

“The event went very well and the cooperation of the community was amazing. Many of those who won money, donated it back to the project so there were several large sums that were donated back,” said Hayden Blazer a WLU senior accounting and finance major from Glen Dale, W.Va. The Night at the Races was held January 27 at the G-Top.

Blazer is the Member at Large officer for the fraternity. Its President is Cody Waggoner.

From left, top row: William Waggoner, Luca Sei, Trevor Kessell, Tyler Huggins, Zachary Kirkwood, Jacob Mauzy
Bottom row: Kendrick Jackson, Mason Hamilton, John Heiserman, Lane Fledderus and Hayden Blazer.

“From the beginning of the playground project, Phi Delta Theta has been a driving force, helping with initial clean ups and other fundraisers. We are so pleased that this recent effort went well and we thank everyone who came out and participated,” said Waggoner, a criminal justice major from New Cumberland, W.Va.

The playground project should be breaking ground in June, according to West Liberty Elementary School Principal Stacy Greer. 

“Phi Delta Theta has partnered with our elementary school for years, but this playground project has taken it to an entirely different level. These young men could be doing a million other things throughout their time at the university, but instead, they are putting smiles on children’s faces,” she added.

“I had never been to a Night at the Races, and I was impressed by their unity, not to mention all of the organization that went into that night. I made it a point to ask what they would be doing after college and it sounds like they will be soaring. I cannot wait to see them setting the business world on fire! With the help of the Phi Delta Theta boys and other community members, we are changing West Liberty Elementary’s footprint forever. We cannot thank them enough!”

Students, parents of the elementary school, teachers and PTO parents supported the event that was open to the public.

The community turned out to support Night at the Races.

Phi Delta Theta is one of two national Greek societies on the hilltop campus and has about 29 members. Service is required every year of all its members.

“This is the most money we’ve ever raised,” noted Waggoner, adding that Phi Delta Theta seeks leaders not members who just want to party.

WLU currently has 10 Greek organizations on campus. The national sororities and fraternities include Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Delta Theta and Theta Xi. The remaining organizations are local sororities and fraternities, including the sororities Delta Theta Kappa, Lambda Psi Sigma and Beta Rho Epsilon. Local fraternities on campus are Chi Nu, Kappa Delta Kappa, and Beta Theta Gamma.

Director of Student Activities Kate Billings oversees Greek Life out of the Office of Housing & Student Life.

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Best Selling Author Jeannette Walls is guest for Hughes Lecture http://westliberty.edu/news/news/best-selling-author-jeannette-walls-guest-hughes-lecture/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:35:38 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10370 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 31, 2018 — Best-selling author Jeannette Walls, who wrote the memoir, “The Glass Castle,” will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on Thursday, March 22. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in College Hall and will be followed by … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 31, 2018 — Best-selling author Jeannette Walls, who wrote the memoir, “The Glass Castle,” will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on Thursday, March 22.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in College Hall and will be followed by a book signing and reception in Boyle Conference Center.

“We are excited to present Jeannette Walls to our students and the community and we encourage the public to join us for the Hughes Lecture this spring,” said Dr. William Scott Hanna, who is in his 10th year of teaching at WLU as a member of the English Department.

Jeannette Walls at home in Virginia.

“The Glass Castle,” which details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence from it, was named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade. In August 2017, her inspiring story was brought to the big screen in one of the most highly anticipated major motion pictures of the year starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson as Jeannette.

According to her publicist, “From the pages of her #1 New York Times best-selling book and the critically-acclaimed recently released film by the same name, Walls moves you to realize the power of the human spirit as she inspires courage in the face of new and longstanding fears, and reveals how our weaknesses can be our greatest strengths.”

“On stage, Walls takes audiences inside her resilient journey in pursuit of authenticity, revealing the power of courage and determination in overcoming unimaginable obstacles. Audiences are captivated as she reveals bittersweet anecdotes from her past that often exemplify grander truths about courage and the positive rewards that come from confronting challenges.”

“With an unforgettable story of triumph over unrelenting adversity, she inspires the realization that we’re all stronger than we think, leaving listeners emboldened to face the demons in their lives.”

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Walls describes her nomadic childhood and her time spent in Welch, W.Va., which was her father’s hometown. She then moved to New York at age 17 and went on to graduate from Barnard College, prior to becoming a journalist in New York and then a best-selling author.

Walls now resides in rural Virginia, with her husband, the writer John Taylor. She also is the author of the bestsellers, “The Silver Star” and “Half Broke Horses,” which was named one of the 10 best books of 2009 by the editors of “The New York Times Book Review.”

The Hughes Lecture Series began in the 1970s and is named after Dr. Raymond Grove Hughes, a beloved teacher who joined West Liberty in 1931. His generous endowment gift established a fund managed by the West Liberty University Foundation and known as the Hughes Lecture Series Endowed Fund.

Thanks to this fund, the series has brought a wide range of authors and speakers to WLU, including: Dr. Ralph Abernathy, confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Eugene McCarthy, U. S. Senator and presidential candidate in 1968; and John Simon, noted film critic and West Virginia writer and NASA scientist Homer Hickam.

For more info contact Dr. Hanna at wshanna@westliberty.edu, or 304.336.8501.

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Dr. Angela Rehbein Edits Book on Gender and Literary History http://westliberty.edu/news/news/dr-angela-rehbein-edits-book-gender-literary-history/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:04:22 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10367 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 30, 2018 — West Liberty University Associate Professor of English Dr. Angela Rehbein co-edited a recent book of essays on women’s literature titled Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses.” The book is the first to focus specifically on women’s literary networks during the Romantic period. Rehbein co-edited the … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 30, 2018 — West Liberty University Associate Professor of English Dr. Angela Rehbein co-edited a recent book of essays on women’s literature titled Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses.” The book is the first to focus specifically on women’s literary networks during the Romantic period.

Rehbein co-edited the book with Professor Andrew O. Winckles of Adrian College, located in Michigan, a professor she has worked with in the past. Published by Liverpool University Press, the book will be useful for both research scholars and students alike.

Dr. Angela Rehbein displays her latest publication.

“I’m very proud of Angela’s work. When I scanned the volume, I found it to be a great collection that includes rare material from neglected archives,” said Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Gerald NeCastro.

The book is important because it “shifts attention away from major metropolitan centers and demonstrates the significance of local and regional centers of literary production” Rehbein believes.

Why did she choose this topic?

“I took on this project because it aligns with my research interests in women writers of the British Romantic Period (1780-1830). Specifically, I am interested in what is often referred to as scholarship of recovery: investigating the lives and literary output of women writers who have been forgotten by traditional literary scholarship, many of whom were well-known and respected in their own time.

“These writers have much to tell us about the literary culture of this period, and this book of essays on literary networks is one contribution to this larger aim of recovery. As an added bonus, this project also gave me a chance to work with scholars whom I respect and admire,” she said.

She met Winckles at a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar in Lincoln Nebraska in 2013 led by scholar Stephen C. Behrendt (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and this seminar resulted in the scholarly collaboration that ultimately led to the research and publication of this book.

 “Other researchers who study the British Romantic Period, as well as researchers interested in women’s writing and women’s literary history, will find this book of interest. It can also be a useful teaching tool, expanding students’ knowledge of issues related to gender, authorial identity, and literary history.”

Utilizing new digital methodologies for collecting and analyzing data about women’s literary production, the new book offers a fresh perspective on the role of gender in shaping authorial identity in the Romantic period.

Her previous research on author Jane West was published in Eighteenth Century Fiction and she also single-authored an article on Elizabeth Inchbald, an English novelist, actress and dramatist dating to the Romantic period.

An associate professor of English, she teaches classes in composition, British literature, and World literature. Outside of her academic life, she is an avid runner and also plays women’s flat track roller derby with the Ohio Valley Roller Girls. She can be reached at 304-336-8818.

To read more about her latest publication or to order a copy of Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism, please visit the publisher’s website.

Established in 1837, West Liberty University is West Virginia’s oldest institution. Today it offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs including master’s in education, physician assistant studies, criminology, biology, professional studies and an online MBA. 

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