News & Media Relations https://westliberty.edu/news West Liberty University Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:42:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 123977007 East Meets West in Thailand Study Abroad https://westliberty.edu/news/news/east-meets-west-in-thailand-study-abroad/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:12:53 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10976 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 18, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Gary E. West College of Business returned recently from a first time study abroad trip to Thailand. Escorted by Dr. Rickard Briggs, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, the trip offered education and travel in a 14-day format. Students also earned three credit hours for the Thailand … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 18, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Gary E. West College of Business returned recently from a first time study abroad trip to Thailand.

From left, Loren Hall, Professor Vishakha Maskey, Jennifer Lundy, Colleen Dorsey, Professor Rickard Briggs, Kevin Stryker and Miah Runkle stand in front of the famous Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok.

Escorted by Dr. Rickard Briggs, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, the trip offered education and travel in a 14-day format. Students also earned three credit hours for the Thailand study abroad.

“As an initial study abroad trip to this region, it was a tremendous success,” said Briggs. “Students interacted with local culture, came to an understanding of the political, social and cultural circumstances present in both Thailand and Cambodia.”

Traveling with Briggs was WLU Professor Vishakha Maskey, Ronald and Melissa Bane, Weirton, W.Va., Colleen Dorsey, Wheeling, W.Va., Loren Hall, Kenova, W.Va., Jennifer Lundy, Pittsburgh, Pa., Miah Runkle and Kevin Stryker, both of Wheeling. 

“Our WLU study abroad to South East Asia tour included stops in Thailand and Cambodia. In Thailand, we visited multiple ancient temples (WATS), museums, palaces and ventured out to see a tiger reserve and then spent a day with the elephants. We took a creative Thai cooking class, riverboat tours and dined in multiple different locations. We took an overnight train to Chaing Mai where we spent a day with native hilltop villagers and elephants.  

“In Cambodia, we visited the city of Siam Reap, the home of Angkor Wat, the famous temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. We spent time interacting with the local people and enjoyed learning about how both of these countries are different than Western culture. We met some wonderful people and even learned a little of the local language,” he explained.

Briggs himself has a firsthand understanding of this area of the world and formerly had an office in Bangkok when he worked in the health care industry.

Striking a pose at Angkor Wat are (from bottom) Ron Bane, Kevin Stryker, Loren Hall, Miah Runkle, Jennifer Lundy, Vishakha Maskey, Melissa Bane, Colleen Dorsey and Rickard Briggs.

The trip was open to all students in any major and therefore drew a “dynamic mix of students from different disciplines,” he noted.

Miah Runkle, 20, is majoring in tourism and event planning and she found the trip valuable for several reasons and said that travel makes her appreciate what she has.

“Being a tourism major, going to different countries is important because you experience different cultures and learn about global cultural norms,” Runkle said.

“We take small things for granted here in the U.S., things that not everyone has over there, like cars, and other things. Another thing I noticed is that religion is huge in Thailand plus they have a more laid back, relaxing culture – a calmer culture.”

Miah Runkle is shown riding an elephant during her study abroad. 

Though this was her first time in Asia, Runkle traveled to Europe three different times in high school, visiting France, England and Spain. Runkle also works part-time jobs at both Oglebay Park and Cabela’s.

Married couple Ronald and Melissa Bane enjoyed their first time out of the country as they traveled to Thailand with WLU.

Melissa is a 2010 alumna and current Hancock County middle school teacher. Ron’s a full-time student majoring in entrepreneurship and will graduate in spring 2019.

“I loved the trip to Thailand, it was amazing. We talked to lots of local people and learned so much. The Thai temples were educational, but what I found really valuable was talking to the many small business owners,” he said.

The weather was good and overall, the group found the trip hugely educational and fun.

Students who completed the Thailand study abroad still have one assignment to complete, according to Professor Briggs. They will have to complete a graded final summary paper describing cultural differentials between the United States and Asia in the fall.

Next summer, Briggs is planning another study abroad trip and will take students to the Middle East, including Turkey, Morocco and Egypt.

For more information on study abroad with Professor Briggs, please contact rickard.briggs@westliberty.edu.

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PA Students Selected for Wheeling Hospital Scholarships https://westliberty.edu/news/news/pa-students-selected-for-wheeling-hospital-scholarships/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:23:38 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10971 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 17, 2018 — Wheeling Hospital has once again presented two scholarships to West Liberty University students enrolled in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Recipients are Ashley Haught and Sierra Moore. “I am especially grateful to Wheeling Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Angelo Georges for continuing this opportunity … Read More

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From left, Ashley Haught, Dr. Angelo Georges and Sierra Moore are shown at Wheeling Hospital.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 17, 2018 — Wheeling Hospital has once again presented two scholarships to West Liberty University students enrolled in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Recipients are Ashley Haught and Sierra Moore.

“I am especially grateful to Wheeling Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Angelo Georges for continuing this opportunity for our students. This is the second year that Wheeling Hospital has presented this scholarship and it means so much to our students as they build their future in health care,” said Program Director Bill Childers who leads the PA program at WLU.

The scholarship covers in-state tuition for the second year of the 24-month graduate program and includes an employment opportunity for each student to work at Wheeling Hospital after graduation for a period of two-years.

Ashley Haught, 23, Moundsville, W.Va., earned a biology degree from WLU in 2017. She has always been interested in the medical field. She may have come by her interest naturally since her mother Mison Lewis is a nuclear medicine technician at Wheeling Hospital.

“My interest in becoming a physician assistant was confirmed after I shadowed a PA. Once I saw what they do on a day-to-day basis and how they spend a lot of time with patients, plus problem-solve on their own, I knew it was for me,” Haught said.

Haught has an identical twin sister, who also is entering the field of medicine and attending medical school at this time. Haught’s father is Jack Haught of Moundsville.

Sierra Moore, 27, St. Clairsville, Ohio, earned her bachelor of science in psychology degree from Wheeling Jesuit University and her master’s degree at Marietta College.

“I always knew that I wanted to do something in healthcare having been raised by a strong-willed nurse. A physician assistant degree is a wonderful choice because it will allow me the opportunity to get to spend time treat patients in a collaborative setting. Winning the Wheeling Hospital scholarship will allow me to stay in the area and serve my community in a meaningful way,” Moore said.

Sierra’s mother’s name is Marlene Moore and she is charge nurse of the ICU at East Ohio Regional Hospital.

The PA program at WLU began in summer 2012 and offers students a 24-month, year round program of study housed at the newly constructed Campbell Hall of Health Sciences. Fully accredited, it is just one of several health sciences major offered by WLU’s College of Sciences.

For complete information, please call 304.336.5098.

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WLU Earns Gold at Sports Medicine Conference https://westliberty.edu/news/news/wlu-earns-gold-at-sports-medicine-conference/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:18:51 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10943 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 13, 2018 — Dr. Jason Metz, assistant professor of Exercise Physiology, attended the National Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, held in Minneapolis recently. “It was the first time I attended this academic meeting and it was immensely valuable. The contacts I made will certainly help our students in … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 13, 2018 — Dr. Jason Metz, assistant professor of Exercise Physiology, attended the National Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, held in Minneapolis recently.

Jason Metz presents his doctoral research at conference.

“It was the first time I attended this academic meeting and it was immensely valuable. The contacts I made will certainly help our students in the future,” he said.

While there, Metz received a Gold recognition award for the Exercise Is Medicine program that he began here at WLU earlier this year.

“Eighty-eight schools were recognized for the Exercise is Medicine initiative at the conference and about a third earned the Gold Distinction, which represents the highest standard for campus involvement. We are proud to have this level of student assessment and our referral system in place to encourage wellness in our students,” he said. 

Begun by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Exercise is Medicine promotes health through physical activity and 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.

Metz also was a research poster presenter at the national conference. His poster was a summation of his doctoral research on rowing ergometers.

From left, Dr. Robert Sallis, president of Exercise is Medicine global initiative, Jason Metz and Dr. Carena Winters, president of Exercise is Medicine campus initiative.

Metz joined WLU’s faculty in fall of 2016.

He completed his doctoral degree in 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that he a master’s degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Frostburg State University. He currently is assisting with cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

A resident of Finleyville, Pa., Metz has trained and consulted with professional and Olympic level athletes and recently took up the sport of mountain bike racing.

The Bachelor of Science Degree Program at West Liberty University is part of the College of Education and Human Performance, led by Interim Dean Dr. Cathy Monteroso and is housed in Main Hall.

For more information, please contact Metz at 304.336.8831 or Dr. Ryan Koenig, program director at ryan.koenig@westliberty.edu.

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PA Class Achieves 100 Percent Pass Rate https://westliberty.edu/news/news/pa-class-achieves-100-percent-pass-rate/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:05:24 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10937 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 10, 2018 — West Liberty University’s 2018 Physician Assistant Studies master degree graduates just achieved a huge goal — they all passed their national board exams, a rigorous test that is given at various sites throughout the country for new graduates of PA programs. “We are proud of our recent graduates and … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 10, 2018 — West Liberty University’s 2018 Physician Assistant Studies master degree graduates just achieved a huge goal — they all passed their national board exams, a rigorous test that is given at various sites throughout the country for new graduates of PA programs.

From left (standing) Daniel Burns, Emily Butler, Ryan Killpack, Chelsea Camerlengo, Laura Waialae, Ceirra Zeigler, Courtney Pyeritz, Autumn Cunningham, Kimberly Rinard and Jon-Michael Brunner, (seated) Chad Eckard, Brandon Bolduc, Lauren Healy, Caitlyn Asbury, Jillian Laslo and Julia Gotthardt.

“We are proud of our recent graduates and congratulate them on a job well-done. This is an additional measure of success of the WLU PA program, that the class of 2018 achieved a 100 percent first-time taker PANCE pass rate. Ultimately, this success is a measure of the commitment, work, and study of the students themselves,” said Dr. William A. Childers Jr, PA-C Program Director.

The newest group of WLU PAs graduated in a formal ceremony held June 15.

Childers went on to say that the perfect pass rate also is a direct measure of the commitment on behalf of West Liberty University PA program to student success. Historically, since the PANCE was initiated in 1973, the national pass rate has fluctuated between 69.0 and 94.6 percent, according to the PA Life website.

The Class of 2018 and their hometowns include: Caitlyn Asbury, New Cumberland, W.Va.; Brandon Bolduc, Weirton, W.Va.; Jon-Michael Brunner, Wheeling, W.Va.; Daniel Burns, Wheeling, W.Va.; Emily Butler, Washington, W.Va.; Chelsea Camerlengo, Weirton, W.Va.; Autumn Cunningham, Georgetown, Pa.; Chad Eckard, Greenville, Pa.; Julia Gotthardt, Southbury, Conn.; Lauren Healy, Bloomington, Ind.; Ryan Killpack, Firth, Idaho; Jillian Laslo, Shadyside, Ohio; Courtney Pyeritz, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kimberly Rinard, Wardensville, W.Va.; Laura Waialae, Wheeling, W.Va. and Ceirra Zeigler, New Cumberland, W.Va.

All the PAs have found employment and are looking forward to beginning their new career path.

As the 2018 class of PAs move into the workforce, the incoming class of 19 physician assistant students completed program orientation on June 30 and began to hit the books with classroom work on July 2. These students will go through a year of classroom work, followed by a second year of clinical rotations. Students also perform community outreach and service as part of their studies.

The PA program at WLU began in summer 2012 and offers students a 24-month, year round program of study housed at the newly constructed Campbell Hall of Health Sciences. Fully accredited, it is just one of several health sciences major offered by WLU’s College of Sciences

For complete information, please contact the Department of Physician Assistant Studies master’s degree program at 304.336.5098.

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Spring 2018 Dean’s List Announced https://westliberty.edu/news/news/spring-2018-deans-list-announced/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 15:04:33 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10933 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 6, 2018 — West Liberty University announces its Dean‘s List for outstanding academic performance during Spring Semester 2018. 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 Alma: Katlyn Seckman. Baker: Allison Seabright. Barrackville: Evan Williams. Belleville: … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 6, 2018 — West Liberty University announces its Dean‘s List for outstanding academic performance during Spring Semester 2018. 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

Alma: Katlyn Seckman.

Baker: Allison Seabright.

Barrackville: Evan Williams.

Belleville: Brie-Ann Young.

Belmont: Julia Henegar, Lydia Watson.

Benwood: William Bauerle, Coleton Berletch, Jarrett Coffield, Amanda Hall, Josephine Jarrett, Alyssa Minor, Lacey Van Dyne.

Berkeley Springs: Michelle Williams.

Bethany: Rachel Krems, Ashley Sherman.

Bethlehem: Luke Rapp.

Bradley: Kaylee Hilliard.

Bridgeport: Jordan Lewis.

Buffalo: Cory Hoshor.

Bunker Hill: Jo Jurek, Michela Marchese, Kelly Millner.

Cameron: Alyssa Ebert, Josie Garland, Tiana Knowlton.

Chamco: Joshua Spurlock.

Charles Town: Sophia Bouchoc, Kelsey Hayden.

Charleston: Olivia Montgomery, Calesha Williamson.

Chester: Edward Beaumont, Rachel Halstead, Marques McHaffie, Taylor Mckay, Jeremy Monroe, Caitlyn Moore, Miranda Six, Karly Wiley.

Clarksburg: Anna Malone, Quinetta Murphy, Hannah Phillips, Chaz Rodeheaver, Jordan Smith.

Colliers: Hunter Dulaney, Aaron Hudson, Shyla Stroud, Cindy Wells.

Dallas: Matthew Layton, Theresa Smith.

Davisville: Mackenzie Sims.

Elkins: Mikaela DeMotto, Bailey Young.

Fairmont: Madeleine LaFollette, Sarah Lemley, Margaret Storms.

Follansbee: Breona Brown, Kayla Bryant, Anamaria Casinelli, Brent Kimball, Janie Krzys, Aaron Nard, Ash Leigh Negri, Sheena Ossman, Sasha Phillips, Christopher Rees, Travis Strader, Noah Teaff, Johanna Weiler.

Friendly: Lenora Howell.

Gerrardstown: Courtney Yost.

Glen Dale: Emily Anderson, Emily Clark, Kendrick Dobbs, Macey Lindner, Isabella Pozell, Hope Ruza, Katherine Stamper.

Glen Easton: Alexis Booth, Emily McLean.

Glendale: Tyler DeBolt.

Grafton: Miranda Sandy.

Harrisville: Louis Alborano, Rachel Haddox.

Hedgesville: Mikayla Bayer.

Hepzibah: Danielle Coffey.

Hernshaw: Alicia Nutter.

Huntington: Brandon Morrison, Sara Wright.

Hurricane: Carly Cunningham.

Inwood: Ethan McDonald.

Jacksonburg: Devon Thompson.

Kenova: Loren Hall.

Keyser: David Boden.

Kingwood: Emma McClelland, Kate McClelland.

Lost Creek: Tonya Ables, Larrin Shriver.

Martinsburg: Olivia Kilbane, Ingrid Young.

McMechen: Angela Evans, Trey Miller, Kelsey Renzella, Gage Sutton.

Mineral Wells: Emily Taylor.

Morgantown: Dylan Anderson, Conner Assif, Callie Carroll, Emily  Evans, Benjamin Taylor, Kaitlyn Westerman.

Moundsville: Haley Baker, Abbey Bauer, Ceara Bauer, Dakota Burge, Charles Bursee, Kyle Caruso, Moriah Chicoine, Morgan Dobbs, Taylor Feiock, Lisa Francis, Andrea Garrison, Allegra Gossett, Autumn Hayes, Sarah Johnson, Kaitlyn Jones, Dalton Kittle, Alan Miller, Danielle Minder, Hannah Morris, Melissa O’Donnell, Laral Saunders, John Sears, Haley Sessums, Hannah Stevey, Samantha Stewart, Hannah Thomas, Craig Vega, Roger Wells.

Mount Alto: Samaria Oiler.

New Cumberland: Michelle Campbell, Lonna Cline, Emmy Delekta, Hanna Dragonir, Mackenzie Jacobs, Natasha Jobe, Kami Koper, Gabrielle Lemley, Emilee Phillips, Ashley Pryor, Tyler Warrick.

New Martinsville: Emily Berisford, Laken Curtis, Michael Dantrassy, Matthew Durig, Lindsey Eddy, Hannah Eller, Sydney Hale, Zachary Haught, Taylor Hess, Thomas Ledergerber, Patricia Loy, Townsend Midcap, Stephenie Mullett, Jacob Pancake, Dylan Parsons, Sean Philp, Justin Rice, Miklyn Richmond, Brianna Ritz, Chelsea Rosenlieb, Shelby Sands, Jentry Shultz, Summer Timbs, Shannon Williams.

Oak Hill: Molly Hickman.

Paden City: Victoria Anderson, Lindsay Bohrer, Hannah Casteel, Logan Cosper, Taylor Cosper, Adam Croasmun, Alexandria Glover, Aaron Heasley, Jennifer Hickman, Kelsey Loy, Amber Neff, Carlyn Slider, Vanessa Smith.

Parkersburg: Megan Bosley, Lauren Brown, Leah Craw, Madisson Perdue, Chad Richards, Alison Schumacher, Abigail Wilson.

Parsons: Melanie Adams.

Paw Paw: Jessica Willis.

Petersburg: Marley Thompson.

Philippi: Lavender Stockton.

Proctor: Raven Bonnette, Randi Efaw.

Ravenswood: Claudia Cubides, Erica Hupp.

Reader: Ashton Irvin.

Red House: Kaitlyn Higginbotham.

Ridgeley: Katie Beeman.

Ripley: Trevor Kessell.

Rowlesburg: Hanah Loughrie.

Saint Albans: Briana Hammack, Caleb Martin.

Shanks: Rebekah Teter.

Shepherdstown: Catena Wilson.

Shinnston: Kristen Haggerty.

Sistersville: Hannah Ankrom, Emily Wade, Daron Weekley.

Terra Alta: Ashley Cole, Corey Riner.

Thornton: Cheyenne Baker.

Triadelphia: Rebecca Beiter, Devon Kalo, Faith McCardle, Jada Midget, Justine Tarr, Angelica Templeton.

Valley Grove: Skylar Carrington, Clay McDonald, Tanner Och, Travis Ratcliffe.

Vienna: Mackenzie Boone, Alexandra Olson, Courtney Stackpole.

Wadestown: Rebecca Tennant.

Washington: Lydia Mathers.

Waverly: Megan Sayre, Lily Tuttle.

Weirton: Ashley Alleman, Ronald Bane, Sayde Beagle, James Cassiadoro, Christina Conforti, Tyler Conrad, Cody Enrietti, Lexus Ficca, Ericka Fonner, Emily Fournier, Tricia Guglielmo, Alec Hawken, John Heiserman, Kayla Hinchee, Jennifer Kinder, Elaine Klar, Austin Loy, Amy Marosz, Maria Mazzone, Dekota McCombs, Brooke Robinson, Jessica Roth, Brenna Smith, Clarissa Tournay, Alexis Turner-Davis, Anthony Veltri, Abbigale Wells, Noah Woods, Michelle Yadrick.

Wellsburg: Kaitlyn Bilak, Haley Bowman, Destiny Brown, Alexandra Burdick, Delaynie Campinelli, Erin Conaway, Christopher Cronin, Rebecca Goedert, Alexis Homol, Christian Kasprowicz, Tristan Kowcheck, Megan Lees, Sara Lilly, Erika Logston, Amanda McGary, Hannah Mozingo, Veronica Schultz, Ryan Smurthwaite, Ethan Sole.

West Liberty: Genevieve Fields, Alexis Hardrow, Brianna Lynch, Jordan Magnani.

West Milford: Priscilla Bacus.

Wheeling: Melissa Adams, Donald Adkins, Amanda Alig, Cameron Amend, Heather Archey, Rose Archey, Emily Armstrong, JennaAsbury, Abigail Baranski, Christian Beall, John Bence, Sydney Bennington, Lindsay Black, Gabrielle Blanchard, Audrey Blust, Kimber Boord, Keith Brammer, Joshua Burch, Gabrielle Burriss, Catherine Calissie, Adam Campbell, Courtney Carter, Jessica Childers, Ashley Clatterbuck, Cassandra Collins, Allie Cook, Kevin Cook, Miranda Cook, Stephanie Courts, Alison Craig, Stanley Czahoroski, Justin Delbrugge, Emily DeTemple, John Duff, Jordan Eikey, Zadok Eniss, Jonah Estep, Cassandra Famoso, Devyn Ferguson, Madeline Frank, Alex Franke, Kaitlin Franke, Destinee Frye, Audra Furka, Robert Gillette, Kyle Gilson, Debra Grall, Megan Griffin, Abbey Griffith, Joseph Griffith, Caleb Hedrick, Parker Henry, Hayley Hollandsworth, Jonathan Howard, Madison Huffman, Logan Ingram, Adam Jarrett, Kelsi Johnson, Christian Kaftanic, Muhammad Khan, Patrick King, Rebecca Kinyo, Brynn Kloeppner, Cole Koontz, Katie Kota, Shawna Littell, Keren Lubembo, Victoria Lungu, Dalton Mattern, Robert McConnell, Josie McCoy, Andrew McGlynn, Bennett McKinley, Monica Minor, Madison Moore, Amber Musser, Hannah Muth, Isaiah Myers, Nicholas Nardone, Nicholas    Nestor, America Nuckles, Christian Oliver, Maria Christine Pangilinan, Annabella Paree, Alexandria Parker, Amber Parsons, Alaina Pauley, Jasmine Paxton, Lee Peluchette, Kara Pfeifer, Abigail Reeves, Brandon Rehm, Alexis Ricker, Josee Robertson, Emily Roe, Sarah Rogers, Gabriel Rohmann, Emma Romanek, Cierra Rueckle, Emily Salvatori, Gerardo Sarmiento, Maressa Savage, Breanna Sayre, Samantha Scarnechia, Maria Schmitt, Erin Schuler, Lindsey Schuler, Aimee Schultz, Jessica Schultz, Austin Schwanenberger, Isaiah Selmon-Miller, Bethani Shackelford, Samantha Shipley, Jason Sivert, Luke Snedeker, Mary Stahl, Kadie Stanford, Sydnie Stewart, Aarian Stradwick, Kevin Stryker, Briella Taylor, Emily Toland, Justin Vargo, Joseph Waddell, Taylor Warren, Spenser Watson, Austin Whipkey, Allyson Whorton, Kaleigh Wiethe, Blake Williams, Heather Williams, Robert Yeater, Tanner    Yoho, Carrie Yost, Cassidy Young, Zachary Ziolkowski.

Williamstown: Ashton Chancellor, Olivia Eckels, Jocelyn Hively, Austin Raines.

Windsor Heights: Isaac Herron.

OHIO

Adena: Joshua DeLong.

Akron: Julie Samarigan.

Amsterdam: Skylar Fankhauser.

Ashville: Taylor Curry, Tyler Primmer.

Barnesville: Mariah Yudasz.

Beallsville: Madison Neiswonger, Levi Phillips.

Bellaire: Robert Kovalyk, Dylan Marling.

Belmont: Abby Bizzarri, Abby Stenger, Caylana Vance.

Bergholz: Nolan Marcus, Cheyenne Matta.

Bethesda: Jessica Gulisek, Kylie Russell.

Bexley: Ana Berbel.

Bridgeport: Amanda Barath, Jenna Bugaj, Kayla Hungerman, Corey Knollinger, Hannah Lewis, Madison Stillwell.

Broadview Heights: Christopher Follina.

Brookville: Sydney Scherer.

Byesville: Kayla Millhone.

Cadiz: Lindsay Dowdle.

Caldwell: Halie Cowgill, Nataleigh Janusik, Haylee Saling, Alexis Waller.

Canton: Dalton Davis.

Centerburg: Renee Lemke.

Circleville: Laura Cartwright.

Columbus: Zahir Hicks.

Coolville: Lisa Snyder.

Crooksville: Jalyn Bolyard, Elliot Collins, Lindsey Crowder, Trevor Piccone.

Dalton:    Katherine Teece.

Dellroy: Madeline Russell.

Dillonvale: Rebecca Petersen.

Dover: Olivia Belknap.

Dublin: Raimey Benson.

East Liverpool: Joshua Cornell.

Etna: Zacharie Budreau.

Flushing: Cassidy Simonson.

Gnadenhutten: Dalton Bolon, Alexis Pasquinelli.

Hannibal: Wesley Lloyd.

Howard   : Ridge Durbin.

Hudson: Olivia Baumhoer.

Independence: Kailee Cunningham.

Irondale: Charles Henry.

Jacobsburg: Rhiannon Kramer.

Jewett: Alexis Watkins.

Malta: Addie Finley.

Martins Ferry: Olivia Bailer, Jessica Eimer, Olivia Gazzola, Kiasia Griffin, Carly McKeegan, Robert Moore, Gage Pyles, John Shemenski, Kirstin Smith, Benjamin Wharton.

Miamisburg: Shelby Sanders.

Millersport: Lindsey Eclebery.

Morristown: Andrew Mehler.

Nashport: Lauren Hartnell, Layne Hartnell.

New Lexington: Sydney Nicholson, Faith Stickdorn.

New Matamoras: Jodie Springer.

Newark: Megan Stanton.

North Canton: Alenna Farina, Trina Warren.

North Lewisburg: Haley Miller.

Philo: Janeil Hartman.

Piketon: Hannah McAllister.

Poland: Charley Troggio.

Powell: Makayla Schaefer.

Powhatan Point: Chase Brown, Dicey Stewart.

Rayland: Anthony Barsch, Erika Wick, Eric Williams.

Richmond: Charli McConnell, Paige Winland.

Roseville: Paige Carmichael, Madison Clayton.

Saint Clairsville: Jack Clarke.

Shadyside: Abbey Cusick, John Ferrelli, Elijah Henderson, Tiffany  O’Donnell.

Somerset: Catherine Nash.

St. Clairsville: Fionna Brooks.

Steubenville: Logan Colabella, Kayla Collier, Anthony Craig, Glory Dami, Robert DeVaul, Benjamin Hlivko, Emily Ighnat, Alexis Mastroianni, Sara Scott, Patrick Spiess.

Struthers: McKenna Shives.

Sugarcreek: Kaitlyn Stress.

Summerfield: Caitlin Wiley.

Tiltonsville: Abagail Freeland, Taylor Jones.

Tipp City: Erin Jans.

Toronto: Hayley Mumaw, Kalie Yasho.

Tuscarawas: Coby Eckstein.

Uhrichsville: Caitlin Clarke.

Waynesburg: Cortney Huffman.

West Lafayette: Brittany Bradford, Audrey Tingle, Emilie Wesney.

Westerville: Quinton Jones.

Whitehall: Bailey Timmons.

Wintersville: Cody Durbin, John Engle, Macy Santicola, Skylyn Wright.

Woodsfield: Madelyn Craig.

Wooster: Micah Findley.

PENNSYLVANIA

Aliquippa: Jacob Ramsey.

Avella: Amber Clingenpeel, Abigail Dobbin.

Belle Vernon: Caitlin Nicholson.

Bridgeville: Samantha Smith.

Burgettstown: Melody Singer.

Butler: Kaelyn Oskin.

Carmichaels: Priscilla Larson.

Claysville: Shane Powell.

Elizabeth: Matlyn Flanigan.

Enon Valley: Emily Davis.

Evans City: Caitlin Devries.

Finleyville: Hannah Lynch.

Glassport: Dayton Goodrum.

Harborcreek: Kaitlyn Askins.

Hickory: Destinee Davis.

Johnstown: Holly Mishler.

McDonald: Kathryn Nelson.

Monroeville: Alexandra Warsaw.

Moon Township: Ian Kelly, Hope Limbruner.

North Huntingdon: Logan Deri.

Oakdale: Allyssa Bush.

Oil City: Courtney Amsler.

Pittsburgh: Mimi Albon, Michelle Bourkab, Audrey Eisel, Johanna Eisel, Savanah Lilly, Aaron Majiros, Kendra Rhodes, Katelyn Yauch.

Pulaski: Michelle Russell.

Scenery Hill: Morgan Vickless.

Sewickley: Thanna Oddo.

Sharon: Abigail Ferlin.

Sidman: Isabella Yakicic.

Venetia: Maggie Simon.

Washington: Marissa Dawes, Bailee Dugan, Tyler Funk, Benjamin Johnson, Jessica McNicholas, Alexandra Russo, Jessica Westfall.

West Mifflin: Jenna Gault.

White Oak: Jacob Ward.

Zelienople: Mckinley Terry.

ALABAMA – Vestavia Hills: Audrey Meloun, Sarah Meloun. CALIFORNIA – Redding: Gavin Harrell. FLORIDA – Naples: Kylee Carcione. Royal Palm Beach: Joseph Ierulli. GEORGIA – Grayson: Nathaniel Salomon. INDIANA – Ellettsville: Kendall Souder. MARYLAND – Clarksburg: Logan Arneson. Frederic: Kathryn   Dragan. Silver Spring: Meagan Ford. MICHIGAN – Milford: Amanda Leonard, Stephanie Leonard. MISSOURI – Springfield: Shannon McDermott. NORTH CAROLINA – Holly Springs: Amanda Tamplen. NEVADA – Las Vegas: Sean Fuimaono. SOUTH CAROLINA – Pawleys Island: Evelyn Frobey. TENNESSEE – Springfield: Susan Smith. TEXAS – Austin: Callaway Barr. VIRGINIA – Ashburn: Cody Shook.

AUSTRALIA – Wynnum West: James Griffin. CANADA – Thornhill: Alan Fischman. CHILE – vina del mar: Thais Mendez. CHINA – Hangzhou: Yijing Shen. FRANCE – Champighny M: Vincent Huynh. Chateaubriant  Pays-de-Loire: Florian Dupuis. Lainville en Vexin: Timothe Tran Van. GERMANY: Frankfurt Am Main: Lisa Marie Nachtwey. Heinsberg: Johannes Jansen. INDONESIA – Samarinda: Rizal Wahit. NEPAL – Kathmandu: Adwit Lamichhane. RUSSIA – Moscow: Albina Gilmieva. Novosibirsk: Anastasia Ovchinnikova. Tyumen: Aleksandra Veshkurtseva. Ufa: Ekaterina Pinchuk. TUNISIA – Sfax: Abir Farhat. Turkmenistan – Turmenabat: Natalya Muhametzyanova.           

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Recent Graduate Helps Map City https://westliberty.edu/news/news/recent-graduate-helps-map-city/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:44:54 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10929 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 3, 2018 — Recent graduate Boyd Walker, 23, of Mount Pleasant, Ohio, has played a role in creating the new City of Wheeling website which went “live” recently and includes many new features to benefit residents and visitors alike. Tom Connelly, the city’s director of planning and development, and Jesse Mestrovic, director … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 3, 2018 — Recent graduate Boyd Walker, 23, of Mount Pleasant, Ohio, has played a role in creating the new City of Wheeling website which went “live” recently and includes many new features to benefit residents and visitors alike.

Tom Connelly, the city’s director of planning and development, and Jesse Mestrovic, director of parks and recreation, introduced the updated website at Wheeling’s June 5 city council meeting. The two city employees have been working on changes to the website for more than a year.

Alumnus Boyd Walker

Walker graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in December 2017 with a degree in Geography and Planning and was fortunate to land an internship with the City of Wheeling last fall. It made good use of his GIS (geographic information system) knowledge.

“I’m happy to have been a part of the new Wheeling website development. It was a very valuable internship,” he said. Currently Walker is employed at C and M Hilltop, a trucking company in Dillonvale, Ohio, where he works full-time as a dispatcher.

He completed a computer based mapping class at WLU, taught by Dr. Brian Crawford, who is WLU’s provost. Working with Wheeling’s Parks and Recreation Director Jesse Mestrovic further improved his skills.

“I went out into the city and collected data and inputted it into the computer to generate the new map, so I was in the field more than the office. I collected GPS points, worked with the county department to get the 911 addresses for the parks and facilities,” he said. “I also collected data on each facility that the city has and created boundaries when necessary.”

Walker downloaded the Esri mapping software app to his phone and worked with that too.

Walker still hopes to find fulltime employment in the field of parks and recreation or mapping in the future. He also works a part time job at Oglebay’s Good Zoo, teaching kids about animals and the environment.

While a WLU student, Walker was the vice president of the Geography Club and a member of the Gamma Theta Epsilon geography honor society. He also was a Resident Assistant and was employed in the mailroom.

The new website is both beautiful and useful, according to Walker.

Menus at the top of the new Wheeling home page are labeled Departments, Government, Business, Community, How Do I … and Wheeling 311. Action buttons are located at the bottom of the home page. Links also are offered to the city’s social media sites.

New features on the site include a link for mapping that is connected to the city’s geographic information system. These maps inform residents of their wards, zoning districts and trash collection schedules.

The Wheeling 311 feature allows residents to request city services by cellphone, Connelly said. Residents also can opt for alerts to notify them of waterline breaks, water boil orders and other emergencies.

Mestrovic said publicly that he is proud of Walker’s work on the interactive map, and pleased that it now provides information on parks, playgrounds and sports leagues. The goal for the website is “to try to make it more user-friendly,” he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ogden News writer Linda Comins’ article of June 7 was used in this press release. 

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Busy Broadcast Student covers Crayfish Professor https://westliberty.edu/news/news/busy-broadcast-student-covers-crayfish-professor/ Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:48:40 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10920 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 2, 2018 — Recently, resident crayfish expert and biology professor Dr. Zachary Loughman was profiled by West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) in a written interview found on the web and in a video file that compliments the interview. Loughman is internationally-known for his crayfish research and was named West Virginia Professor … Read More

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Dr. Zachary Loughman is happiest in the field with biology students.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 2, 2018 — Recently, resident crayfish expert and biology professor Dr. Zachary Loughman was profiled by West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) in a written interview found on the web and in a video file that compliments the interview.

Loughman is internationally-known for his crayfish research and was named West Virginia Professor of the Year just a few years ago in Charleston. His lab attracts students interested in careers in biology, ecology and zoology.

As usual in the WVPB interview, Loughman displays his unbridled enthusiasm for these crustacean creatures that populate so many creeks and waterways in the Appalachian region. 

However, these most recent Loughman interviews are doubly interesting to WLU Hilltoppers since the reporter is one of our current students in the College of Arts and Communication Corey Knollinger, 21. A rising senior, this broadcasting and digital media design major is a busy young man and is working a summer job with WVPB and a full-time job at a local grocery store.

He also just wrapped production on his senior project that is a 25-page short film that he wrote called, “Playshoes.” He still has to edit it and finish the post production work but he’s loving every minute of his work. 

Corey Knollinger is shown on location shooting his senior project film “Playshoes.”

Knollinger started in the field of broadcasting in high school at John Marshall High School and decided then and there it was his career of choice. He’s good with technology and built his own computer.

He also has invested much of the money he’s earned from part-time jobs into electronic equipment so that he can earn more money doing freelance work and he also does other gigs around town for Weelunk.

His June 11 WVPB article on Loughman is entitled, “This Guy Loves Crawdads, Snakes and Teaching,” which just about sums up Dr. Loughman to a T. So please click the above link and read the entire article. 

To hear his June 28 posted video interview, now on YouTube, which includes cameos by President Stephen Greiner and Dr. Robert Kreisberg, please click here

Knollinger will be working part-time for public broadcasting all summer long and claims that it’s his dream job.

“I’ve listened to WBPB since I was a kid,” he said. “I love what I’m doing.”

WLU’s broadcasting program has a long list of successful graduates including local TV anchors Tate Blanchard and Rachael Dierkes.

The Department of Communication provides the general studies communications courses required in all degree programs. In addition, the department offers a major in seven distinct areas: Advertising Communication, Broadcasting, Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations and a minor in Advertising Communication and Public Relations.

The College of Sciences at WLU offers a variety of programs in the Health Science, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Zoo Science and master’s programs in Physician Assistant Studies, plus a MA/MS in Biology.

For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB.

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Graphic Design Student Wins Colorado Contest https://westliberty.edu/news/news/graphic-design-student-wins-colorado-contest/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:25:59 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10908 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 29, 2018 — West Liberty University graphic design student Kelsey Hayden’s work is now part of a Colorado advertising campaign. The rising junior recently entered and won the 2018 Image Contest for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Like Wheeling’s Dragon Boat event, the festival is a chance to watch the excitement … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 29, 2018 — West Liberty University graphic design student Kelsey Hayden’s work is now part of a Colorado advertising campaign. The rising junior recently entered and won the 2018 Image Contest for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.

Kelsey is shown in graphic design class.

Like Wheeling’s Dragon Boat event, the festival is a chance to watch the excitement of Dragon Boat races. But this festival, held at Sloan Lake in Denver, also includes dancing, food and shopping. It’s billed as “Colorado’s annual celebration of Asian and Asian American heritage, the biggest pan-Asian Dragon Boat Festival in the U.S.”

“This assignment was made in Digital Imaging class last semester and the national contest was one of our class projects. It is very gratifying that one of my students won and her design is now being seen by so many people,” said Professor Moonjung Kang. Hayden received a $300 prize as part of her award.

Kelsey’s winning poster.

Mimi Albon’s design.

Approximately 120,000 people attended last year’s festival in Denver.

“I feel honored that such a big event is now using my design,” said Hayden who is from Charles Town, W.Va. and is a Visual Communications Design major with a minor in Advertising Communications.

Kang’s class also nabbed a third place award. Mimi Albon, also of Charles Town, earned $100 for her design.

The winning design was featured as the official 2018 festival poster and was used everywhere on promotional materials. It also was announced on the festival’s webpage and social media pages.

Winners of the design contest were invited to attend the July festival and pick up their prize in person on the main stage, but neither WLU student is able to attend and will instead receive their prize via the U.S. Postal Service.

Hayden is working a summer job in her field at Prison Fellowship this summer. Prison Fellowship is an organization that advocates for restorative justice, located in Lansdowne, Va. and she serves as a graphic design assistant intern. She was selected for this position after submitting a portfolio and resumé recently.

The Visual Communications program is just one of the majors offered in the College of Arts and Communication and for more information, please visit WLU’s Visual Art webpage at westliberty.edu/art.

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Dr. Thomas Michaud Presents at International Conference https://westliberty.edu/news/news/dr-thomas-michaud-presents-at-international-conference/ Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:48:50 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10901 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 27, 2018 — West Liberty University Dean of the School of Professional Studies Dr. Thomas Michaud returned recently from an international conference that looked at the future of civilization. Michaud prepared two papers for presentation. The first focused on a trending topic in higher education — happiness. “Happiness Lost: The Ravages … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 27, 2018 — West Liberty University Dean of the School of Professional Studies Dr. Thomas Michaud returned recently from an international conference that looked at the future of civilization.

Michaud prepared two papers for presentation. The first focused on a trending topic in higher education — happiness. “Happiness Lost: The Ravages of Nihilism” was presented in Lublin, Poland to an audience of professors and graduate students from around the world.

Dr. Thomas Michaud is shown presenting to an international audience in Poland in June.

According to Michaud, “Happiness Lost” reacts to the most popular course ever offered at Yale that was introduced this past spring called “Psychology and the Good Life.” This class received major news coverage when the New York Times reported on its popularity.

“These types of courses have become popular throughout the USA. They have been labeled as ‘Happiness 101’ courses,” explained Michaud. “I looked at the question: Why are millennials so interested in and so much in need of courses on happiness?”

Michaud presented his second paper in Warsaw, entitled: “Leadership Elitism: Idealism vs. Realism.”

“‘Leadership Elitism’ identifies the different tendencies in idealistic and realistic approaches to leadership in any sort of organization, a company, an institution, a state or nation,” he explained.

Michaud argues that idealistic leadership tends toward an elitism in which leaders emphasize their superiority over their subordinates or followers, while with realism leaders identify with their followers.

Both papers were well received and many comments by audience members focused on the “happiness condition” seen with USA millennials, according to Michaud.

“The principal concern was whether ‘lost happiness’ is related to the mental health issues and substance abuse so prevalent with the millennial generation in the USA,” he said.

Michaud has presented in Europe several times over the years and enjoys the chance to meet and discuss international topics with this audience.

Dr. Michaud visits Old Town Lublin, an enclosed historic area of Lublin that includes shopping, restaurants and tourist sites.

“I have been to Poland many times over the past 15 years and I am consistently impressed by the how congenial the Poles are. They truly like and are very friendly to Americans. I am also impressed by the vital intellectual and philosophical culture at the universities. With this trip there also seemed to be a more positive and hopeful attitude on the part of so many of the people I have known. Europe and the European Economic Union are changing. The impact of Brexit is still strongly felt. Many Poles believe that such changes could be best for Poland,” he noted.

The June 1 – 10 conference included time spent in two major universities: The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, which enrolls about 17,000 students and is a private university, and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw which enrolls approximately 10,000 students and is a public university.

The title of the main conference in Lublin was XVIIth Annual Congress on the Future of Western Civilization. The Conference theme, Civilization of Freedom or Civilization of Totalitarianism,” was continued for both universities, June 6 in Lublin and June 8 in Warsaw.

Some of the nations and places from which conference participants and attendees originated were: the USA (Arizona, Missouri, Virginia, Washington, Florida and West Virginia), Argentina, Nigeria, Ukraine, Russia and many cities in Poland.

Michaud leads the School of Professional Studies, located at the West Liberty University Highlands Center campus. He teaches leadership, ethics and rhetoric in the Bachelor of Leadership and Administration (BLA) and the Master of Professional Studies-Organizational Leadership (MPS-OL) programs at the Highlands.

Additionally, Michaud has developed the BLA program for students in Weirton and New Martinsville. He has a teaching background in philosophy and earned both his master and doctoral degrees in philosophy at Marquette University in Wisconsin and his undergraduate degree at Fairfield University in Connecticut. 

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 degrees in education, physician assistant studies, biology, professional studies and two online degrees, a master’s in criminology and the MBA. 

For more information, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB). To reach the Highlands Center, please call 304.217.2800.

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Zoo Science Teaches Hands-On Conservation Biology https://westliberty.edu/news/news/zoo-science-teaches-hands-on-conservation-biology/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:43:58 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10895 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 22, 2018 — WLU Zoo Science major Dakotah Spencer, 22, made the news recently for some unusual work during her animal medicine class. She was working in The Wilds, a safari park and conservation center that is part of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located in Cumberland, Ohio. Spencer assisted in … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 22, 2018 — WLU Zoo Science major Dakotah Spencer, 22, made the news recently for some unusual work during her animal medicine class. She was working in The Wilds, a safari park and conservation center that is part of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located in Cumberland, Ohio.

This selfie, snapped by Dakotah Spencer at The Wilds, shows a rhinoceros in the background.

Spencer assisted in releasing a rare beetle back into the environment as part of a reintroduction program that The Wilds is working on.

The idea is to create a successful way for the black and orange beetles to survive and thrive in an area where these important beetles are no longer found in Hocking County.

Spencer found the experience important and is grateful to have the chance for learning hands-on conservation techniques.

“This was really meaningful and so much more educational than learning in the classroom. I’m glad I had this chance,” she said.

West Liberty University is one of only four colleges in the nation to offer direct hands-on experience to students in a zoo setting thanks to collaboration with two Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institutions, The Wilds and Oglebay’s Good Zoo.

Students learn from zoo professionals and are introduced to a variety of animal care facilities including small and large zoos and aquariums, conservation centers, nature centers, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and fish hatcheries.

Spencer is from Moundsville, W.Va. and is a rising fifth year senior at WLU. She plans to graduate in May 2019 with her bachelor’s in biology zoo science degree. At this point she isn’t sure where she’ll land professionally but she is sure she wants to continue to work with animals.

“I started out at West Liberty as a biology major but as soon as I learned of this new zoo science program, I knew it was for me. The hands-on learning and focus on animals and conservation is just what I wanted,” she said.

For complete information on the zoo science major, please visit westliberty.edu/zoosci or email zoosci@westliberty.edu. Or contact zoo science coordinator and professor of biology, Dr. Zachary Loughman at 304-336-8923.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To read the coverage in the Columbus Dispatch, written by Alissa Widman Neese please click here.

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