Alumna Amanda Carney Gets Creative with Cat’s Paw Studio

Interdisciplinary Studies major prepared her for the business side of art.

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 10, 2015 — West Liberty University alumni are making a big difference in Wheeling. One recent graduate working to improve Wheeling in a creative way is Amanda Carney, the new manager of Cat’s Paw Art Studio, located at 2137 Market St. A custom matting and framing shop, Cat’s Paw provides artists and art students … Read More

Sophomore Dalton Haas Receives National Scholarship

Haas is majoring in business, minoring in theater & communications.

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., August 7, 2015 — A sophomore enrolled in the Gary E. West College of Business has received a prestigious scholarship from the National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM). Dalton C. Haas of Wheeling (Elm Grove) was notified recently on behalf of the NAM Board of Directors and the NAM Scholarship Selection Committee, that … Read More

Alumnus Andy McKenzie Named Mayor of the Year

Earned his bachelor's degree on the Hilltop, received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2012.


Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie was chosen as the West Virginia Municipal League Mayor of the Year for 2015 this week. An alumnus of West Liberty University, McKenzie is a loyal Hilltopper and served as Commencement speaker at the December 2012 ceremony. He is the first Wheeling mayor to be honored with this award since the … Read More

Skull Morphology Study Continues for Second Summer

Research helps surgeons biopsy tumors inside the skull, insert electrodes into the skull to measure brain activity in individuals with epilepsy and treat painful conditions that affect the trigeminal nerve.

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 5, 2015 — Scientific research done in WLU’s College of Sciences this summer included the study of skulls in the lab of Dr. Matthew Zdilla, associate professor of Biology and Physician Assistant Studies. “This is the second year in a row that our skull morphology research took place. Last summer we collected anatomical … Read More

Hilltopper Academy, Jumpstart to Student Success  

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 8, 2015 — It happens every summer as August sets in — the weeklong, residential Hilltopper Academy. Providing a jumpstart to college, the program is coordinated by the Department of Learning and Student Development, located in WLU’s Main Hall. Nine ambitious students enrolled for the week of August 2-7, 2015. “Hilltopper … Read More

Alumnus Creates Magic with TCG Store

Devin Harrison '15 earned his bachelor's in accounting with minors in entrepreneurship and computer information systems.

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 29, 2015 — A new store, Clutch Gaming, opened in Wheeling recently and is the brainchild of recent WLU graduate Devin Harrison of Valley Grove. A member of the May 2015 graduating class, Harrison earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, with two minors — one in entrepreneurship and another in computer … Read More

Student Researchers Have Busy Summer

Research presentation planned for Friday, July 31.


WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 24, 2015 — West Liberty University’s summer undergraduate researchers have been laboring for eight weeks, working on crayfish biodiversity, skull morphology, host microbe interactions and environmental chemistry. The group of 15 science majors will present their findings in a final symposium from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., July 31. The event takes in … Read More

Fourth Class of Physician Assistants Begin their Studies

Students represent 12 different undergraduate colleges or universities and six different states.

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 23, 2015 — West Liberty University’s newest class of students enrolled in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program began their studies by accepting the official white coat of their profession recently. “I am especially pleased to welcome our fourth class of physician assistant students to campus. As they enter the … Read More

Gary E. West College of Business Instructor is Expert for WalletHub


WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 22, 2015 — The Internet’s personal finance tool, WalletHub, turned to West Liberty University instructor John Bonassi for advice on entrepreneurship recently. A resident of Pittsburgh, Bonassi is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and also teaches in the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Administration (BLA) program at West Liberty … Read More

Criminal Justice Alumnus Clifton Spinner Named Safety, Security Director

Contact the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences by calling Dr. Keith Bell, 304.336.8376.


WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 20, 2015 — West Liberty University alumnus Clifton L. Spinner ’87 has been named director of Safety and Security Services at Franklin and Urbana University. Prior to this, he spent 28 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and retired as a commander in June of 2015. A Steubenville, Ohio native, … Read More