Student Life http://westliberty.edu/student-life West Liberty University Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:46:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dr. Joseph Horzempa is Repeat Finalist for WV Professor of the Year http://westliberty.edu/news/news/dr-joseph-horzempa-repeat-finalist-wv-professor-year/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:46:23 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10312 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 17, 2018 — It’s a déjà vu moment in West Liberty University’s College of Sciences as Dr. Joseph Horzempa, associate professor of biology, has been named as one of five finalists for West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia. “We are immensely proud of Joe for … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 17, 2018 — It’s a déjà vu moment in West Liberty University’s College of Sciences as Dr. Joseph Horzempa, associate professor of biology, has been named as one of five finalists for West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia.

Professor Joseph Horzempa is shown in his research lab.

“We are immensely proud of Joe for being picked two years in a row for this outstanding honor. It recognizes him for his strong teaching and laboratory research skills that our students benefit from daily. I wish him well as he competes for this well-deserved prize,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president. The annual award recognizes outstanding teaching at the college level in the Mountain State.

Horzempa will interview with the West Virginia Humanities Council Board of Directors for the final selection on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Charleston. The name of the Professor of the Year will be announced at the annual awards banquet held on April 12, also in Charleston, that will honor all five finalists as well as the winner.

Horzempa joined the faculty in 2011 and his biology lab is a busy place that offers both undergraduate and graduate students challenging research experiences. His work has been published in many scholarly journals including the October 2016 issue of the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.

In 2016, the student body named him WLU’s professor of the year in recognition of his skills. He also is the program director of WLU’s new graduate degree, the MA/MS in Biology

Since 2011, he has received over $2.2 million in grants to support the activities of his lab. He and his students continue his work on developing new antibiotics and vaccines as they research the biology of the bacterium, Francisella tularensis.

Horzempa has been researching this bacterium since he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 2006 – 2011.

Horzempa earned both a bachelor and Master of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and 2002 respectively. He received his doctoral degree from Duquesne University in 2006.

Horzempa completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2011.

A native of Monaca Pa., Horzempa and his wife Crystal are the parents of two children, Gwen, 11 and Jack, 8.

As part of the Professor of the Year honor, the honoree will receive a $10,000 award, the runner-up will receive a smaller cash prize.

To be eligible for consideration, a professor must be associated with one of the public or private nonprofit degree-granting colleges or universities in West Virginia and be a full-time employee of the nominating institution for a minimum of five consecutive years.

West Liberty University has been singled out for this honor in the past when Dr. Zachary Loughman, also a professor in the College of Sciences, was named the 2014 Professor of the Year, earning the top award. 

For more information on WLU’s College of Sciences please visit westliberty.edu/college-of-sciences.

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Exercise is Medicine Improves Student Health http://westliberty.edu/news/news/exercise-medicine-improves-student-health/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:00:41 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10306 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 15, 2018 — West Liberty University students are getting a dose of medicine in 2018 as the school joins the Exercise is Medicine initiative begun by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). “I’m pleased to announce our association with this successful program that promotes … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 15, 2018 — West Liberty University students are getting a dose of medicine in 2018 as the school joins the Exercise is Medicine initiative begun by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

“I’m pleased to announce our association with this successful program that promotes better health for our students. I also congratulate our exercise physiology department on its work in joining and planning this wellness program,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president.

From left, Dean of the College of Education and Human Performance Dr. Cathy Monteroso, Exercise Physiology Professor Dr. Jason Metz and President Dr. Stephen Greiner discuss the benefits of the new Exercise is Medicine initiative. 

“We are proud to be a part of the Exercise is Medicine global initiative and look forward to ‘prescribing’ this new treatment for health,” said Exercise Physiology Professor Jason Metz, who is the advisor to the WLU Exercise is Medicine team. 

The new program begins when students move back to campus from winter break on Jan. 15.

Promoting health through physical activity, Exercise is Medicine assesses a person’s activity level as a vital sign of health. WLU is one of only two West Virginia colleges or universities taking part in the program at this time and will be one of only 24 Gold Level schools nationally.

“Gold represents the highest standard for campus involvement, meaning an assessment and referral system must be in place. Our assessment will be on a voluntary basis but we’ll be promoting it to encourage all our students to take advantage of the new program,” Metz said.

“We are excited our nationally-recognized leadership team can’t wait to offer our students this added plus,” Metz said.

The other members of his team include two college administrators: Director of Health Services Christy Bennington, R.N. BSN and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Aaron Huffman, who also is an associate professor of education.

Students make up the rest of the team and represent six different academic disciplines: Tiffany Noland and Kendra Johnson, Exercise Physiology; Blake Williams and Joey Seabright, Teacher Education; Michael Games, Health and Physical Education; Alenna Farina and Emily Toland, Community Education; Ryota Ngata, Athletic Training and Jonah Estep, Psychology.

“Once we start the assessment of students we will begin to monitor physical activity as a vital sign just like cholesterol, blood glucose, heart rate and so forth. If a student shows activity that is below the level recommended, they will receive an information brochure and a referral to our exercise physiology club on campus,” Metz said. The assessments will be done by Bennington assisted by Lisa Witzberger, WLU school counselor.

“After the assessment, suggestions will be made to help participants increase activity and improve their vital signs. The club also will hold open orientation times in the wellness center to assist new users with learning how to operate and benefit from the exercise machines and weights,” Metz said.

Begun in 2007, Exercise is Medicine (exerciseismedicine.org) addresses the fact that, “Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death worldwide and is a major risk factor for chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, and several cancers.”

Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMOC) asks universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of daily campus culture
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
  • Providing students with necessary tools to strengthen healthy physical activity habits to last a lifetime
  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription. 

The Exercise Physiology Degree Program at West Liberty University is part of the College of Education and Human Performance, led by Dean Dr. Cathy Monteroso. For more information, please contact Metz at 304.336.8831 or jason.metz@westliberty.edu.

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Theater Graduate Lands Design Contract in NYC http://westliberty.edu/news/news/theater-graduate-lands-design-contract-nyc/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:13:05 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10299 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 12, 2018 — Wheeling resident Michael Blatzer, a 2016 graduate of West Liberty University, is living his dream in New York City as one of the costumers for the new play, Party Face, starring Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning actress Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, etc.). “It’s mind … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 12, 2018 — Wheeling resident Michael Blatzer, a 2016 graduate of West Liberty University, is living his dream in New York City as one of the costumers for the new play, Party Face, starring Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning actress Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, etc.).

“It’s mind blowing, I just turned 24 and I’m making an off-Broadway debut. It’s a little surreal,” said Blatzer, who is from Martinsburg, W.Va. and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. 

Described as a party that’s full of surprises, the Party Face plot centers around careful plans that are upended when a young woman’s mother Carmel (played by Mills) brings her own food to her daughter’s party—and also the ‘right’ person to be her daughter’s new best friend. They put on their “party faces” and hope for the best, but when facades crack, secrets spill. Tears sprinkle and laughter roars as their revelry leads to revelations.

“I saw the designer run-through and it’s hysterical,” Blatzer said. He arrived in NYC on Dec. 17 and has been working hard to get the contemporary, two-act play ready for opening night.

Costumes include five cast members and one understudy who is on standby for each of the cast members and therefore needs her own costumes for each character.

But at least there are no costume changes because it takes place all within an evening, according to Blatzer.

Since the style of dress is contemporary, Blatzer bought and altered all of the costumes for this play, rather than creating them from scratch. He spent lots of time shopping and sewing.

As far as Hayley Mills goes, his opinion of the star is just what her fans would expect, “I talked with Hayley Mills a couple of times and she’s a sweetheart.”

Blatzer first got into costuming under the instruction of Meta Lasch, longtime theatre professor who teaches a variety of courses including costuming, makeup, lighting, drafting and stagecraft.

“I got into costuming as soon as I got to WLU. When I toured as a prospective student I came in as biology and theatre double major but I fell in love with the theatre department. Things fell into place, I left biology and went completely into theatre. Then West Liberty’s Hilltop Players went to the Kennedy Center Festival and I took a costume design class there. Meta gave me a few projects and I became more and more convinced that this was my future,” he explained.

Blatzer worked on the Hilltop Players productions for four years while earning his degree.

According to Lasch, he was one of her best-ever students. She describes him as highly motivated and determined.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Michael,” she said. “Michael showed that he had something beyond the talent and passion for his craft when he was a summer intern with the Millbrooke Playhouse after his sophomore year. He was one of several interns hired to be stitchers for the summer slate of shows. Before the summer was halfway over he was selected to design costumes for the final production. That led to being contracted to design two shows the following summer and thus it began. He was on his way to the career that he so wanted. His diligence and determination made the difference.”

“It says a lot about West Liberty University that I’m out just two years, from a small school in West Virginia, and I’m here. If it wasn’t for the education I received there, I wouldn’t have gotten this chance,” he said. 

Blatzer also has worked at the Judson Theatre Company in Pinehurst, NC, where he plans to return.

Right now though he’s employed on this off-Broadway production until opening night, Monday, Jan. 22 and on Jan. 23 he expects to return to Wheeling. Reports are that the play received a standing ovation on its first preview night so it’s definitely off to a good start. 

Written by the Irish playwright Isobel Mahon, Party Face comes to City Center theatre direct from Ireland and begins performances on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at City Center Stage 2 (131 West 55th Street) for a run through April 8, 2018. Tickets are available now at www.nycitycenter.org.

For more images of the production, visit Party Face Facebook page found here. 

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Broadcasting Major Awarded Scholarship from BEA http://westliberty.edu/news/news/broadcasting-major-awarded-scholarship-bea/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:50:39 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10292 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 11, 2018 — West Liberty University sophomore Walker Polivka of Shadyside, Ohio was awarded a scholarship recently from the Broadcast Education Association. Polivka’s award is for $3,000. Only nine students from seven different campuses nationally were awarded these scholarships after taking part in the association’s 2018-2019 competition. The winners were selected … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 11, 2018 — West Liberty University sophomore Walker Polivka of Shadyside, Ohio was awarded a scholarship recently from the Broadcast Education Association.

Polivka’s award is for $3,000.

Walker in action at WGLZ.

Only nine students from seven different campuses nationally were awarded these scholarships after taking part in the association’s 2018-2019 competition. The winners were selected by the BEA Scholarship Committee, chaired by Pete Orlik, at its November meeting in Washington DC.

Polivka is the WLU radio station general manager WGLZ (91.5FM) and has a weekly radio show on Thursdays. He plans to continue in the broadcasting field after commencement, working either behind the scene or on-air.

Other schools with students receiving a BEA award include: Asbury University, Illinois State University, Oklahoma City College, University of Florida, University of Kansas and the University of South Carolina.

BEA scholarships are awarded to outstanding students for study on campuses that are institutional members of the organization. The 2019-2020 scholarship competition begins in March 2018.

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. Established in 1955, initially as the Association for Professional Broadcast Education, more than 2,500 professors, students and media professionals are currently individual members and approximately 275 college and university departments and schools are institutional members.

To listen to WGLZ, go to 91.5 on the FM dial or stream it live on the web at westliberty.edu/wglz.

The broadcast major is in the College of Arts and Communication and Associate Professor of Broadcast Engineering Jeff Pfister is the program director. For more information, please contact Pfister at 304-336-8642. 

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WLU is National Finalist for NCAA Award http://westliberty.edu/news/news/wlu-national-finalist-ncaa-award/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:49:07 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10279 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – West Liberty University has been selected as a national finalist for the 2018 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, an honor recognizing campus and community engagement efforts over the past year. This marks the third time in recent years that the NCAA has recognized the university for the commitment of its student-athletes … Read More

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – West Liberty University has been selected as a national finalist for the 2018 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, an honor recognizing campus and community engagement efforts over the past year.

This marks the third time in recent years that the NCAA has recognized the university for the commitment of its student-athletes to provide positive life experiences for Ohio Valley youngsters. West Liberty was also a national finalist for the 2015 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence and was the West Virginia Conference’s winner of the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence in 2013.

“This is another tremendous honor for our university and our athletic department which once again shines a national spotlight on West Liberty’s long tradition of giving back to our community,” athletic director Lynn Ullom said.

“We take great pride and satisfaction in the efforts of Coach (Kayla) Mull and all of our student-athletes who participate in these events, not for the recognition but for the role it plays in their development as individuals along with the impact and inspiration they provide to the youth of our community.”

One of 19 schools and two conferences chosen as finalists for this year’s award, West Liberty was cited in recognition of the WLU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) bringing together multiple student-athletes from various sports to host the annual Blizzard Walk by All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville.

This was the fourth year the university had hosted the event, which was held on campus in the arena of the ASRC, and the first time the SAAC played an active role as part of their community service initiative.

Grade school students listen to directions before taking part in the Blizzard Walk, held in February 2017. 

Mull, WLU’s head volleyball coach and long-time SAAC advisor, said the Hilltopper student-athletes guided the elementary school students through various stations of physical activity including basketball, volleyball, frisbee toss, etc. and several SAAC members took time after lunch to talk to the participants about the things that are truly important to them as student-athletes at an NCAA Division II institution. Along with insights about the daily life of a collegiate athlete, the SAAC members shared their personal stories about how they became involved with their sport at a young age and why they chose to pursue it at a higher level.

“It was a great opportunity for our student-athletes to take an active role with the youth of the community in support of a great cause,” Mull said. “Interacting with the participants at such a personal level also reminded them of the time when they grew a passion for their own sport and enabled them to be an even stronger role model for the next generation.”

A committee of athletics administrators determined this year’s finalists, and the Division II SAAC will select the winner, which will be announced during the Division II business session at the 2018 NCAA Convention on Jan. 20 in Indianapolis.

Each finalist will receive a $500 grant. The winner will receive $1,500 and a nationally televised football or basketball game during the 2018-19 season. The first runner-up will receive $1,250, and the second runner-up will receive $1,000. All prize money is intended to be used for future community engagement activities.

West Liberty University is West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education and offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and 30 programs. Graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Education, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, the Master of Professional Studies, the Master of Science in Criminology, the online MBA and the new MA/MS in Biology. For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB or visit westliberty.edu.

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Fall 2017 Dean’s List http://westliberty.edu/news/news/fall-2017-deans-list/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:55:16 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10276 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 10, 2018 — West Liberty University announces its Dean’s List for outstanding academic performance during Fall Semester 2017. Students must attain a 3.50 grade point academic average and complete a minimum of 12 semester hours to qualify for this honor.  WEST VIRGINIA Albright: Seneca Manko. Alma: Katlyn Seckman, Lauren Smith. Baker: … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 10, 2018 — West Liberty University announces its Dean’s List for outstanding academic performance during Fall Semester 2017. Students must attain a 3.50 grade point academic average and complete a minimum of 12 semester hours to qualify for this honor. 

WEST VIRGINIA
Albright: Seneca Manko.
Alma: Katlyn Seckman, Lauren Smith.
Baker: Allison Seabright.
Barrackville: Evan Williams.
Beckley: Megan Belden, Savannah Belden.
Belmont: Lydia Watson.
Benwood: Coleton Berletch, Alyssa Minor, Joshua Smith.
Bethany: Rachel Krems.
Bethlehem: Luke Rapp.
Beverly: Madison Collett.
Bradley: Kaylee Hilliard.
Bridgeport: Meredith Garner, Jordan Lewis.
Buffalo: Cory Hoshor.
Bunker Hill: Jo Jurek.
Cameron: Alyssa Ebert, Josie Garland, Tiana Knowlton.
Chamco: Joshua Spurlock.
Charles Town: Autumn Carver, Kelsey Hayden, Charles Town: David Howard.
Charleston: Olivia Montgomery, Calesha Williamson.
Chester: Clayton Flowers, Rachel Halstead, Jeremy Monroe, Caitlyn Moore.
Clarksburg: Anna Malone, Quinetta Murphy, Hannah Phillips, Hannah Ramirez, Chaz Rodeheaver.
Cleveland: Joni Lake.
Colliers: Hunter Dulaney, Aaron Hudson, Jamie Meneely, Shyla Stroud, Cindy Wells.
Dallas: Linda Hall, Matthew Layton, Theresa Smith.
Elkins: Mikaela DeMotto.
Elkview: Isaac Deel.
Fairmont: Madeleine LaFollette, Sarah Lemley.
Falling Waters: Chad Grubb.
Follansbee: Gabrielle Bennett, Breona Brown, Kayla Bryant, Brent Kimball, Ash Leigh Negri, Jamie Pepe, Sasha Phillips, Christopher Rees, Lindsay Six, Travis Strader, Noah Teaff, Johanna Weiler, Chelsea Williams.
Friendly: Lenora Howell.
Gerrardstown: Courtney Snyder.
Glen Dale: Emily Anderson, Hayden Blazer, Brittany Blevins, Emily Clark, Kendrick Dobbs, Jane Helfer, Madyson Keller, Macey Lindner, Jaise Patrick, Isabella Pozell, Hope Ruza, Katherine Stamper, Paige Wallace.
Glen Easton: Emily McLean.
Glendale: Tyler DeBolt.
Grafton: Miranda Sandy.
Harpers Ferry: Jessica Ballard.
Harrisville: Rachel Haddox, Audrey Mossor.
Hedgesville: Mikayla Bayer, Ayana Feliciano.
Huntington: Riley Aulick, Brandon Morrison.
Hurricane: Carly Cunningham, Madeline Ebbert.
Jacksonburg: Devon Thompson.
Kenova: Loren Hall.
Keyser: David Boden.
Kingwood: Kate Mcclelland.
Lewisburg: Holly Miluk.
Lost Creek: Larrin Shriver.
Martinsburg: Mimi Albon, Miguel Diaz, Ingrid Young.
Maysville: Jacob Mauzy.
McMechen: Samantha Burciaga, Josephine Jarrett, Trey Miller, Gage Sutton, Ethan Watson, Nicole Wilson.
Mineral Wells: Emily Athey, Elena Knight.
Morgantown: Dylan Anderson, Callie Carroll, Benjamin Taylor, Kaitlyn Westerman,
Moundsville: Savannah Allen, Emily Artimez, Abbey Bauer, Dakota Burge, Charles Bursee, Moriah Chicoine, Morgan Dobbs, Gregory Fahnestock, Taylor Feiock, Cheyanne Fitzpatrick, Michael Games, Andrea Garrison, Kaitlynn Hewitt, Sarah Johnson, Kaitlyn Jones, Eli Lambie, Lane LeMasters, Cheyenne Meeks, Alan Miller, Danielle Minder, Hannah Morris, Melissa O’Donnell, Devin Overholt, Sarah Rogers, Rachel Rotriga, Laral Saunders, Branson Sawinski, Haley Sessums, Kaytlin Shockey, Dakotah Spencer, Hannah Stevey, Zoe Stoffel, Hannah Thomas, Chandler Wayn, Roger Wells, Dylan Wilkerson.
Mount Alto: Samaria Oiler.
New Creek: Samantha Snyder.
New Cumberland: Michelle Campbell, Mackenzie Jacobs, Natasha Jobe, Gabrielle Lemley, Ty Logston, MaClay Moore, Emilee Phillips, Ashley Pryor, Breydi Shenton, William Waggoner, Joshua Weltner.
New Martinsville: Emily Berisford, Rachel Cecil, Taylor Cline, Laken Curtis, Michael Dantrassy, Matthew Durig, Lindsey Eddy, Hannah Eller, Sydney Hale, Zachary Haught, Taylor Hess, Thomas Ledergerber, Patricia Loy, Deryn McCardle, Townsend Midcap, Jon Moore, Jacob Pancake, Sean Philp, Justin Rice, Miklyn Richmond, Heather Riley, Brianna Ritz, Kayla Robinson, Shelby Sands, Jentry Shultz, Summer Timbs, Logan Watson, Kimberley Whiteman, Shannon Williams.
Nutter Fort: Thomas Simons.
Oak Hill: Molly Hickman.
WV Paden City: Victoria Anderson, Drew Bidwell, Lindsay Bohrer, Taylor Cosper, Adam Croasmun, Alexandria Glover, Jennifer Hickman, Amber Neff, Carlyn Slider, Vanessa Smith, Kandy Stephen.
Parkersburg: Autumn Allman, Megan Bosley, Lauren Brown, Megan Bumgardner, Leah Craw, Chad Richards, Mackenzie Sims, Abigail Wilson.
Parsons: Melanie Adams, Justin Fike.
Paw Paw: Jessica Willis.
Petersburg: Marley Thompson.
Philippi: Gabriella Saporito, Lavender Stockton.
Proctor: Raven Bonnette, Randi Efaw.
Red House: Kaitlyn Higginbotham,
Ridgeley: Katie Beeman,
Ronceverte: Amy Rawson.
Saint Albans: Briana Hammack, Caleb Martin.
Salem: Lauren Welsh.
Shanks: Rebekah Teter.
Shenandoah Junction: Michael Ehrenberg, Lauryn Fridley.
Shepherdstown: Catena Wilson.
Sistersville: Hannah Ankrom, Kristen O’Neil.
South Charleston: Sarah Bodnar.
Sutton: Christopher Lloyd.
Terra Alta: Ashley Cole, Gabrielle Gank, Corey Riner.
Thornton: Cheyenne Baker.
Triadelphia: Rebecca Beiter, WV Triadelphia: Desirae Clutter, WV Triadelphia: Chad Heckler, WV Triadelphia: Devon Kalo, WV Triadelphia: Jada Midget, WV Triadelphia: Angelica Templeton.
Valley Grove: Skylar Carrington, WV Valley Grove: Justin Hibbs, WV Valley Grove: Clay McDonald.
Vienna: Mackenzie Boone, WV Vienna: Alexandra Olson, WV Vienna: Courtney Stackpole.
Wadestown: Rebecca Tennant.
Walker: Kayle Hollister.
Washington: Lydia Mathers.
Waverly: Megan Sayre.
Weirton: Ashley Alleman, Francesca Altomare, Ronald Bane, Sayde Beagle, Monica Bragg, James Cassiadoro, Christina Conforti, Tyler Conrad, Adam Davis, Micah DiBacco, Cody Enrietti, Ericka Fonner, Dominique Gilbert, Tricia Guglielmo, Alexis Hardrow, John Heiserman, Kayla Hinchee, Kendall Hukill, Elaine Klar, Taylor Long, Amy Marosz, Michael Mudrick, Aaron Nard, Mackenzie Rossi, Jenna Simon, Brenna Smith, Clarissa Tournay, Alexis Turner-Davis, Anthony Veltri, Mitchell Viakley, Tina Viakley, Noah Woods, Michelle Yadrick.
Wellsburg: Janette Adkins, Olivia Best, Haley Bowman, Destiny Brown, Alexandra Burdick, Delaynie Campinelli, Erin Conaway, Christopher Cronin, Carlotta Cross, Rebecca Goedert, Kaleigh Hendrickson, Tristan Kowcheck, Megan Lees, Amanda McGary, Hannah Mozingo, Ryan Mozingo, Jennifer Myers, Ryan Smurthwaite, Ethan Sole, Destiny Walsh.
West Liberty: Marissa Brown, Genevieve Fields, Thomas Westbrook.
Wheeling: Lindsay Black, Rose Archey, Emily Armstrong, Jenna Asbury, Abigail Baranski, Christian Beall, Sydney Bennington, Keith Brammer, Brandon Brown, Joshua Burch, Gabrielle Burriss, Alycia Callahan, Ashton Carroll, Courtney Carter, Jessica Childers, Allie Cook, Carson Corrick, Emma Cortopassi, Stephanie Courts, Taylor Couture, Alison Craig, Jarrett Delbrugge, Justin Delbrugge, Katarina Donzella, Stephen Dougherty, John Duff, Jordan Eikey, Zadok Eniss, Jonah Estep, Cassandra Famoso, Devyn Ferguson, Kristin Fisher, Samantha Force, Madeline Frank, Alexandra Franke, Kaitlin Franke, Destinee Frye, Audra Furka, Robert Gillette, Kyle Gilson, Debra Grall, Megan Griffin, Abbey Griffith, Taylor Hartman, Alyse Hauch, Caleb Hedrick, Parker Henry, Collin Hlad, Hayley Hollandsworth, Jonathan Howard, Amanda Huntsman, Logan Ingram, Adam Jarrett, Joel Jarrett, Taylor Jasko, Kendra Johnson, Klara Kabuth, Christian Kaftanic, Robert Kettlewell, Muhammad Khan, Patrick King, Katie Kota, Keren Lubembo, Dalton Mattern, Jewlina Matthews, Faith McCardle, Robert McConnell, Josie McCoy, Andrew McGlynn, Mollie Merinar, Carrie Miller, Chalmer Moffett, Isaiah Myers, Nicholas Nardone, Nicholas Nestor, Harrison Nick, Maria Christine Pangilinan, Annabella Paree, Alexandria Parker, Amber Parsons, Jasmine Paxton, Lee Peluchette, Kara Pfeifer, Kunanon Pitikultham, Abigail Reeves, Brandon Rehm, Alexis Ricker, Gabriel Rohmann, Emma Romanek, Cierra Rueckle, Emily Salvatori, Breanna Sayre, Stephen Schlegel, Sierra Schmidli, Maria Schmitt, Erin Schuler, Lindsey Schuler, Aimee Schultz, Jessica Schultz, Austin Schwanenberger, Joseph Seabright, Isaiah Selmon-Miller, Muhammad Sherazi, Samantha Shipley, Brittany Shuba, Jason Sivert, Luke Snedeker, Mary Stahl, Kadie Stanford, Kendahl Stanley, Angela Stevens, Sydnie Stewart, Kevin Stryker, Emily Toland, Justin Vargo, Joseph Waddell, Taylor Warren, Kaleigh Wiethe, Heather Williams, Colten Wright, Jacob Yoho, Carrie Yost, Cassidy Young, Zachary Ziolkowski, Christina Zoeckler.
Williamstown: Ashton Chancellor, Jocelyn Hively.

OHIO
Adena: Joshua DeLong.
Akron: Julie Samarigan.
Amsterdam: Skylar Fankhauser.
Ashville: Taylor Curry.
Beallsville: Madison Neiswonger, Katherine Phillips, Levi Phillips.
Bellaire: Brennon Conroy, Robert Kovalyk, Dylan Marling.
Belmont: Abby Bizzarri.
Bergholz: Cheyenne Matta.
Bethesda: Jessica Gulisek, Kylie Russell, Abby Stenger.
Bloomingdale: Sheila Caniff, Ryan Stackhouse.
Bridgeport: Jenna Bugaj, Kayla Hungerman, Corey Knollinger, Alexis Willis.
Brookville: Sydney Scherer.
Cadiz: Lindsay Dowdle, Nicholas Freese.
Caldwell: Alexis Waller.
Cambridge: Cheyann Fehrman.
Canton: Dalton Davis.
Centerburg: Renee Lemke.
Centerville: Keegan Saben.
Circleville: Laura Cartwright.
Clarington: Erika Logston.
Clinton: Austyn Todd.
Coolville: Lisa Snyder.
Coshocton: Kiana Crider.
Crooksville: Jalyn Bolyard, Elliot Collins, Trevor Piccone.
Dellroy: Madeline Russell.
Dillonvale: Rebecca Petersen.
Dover: Olivia Belknap, Austin Yackey.
Flushing: Zachary Clemens, Cassidy Simonson, Ashley Stewart.
Gnadenhutten: Dalton Bolon, Alexis Pasquinelli.
Howard: Ridge Durbin.
Hudson: Olivia Baumhoer.
Independence: Kailee Cunningham.
Irondale: Danah Beaver, Charles Henry.
Jewett: Alexis Watkins.
Marietta: Jonysa Bradford.
Martins Ferry: Olivia Bailer, Shelby Boehm, Jessica Eimer, Shelby Poludniak , Gage Pyles, Shane Sneddon, Maria Tracy, Bryanna Vickers.
Massillon: Timothy Moody,
Mentor: Kelly Mullins.
Millersport: Lindsey Eclebery.
Mingo Junction: Hailee Hoover, Preslie Renforth.
Morristown: Andrew Mehler.
Mount Pleasant: Boyd Walker.
New Lexington: Sydney Nicholson.
New Matamoras: Jodie Springer.
Newark: Megan Stanton.
North Canton: Alenna Farina.
North Lewisburg: Haley Miller.
Poland: Charley Troggio.
Powell: Makayla Schaefer.
Rayland: Anthony Barsch, Melissa Kovalsky, Kylee Panepucci.
Richmond: Charli McConnell, Paige Winland.
Roseville: Madison Clayton.
Saint Clairsville: Jack Clarke, Joel Porter.
Salem: Mason Hamilton.
Shadyside: Walker Polivka, Rowan Clouston, Abbey Cusick, John Ferrelli, Carrie Kaluger, Jacob Persinger.
Shelby: Madison Barnes.
St Clairsville: Kristen Sikorsky, OH St. Clairsville: Tyler Blomquist, OH St. Clairsville: Fionna Brooks, OH St. Clairsville: Corey Ernest, OH St. Clairsville: Deneka Szafran
Steubenville: Logan Colabella, Kayla Collier, Anthony Craig, Glory Dami, Robert DeVaul, Alexandria Foremaster, Benjamin Hlivko, Emily Ighnat, Ashley Martin, Alexis Mastroianni, Michael Pierro, Patrick Spiess, Mallorie Sullivan.
Struthers: McKenna Shives.
Tiltonsville: Kaitlyn Brown, Taylor Jones.
Toronto: Cari Horne, Hayley Mumaw, Kalie Yasho.
Uhrichsville: Caitlin Clarke.
Vincent: Evan French.
Waynesburg: Cortney Huffman.
West Lafayette: Brittany Bradford, Audrey Tingle, Emilie Wesney.
Westerville: Quinton Jones, Samantha Kilbane.
Wintersville: Lydia Betancourt, Cody Durbin, John Engle, Brenda Hilson, Chloe Pieniazek, Emily Todoroff, Amber Travis, Skylyn Wright.
Woodsfield: Madelyn Craig, Anna Turner.
Wooster: Sarah Windom.

PENNSYLVANIA:
Avella: Amber Clingenpeel, Patricia Conn, Abigail Dobbin.
Belle Vernon: Caitlin Nicholson.
Bridgeville: Samantha Smith, Ryan Wolf.
Butler: Kaelyn Oskin.
Carmichaels: Priscilla Larson.
Claysville: Shane Powell.
Cochranton: Rachel Hall.
Evans City: Caitlin Devries.
Finleyville: Hannah Lynch.
Glassport: Dayton Goodrum.
Hickory: Destinee Davis.
Houston: Gregory Felton, Garrett Vulcano.
McDonald: Samantha Merriman, Kathryn Nelson.
Monaca: Mary Horzempa.
Monroeville: Alexandra Warsaw.
Mount Pleasant: Kaitlyn Gorton, Marcus Malara.
Oil City: Grace Siegfried.
Pittsburgh: Michelle Bourkab, Audrey Eisel, Johanna Eisel, Savanah Lilly, Aaron Majiros, Miranda Snell, Katelyn Yauch.
Sewickley: Thanna Oddo.
Venetia: Maggie Simon.
Washington: Bailee Dugan, Jessica McNicholas, Alexandra Russo.
West Mifflin: Danielle Hasson.
White Oak: Jacob Ward.

OTHER STATES

ALABAMA – Vestavia Hills: Audrey Meloun, Sarah Meloun. CALIFORNIA – Kingsburg: Savanna Sieger. Redding: Gavin Harrell. Torrance: Jacob Kalama. FLORIDA – Naples: Kylee Carcione. Rockledge: Jennifer Trikones. Royal Palm Beach: Joseph Ierulli. INDIANA – Ellettsville: Kendall Souder. MARYLAND – Clarksburg: Logan Arneson. Frederick: Kathryn Dragan. Frostburg: Sydney Bennett, Maria Ganoe. Saint Leonard: Zachary Kirkwood. silver Spring: Meagan Ford. Williamsport: Aaron Koons. MICHIGAN – Milford: Amanda Leonard, Stephanie Leonard. MISSOURI – Springfield: Shannon McDermott. NORTH CAROLINA – Holly Springs: Amanda Tamplen. NEW YORK – Brooklyn: Shane Phillips. TENNESSEE – Springfield: Susan Smith. TEXAS – Austin: Callaway Barr. VIRGINIA – Alexandria: Osman Kargbo. Fairfax: Kelsey Coss.

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA – Wynnum West: James Griffin. CHINA – Hangzhou: Yijing Shen. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Kinshasa: Leonce Lutete. FRANCE – Chateaubriant Pays-de-Loire: Florian Dupuis. GERMANY – Frankfurt Am Main: Lisa Marie Nachtwey. Heinsberg: Johannes Jansen. JAPAN – Suita: Ryota Nakagi. NEPAL – Kathmandu: Adwit Lamichhane. NIGERIA – Surulere: Babatunde Abidemi Oyebade. PAKISTAN – Kasur: Haseeb Ashfaq. POLAND – Zabrze: Katarzyna Nowakowska. RUSSIA – Moscow: Albina Gilmieva. Novosibirsk: Anastasia Ovchinnikova. Tyumen: Aleksandra Veshkurtseva. Ufa: Ekaterina Pinchuk. SPAIN – Murcia: Ana Berbel. TUNISIA – Sfax: Abir Farhat. TURKMENISTAN – Turmenabat: Natalya Muhametzyanova.

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Alumnus Designs Steelers’ Cleats http://westliberty.edu/news/news/alumnus-designs-steelers-cleats/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:55 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10270 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2018 — Former West Liberty University wide receiver Vinnie Candelore recently made headlines with the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Steelers in a rather unique fashion. The 2013 WLU graduate custom designed and painted the cleats worn by Steeler tight end Jesse James during the Steelers’ Week 13 win against Cincinnati as part … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2018 — Former West Liberty University wide receiver Vinnie Candelore recently made headlines with the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Steelers in a rather unique fashion.

The 2013 WLU graduate custom designed and painted the cleats worn by Steeler tight end Jesse James during the Steelers’ Week 13 win against Cincinnati as part of a National Football League charity initiative.

James, a Penn State alumnus, supported the THON charity as part of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative. THON is the Penn State student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer.

Anthony Defeo told the story of the collaboration between Candelore and James on the popular Steelers’ blog, behindthesteelcurtain.com.

“Jesse grew up about 10 minutes from my house, we both played football and we had a lot of mutual friends. Last year, when the NFL started the “My Cause My Cleats” movement, Jesse was in search of an artist and one of our mutual friends connected us. This is actually the second year I did the cleats for him,” explained Candelore, who is now a resident of Charlotte, N.C.

Alumnus Vinnie Candelore

Working as a freelance graphic designer and artist, he paints everything from bike helmets, cleats, shoes and more.

“Just about anything that can be painted, I’ve painted. I use a special kind of paint that is very durable and can decorate any kind of shoe. It has been a trial and error effort over the years but people order shoes on my website and have been happy with the result. They can last years sometimes.”

Candelore played three years of football at West Liberty, graduating with a degree in Art Education. He became familiar with athletic shoes and gear while working at Finish Line and also designs custom uniforms. He even designed the Hilltopper basketball team’s practice gear last year.

“It was cool to work with my alma mater,” Candelore said. “(Football) assistant coach Jeff Monteroso put me in contact with (basketball) Coach Howlett and I was able to design and produce the custom uniforms through the company that I work for regularly called Assist 2 Score.”

Candelore designed these last season for the Hilltoppers.

“Vinnie is one of the nicest, most genuine people and was an excellent student. He based his senior exhibition in the Nutting Gallery around the redesign of professional sports team uniforms, as well as reimagining WLU’s football uniform. It’s exciting to see how he has continued expanding his skill set and is enjoying a creative career,” said Brian Fencl, WLU associate professor of art and Candelore’s former professor.

Despite having relocated to North Carolina, Candelore’s family remains in Pittsburgh so he’s often in the area and remains a fan of West Liberty sports. “I’m always returning to visit family, especially at the holidays,” he said, “and every chance I get to watch the Hilltoppers, I take it.”

To see more of Candelore’s designs or order your own pair of custom shoes, please visit his webpage, candelorecustoms.com.

To read the original article covering his artistic work with the Steelers, click here.

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New Year Brings More Global Learning http://westliberty.edu/news/news/new-year-brings-global-learning/ Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:39:29 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10258 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 1, 2018 — Study abroad is growing and students now have a German partnership that will expand their opportunity for global learning. “West Liberty University is pleased to offer our students and all West Virginia college students a chance to study at the prestigious Julius-Maximilians​ University. This new partnership strengthens our … Read More

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President Stephen Greiner signs the Memorandum of Understanding with Julius-Maximillans University while Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas looks on.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 1, 2018 — Study abroad is growing and students now have a German partnership that will expand their opportunity for global learning.

“West Liberty University is pleased to offer our students and all West Virginia college students a chance to study at the prestigious Julius-Maximilians​ University. This new partnership strengthens our study abroad program and offers a chance to study at a major European university established in 1402,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president.

Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas orchestrated the arrangement between WLU and the Julius-Maximilians​ University (JMU), located in the picturesque Bavarian region of Würzburg, Germany. She is program director of the Community Education degree program, an accelerated bachelor’s degree program offered by the College of Education and Human Performance.

A member of the WLU internationalization committee, Douglas has been involved in study abroad programs since she joined the faculty. Originally from Würzburg, she is excited to offer this expansion.

“West Liberty University’s internationalization committee works hard to find ways to increase the learning trips that our students can take while studying here at WLU. I am grateful to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy​ Commission for providing the grant that made th​e Würzbur​g​ program possible for statewide student population. It is a wonderful chance to experience a cosmopolitan university in a major European region,” she said.

The first study abroad trip under the umbrella of ​this partnership will take place from July 11 – 25, 2018.

Image from a previous trip to Würzburg.

Douglas previously took a WLU student group to Würzburg in the summers of 2015 and 2016 but it was on her own without benefit of the partnership. Sixteen students participated in the first trip and six in the second and both enjoyed sightseeing and study for about two weeks.

“I know the area well. It is beautiful and the university is huge. Students will take side trips to other cities like Bamberg, Heidelberg, Munich and Nurembe​rg. The University is very innovative and has a rich tradition that claims 14 Nobel Lauriates — one is Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, the scientist who discovered x-rays!”

A public research university, J​MU enrolls 28,000 students and 2,300 of its students are from abroad, according to its website. It offers more than 200 programs of study.

Douglas contacted JMU International Affairs Professor Dr. Juline Bobineau and worked with him to create the new partnership. The official memorandum was formalized in November.

“Both WLU’s international office under the direction of Mia Szabo and the international affairs office at JMU were instrumental in assisting me with the details of the arrangement. I am looking forward to the educational experience that our students will receive as they travel to this major University and region. Other things that will evolve include faculty exchanges​ ​and semester abroad programs.”

The memorandum allows for three things: student study abroad for a two-week summer intensive program, semester-long trips for either J​MU students coming to WLU or vice-a-versa, and a faculty exchange program for professors to switch places.

Resting a bit in a picturesque German city square.

“International travel and study can change the way a person thinks and sees the world, so it is a wonderful thing for all of us. Many​ of ​J​MU’s classes are taught in English, so there are English language options too,” she said.

JMU professor, Dr. Peter Suess, also was instrumental in the development of the partnership, according to Douglas.

“He is program director of the WELP (Würzburg English Language Program) and gave us guided university tours and guest lectures and will be teaching students in our study-abroad program during the summer.”

The new partnership supports the recent announcement of WLU’s new major, Teaching English and Global Education, which is now offered in the College of Education and Human Performance. Students in this major will benefit especially from the German language immersion and cultural exposure of this new study abroad program, according to Douglas.

Douglas was born in Esselbach, located about 30 minutes away from J​MU. Her parents still reside there and her brother, Alexander, works in Munich for BMW.

She first arrived in the Mountain State in 2004 and attended West Virginia University as she earned her master and doctoral degrees. In 2012 she joined the faculty of WLU, where she is the director of the Community Education program. She is married to Jaro​d Douglas, ​Assistant United States attorney and they have one child, Helena.

Students who participate in the trip to Germany earn 3 – 4 hours of academic credit in two weeks and any student from a university or college in the state of West Virginia is eligible to participate. For more information on the study abroad trip to Germany, please contact her at 304-336-8561 or miriam.douglas@westliberty.edu or click here for an application form. More information also can be found on its Facebook page

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WLU Thanks Retirees http://westliberty.edu/news/news/wlu-thanks-retirees/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:00:03 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10249 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Dec. 21, 2017 — Six employees of West Liberty University are retiring from their professional duties this December. “We wish our retiring employees all the best in their future and invite them to return to the Hilltop often,” said President Stephen Greiner recently at a reception held in honor of retiring Chief … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Dec. 21, 2017 — Six employees of West Liberty University are retiring from their professional duties this December.

“We wish our retiring employees all the best in their future and invite them to return to the Hilltop often,” said President Stephen Greiner recently at a reception held in honor of retiring Chief Information Officer Jim Clark.

President Stephen Greiner congratulates retiring Chief Information Officer Jim Clark.

Clark served the university for 16 years, managing IT employees and all information technology issues. Most recently, he played a leadership role in the $800,000 upgrade to the campus wireless service, which has increased Internet speed and availability significantly across campus and at all athletic events.

Other retirees for 2017 include:

  • Assistant Professor of Art Robert Villamagna of Wheeling, who served 20 years in the College of Arts and Communication.
  • Associate Professor of Art Nancy Tirone of Triadelphia, who served 37 years in the College of Arts and Communication.
  • Trades Specialist Jeffrey Basil of Wheeling, who served 35 years in the Physical Plant working as a skilled craftsman.
  • Director of Distance Learning Ann Rose, of North Fort Myers, Fla., who served 17 years in administration.
  • Administrative Secretary Jody Bobek of St. Clairsville, Ohio, who served for seven and 1/2 years.

From left, art faculty Bob Villamanga and Nancy Tirone share some memories.

All December retirees will be honored at an end-of-year reception planned for May 2018.

As of December 2017, West Liberty University employed 287 individuals, which includes faculty and staff, both full and part time. Its website can be accessed at westliberty.edu/human-resources.

Established in 1837, West Liberty University is a public university offering nearly 70 undergraduate majors and 30 programs. Graduate programs include master degrees in education, physician assistant studies, criminology, biology, professional studies and an online MBA. Please call 1.866.WESTLIB or click westliberty.edu.

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Wish Tree Reflects True Meaning of Giving http://westliberty.edu/news/news/wish-tree-reflects-true-meaning-giving/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:18:50 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10245 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Dec. 18, 2017 — West Liberty University employees and students displayed and nurtured a Wish Tree as the school gathered gifts for those in need. “We had 76 tags on the tree and all were taken by faculty, staff, administration, and students. We are happy to help spread Christmas joy in this … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Dec. 18, 2017 — West Liberty University employees and students displayed and nurtured a Wish Tree as the school gathered gifts for those in need.

“We had 76 tags on the tree and all were taken by faculty, staff, administration, and students. We are happy to help spread Christmas joy in this way and make a few wishes come true,” said Rhonda Tysk, admissions counselor who has worked at West Liberty for nearly 30 years.

From left, Rhonda Tysk and Stephanie North stand amid the gifts collected by the Wish Tree.

The tree is displayed in the Enrollment Management Center on the first floor of historic Shaw Hall. WLU sponsored three different organizations:  the Children’s Home of Wheeling, St. Johns Home for Children, and Crittenton Services in Wheeling, all known for their work with children and families.

“Additionally, this year the employees of our Human Resource Office went together to sponsor a complete family for the holidays. The information about the family was shared with us from Crittenton Services and it was a meaningful way for WLU to share the holiday spirit,” she said.

The family included four boys, ages 2, 7, 12 and 17, and the four HR employees purchased an outfit for each child, along with several requested gifts.

Each tag on the tree included the name of a child or young adult and their Christmas wish. Employees and students who chose to participate then selected a gift tag, purchased a new item valued at $25 – $30 and placed the gift tag on their gift before returning it to the Enrollment Services Center.

Tysk has coordinated the Wish Tree for 27 years and this year she was assisted by Stephanie North, also an admissions representative.

They estimate that the dollar amount of the donation is approximately $2,300.

“All of the organizations that we sponsor are so grateful to the employees and students of West Liberty University for their generosity and we are grateful for this meaningful chance to spread the real magic of Christmas,” she added. The gifts were delivered to each organization at the end of last week. 

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