New Programs Address Title IX Safety Issues & Protect Students

Student Government leaders Evan Newman and Jeffrey Tice join Administrators Marcella Snyder and Bridgett Dawson on the steps of Main Hall as they discuss the positive role of new safety programs.

West Liberty University is considered one of the safest campus environments in the region. To further ensure the safety of its students and in order to make sure that students understand the nature of sexual assault, several new programs are being offered to all students. “These new programs are designed to offer our students the … Read More

WLU Welcomes New Faculty

From left (first row): James Rohal, Tifani Fletcher, Brandon Bolduc; (middle row): Nicole Davis, Ronny Warrington, LeeAnn Thill, Bill Childers; (back row): Chad Kuhns, Ryan Koenig, Scott Glysson. Not pictured: Jennifer Childers and Theresa Kowcheck.


West Liberty University welcomed 10 new professionals to its faculty for fall 2014 – 2015. An additional two were added this past January 2014, bringing the total number of full-time faculty to 142 full-time instructors. Opening convocation and the first general faculty meeting for the 2014 – 2015 academic year is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, … Read More

Students Welcomed Back to the Future!

The Hoge Quadrangle

West Liberty University will welcome students to campus with two-weeks of activity designed to inform and entertain during Topperfest, beginning Aug. 22. “Topperfest is our big welcome back to campus and it’s designed to help our students feel comfortable and be successful. New students move in Friday, Aug. 22 and we want them to enjoy … Read More

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