Stadium Named to Honor All–Time Biggest Donor, Gary E. West & Family

From left, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler, Eric Matyskiela, Athletic Director Jim Watson, Head Football Coach Roger Waialae, Flip and Gary West, Provost Brian Crawford and XXX Larry Skrzypek.

West Liberty University announced today the naming of its new football stadium, the West Family Stadium, in honor of WLU’s biggest all-time donor, Gary E. West. “Gary’s continued generosity to our university makes it appropriate to name the new stadium after the West Family. His leadership and remarkable philanthropy is visionary. Our students, alumni, staff … Read More

Jim Crutchfield Named 2014 Light of the Valley

Coach Crutchfield is shown with Duhon in background seated.

Record-setting West Liberty University head men’s basketball coach Jim Crutchfield was honored as the eighth recipient of the Wheeling YMCA’s “Light of the Valley” award during an Aug. 13 luncheon at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, attended by hundreds of well-wishers and community leaders. Crutchfield was introduced at the event by WLU Director of Athletics Jim Watson. Coming … Read More

Students Experience the Thrill of Iceland  

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Breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultural events and pristine nature panoramas make for a perfect summer vacation. Nine students joined Professor Aron Massey for just this type of trip as the study group traveled to Iceland. Leaving Pittsburgh on July 17, they flew first to Boston, then on to Iceland, arriving in the capitol of Reykjavik City … Read More

Alumnus John Stavovy Funds New Scholarship for Veterans

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Alumnus John B. Stavovy, Jr. has successfully combined stellar careers as a National Guardsman and president of Mesa Wood Ltd., his custom home building company. Recently he added another dimension to his success as he initiated WLU’s first scholarship for veterans. “I am pleased to be a part of this new scholarship that supports veterans … Read More

Hilltopper Academy Boosts Student Success  

Incoming Freshmen Chance Haugh, Kevin Malone and Kaitlynn Hewitt  attend the awards picnic that closes the Hilltopper Academy.

Thirty-two incoming freshmen took advantage of the Hilltopper Academy this week as they prepared for a successful year of college. West Liberty University offers the annual end-of-summer session for students who may need remedial work or extra assistance to ensure a strong first year experience. “This program is a proven winner for students. Freshmen who … Read More

Topper-SURE Offers Undergraduate Student Research Experience

Science majors are shown working on research in the field during the SURE program.

West Liberty University was home to the Topper-SURE program for 15 undergraduate student researchers this summer from June 2 – July 31. Students conducted research with faculty mentors from the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and practiced skills designed to increase their success in graduate school and the professional world post-commencement. “This was a … Read More

Institutional Advancement Seeks Greater Efficiency

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West Liberty University Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler announced recently a move to greater efficiency. Beginning July 1, 2014, both Angela Zambito Hill and Tammi Secrist became executive directors, with additional supervisory duties. Hill is supervising development and Secrist marketing, respectively. “I sought this structure to make our team more effective and capable of … Read More

Alumna’s Research on Spider Webs Recognized by Nature magazine

Nicole Garrison earned her bachelor's degree in the College of Sciences.

Scientists see the world differently than most of us. In something as common and bothersome as a spider web for example, scientists discover important evolutionary clues. West Liberty University alumna Nicole Garrison’s work with spiders and their webs was recently recognized by Nature magazine, the international weekly journal of science. Nature mentioned her study in … Read More

Black & Gold Day Welcomes Prospective Students

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Earning your college degree remains one of the best steps high school graduates can take to ensure a successful future. West Liberty University invites all prospective students to take a look at all the Hilltop has to offer on Black and Gold Day, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. “We’ll give our visitors a glimpse of student … Read More

University Economics Club Welcomes Journalist Joy Pullmann

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The University Economics Club will welcome journalist and Research Fellow of Heartland Institute’s Joy Pullmann at noon, Thursday, July 24 to the River City Restaurant, 1400 Main Street. Pullmann’s work has been published by the New York Times, the Washington Examiner, the Weekly Standard and other newspapers and publications. She co-authored “Design Guidelines for Parent … Read More