Academics https://westliberty.edu/academics Welcome to Your Future Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Environmental Education Week Grows Sustainability https://westliberty.edu/news/news/environmental-education-week-grows-sustainability/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:00:18 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10658 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 18, 2018 — West Liberty University is increasing its sustainability efforts this year as it plans a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, Monday – Friday, April 23 – 27. The Environmental Education Week was planned by the Environmental Education subcommittee of the WLU Sustainability Committee, chaired by Dr. Vishakha Maskey, and … Read More

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Trail walks will be a part of the day on Wednesday, April 25 and will start just behind Boyd Hall.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 18, 2018 — West Liberty University is increasing its sustainability efforts this year as it plans a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, Monday – Friday, April 23 – 27.

The Environmental Education Week was planned by the Environmental Education subcommittee of the WLU Sustainability Committee, chaired by Dr. Vishakha Maskey, and includes a variety of events, many open to the public. Other member of the Environmental Education subcommittee include Dr. James Wood and Director of the Center for Arts and Education Lou Karas.

“The committee works hard to promote Earth Day on campus and is pleased to sponsor a week of educational activities. The big day for WLU will be Wednesday, April 25 with a daylong program of lectures, demonstrations and campus involvement,” said Keith Kazcor, chairman of the Sustainability Committee and a Trades Specialist in the Physical Plant. Also serving on the Sustainability Committee are: Professor Aron Massey, Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, Dr. Anna Stephan-Robinson and Dr. Maskey.

Activities planned for the week of green education include:

Monday

  • 10 a.m. lecture on Creating Sustainability Culture with Dr. Maskey, Alumni Room, College Union
  • 11 a.m., Watersheds Link Us Together: Fresh water, safe water and the future with Dr. James Wood, Alumni Room, College Union
  • 11:30 a.m. lecture on Water Quality in Wheeling and Short Creeks, with student Emma McClelland

Tuesday

  • 12:30 p.m. lecture with Dr. Zachary Loughman, Alumni Room, College Union
  • 3 p.m. Campus Clean-up, meets at Beta Hall parking lot

Wednesday

  • 10 a.m. April 25 President Stephen Greiner will welcome everyone and get the day in the College Union.
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Environmental Education Day includes approximately 20 businesses or individuals set-up booth style to share information, examples include: Grow Ohio Valley, Trane of Pittsburgh, Bike Wheeling and the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University and Warwood Farmers Market.
  • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m Trail walks along the WLU campus trails take place and meet near Boyd Hall. Participants are asked to wear appropriate shoes since much of the trail is wooded and unpaved. This trail expansion is a work in progress that is a result of this year’s Outdoor Learning Spaces Exploratory Committee’s work.
  • WGLZ student radio station presents National Vinylthon 2018 all day long
  • 3 p.m. lecture on West Virginia Sun with student Autumn Long, Alumni Room, College Union.

Thursday, April 26

  • Noon, lecture on Native Plant and Pollinators and the Exotic Invasive Plants Fueling their Decline with Dr. James Wood, Alumni Room, College Union.

Friday, April 27

  • 10 a.m. lecture on Almost Level West Virginia: Political Ecologies of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining with Aron Massey, Alumni Room, College Union.
  • 11 a.m. lecture on Future Directions of West Liberty University with Mark Swiger, Alumni Room, College Union.

The Sustainability Committee is divided into recycling and social media, data and energy, environmental education and outdoor learning spaces. A continuation of the former President’s Council on Sustainability, WLU’s green effort officially began in 2008.

“We’ve strengthened our identity this year as we look to new and future goals. We stress that sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. We launched a real campaign and created videos on green,” Kazcor explained.

One of the biggest pushes is capitalizing on the rural nature of the hilltop campus, which includes many trees and open spaces.

The Outdoor Learning Spaces Exploratory committee is chaired by Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas and it has been discussing ways to incorporate the natural world into the classroom setting.

“We are developing an outdoor-learning space and walking trail in an area of campus that is wooded and used very little. It is very exciting and will benefit our campus in a variety of ways,” said Douglas.

Many other changes are in the works, like adding ropes courses, team building and adventure activities

Other members of the Outdoor Learning Spaces Exploratory Committee are Director of the Center for Arts and Education Lou Karas, Dr. Catherine Monteroso, Dr. Anna Stephan-Robinson, Director of Student Activities Kate Billings, Dr. James Wood, Graduate Teaching Assistant in Community Education Ramsay Core, Graduate Assistant in Biology Audrey Sykes, Graduate Assistant in Biology Daniel Meyer, Dr. Zachary Loughman, Dr. Jason Metz, Professor Kathleen Wack, volunteer Mark Swiger and Outdoor Education student Hannah Benner.

For more information on the sustainability work, follow @wlurecycle on Twitter and Instagram.   

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Regional Science & Engineering Fair Inspires Scientific Discovery https://westliberty.edu/news/news/regional-science-engineering-fair-inspires-scientific-discovery/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:24:46 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10688 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 17, 2018 — The annual West Liberty Regional Science & Engineering Fair, sponsored by Southwestern Energy will take place on Saturday, April 21. “West Liberty University’s College of Sciences is pleased to continue to offer the annual fair as an active way to encourage scientific investigation and  allow youngsters to experience the … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 17, 2018 — The annual West Liberty Regional Science & Engineering Fair, sponsored by Southwestern Energy will take place on Saturday, April 21.

From left (standing) Southwestern Energy employees Bob Laine, Chris Flanagan and Mike Yates, (seated) President Stephen Greiner, Southwestern Energy’s Amy Dobkin and Karen Kettler (chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics).

“West Liberty University’s College of Sciences is pleased to continue to offer the annual fair as an active way to encourage scientific investigation and  allow youngsters to experience the thrill of scientific discovery. We thank Southwestern Energy for its continued support of this tradition,” said Dr. Zachary Loughman who coordinated the fair. Loughman is an associate professor of biology/zoology/ecology at West Liberty University and is known for his work classifying crayfish.

“Southwestern Energy is impressed with West Liberty’s work and the quality of its science education. We are happy to partner with the university in this important way,” said Amy Dobkin, who is Southwestern Energy Community Relations manager.

The day gets started at 8:30 a.m. with registration in Campbell Hall of Health Sciences, followed by exhibit set-up and judging. The awards ceremony concludes the day of science activity and is planned for 3 p.m. in Kelly Theatre.

Also taking place, from 12:30 – 2:30 p .m., will be special activities provided by Wheeling’s SMART Center and Oglebay’s Good Zoo.

Open to inquisitive minds in grades 6 – 12, all competition and poster displays take place in Campbell Hall of Health Sciences. The springtime format is a result of the recent teachers’ strike, which changed Ohio County Schools scheduling from its usual February date.

Any student or group of students from Jefferson and Belmont counties in Ohio and Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, were invited to take part in the fair. Applications were completed online to register for the event.

Students compete for category awards, special awards, and an opportunity to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Senior Division Grand Prize winner receives, in addition to numerous category and special awards, an all-expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where they will compete for $1.4 million in scholarships and cash prizes at the International Fair. A second Regional Fair competitor will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the International Fair as an observer.

For more information, contact Dr. Loughman at 304-336-8923 or visit westliberty.edu/college-of-sciences.

WLU’s College of Sciences prides itself on its student-focused teaching, learning and research environment dedicated to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

Most recently, it was honored when Dr. Joseph Horzempa, associate professor of biology, was named the 2017 West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. This marked the second time that a WLU College of Sciences professor won the prestigious honor. The previous honoree was Dr. Loughman in 2014.

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Regional Science & Engineering Fair Inspires Scientific Discovery https://westliberty.edu/news/news/regional-science-engineering-fair-inspires-scientific-discovery/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:24:46 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10688 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 17, 2018 — The annual West Liberty Regional Science & Engineering Fair, sponsored by Southwestern Energy will take place on Saturday, April 21. “West Liberty University’s College of Sciences is pleased to continue to offer the annual fair as an active way to encourage scientific investigation and  allow youngsters to experience the … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 17, 2018 — The annual West Liberty Regional Science & Engineering Fair, sponsored by Southwestern Energy will take place on Saturday, April 21.

From left (standing) Southwestern Energy employees Bob Laine, Chris Flanagan and Mike Yates, (seated) President Stephen Greiner, Southwestern Energy’s Amy Dobkin and Karen Kettler (chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics).

“West Liberty University’s College of Sciences is pleased to continue to offer the annual fair as an active way to encourage scientific investigation and  allow youngsters to experience the thrill of scientific discovery. We thank Southwestern Energy for its continued support of this tradition,” said Dr. Zachary Loughman who coordinated the fair. Loughman is an associate professor of biology/zoology/ecology at West Liberty University and is known for his work classifying crayfish.

“Southwestern Energy is impressed with West Liberty’s work and the quality of its science education. We are happy to partner with the university in this important way,” said Amy Dobkin, who is Southwestern Energy Community Relations manager.

The day gets started at 8:30 a.m. with registration in Campbell Hall of Health Sciences, followed by exhibit set-up and judging. The awards ceremony concludes the day of science activity and is planned for 3 p.m. in Kelly Theatre.

Also taking place, from 12:30 – 2:30 p .m., will be special activities provided by Wheeling’s SMART Center and Oglebay’s Good Zoo.

Open to inquisitive minds in grades 6 – 12, all competition and poster displays take place in Campbell Hall of Health Sciences. The springtime format is a result of the recent teachers’ strike, which changed Ohio County Schools scheduling from its usual February date.

Any student or group of students from Jefferson and Belmont counties in Ohio and Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, were invited to take part in the fair. Applications were completed online to register for the event.

Students compete for category awards, special awards, and an opportunity to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Senior Division Grand Prize winner receives, in addition to numerous category and special awards, an all-expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where they will compete for $1.4 million in scholarships and cash prizes at the International Fair. A second Regional Fair competitor will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the International Fair as an observer.

For more information, contact Dr. Loughman at 304-336-8923 or visit westliberty.edu/college-of-sciences.

WLU’s College of Sciences prides itself on its student-focused teaching, learning and research environment dedicated to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

Most recently, it was honored when Dr. Joseph Horzempa, associate professor of biology, was named the 2017 West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. This marked the second time that a WLU College of Sciences professor won the prestigious honor. The previous honoree was Dr. Loughman in 2014.

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Hilltop Players Ends the Season with Shakespearean Tragedy https://westliberty.edu/news/news/hilltop-players-ends-the-season-with-shakespearean-tragedy/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:18:04 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10683 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 16, 2018 — West Liberty University Hilltop Players concludes the 2017-2018 theater season with William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” The production opens at 7:30 p.m., April 19 in Kelly Theatre and continues at 7:30 p.m., April 20-21 and at 3 p.m., April 22. One of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, “Romeo and … Read More

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The Romeo and Juliet poster was designed by Mimi Albon, a student in the Visual Communication Design program.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 16, 2018 — West Liberty University Hilltop Players concludes the 2017-2018 theater season with William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” The production opens at 7:30 p.m., April 19 in Kelly Theatre and continues at 7:30 p.m., April 20-21 and at 3 p.m., April 22.

One of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, “Romeo and Juliet” follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter and is directed by Associate Professor of Theater Michael Aulick.

Written in 16th century, the story of young lovers resonates with the audiences across the world and has been repeated endlessly in music, ballet and film, including the famous contemporary musical adaptation “West Side Story.”

The plot revolves around two feuding families and Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers who try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old as cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.

The cast includes Dan White as Romeo, Destiny Walsh as Lord Montague, Alex Franke as Benvolio, Alex Burdick as Juliet, Alex Gordon as Lord Capulet, Ingrid Young as Lady Capulet, Lexy Glover as Tybalt, Callie Carroll as Nurse, Amanda Tamplen as Escales, Jalen McCrary as Mercutio, Hayden Heiserman as Paris, Grant Vancamp as Frair Lawrence, Josie Jarrett as Sister Jane, Carly Balog as Sampson, Autumn Carver as Abram, Anthony Hood as Balthasar, Ben Moore as Peter and Sarah Lemely as Capulet Dancer.

Tickets for all Hilltop Players productions are available through Brown Paper Tickets online and on sale 30 days prior to the opening of each production.

For more information, please call Professor Aulick at 304.336.8103 or via email at maulick@westliberty.edu.

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Dr. Joseph Horzempa is Named Professor of the Year https://westliberty.edu/news/news/dr-joseph-horzempa-is-named-professor-of-the-year/ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:14:21 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10671 CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 12, 2018 — The Faculty Merit Foundation announces that West Liberty University Associate Professor Joseph Horzempa, PhD, is the winner of its 2017 Professor of the Year award. The Foundation presented the award on Thursday, April 12, during a banquet held in the Great Hall of the Culture Center in Charleston.   … Read More

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CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 12, 2018 — The Faculty Merit Foundation announces that West Liberty University Associate Professor Joseph Horzempa, PhD, is the winner of its 2017 Professor of the Year award. The Foundation presented the award on Thursday, April 12, during a banquet held in the Great Hall of the Culture Center in Charleston.  

From left, Dean of the College of Sciences Dr. Robert Kreisberg, WV Professor of the Year Dr. Joseph Horzempa, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Dr. Karen Kettler and President of WLU Dr. Stephen Greiner are shown at the April 12 dinner announcing his honor. 

“I congratulate Joe and thank the Faculty Merit Foundation and Bowles Rice for supporting this prestigious honor. Joe is a first-class professor whose research has gained him national attention. He offers our students unparalleled opportunities for research in an active microbiology laboratory. West Liberty University is proud of him,” said President Stephen Greiner. 

Dr. Horzempa is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Program Director of West Liberty University’s newest graduate degree, the MA/MS in Biology. He 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.

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

Horzempa’s work has been published in a wide variety of scholarly and scientific journals, including the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, Journal of Plant Pathology & Microbiologyand American Journal of Virology, to name but a few. A lifetime member of the West Virginia Academy of Science, he is editor-in-chief of its open access, online, peer-reviewed scientific journal, Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science.

Horzempa has twice been celebrated as West Liberty University’s Professor of the Year (2015 and 2016, respectively). Likewise, 2017 marks the second consecutive year he’s been named a West Virginia Professor of the Year finalist.

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

West Virginia’s Professor of the Year Dr. Joseph Horzempa is shown in his lab.

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. 

The four remaining 2017 finalists were also recognized at the awards dinner, and include: Eric Blough, PhD, exercise pharmaceutical sciences and research professor, Marshall University; Kathy Hawks, EdD, education professor, Concord University; Carol Plautz, PhD, biology professor, Shepherd University; and Timothy Warner, PhD, geology and geography professor, West Virginia University.

The Faculty Merit Foundation was created in 1984 to provide a means to recognize and reward innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Through the Professor of the Year program, the outstanding achievements of those individuals are brought to the attention of the general public. A $10,000 cash award is given to the candidate selected as Professor of the Year, with smaller awards to the other finalists.

The Professor of the Year award is presented with financial support from Bowles Rice LLP and Graystone Consulting. For additional information call 304.347.2131

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

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WVHEPC Seeks Comments on Proposed Funding Model https://westliberty.edu/news/news/wvhepc-seeks-comments-on-proposed-funding-model/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:23:49 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10653 The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is seeking comments on a new proposed funding model and below is an explanation, complete with links, for educational purposes and thoughtful comment if you are so inclined.  According to the numbers, West Liberty University has historically been underfunded by the State of West Virginia. “The current funding … Read More

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is seeking comments on a new proposed funding model and below is an explanation, complete with links, for educational purposes and thoughtful comment if you are so inclined. 

According to the numbers, West Liberty University has historically been underfunded by the State of West Virginia.

“The current funding model actually rewards state institutions that are losing enrollment and penalizes institutions, like West Liberty University, that experience enrollment growth. As an example, during the last two years, WLU’s enrollment has grown. In the same two years another state institution saw significant declines. Last year that same institution received $900 more per student than West Liberty University. This year, following another enrollment decline, that same institution is receiving $1,200 more per student, while we have been cut further. We need and deserve the new funding model to correct this inequity,” explained Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president.

Student Focused Funding for West Virginia Public Higher Education, the proposed new funding model unveiled at the March 23, 2018 meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, could benefit West Liberty University by adding $1.6 million to the university’s operating budget for FY20, a 21.6 percent increase from the FY18 budget (a total of $9,236,448 in FY20, up from FY18’s base budget of $7,592,683).

WLU Needs Your Help

Please send a letter of support via email to the Office of the Chancellor at chancellor@wvhepc.eduDeadline is April 27.

“The legislatively mandated funding model sets benchmarks and uses a formula to assess the effectiveness of each state college and university. The model rewards those institutions that make good use of state taxpayer dollars to educate state residents. Colleges and universities that don’t meet those benchmarks will have their state funding reduced,” explained Greiner.

In addition to rewarding schools that educate West Virginia residents, the proposed funding model rewards institutions that help students finish their degrees on time and that provide training in high-demand fields (healthcare, education, and engineering).

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Capstone Project Supports Local Nonprofit Animal Shelter https://westliberty.edu/news/news/capstone-project-supports-local-nonprofit-animal-shelter/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:41:59 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10655 TRIADELPHIA, W.Va., April 11, 2018  — Three West Liberty University students are teaming up with Texas Roadhouse and other donors to assist the Brooke County Animal Shelter with veterinary and other expenses as part of the capstone project for the public relations class. Seniors Mark Carson, Josie McCoy, and Daniel Morgan have coordinated a fundraising … Read More

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TRIADELPHIA, W.Va., April 11, 2018  — Three West Liberty University students are teaming up with Texas Roadhouse and other donors to assist the Brooke County Animal Shelter with veterinary and other expenses as part of the capstone project for the public relations class.

From left, shelter director Donna DeJaro, and students Daniel Morgan, Mark Carson and Josie McCoy enjoy the companionship of one of the kitty cats at the shelter.

Seniors Mark Carson, Josie McCoy, and Daniel Morgan have coordinated a fundraising event set for Thursday, April 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Texas Roadhouse Highlands location. Ten percent of all sales that evening will go to the Brooke County Commission’s fund for medical procedures for the animal shelter, and several area businesses and individuals have also supplied items for a raffle, which will result in pet food, cleaning products, and other needed supplies.

“It’s amazing to see that there are others out there with compassion to help us. I love Texas Roadhouse, and we appreciate the fundraiser and how it’s going to help,” said the shelter’s director Donna DeJaro.

“We are county funded, and if it wasn’t for donations, we would be scrambling to be able to treat animals that are adoptable but just need some surgery.” The students chose the animal shelter as their client for their public relations capstone course.

“After meeting with Donna, we determined that the organization’s biggest needs were donation-driven,” Carson said. “We’re very grateful that Texas Roadhouse Marketing Manager Amy Lawson agreed to let us host this event.” Carson’s hometown is Mingo Junction, Ohio.

“This capstone project prepares us for our potential careers as public relations practitioners, and Mark, Josie and I utilize everything we’ve learned as students. We reference useful communication theories and practices, keep in close contact with our client, created a strategy to meet the animal shelter’s fundraising needs, and distributed a news release to local media. We are very fortunate to be working with a supportive and cooperative client, and the three of us are thoroughly enjoying this experience as we continue to see our future potential in this career,” said Morgan, who is from New Cumberland, W.Va.

The students share a passion for animals, which influenced their decision to choose the shelter as a client.

“We all love animals, and Mark, Daniel and I are very excited to be using our capstone project to help a cause that’s special to all of us,” said McCoy, who recently adopted a cat of her own from the shelter and is from Wheeling.

“These students clearly understand and appreciate the importance of giving of themselves, and they are working very hard to apply the lessons they have learned at West Liberty to assist the shelter,” said Assistant Professor of Journalism Tammie Beagle, the class instructor. “I am hoping for a great turnout for the event, and I’m very proud of the creativity and determination that Mark, Josie, and Daniel are pouring into it.”

Texas Roadhouse is located at 43 Fort Henry Rd. at The Highlands; no reservations are needed.

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WLU Honored for 40 Years of Sigma Tau Delta Excellence https://westliberty.edu/news/news/wlu-honored-for-40-years-of-sigma-tau-delta-excellence/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:17:58 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10648 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 10, 2018 — West Liberty University was honored recently with a commemorative plaque signifying 40 years of membership in the International English Honor Society. Established in 1924, the global honor society is dedicated to fostering literacy and excellence in English and is the second largest member of the Association of College … Read More

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Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society members display the plaque honoring West Liberty University, from left Natasha Muhametzyanova and Jennifer Hickman.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 10, 2018 — West Liberty University was honored recently with a commemorative plaque signifying 40 years of membership in the International English Honor Society.

Established in 1924, the global honor society is dedicated to fostering literacy and excellence in English and is the second largest member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

“We are so pleased to have this plaque to share with campus and to display it for our students to enjoy. Honor societies like Sigma Tau Delta create a home for young people with their peers and offer a challenging environment where students can create long-lasting professional relationships during their college years,” said Dr. Gerard NeCastro, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. WLU’s chapter is known by the Greek letters, Omicron Nu.

Two student-members of the WLU chapter of the honor society, Natasha Muhametzyanova and Jennifer Hickman, represented the Hilltop at the March 21 – 24 international convention, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The students accepted the plaque there and also competed in scholarly presentations.

“Sigma Tau Delta gives our students many opportunities to expand their experiences in academics and build their future careers and the convention is one of these opportunities. Our students get a chance to compete for internships and scholarships annually as well,” said English instructor Nicole Naegele, who has been the faculty sponsor of the WLU chapter since 2007.   

Muhametzyanova presented a scholarly paper titled: “The Fate of A Woman in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying” which focused on the issues of feminism and domesticity.

“I wrote this paper specifically for the Sigma Tau Delta convention last fall and found out that my paper was selected for presentation in December. That was a great Christmas present,” Muhametzyanova said.

Muhametzyanova is a senior Public Relations major with a double minor in literature and creative writing. This is the second English scholarly paper she presented this year.

“I was really inspired by the Modern and Postmodern Literature course and Women and Minority Writers class I took and in my writing I keep exploring the concepts of modernism and social activism those courses introduced,” Muhametzyanova said.

Hickman, who is a senior English and Psychology major, also represented WLU at the convention and enjoyed the opportunity to learn. “It was a great experience to see so many people passionate about their work,” Hickman said.  

Founded at Dakota Wesleyan University, Sigma Tau Delta recognizes high achievement in English language and literature at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies level. With over 900 active chapters, Sigma Tau Delta estimates that it inducts approximately 9,000 members annually.

WLU’s English program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, which includes the Department of Humanities, Department of Social Sciences, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the Department of Social Work. For more information, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB) or visit westliberty.edu.

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Executive Seminar Features Hospital CEO Dr. David Hess https://westliberty.edu/news/news/executive-seminar-features-hospital-ceo-dr-david-hess/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:55:31 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10638 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 9, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Gary E. West College of Business will host an Executive Seminar featuring WVU Medicine/ Reynolds Memorial Hospital CEO, Dr. David Hess, as the keynote speaker. Hess will present his talk at noon, Tuesday, April 10 in College Hall and it is open to the public. … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 9, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Gary E. West College of Business will host an Executive Seminar featuring WVU Medicine/ Reynolds Memorial Hospital CEO, Dr. David Hess, as the keynote speaker.

Dr. David Hess

Hess will present his talk at noon, Tuesday, April 10 in College Hall and it is open to the public.

With extensive experience in leadership, from chief executive officer of a community hospital, to leading a medical staff consisting of private practice and employed physicians, Dr. Hess is a leader in the medical world.

Board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in pediatrics, his experience is extensive and will allow him to share his career advice and leadership lessons with students.

Functioning as the chief executive officer of the local hospital since December 2014, he has overseen quality initiatives, physician recruitment, and resource utilization. Hess also is medical director of community hospitalist programs for WVU Health Systems, providing medical and clinical leadership for three WVU Medicine system hospitalist programs and one hospitalist program outside of our system.

Owner of Glen Dale Medicine & Pediatrics, Dr. Hess was named West Virginia’s Rural Health Physician of the Year in 2009.     

Originally from Lumberport, W.Va., Hess attended the West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Kentucky. He also earned bachelor degrees in both economics and chemistry at WVU.

Associate Professor of Management Dave Wright coordinates the annual Executive Seminar Series, which has been ongoing at WLU since 1986. The series features successful business, political and alumni leaders, all sharing their personal stories and business advice with students.

The College of Business offers students undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Health Care Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Management and Tourism and Event Management.

Most recently it added an online MBA to its degree offerings. For complete information, please call 304-336-8053 or visit westliberty.edu/westbusiness.

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Ziegenfelder’s CEO Lisa Allen Named Graduation Speaker https://westliberty.edu/news/news/ziegenfelders-ceo-lisa-allen-named-graduation-speaker/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:04:13 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10633 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 05, 2018 — Wheeling business leader Lisa Allen will deliver the commencement address at West Liberty University’s Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC). President Stephen Greiner will preside at the ceremony and will present Allen with … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 05, 2018 — Wheeling business leader Lisa Allen will deliver the commencement address at West Liberty University’s Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).

Ziegenfelder’s CEO Lisa Allen

President Stephen Greiner will preside at the ceremony and will present Allen with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

“Our graduates are fortunate to have this opportunity to hear from Lisa, a Wheeling leader who is making a real difference in her business and in our community. As an entrepreneur she understands working hard and her methods have gained her national and statewide attention. We are honored to have Lisa as our Commencement speaker,” Greiner said.

President and CEO of Ziegenfelder Company in Wheeling, W.Va., Allen has made a career of making people smile and helping them find their happy place in this privately-owned company that manufactures and sells Budget $aver® twin pops and other frozen treats, worldwide.

Highly motivated, Allen is responsible for inspiring and strategic leadership and 18-years of compounded annualized revenue growth of 12 percent with corresponding profitability in the highly competitive food industry. 

Allen has overseen the acquisition and expansion of multiple projects in three states, totaling more than $22M and employing more than 300 employees.

She encourages her staff (or “tribe” as she calls them) to embrace their vision, values and culture; consistently challenged by market growth and increasingly complex business challenges. The Ziegenfelder vision of “growing better together,” coupled with her vision for inspiring others and impacting lives is a winning combination for developing leadership within the Ziegenfelder tribe.  

Most recently, she has been singled out by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for her company’s compassionate hiring practices and will be honored as the 2018 recipient of the Youth Services System Good Samaritan Award later this summer.

Doors open for seating at commencement at 9:30 a.m. and the Commencement Ceremony will be televised live on WLU-TV 14 (Comcast Channel 14) and online at wltvonline.com.

A reception for graduates, guests and families will be held in the College Union immediately following the ceremony. Parking will be available for guests behind the ASRC.

Established in 1837, West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution. Today it offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs including master’s in education, physician assistant studies, criminology, biology, professional studies and an online MBA. 

For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB or visit westliberty.edu.

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