WLU Seeks Approval of New Art Therapy Degree Program

West Liberty University’s College of Arts and Communication is currently in the process of adding a new degree to its curriculum, a Bachelor of Science in Creative Art Therapy. Upon approval, WLU will become the first university in the state to offer the program.   Brian Fencl, chairman of the department of visual art, said […]

Men’s Basketball Team Back at No. 1 in National Top 25

It’s déjà vu all over again for the West Liberty University men’s basketball team as Coach Jim Crutchfield‘s high-scoring Hilltoppers have returned to the No. 1 spot in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II Top 25 coaches’ poll. Read the rest of the article at

Hilltop Players to Perform Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

The West Liberty University Hilltop Players will present William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” or – as it is referred to by the theater community – “The Scottish Play,” beginning Feb. 23. “Macbeth” is the story of a respected soldier who meets three witches in the woods.  The witches make a life changing prophecy for Macbeth and […]

200th Career Win for Hilltoppers’ Crutchfield

West Liberty University head coach Jim Crutchfield became the second-fastest coach to 200 wins in West Virginia Conference history Saturday as his No. 2-ranked Hilltoppers coasted to a 103-88 victory against Glenville State at the ASRC. Read the rest of the article at

Athletic Training Program Approved

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has unanimously approved West Liberty University’s new Bachelor of Science degree program in athletic training, President Robin C. Capehart has announced.   “This is an exciting new academic offering for students interested in the growing field of athletic training and the interconnection of sports and medicine. WLU long […]

Professor Researches Potential Vaccines

Joseph Horzempa, assistant professor of biology at West Liberty University, has co-authored scientific research on potential vaccines in collaboration with a team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh. The study, “A Francisella tularensis Live Vaccine Strain that Improves Stimulation of Antigen-Presenting Cells Does Not Enhance Vaccine Efficacy,” recently was published online at Funded […]

Saxophone Recital to Feature New Composition

Christopher Barrick, assistant professor of woodwinds and director of the West Liberty University Jazz Ensemble, will present a saxophone recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, in Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The recital will feature multimedia works as well as standard repertoire. The recital will also […]

Student Earns College Credit at Disney World

West Liberty University junior Emily Shimp found a way to earn college credit while indulging her interest in Walt Disney as a participant in the Disney College Program. Shimp, an accounting major, completed the Disney fall advantage program which allowed her to spend seven months, from May until January, working at Walt Disney World in […]

WLU Remembers Dr. Robert Whiting and Lary Loew

The West Liberty University community is mourning the recent loss of two men whose unique and invaluable contributions to the institution will not be soon forgotten.   Retired academic dean Robert Whiting and his wife, Jean, died on Feb. 9 when their Triadelphia home was destroyed by fire. Alumnus and benefactor Lary A. Loew died […]

Students to Present Research at WV Literature Symposium

West Liberty University will be well-represented by students and faculty at the West Virginia Literature Symposium on March 3.  The symposium, which will be held at Fairmont State University this year, gives undergraduate students from across the state a chance to submit research papers about literary topics ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald to an analysis […]