News & Media Relations https://westliberty.edu/news West Liberty University Thu, 24 May 2018 14:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 123977007 Small Business Center Now Open https://westliberty.edu/news/news/small-business-center-now-open/ Thu, 24 May 2018 14:00:40 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10830 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 24, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Small Business Center, located at the WLU Downtown Center, is now open for business. Offering resources to business start-ups, the center is part of the vision of President Stephen Greiner and is located in the West Liberty University Foundation offices at 1100 Main St. “Since … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 24, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Small Business Center, located at the WLU Downtown Center, is now open for business.

Offering resources to business start-ups, the center is part of the vision of President Stephen Greiner and is located in the West Liberty University Foundation offices at 1100 Main St.

“Since 1837, West Liberty University has supported the community and provided the Northern Panhandle with business students, professional educators, health science practitioners and so many other professionals. We are pleased to be able to continue to meet the needs of our region by assisting entrepreneurs in this convenient downtown location,” Greiner said.

“We want to be a partner in downtown Wheeling’s revitalization,” he added.

Dr. Rickard Briggs, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Gary E. West College of Business, is leading the center and offering his expertise and guidance for new business owners who have questions.

“We’ve already assisted a number of individuals who have reached out to us. One was looking for tax help, another was seeking advice on starting up and creating a business plan,” Briggs said.

Dr. Rickard Briggs

Briggs teaches entrepreneurship and business management at WLU. A native of New York City, he has been a full-time faculty member at WLU since fall of 2017. Briggs also plans on having a business incubator on the WLU main campus in the fall that will involve students.

With the opening of the Small Business Center downtown, WLU also has unveiled a bright new logo designed by WLU graphic design student Kelsey Hayden of Charles Town, W.Va.

“Four students in my graphic design class participated and designed logos but Kelsey’s was selected by the committee and we congratulate her. It is a strong design,” said Professor Moonjung Kang, assistant professor of art.

“The Small Business Center is open to all individuals, not just WLU students or alumni. The WLU Foundation is committed to helping the University in its community outreach in this area of innovation and growth. We all benefit from a vibrant downtown,” said Angela Zambito-Hill, executive director of the WLU Foundation.

For more information on the WLU Small Business Center, please contact the WLU Downtown Center at 304.336.5635.

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Non-Traditional Student Selected for Scholarship https://westliberty.edu/news/news/non-traditional-student-selected-for-scholarship/ Tue, 22 May 2018 13:58:42 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10825 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 22, 2018 — West Liberty University student Crystal Jozwick of Wheeling received a $500 scholarship recently from the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Group. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants had to be a non-traditional female college student going back to school. Jozwick is enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 22, 2018 — West Liberty University student Crystal Jozwick of Wheeling received a $500 scholarship recently from the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Group.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants had to be a non-traditional female college student going back to school. Jozwick is enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Administration (BLA) degree program, housed at the Highlands Center.

Crystal Jozwick is shown on left, accepting her award from Sara Lane the president of Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Group.

Jozwick is earning a degree while employed full-time and caring for a family.

“The School of Professional Studies and Dr. Thomas Michaud make it so easy to return to school, my only regret is not doing it sooner,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed all of my classes, and the faculty are very friendly and helpful. The best thing is spending the entire program with the same classmates. We’ve come to know each other well and we support one another.”

Also a Wheeling native, Jozwick is married and has a 17-year old son who attends Wheeling Park High School. She is employed at the Northern Panhandle Parents as Teachers program at Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network in Weirton.

WLU’s BLA program is designed to be convenient for adults returning to college. Classes meet for four hours in-seat every Saturday at the Highlands Center. Jozwick expects to graduate in May of 2019 and then begin a career in capacity building.

“We are proud of Crystal and thank the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Group for supporting our students in this manner. West Liberty University offers several ways for adults to return to college and earn a degree quickly and conveniently,” said Dr. Thomas Michaud, Dean of the School of Professional Studies.

The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Group is open to any woman in the Ohio Valley and includes 32 members who meet monthly, September through May, on the third Tuesday of each month.

According to its president, Sara Lane, the group’s mission is to work to achieve equality for women in the workplace, through advocacy, education, lobbying efforts and other programs. Lane is employed as controller at Acuity Specialty Hospital of the Ohio Valley.

The BLA will begin two new cohorts soon, at the end of August. One meets on Saturdays at the Highlands and the other one meets on Thursday evenings in Weirton.

For more information on the BLA, please contact Dr. Michaud or Program Assistant Mary Lou Conley at 304-217-2800, Ext. 4. 

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Nursing Graduates Mark Accomplishment https://westliberty.edu/news/news/nursing-graduates-mark-accomplishment/ Thu, 17 May 2018 18:34:33 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10820 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 17, 2018 — West Liberty University nursing students marked their graduation in a special way recently with a professional Nursing Pinning Ceremony held in Kelly Theatre. Opening remarks were delivered by President Stephen Greiner, who congratulated the nurses on a job well done. The class of 2018 of nursing graduates earning … Read More

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From left, Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree graduates are: Dani Sikora, Samantha Criswell, Mikaela Britton, Rose Frashure, Brittany Shuba, and Kimber Boord, standing: Greg Fahnestock, Taylor Jones, Sydney Banks, Priscilla Bacus, Hannah Wilson, Jennifer Crowe, Emily Clark, Amanda McGary and Sydney Scherer.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 17, 2018 — West Liberty University nursing students marked their graduation in a special way recently with a professional Nursing Pinning Ceremony held in Kelly Theatre.

Opening remarks were delivered by President Stephen Greiner, who congratulated the nurses on a job well done.

The class of 2018 of nursing graduates earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree include: Priscilla Bacus, Sydney Banks, Kimber Boord, Mikaela Britton, Emily Clark, Samantha Criswell, Jennifer Crowe, Gregory Fahnestock, Rose Frashure, Taylor Jones, Amanda McGary, Sydney Scherer, Brittany Shuba, Kaleigh Sikora, Hannah Wilson.

Graduates earning the RN to BSN degree include: Allison Broski, Megan Griffith, Beth Heck, Laikyne Marling, Melissa O’Donnell and Brittany Schrader.

The pinning ceremony was led by Associate Professor of Nursing Margy Bowman, RN, Ph.D.

All graduates also recited the official professional nurse’s pledge and awards were presented to several seniors, listed below:

  • OVMC Nightingale Award, Sydney Scherer of Brookeville, Ohio and Brittany Shuba of Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Wheeling Hospital Sally Eberhard Award, Kimber Boord of Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Eastern Star Award, Allison Broski of West Alexander, Pa.

WLU’s RN nursing program has been ranked as one of the best in West Virginia by Registered Nursing dot org. WLU earned the number seven spot out of 26 total programs rated by the website. Nursing programs were assessed on several factors that represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. NCLEX-RN pass-rates also were factored in.

Housed in the Campbell Hall of Health Sciences, WLU offers the accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for high school graduates, the BA/BS to BSN degree and a RN-to-BSN degree program for Registered Nurses with an associate degree or diploma who are currently licensed or eligible for licensure and want to earn a bachelor’s.

WLU’s nursing program is under the direction of Rose Kutlenios, Ph.D. RN. For more information, please visit westliberty.edu or call the nursing department at 304.336.8108.

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Introducing West Liberty University’s Class of 2018 https://westliberty.edu/news/news/introducing-west-liberty-universitys-class-of-2018/ Sat, 12 May 2018 17:30:27 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10790 WEST LIBERTY, May 12, 2018 — West Liberty University held its Spring 2018 Commencement at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12 in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Center (ASRC). A total of 403 degrees were conferred upon the 368 graduates, with 35 of those graduates receiving multiple degrees. Degrees included 306 bachelor degrees, 63 master degrees and … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, May 12, 2018 — West Liberty University held its Spring 2018 Commencement at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12 in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Center (ASRC). A total of 403 degrees were conferred upon the 368 graduates, with 35 of those graduates receiving multiple degrees. Degrees included 306 bachelor degrees, 63 master degrees and 34 associate degrees.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program will have a separate commencement ceremony on Friday, June 15, 2018, after these 16 graduates complete their clinical rotations and those names will be released then.

The following is a list of graduates:

Master’s degree candidates by hometown are as follows:

WEST VIRGINIA

Spring 2018 included the largest group of master degree graduates ever!

Baker: Carrie Ellen Vance.

Charleston: Damia Michele Mogielski.

Colliers: Lindsey Marie Fair, Alyssa Leigh Roadman.

Glen Dale: Eric Scott Cunningham.

McMechen: Kayla Marie Eikleberry, Courtnay Ann Keller.

Moundsville: Chelsea A. Madden, Aimee K. Neely.

New Cumberland: Sarah Ruth Hill.

Paden City: Sherry L Stanley.

Weirton: Arah A. Barker, Staci Louise Groves.

Wellsburg: Julia K. Barnhart, Carrie Lynn Fluharty.

West Liberty: Kathryn H. Billings.

Wheeling: Amy Lynn Becker, Olivia Lauren Berry, Chelsea Meredith Golden, Michelle Marie Hamilton, Graydon H. Henry IV, Jacqueline Kay Hicks, Melinda L. Iverson, Jennifer Jones, Julie Ann Schultz, Marlena Elsie Sell, Erica M. Warfield, Meghan N. Wiseman, Jaime Lynn Young.

OHIO

New Waterford: Ian Andrew McNally.

Olmsted Falls: Megan Elizabeth Bush.

Orwell: Erich M. Zirzow.

Lined up and waiting for the big moment.

Rayland: Shayla Jo Czuchran, Jessica Marie Harr, Mitchell T. Moon.

St. Clairsville: Daniel Thomas Monteroso.

Shadyside: Lori Chance, Chad R. Wilson.

Steubenville: Darin Joseph Heatherington.

Tiltonsville: Liza Rena Jones.

Tippecanoe: Leanna Jean McMillen.

Zanesville: Mason Edward Brown.

OTHER STATES AND COUNTRIES

ILLINOIS, Patrick Ian Harris, NORTH CAROLINA, Ashley LeeAnn Wallace, PENNSYLVANIA, Colten Sean Sunseri, TENNESSEE, Ashley Elizabeth Brock, INDIA, Chaitanya Sharma.

Undergraduate degree candidates by hometown are as follows:

WEST VIRGINIA

Baker: Allison Marie Seabright.

Belmont: Julia M. Henegar, Lydia N. Watson.

Benwood: Alyssa Minor, Ryan Oliver, Lacey Danielle VanDyne.

Berkeley Springs: Michelle N. Williams.

Bethany: Hannah Pearl Pauls, Todd A. Puskarich.

Beverly: Madison Hope Collett.

Bridgeport: Jordan Park Lewis.

Buffalo: Cory Chandler Hoshor.

Cameron: Alyssa Lynn Ebert, Tiana M. Knowlton.

Charles Town: David Christopher Howard.

Chester: Edward Bartley Beaumont III, Maxwell J. Hindes, Jeremy Robert Monroe, Caitlyn A. Moore,

Karly Marie Wiley.

Colliers: Cindy Jo Wells.

Falling Waters: Chad Alan Grubb.

Follansbee: Breona Nichole Brown, Zachary Angelo Ciccolella, Brent Allen Kimball, Aaron D. Nard, Sheena Ossman, Shane Paesano, Travis Gene Strader, Chelsea Lynn Williams.

Glen Dale: Emily Alexis Anderson, Giovanni Aquilino, Hayden Michael Blazer.

Glenville: Rose Marie Frashure.

Hepzibah: Danielle Coffey.

Huntington: Riley W. Aulick, Brandon Morrison, Sara Elizabeth Wright.

Jacksonburg: Devon Thompson.

Lewisburg: Jeffry Corbett.

Martinsburg: Caleb Jordan Engle, Katlyn Diane German, Christian J.C. Witt, Ingrid Young.

McMechen: Jenna Angius, Gage A. Sutton.

Morgantown: Courtney Paige Sylvester, Lonnie Jay Williams Jr.

Moundsville: Ceara Dawn Bauer, Dakota Burge, Christie Lynn Cain, Moriah Peace Chicoine, Gregory Fahnestock, Kaitlynn Hewitt, Jenna Abigail Ingram, Sarah Eileen Johnson, Dalton Joseph Kittle, Lane Morgan LeMasters, Laikyne T. Marling, Alan Miller, Melissa O’Donnell, Sarah Rogers, John D. Sears, Kaleigh Danielle Sikora

New Cumberland: Michelle Lynn Campbell, Natasha Marie Jobe, Gabrielle Rosslin Lemley, Ashley Pryor, Christopher Dale Tice.

New Martinsville: Emily Berisford, Laken Rachelle Curtis, Laken Rachelle Curtis, Chelsea Lynn Rosenlieb, Shelby Nicole Sands, Kimberley Sue Whiteman.

Paden City: Logan Shaye Cosper, Adam Scott Croasmun, Kelsey Danielle Loy, Vanessa Renee Smith, Elizabeth Anne Yaron.

Paw Paw: Jessica A. Willis.

Petersburg: Marley Lane Thompson.

Pine Grove: Rachel Dennison.

Red House: Kaitlyn Marie Higginbotham.

Top student Rose Archey of Wheeling performs the honor of carrying the College of Liberal Arts banner.

Saint Albans: Briana Elizabeth Hammack, Caleb Hunter Holswade Martin.

Saint Marys: Mikaela L. Britton.

Shinnston: Kristen Haggerty.

Sistersville: Kristen M. O’Neil, Emily Jo Wade.

Triadelphia: Ali Marie Jamison, Justine Nicole Tarr, Angelica Isis Templeton.

Valley Grove: Meine Lane Fledderus.

Washington: Lydia Mathers.

Waverly: Megan Noel Sayre.

Weirton: Ashley Marie Alleman, Sayde Ann Beagle, Justin A. Boyd, James Dylan Cassiadoro, Christina M. Conforti, Matthew F. Conforti, Nicholas A. Conforti, Shelby M. Cronin, David Charles Henry Cullinan, John D. Heiserman, Taylor Rae Long, Amanda Sue Paul, Brittany Nicole Schrader, Marnie A. Shushok, Brenna Rene Smith, Michelle Lynn Yadrick.

Wellsburg: Haley Nicole Bowman, Erin Elizabeth Conaway, Teirria Duffy, Rebecca Maureen Goedert, Raeann Holly Hanlon, Amanda Nicole McGary, Ethan Michael Sole, Joseph L. Staffileno.

West Liberty: Cody Churchill, Alexis Crystal Hardrow, Travis Ray Howe, Dwayne M. Jelks, Rachel Marie Stegner, Thomas C. Westbrook.

West Milford: Priscilla Relyn Bacus.

Wheeling: Melissa Sue Mirandy-Adams, Rose Archey, Emily Anne Marie Armstrong, Jack Benedett III, Hannah Suzanne Benner, Kimber Leigh Boord, DeVante Brown, Corey Bryan, William Campbell IV, Courtney Noel Carter, Ashley Lynn Cole, Kevin P. Cook, Miranda D. Cook, Samantha Lynn Criswell, Jennifer L. Crowe, Randall John Dlesk Jr., Joshua L. Edwards, Jonah Estep, Alex E. Franke, Robert Scott Gillette, Jacob Matthew Gray, Abbey Lynne Griffith, Madison Hamby, Sarah Cecelia Harmon, Caleb N. Hedrick, Justice Beau Jackson, Joel A. Jarrett, Kelsi Brianna Johnson, Kendra M. Johnson, Robert Lee Kettlewell, Muhammad U. Khan, Sean Kranske, Shawna Lynn Littell, Masengo Gretta Mangi, Timothy R. McCabe, Melissa Anne McCamic, Josie Scarlertt McCoy, Carrie A. Miller, Madison Marie Moore, Gregory A. Myers, Maria Christine Seangio Pangilinan, Alaina Rachel Pauley, Mario Anthony Peroni, Abigail Catherine Reeves, Kendra Lee Rhodes, Alexis Ann-Marie Ricker, Cierra Nicole Rueckle, Samantha Alexandra Scarnechia, Erin Rebekah Schuler, Lindsey Nicole Schuler, Brittany Ann Shuba, Anthony Chance Siebieda, Mary Elizabeth Stahl, Alex E. Stephens, Trevor Stewart, Marshall Tallman, Jonathan Tshibambe Nkolomonyi, Kaleigh Christine Wiethe, Alexus Ann Williams, Hannah Olivia Wilson, Robert L. Yeater II.

OHIO

Thats Cory Hoshor of Buffalo, W.Va., carrying the College of Business banner, an honor he earned by achieving top honors.

Akron: Julie Renee Samarigan.

Ashville: Tyler James Primmer.

Barnesville: Mariah Yudasz.

Beallsville: Katherine Elizabeth Phillips.

Bellaire: Kerstin Renee Bommer, Robert M. Kovalyk.

Belmont: Abby Jo Bizzarri, Jessica Gulisek, Abby Jo Stenger.

Bloomingdale: Mark Carmen Putz.

Bridgeport: Hannah Elizabeth Lewis, Alexis Charlene Willis.

Brookville: Sydney Elizabeth Scherer.

Cadiz: Donald Ryan Rose.

Caldwell: Halie Lynn Cowgill, Alexis Jo Schell.

Cleveland: Braxton Gamble.

Columbus: Nathaniel Burkes III, Brandon Anthony Smith.

Crooksville: Elliot M. Collin, Lindsey Marie Crowder.

Cumberland: Kayla Rashaye Millhone.

Dellroy: Madeline Rose Russell.

Dillonvale: Rebecca Lynn Petersen.

East Liverpool: Joseph M. Cilone, Asia Waggle.

Etna: Zacharie Andrew Budreau.

Fleming: James Ethan Estes.

Flushing: Rebecca Carla Hess.

Martins Ferry: Jessica Lynn Eimer, Shelby Jean Boehm Ellis, Olivia Marie Gazzola, Shane Nicholas Sneddon, Marcus Ryan Sutton.

Millersport: Cheyan Jordan Coakley.

Mingo Junction: Mark Anthony Carson.

Poland: Charley Ann Troggio.

Powhatan Point: Skylar Kayne Clark.

Quaker City: Trevor R. Hardesty.

Rayland: Anthony Barsch Jr., Joshua T. Figurski.

Reedsville: Shawna Rebecca Murphy.

Roseville: Paige Carmichael.

Saint Clairsville: Ablan J. Maroon.

Seville: Thomas Harold Wangler.

Shadyside: Carrie A. Kaluger, Tiffany Lynn O’Donnell.

St. Clairsville: Emily Mae Clark, Kristen Danielle Sikorsky.

Steubenville: Sydney Anne Banks, Logan Marie Colabella, Kayla Marie Collier, Anthony Briar Craig, Ashley Ann Martin, Sara Christina Scott, Patrick F. Spiess, Mallorie Leah Sullivan.

Struthers: McKenna Jacquelyn Shives.

Tiltonsville: Taylor M. Jones.

Tipp City: Erin Steiner Jans.

Toronto: Hayley Elizabeth Mumaw, Kalie Marie Yasho.

Uhrichsville: Tyler R. Peterson.

Vincent: Evan Dean French.

Waynesburg: Cortney Ann Huffman.

Wellsville: Rilee Starr Livolsi.

Wintersville: Taylor Marie Bednar, John Engle, Anna Gombar, Emily Todoroff, Amber Renee Travis.

Woodsfield: Anna Turner.

PENNSYLVANIA:

Avella: Amber Jo Clingenpeel, Patricia M. Conn, Megan Marie Waddell.

Bridgeville: Samantha Marie Smith.

Canonsburg: Sondra Rae Michael.

Carnegie: Hunter Douglas Steel.

Claysville: Shane D. Powell.

Elizabeth: Matlyn Elise Flanigan.

Ford City: Justin Zubik-Retzer.

Georgetown: Laci Marie Martin.

Glassport: Dayton Kane Goodrum.

Hickory: Destinee Davis.

Jeannette: Dena Marie Horn.

Monroeville: Alexandra Judith Warsaw.

Moon Township: Ian Charles Kelly.

Mount Pleasant: Kaitlyn Marie Gorton, Marcus Anthony Malara.

Oil City: Courtney D. Amsler.

Pittsburgh: Aaron Jacob Majiros, Katelyn E. Yauch.

Sewickley: Thanna Nicole Oddo.

Washington: Jessica Ann McNicholas.

West Alexander: Allison Marie Broski.

West Mifflin: Danielle Ann Hasson.

Zelienople: Mckinley Ann Terry.

Undergraduate degree candidates from other states and countries are as follows:

CALIFORNIA, Jacob Lee Kalama, Michael Kuheleloa, Savanna Marie Sieger. FLORIDA, Terrance Baldwin, Jevon Virdale Fripp, MARYLAND, Kathryn Emily Dragan, Zachary Jon Kirkwood, NEVADA, Sean Fuimaono, NEW JERSEY, Charles Simons. NEW YORK, Jaquan Daleas McCullough, Jeremiah J. Ortiz, Ellis L. Randall II, TENNESSEE, Susan Joy Smith, VIRGINIA, Lynesha Ann Smith.

AUSTRALIA, James Angus Griffin, Megan Shayne Hellmuth. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Dieuleveut Makengo Bulabula, FRANCE, Florian Dupuis, GERMANY, Lisa Marie Nachtwey, RUSSIA, Ekaterina Pinchuk, SPAIN, Ana Berbel Tornel.     

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WLU Celebrates Spring Commencement 2018 https://westliberty.edu/news/news/wlu-celebrates-spring-commencement-2018/ Sat, 12 May 2018 17:14:05 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10795 West Liberty, W.Va., May 12, 2018 — West Liberty University graduates enjoyed a pleasant spring morning as commencement took place on the hilltop campus. President Stephen Greiner presided over the ceremony held at 11 a.m. today. Three hundred and sixty-eight students were members of the graduating class and a total of 403 degrees were conferred, … Read More

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Graduates listen to speakers.

West Liberty, W.Va., May 12, 2018 — West Liberty University graduates enjoyed a pleasant spring morning as commencement took place on the hilltop campus. President Stephen Greiner presided over the ceremony held at 11 a.m. today.

Three hundred and sixty-eight students were members of the graduating class and a total of 403 degrees were conferred, with 35 students earning multiple degrees.

Held in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC), the formalities began with music provided by the WLU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Max Ganano. The WLU Singers led the National Anthem.

Graduating student speaker, Abigail Reeves, a secondary English education major who maintained a 4.0 GPA, addressed the audience. A resident of Wheeling, she came to WLU as a transfer student from West Virginia University.

Reeves explained her background and how she picked WVU thinking she didn’t want to go to West Liberty since it was so close to home, but she quickly discovered that it offered exactly what she needed.

Senior speaker Abigail Reeves shares her thoughts with honored guests, family and her fellow graduates.

“West Liberty University offered me positivity, connectedness and support and I’m proud to say that I’ve attended West Liberty,” Reeves said. “Everyone here values my education. I’ve become the person I’ve always wanted to be and found purpose for my life. I ended up exactly where I was meant to be all along.”

She thanked the faculty, naming many by name and also took time to thank her parents, David and Terri Reeves. She closed by referencing her grandmother who wouldn’t let her say goodbye, preferring that she say see you later.

“So I’ll say see you later to my fellow graduates as we all begin another great chapter in our lives.” Reeves begins graduate school in the fall, earning a coveted teaching assistant position at WVU with a full ride.

President Greiner then called commencement speaker Lisa Allen to the podium and presented her with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Allen is the CEO of Ziegenfelder Company of Wheeling, known worldwide for frozen treats.

Allen began by saying that everyone was gathered to celebrate “your life-changing milestone achievement.”

President Stephen Greiner thanks Lisa Allen for performing the duties of Commencement Speaker.

Allen then explained that she took the novel approach of meeting with graduates as she prepared her comments.

“I was spellbound by your honesty, maturity and willingness to share your feelings. Thank you. I realize that what I think you need to hear is far less significant than what you might want your university, professors and family to know.”

I heard that you love being a Hilltopper! You’ve developed life-long friendships. It may be challenging to stay as connected as you have been these last four years however, hold fast to the relationships you’ve developed while at WLU.”

She went on to tell President Greiner, faculty and administrators that “your customers love you! WLU is an amazing, growing institution. It’s a home, a family atmosphere. This is not an easy campus to access yet WLU continues to excel with great vision and strategy, inspiring faculty and increasing enrollment. There is much to be proud of.”

She continued with other bits of wisdom gleaned from the graduating seniors including: prepare for adversity by remembering where to park, achieve your dreams by listening first, speaking last, and when feeling uncertain, be brave, be original and be yourself.

Allen ended with advice to “walk down the crowded streets of your life with a smile on your face and love in your heart, having courage to share with those you meet on your journey.”

The ASRC was crowded with 368 graduates, faculty, administrators, family and friends.

“There is space in this beautiful world for all of us when we genuinely welcome the stranger — one person, one open heart at a timA reception for graduates, guests and families immediately followed the ceremony and was held in the College Union.

The Commencement Ceremony was televised live on WLU-TV 14 (Comcast Channel 14 and online at wltvonline.com and will be rebroadcast over the weekend.

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, biology, professional studies and two online degrees, criminology and the MBA. For more information, please call 304.336.5000.

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Medical Laboratory Science Graduates Get Pinned https://westliberty.edu/news/news/medical-laboratory-science-graduates-get-pinned/ Thu, 10 May 2018 16:18:32 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10781 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 10, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) seniors were on the other side of the needle recently as they enjoyed their first Pinning Ceremony on the morning of May 5, in the Interfaith Chapel.  “It was a happy moment for our graduating seniors who will graduate this Saturday … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 10, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) seniors were on the other side of the needle recently as they enjoyed their first Pinning Ceremony on the morning of May 5, in the Interfaith Chapel. 

Shown in Campbell Hall of Health Sciences are MLS graduates, from left (front) Amber Clingenpeel and Abby Bizzarri, (back) Jessica McNicholas, Erin Schuler, Lindsey Schuler and Emily Anderson.

“It was a happy moment for our graduating seniors who will graduate this Saturday and we congratulate them on their hard work,” said Dr. William Wagener, program director, who has been at the helm of the program for 24 years.

Spring 2018 graduates include Emily Anderson, Glen Dale, W.Va., Abby Bizzarri, Belmont, Ohio, Amber Clingenpeel, Avella, Pa., Jessica McNicholas, Washington, Pa., Erin Schuler and Lindsey Schuler, Wheeling.

Typically many of the Medical Laboratory Science graduates have job offers before they graduate and begin careers immediately after commencement, according to Wagener, who is from Monroeville, Pa. and was a lab supervisor prior to joining WLU. Bonnie Porter is the instructor in MLS and assists Wagener with the program.

One of the most successful programs at WLU, the Medical Laboratory Science program at West Liberty University has provided training for medical laboratory scientists (medical technologists) since 1943. Students must be proficient in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology and blood banking to complete the program and pass their board certification exam.

Accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), the program is one of the Health Sciences degree options for students interested in the field medicine. It is housed in the College of Sciences in Campbell Hall.

Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests on a variety of body fluids and tissues and are employed in many locations including hospitals, doctor offices and clinics. The result of their work is used by physicians to diagnose and treat disease, maintain and monitor health, and promote health in the community.

Senior-year students rotate through the clinical laboratories of local hospital laboratories and after successful completion of the clinical rotation, students complete the senior level courses required for graduation and to prepare take the Board of Certification (BOC) National Certification Examination.

West Liberty University 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).

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New Student Government Leaders Take the Helm https://westliberty.edu/news/news/new-student-government-leaders-take-the-helm/ Wed, 09 May 2018 16:46:14 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10777 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 9, 2018 — As commencement approaches and another academic year draws to a close, new Student Government Association leaders begin their terms and are meeting today to map out next year. President Zachary Rhodes and Vice President Anna Malone were sworn in officially during the Spring Honors Convocation by Vice President … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 9, 2018 — As commencement approaches and another academic year draws to a close, new Student Government Association leaders begin their terms and are meeting today to map out next year.

From left, Zachary Rhodes, Anna Malone and President Stephen Greiner meet on the quad.

President Zachary Rhodes and Vice President Anna Malone were sworn in officially during the Spring Honors Convocation by Vice President of Student Services Scott Cook. Elected by students in April, the leaders are anxious to get busy.

“I’ve been in SGA all the years that I’ve been here and it gives me an opportunity to be involved on campus and to make decisions. I look forward to listening to the students and improving campus in ways that are meaningful to them,” Rhodes said, who has served in Student Government as treasurer and senator in the past.

As they plan for the future, the two officers agree that they love West Liberty.

“The small community feel of our campus is great. You get to know all your professors and have one-on-one conversations with them and can receive all the help you need as you earn your degree. It’s just a very friendly place,” Rhodes said.

Majoring in Finance and Accounting, Rhodes will be a senior in the fall and is from Chester, W.Va. He plans on working toward becoming a Certified Public Accountant and entering the professional field of accounting after graduation.

Also a Student Ambassador, Rhodes has worked in the Enrollment Center this year, assisting with student and family tours.

Malone is from Clarksburg, W.Va. and is majoring in Elementary Education. She also served as president of Kappa Phi, the Christian service organization on campus, this year. She also served as president of the Council for Exceptional Children, which planned Fitness and Fun Day and served as president of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honorary.

“I started to get involved in the fall of 2015, then took a break this year and served other organizations but I found I missed SGA, so I’m happy to be back,” she said. “I feel SGA is important because it gives students a say on campus. Students can come to me with ideas for improvement and needs.”

This summer she will be studying for her GRE and she will graduate next spring.

Starting on Monday, May 14, both new officers will attend the annual West Virginia Student Leadership Conference in Jackson Mill, W.Va. The conference is sponsored by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC).   

Other SGA officers elected and confirmed for 2017 – 2018 include Treasurer Bryan Congo of Chester, W.Va., Secretary Taylor Curry, Columbus, Ohio and Director of Programming Hunter Norris of Moundsville, W.Va.

SGA continually works with administrators and acts as bridges of communication between students and administration. SGA also develops creative programming for students to keep the student experience the best it can possibly be.

The association governs itself on three overarching principles: service, leadership and integrity. Its office is located on the second floor of the College Union building.

For more information, please visit the SGA webpage. During the school year you may reach the SGA office via email at sga@westliberty.edu.

 

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Students Present at Alpha Chi National Convention https://westliberty.edu/news/news/students-present-at-alpha-chi-national-convention/ Mon, 07 May 2018 15:13:09 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10772 WEST LIBERTY, May 7, 2018 — West Liberty University students Elliott Collins, Caleb Martin, Natasha Muhametzyanova and Lindsay Six attended and participated in the Alpha Chi National Convention in Portland, Ore., this spring. The theme of the convention was “Our Green Planet.” Three of the students participated in major-specific presentation categories and Elliott Collins participated … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, May 7, 2018 — West Liberty University students Elliott Collins, Caleb Martin, Natasha Muhametzyanova and Lindsay Six attended and participated in the Alpha Chi National Convention in Portland, Ore., this spring.

From left, Lindsay Six, Natasha Muhametzyanova, Elliott Collins, Dr. Linda Cowan and Caleb Martin.

The theme of the convention was “Our Green Planet.” Three of the students participated in major-specific presentation categories and Elliott Collins participated in leadership activities as this area’s regional student-representative for 2017 – 2019.

  • Martin, a senior in Biology, presented a poster entitled, “Identification of Plant and Fungal Extracts that Exhibit Antimicrobial Activity against Pathogenic Bacteria.” He competed in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
  • Muhametzyanova, a senior in Public Relations, presented her paper, “The Struggle of Past, Present and Future in Sandra Cisneros’ Novel The House on Mango Street.” She competed in the category of American Literature.
  • Six, a junior in Musical Performance and Education, presented “Interpreting Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen.” She competed in the category of Arts: Performance and Research.

“I thought it was an excellent opportunity. It gave me the chance to research my topic in a more academic manner and present it nationally, rather than just in the classroom,” said Six, who is from Follansbee, W.Va. “I’m now looking into graduate school for choral conducting so learning how to research music is important for me.”

None of the students who went on the trip had been to the West Coast before, according to Muhametzyanova, so traveling to Portland was especially interesting to the group.

“I enjoyed visiting Portland because it was so different. We toured the Portland Japanese Garden, an authentic Japanese garden that is out in the hills. We also shopped at the world’s biggest bookstore, Powell’s Books. It is amazing,” she said.

Students also had a chance to hear the keynote speaker, best-selling author Jeff VanderMeer, whose first novel, Annihilation, has been made into a movie released by Paramount Pictures this past February. 

Annually, the top 10 percent of WLU students, academically, both graduate and undergraduate, are invited to join the academic honorary.

With some 300 chapters and an active presence in almost every state, Alpha Chi actively promotes academic excellence, undergraduate and graduate research, campus academic dialogue, and civic engagement.

The WLU chapter of Alpha Chi, West Virginia Epsilon, holds inductions during the spring semester. All current members and Alpha Chi alumni are eligible to attend the annual convention, and present and/or submit a paper for scholarship and fellowship awards.

Dr. Linda Cowan escorted the group of scholars to Portland and coordinated their participation in the convention. Cowan also is the faculty sponsor of Alpha Chi along with Professor Dr. Melinda S. Kreisberg.

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Education Major Abigail Reeves Named Student Speaker  https://westliberty.edu/news/news/education-major-abigail-reeves-named-student-speaker/ Fri, 04 May 2018 11:00:22 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10766 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 4, 2018 — West Liberty University graduating senior Abigail Reeves, 22, has earned the honor of being the student speaker for Spring Commencement, which will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC). Three hundred and seventy students are expected to complete their degree … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 4, 2018 — West Liberty University graduating senior Abigail Reeves, 22, has earned the honor of being the student speaker for Spring Commencement, which will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).

Abby Reeves earned the right to be WLU’s graduation speaker for Spring 20187.

Three hundred and seventy students are expected to complete their degree requirements during the spring semester.

Maintaining a cumulative 4.0, she is graduating summa cum laude. A secondary English education major with a middle school social studies minor, a writing minor and an English literature minor, Reeves began her career on the hilltop as a transfer student from WVU.

Most recently, Reeves has been student teaching at Triadelphia Middle School and also completed a student teaching assignment at Wheeling Park High School.

After commencement, Reeves will enter WVU’s English master degree program as a teaching assistant. This position is highly competitive and awards only six applicants a scholarship. She will teach English in the fall to WVU freshmen and after two years, expects to graduate and return home to Wheeling for a teaching career.

Reeves is active in Alpha Chi honorary, the Liber Honor Society, both the education and the English honor societies, and Chi Omega, serving as secretary at one point. Reeves also recently joined the WLU Literacy Council, a student group that promotes reading on campus, and has presented research papers at WLU’s annual symposium.

Reeves was picked as Homecoming Queen in 2016 and also found time to participate in theatre and speech.

The daughter of David and Terri Reeves, she is from Wheeling and has two younger brothers, Zach and Jacob.

The keynote commencement speaker is President and CEO of Ziegenfelder Company Lisa Allen.

The graduating student with the highest GPA in each respective college has the honor of carrying the college banner. The graduating student speaker duties rotate among the colleges.

The following students will serve as banner carriers:

  • College of Arts & Communication Shane Powell, Claysville, Pa.
  • College of Education & Human Performance Shelby Sands, New Martinsville and Samantha Smith, Bridgeville, Pa.
  • College of Liberal Arts Rose Archey, Wheeling
  • College of Sciences Susan Smith, Tennessee                  
  • West College of Business Cory Hoshor, Buffalo, W.Va.                         
  • School of Professional Studies Jack Benedett, Wheeling

Doors will open for seating at 9:30 a.m. and tickets are not required. However, due to the large number of graduates, graduating seniors are asked to limit guests to no more than five.

The Commencement Ceremony will be televised live on WLU Television Comcast Channel 14 and a reception for graduates, guests and families will be held in the College Union immediately following the ceremony.

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Six Selected for Honors Music Recital https://westliberty.edu/news/news/six-selected-for-honors-music-recital/ Thu, 03 May 2018 11:00:20 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=10762 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 3, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Division of Music will hold its annual Honors Recital, at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6, in Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. “The annual Honors Recital celebrates and represents some of the finest musical talents in WLU’s Division of … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 3, 2018 — West Liberty University’s Division of Music will hold its annual Honors Recital, at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6, in Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

From left, Patricia Loy, Glory Dami, Jason Sivert, Jessica Gulisek, Tyler Funk and Maria Schmitt stand in front of College Hall, the site of Sunday’s Honors Recital.

“The annual Honors Recital celebrates and represents some of the finest musical talents in WLU’s Division of Music. Student performers are selected for the Honors Recital through a competitive audition,” said Dr. Gerald Lee, professor of piano.  

Students who will perform are:

Glory Dami, a freshman pursuing two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is from Steubenville, Ohio and is the daughter of Margaret and Jeremey Taylor and Dan Dami. She studies voice with Dr. Angela Day, adjunct professor. Upon graduation, she plans to teach elementary music in the public schools. 

Tyler Funk, a junior pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education is from Washington, Pa. and is the son of Teresa Funk. He studies saxophone with Marino Galluzzo, adjunct professor. Upon graduation, he plans to teach music in the public schools.  

Jessica Gulisek, a senior pursing the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, is from Belmont, Ohio and is the daughter of Mary Jo and Thomas M. Gulisek. She studies piano with Dr. Lee. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her studies in Collaborative Piano Performance at the master’s level and stay actively involved in choral ensembles.   

Patricia Loy, a sophomore pursuing two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, is from New Martinsville, W.Va. and is the daughter of Sally Loy. She studies voice with Dr. Day. Upon graduation, she plans to teach music in the public schools and maintain a private studio where she will teach voice lessons.  

Maria Schmitt, a junior pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, is from Wheeling and is the daughter of Sheila Keane. She studies voice with Dr. Day. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her studies in vocal performance at the master’s level.

Jason Sivert, a junior pursuing two Bachelor of Music degrees: Percussion Performance and Music Technology, is from New Martinsville, W.Va. and is the son of Denise Deanne Sivert. He studies percussion with Mitchell Greco, director of percussion and world music. Upon graduation, he plans to continue his studies in percussion performance at the master’s level.  

WLU’s Department of Music and Theater is housed within the College of Arts and Communication. It offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree and the Bachelor of Music Technology degree programs. Students also may choose to minor in music. For complete information, please contact Dr. Linda Cowan, chairwoman of the Department of Music and Theater at lcowan@westliberty.edu or 304-336-8293.

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