News & Media Relations https://westliberty.edu/news West Liberty University Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:11:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 123977007 Tri-State Tax Institute Moves to Highlands Center https://westliberty.edu/news/news/tri-state-tax-institute-moves-to-highlands-center/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:11:29 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11225 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 24, 2018 — For more than 60 years, the Tri-State Tax Institute has met and offered career programming geared toward tax professionals, accountants, attorneys, bankers and other professionals. This fall the annual meeting moves to a new location and will take place at the West Liberty University Highlands Center. “The 61st … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 24, 2018 — For more than 60 years, the Tri-State Tax Institute has met and offered career programming geared toward tax professionals, accountants, attorneys, bankers and other professionals.

This fall the annual meeting moves to a new location and will take place at the West Liberty University Highlands Center.

From left, Tri-State Tax Institute board member David Croft, WLU Foundation Executive Director Angie Hill and WLU President Stephen Greiner gather at today’s announcement.

“The 61st annual tax seminar sponsored by the Tri-State Tax Institute and West Liberty University will be held on October 23, 2018 at the West Liberty University Highlands Center. We welcome this new affiliation with West Liberty University and are looking forward to meeting in this convenient location,” said David Croft, board member of the Tri-State Tax Institute.

“We are grateful to the Tri-State Tax Institute for bringing this impressive program to our Highlands Center and we are especially pleased that the tax institute board has offered to fund a scholarship in our Gary E. West College of Business,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president. The scholarship will be administered by the WLU Foundation.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and welcoming remarks begin at 8:15 a.m. Lunch will be served from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.   

Presentations will focus on the far-reaching changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in addition to other topics. The popular Linda Duessel of Federated Securities Corporation is the keynote speaker and is returning to review current economic and market developments. Her talk is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Other times, speakers and topics include:

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Ronald C. Long, JD, Wells Fargo Advisors, Elder Abuse

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nickolas K. Davidson, JD, Ernst & Young LLP, Tax Update

1 – 2 p.m., David L. Cale, Ph.D., MBA, Associate Professor in Business Administration WVU and Scott Fleming, PhD, CPA, CMA, Associate Professor Dept. of Accounting at WVU, Ethics

2 – 3:15 p.m., Jeffrey T. Getty, JD, MS(tax), CFP, AEP, CVGA, CMAA, Key Bank, Charitable Giving3:30 – 5 p.m., Patrick J. Saccogna, JD, CPA, AEP, Partner with Thompson Hine LLP, Estate Planning/Married Couples

CLE credits have been approved for West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, including 1.0 to 1.2 ethics credit. The fee is $190 for an individual or $170 for team members. (Participants are entitled to a team discount when three or more people from the same organization attend and register at the same time.)

The Tri-State Tax Institute began in 1957. Its founders were Robert C. Coe, CPA, Group Manager, Internal Revenue Service, David B. Holden, Esq., Phillips & Holden, Frederick Roth, CPA, S. R. Snodgrass & Co., Henry S. Schrader, Esq., Schrader, Stamp & Co., Wheeling, and the Rev. William F. Troy, S.J., Wheeling Jesuit College.

For more information, please visit westliberty.edu/tristatetax or contact Mary Ann Edwards at edwardsm@westliberty.edu or 304-336-8000.

You may also contact Tri-State Tax Institute Board Member Robert J. Krall, at rkrall@hmhy.com or 304-242-2300.

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WLU Adds Six to Athletic Hall of Fame https://westliberty.edu/news/news/wlu-adds-six-to-athletic-hall-of-fame/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:07:29 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11221 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 23, 2018 — The 38th annual induction ceremony for the West Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame will be held Saturday at the university’s Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex. This year’s class features Darren Banks (football), Rich Brothers (football), Eddie Christian (football), Bruce Cox (track and field), Jim LeMasters (baseball) and … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 23, 2018 — The 38th annual induction ceremony for the West Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame will be held Saturday at the university’s Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex.

This year’s class features Darren Banks (football), Rich Brothers (football), Eddie Christian (football), Bruce Cox (track and field), Jim LeMasters (baseball) and Rich Schoene (wrestling).

2018 Hall of Fame inductees on the 50-yard line during Saturday’s game. From left, AD Lynn Ullom, Darren Banks, Rich Brothers, Eddie Christian, Bruce Cox, Jim LeMasters, Rich Schoene and President Emeritus Dr. John McCullough.

Festivities will begin with a social gathering in the lobby of the ASRC from 8:30-9 a.m. with breakfast and the formal induction ceremony to follow at 9 a.m. in the R. Emmett Boyle Conference Center. The event was open to the public. The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 was recognized on the field at West Family Stadium during halftime of Saturday’s home football game against UVa-Wise. The Toppers won the game, 23-17.

DARREN BANKS, Football
One of the most decorated defensive backs in the history of NCAA Division II football, Darren Banks turned the West Liberty secondary into a “no-fly” zone from 2005 to 2008.

A ball-hawking cornerback, Banks was the only 3-time first-team All-American in the 90-year history of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The four-year starter finished his stellar career with a staggering 35 interceptions – a number that still ranks No. 2 all-time in the NCAA Division II record book.

A 3-time first-team All-WVIAC and All-Region selection, Banks led the nation with a school-record 13 interceptions as a junior in 2007 and capped his senior season by being honored as the WVIAC and NCAA Division II East Region Defensive Player of the Year.

Banks graduated from West Liberty with a degree in Sports Management and has put that degree to good use since leaving the hilltop. He and his wife, Cornetta, have owned and operated a janitorial services company in the Chesapeake, Va. area for the past seven years. They also run a home health agency and sell real estate.

Darren and Cornetta reside in Chesapeake with their growing family – Desire (13), Kam’ran (7) and Darriana (5) – with another addition on the way.

RICH BROTHERS, Football
The leading tackler in West Liberty football history, Rich Brothers was a dominant defensive presence for Hilltopper teams during the early 1980s.

Brothers came to the hilltop after a stellar multi-sport career – football, wrestling and baseball – at Bridgeport (Ohio) High School and quickly played his way into West Liberty’s starting lineup. A wide-ranging linebacker, Brothers got his career off to a fast start with 123 tackles as a true freshman.

The All-WVIAC standout also posted a 127-tackle season as a junior, making him the only West Liberty gridder with multiple 120-tackle seasons, before finishing his career with a school-record 406 stops.

Brothers graduated from West Liberty in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration/Hotel and Restaurant Management. A professional chef who has worked in several areas of the food service industry, including stints with Marriott and Sheraton, Brothers now owns and operates a highly-successful catering business, Designated Chef, Inc., in Acworth, Ga.

He has been happily married to the former Lori Noble, a West Liberty alumna, since 1984. The Brothers are the proud parents of two daughters, Erin and Keri. Rich remains active in coaching wrestling at Kell (Ga.) High School and was recently honored as the conference’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

EDDIE CHRISTIAN, Football
The first 1,000-yard rusher in the history of West Liberty football, Eddie Christian was one of the top running backs in the West Virginia Conference during the mid-1990s.

Christian came to the hilltop in 1992 after a stellar career at Cadiz (Ohio) High School and made history as a junior when he posted the first 1,000-yard rushing season in Hilltopper history. His 242 carries and 1,015 rushing yards established school records that stood for nearly a decade.

A 2-time All-WVIAC selection and a Preseason All-American heading into his senior year, Christian was also the first West Liberty back to post multiple 200-yard rushing games. He graduated as the school record-holder for single-season and career rushing yards and single-season carries.

Christian has been a small business owner in the fitness industry since 2003. He currently owns and operates a successful personal training and nutritional supplement business where he works with athletes of all levels. He also works as a life coach, teaching personal development and leadership values.

Eddie resides in Circleville, Ohio with his wife, Jessie – a former collegiate athlete – and two children, Maleah (9) and Solomon (6). Eddie also has two daughters, Bryanna (21) and Olivia (10) along with two other sons, Justin (24) and Noah (17).

BRUCE COX, Track and Field
An outstanding distance runner who set numerous records on the hilltop during the mid-1970s, Bruce Cox also made his mark as an outstanding collegiate coach.

Cox helped lead West Liberty to multiple West Virginia Conference track and cross country titles during his dazzling run from 1973-76. A 6-time national qualifier and 10-time All-WVIAC honoree, Cox posted a Top 40 finish at the 1975 NAIA Cross Country Nationals and was honored as the 1976 WVIAC Male Track Athlete of the Year.

He set nine outdoor and indoor school records – many of which remain on the books nearly four decades after Cox graduated from West Liberty. He went on to earn his master’s degree at Marshall while serving as a graduate assistant coach with the Thundering Herd’s track and cross country programs.

After a quarter-century in the insurance business, Cox was hired as the founding coach of the track and cross country programs at the University of Charleston in 2000 and has been head track/cross country coach at WVU Tech since 2007. In 18 years as a coach, Cox has coached 43 conference champions, 20 national qualifiers and 8 All-Americans.

Bruce resides in Belle, W.Va. with his wife, Faith. They have three daughters – Maeve, Erin and Emma – and four grandchildren.

JIM LEMASTERS, Baseball
One of the West Virginia Conference’s most dominant pitchers, Jim LeMasters was an All-American ace who followed up his record-setting run at West Liberty with a multi-year pro career.

The Wheeling, W.Va. native came to the hilltop in 1984 as the West Virginia American Legion Player of the Year after leading Wheeling Post 1 to its third straight state title. The hard-throwing righthander picked up where he left off with Coach Bo McConnaughy’s diamond powerhouse, capping his stellar career by leading the Hilltoppers to the 1986 WVIAC championship.

LeMasters set school records for wins (11), complete games (12) and innings pitched (95.1) that season. The WVIAC and NAIA Area 7 Pitcher of the Year, he became only the second first-team NAIA All-American in West Liberty history.

He was a 10th-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves and spent six seasons in professional baseball, rising as high as the Class AAA level with the Braves and Kansas City Royals organizations before returning to the Ohio Valley.
LeMasters has spent the past 22 years working for United Electric of Wheeling with the last 13 years as Project Manager.

He and his wife, Dawnetti – also a WLU alumna – will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Sept. 24. They have two daughters, Breanna (27) and Adreanna (20), and reside in Bethlehem, W.Va.

RICH SCHOENE, Wrestling
One of the most accomplished wrestlers in the program’s long and storied history, Rich Schoene earned back-to-back All-America honors for the Hilltoppers during the mid-1980s.

A product of John Marshall High School, Schoene was a four-year letterman and two-year captain for legendary mat coach Dr. Vince Monseau at West Liberty. He claimed his first NAIA All-America honor as a junior when he finished 6th at 190 pounds in the 1983 NAIA Nationals and followed that up with a 3rd-place finish in 1984.

Schoene posted a sparkling 86-31-2 record on the mat at West Liberty and still ranks among the top three all-time in shutouts, pins and reversals.

After graduating from West Liberty in 1984, Schoene taught and coached in Marshall County and Ohio County schools, serving as an assistant coach on Wheeling Park High School’s 1986 state champion wrestling team. He has been employed as an educator with the Belmont-Harrison Vocational School District since 1994, serving as District Superintendent since 2010.

Rich and his wife, Robin Stevenson – also a West Liberty alumna – reside in Glen Dale, W.Va. They are the proud parents of one adult daughter, Emily. 

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Hogwarts on the Hilltop plans Magical Days of Learning https://westliberty.edu/news/news/hogwarts-on-the-hilltop-plans-magical-days-of-learning/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:48:47 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11215 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 21, 2018 — West Liberty University brings magic to campus with Hogwarts on the Hilltop, an event taking place on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. Most events take place at the Elbin Library and are planned by the College of Liberal Arts. Hogwarts on the Hilltop will feature Harry Potter-inspired presentations, … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 21, 2018 — West Liberty University brings magic to campus with Hogwarts on the Hilltop, an event taking place on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. Most events take place at the Elbin Library and are planned by the College of Liberal Arts.

Hogwarts on the Hilltop will feature Harry Potter-inspired presentations, games and even a costume contest. Saturday’s activities are free and open to the public.

Elbin Library is the main site of Hogwarts on the Hilltop taking place Sept. 28 – 29.

“We will be hosting nearly 100 students from three local high schools on Friday, so we’ll be busy. Then on Saturday, we’ll open it up to the public. The Friday activity gives high school students an opportunity to experience college-style lectures and learn about the kinds of things we study in the liberal arts. This is the first time we’ve done a themed version, and the result has been about three times the number of attendees we usually get,” said Nicole Naegele, instructor of English and coordinator of the Harry Potter-themed event.

Written by J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series has sold more than 500 million books in 80 languages, according to pottermore.com, global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

“Harry Potter appeals to so many people, of all ages. I think the Harry Potter series allows readers to experience something they can’t in their everyday lives. At the same time, there are elements that we mere muggles find familiar, that resonate with our real world like friendship, loss and overcoming difficulties,” Naegele said.

Saturday presentations are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are open to the public. Free childcare is available at the event and will take place at the Center for Arts and Education. Titles of the presentations include:

  • Monetizing Muggles, Craig Crow, associate professor of management
  • Harry Potter Pedagogy: Educators, Sorcery and the Seven Secrets of Successful Teaching, Angela Curfman, assistant professor of teacher education
  • Why is the ‘magic’ in Harry Potter’s universe not magic? Dominique Hoche, associate professor of English
  • Care of Magical Creatures, Kinsey Skalican Guthrie, animal care coordinator and Zachary Loughman, associate professor of biology
  • The Magic of Misinformation: Fake News in the Harry Potter Series, Brian Fitzpatrick, instructor of political science
  • Harry Potter and Censorship, Katy Zane, Elbin Library librarian

The day will end with a costume contest and games, complete with prizes.

Naegele started working on Hogwarts on the Hilltop last year looking for ways to involve more WLU students in the organization of the event that was initially designed for prospective students.

“Several English majors are helping with the Friday portion of the event and the students from Dr. Brian Fencl’s Mural Making and Public Arts class are creating Harry Potter murals on the whiteboards in L10 (classroom). The murals will be on display both days of the event,” Naegele said.

Clubs and organizations that would like to set up a booth at the event are welcome to contact Naegele at nicole.naegele@westliberty.edu to get involved. There are no fees involved in participating or attending.

WLU’s College of Liberal Arts includes both the Department of Humanities and the Department of Social and Behavior Sciences. Undergraduate programs include criminal justice, English, geography and planning, history, philosophy, political science, pre-law, religion, social work, sociology, and world languages. Additionally, the College of Liberal Arts offers a graduate program in criminology.

For more information on the College of Liberal Arts or WLU, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Media Relations Intern Natasha Muhametzyanova contributed to this release.

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Community University Announces Fall Classes https://westliberty.edu/news/news/community-university-announces-fall-classes/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:45:46 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11208 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 19, 2018 – West Liberty University’s Community University will begin a new collection of fall classes on Sept. 26 for adults age 55 and older. “Most classes are conveniently held during the day at the WLU Highlands Center and are taught by volunteers. Occasionally, classes offer interesting tours of local attractions. … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 19, 2018 – West Liberty University’s Community University will begin a new collection of fall classes on Sept. 26 for adults age 55 and older.

“Most classes are conveniently held during the day at the WLU Highlands Center and are taught by volunteers. Occasionally, classes offer interesting tours of local attractions. The program is designed to be interactive and informative and is open to the public” said Ron Witt, who coordinates the program and is WLU’s executive director of alumni and community relations.

Individuals must register for Community University but may take as many classes as they wish. All classes are for self-improvement and lifelong learning.

Classes include:

  • Movies with retired WLU Professor Art Barbeau, eight sessions, 9:30 a.m., Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7 and 14
  • Most classes meet in a Highlands Center classroom, shown here.

    Adventures in Transportation, Instructor Dale Rothert, 1 p.m., Sept. 27

  • The Significance of the National Road in West Virginia Statehood, WLU History Instructor Sandy Czernek, 1 p.m., Oct. 1
  • Lifestyle Factors and Cancer Risk, WLU Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology Jason Metz, 1:30 p.m., Oct. 2
  • Psychology Myths Debunked: Science or Superstition? WLU Senior Psychology Major Sydnie Stewart, and WLU Program Director and Clinical Psychologist Tammy Mclain, 2:30 p.m., Oct. 4
  • Foundations of Investing, WLU Alumnus Brandon Galici, 9:30 a.m., Oct. 9
  • Wheeling Innovators, WLU Alumna Christina Fisanick, 12:30 p.m., Oct. 10
  • West Virginia Independence Hall Tour, 10 a.m., Oct. 11
  • Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Tour, Cultural Program Coordinator Andrea Keller, 1 p.m., Oct. 16
  • History of American Hospitals, retired Healthcare Executive Kevin P. Britt, 9 a.m., Oct. 23
  • Wheeling’s Labor History: An Introduction, Historian Sean Patrick Duffy and WLU Alumna Christina Fisanick, 2:30 p.m., Oct. 24
  • Retirement: Making Your Money Last, WLU Alumnus Brandon Galici, 9:30 a.m., Oct. 30
  • Historic Wheeling Ghost Tales, Author and Storyteller Rich Knoblich, 6 p.m., Oct. 30
  • The Big Greek: The Rise and Fall of Bill Lias, Historians and Authors Jeanna Finstein and Judi Hendrickson, 10 a.m., Nov. 1
  • Folk Heroes and Legends of the Upper Ohio Valley Illustrated, retired WLU Professor Earl Nicodemus, 1 p.m., Nov. 6
  • Vivez la Bonne Cuisine, or How to Eat Like a French Person, WLU Dean of Honors College and Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Shannon Halicki, 1 p.m., Nov. 8
  • Strategies for a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season, Professional Certified Nutrition Counselor and Transformation Coach Kathi Salatino, 1 p.m., Nov. 13
  • The Politics of Trade, WLU Assistant Professor of Political Science Brian Fitzpatrick, 1:30 p.m., Nov. 14
  • Healthcare and Your Retirement, WLU Alumnus Brandon Galici, 9:30 a.m., Nov. 15
  • Overcoming Loss and Depression, WLU Health and Safety Specialist Anthony Salatino, 9:30 a.m., Nov. 27

The fee for class registration is $25 (one or more classes). For more information, contact Witt at 304.336.8844 or wittron@westliberty.edu or visit the Community University online at  westliberty.edu/community-university.

WLU’s Highlands Center is located along Cabela Drive in the Highlands shopping complex, near the Marquee Cinema.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Observed https://westliberty.edu/news/news/hispanic-heritage-month-observed/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:00:15 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11201 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 18, 2018 — West Liberty University students studying Spanish are marking the national observation of Hispanic Heritage Month with special programs that look at the significance of Hispanic-Latino culture in the United States. “Many of our states and regions carry Spanish language names like Texas, Nevada and Arizona and our country … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 18, 2018 — West Liberty University students studying Spanish are marking the national observation of Hispanic Heritage Month with special programs that look at the significance of Hispanic-Latino culture in the United States.

“Many of our states and regions carry Spanish language names like Texas, Nevada and Arizona and our country has many ties to Latino culture so we are happy to encourage the sharing of cultures and where better to do this than in Spanish class,” said Dr. Felipe Rojas, assistant professor of Spanish in WLU’s Department of Humanities.

Dr. Felipe Rojas is shown in Spanish 101 classroom.

A native of Chile, Rojas teaches Spanish to all level students and added a Spanish conversation and composition class this fall for those who minor in the language.

“Hispanic culture is growing in our region and West Virginia was home to more than 22,000 Hispanics in 2010. The numbers in West Virginia grew 81.4 percent from 2000 to 2010 and the numbers in Wheeling grew by almost 65 percent from 2000 to 2010,” said Rojas.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

Today Hispanic Americans are the nations largest ethnic or racial minority, according to United States Census data.

WLU also has many international students from Spanish speaking countries including Columbia, Honduras, Paraguay, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

WLU’s Modern Language Department is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, led by Dean Gerard NeCastro. Besides Spanish, French is also taught.

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

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Inspiring Integrity is Topic at Student Program https://westliberty.edu/news/news/inspiring-integrity-is-topic-at-student-program/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:01:39 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11198 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 17, 2018 — Motivational speaker Corey Ciocchetti visits West Liberty University today and will share his inspirational message with students. His talk takes place at 5 and 6:15 p.m. in College Hall and is entitled, “Inspire Integrity: Chase an Authentic Life.” It is open to the public.  “We’re excited to have a speaker of … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 17, 2018 — Motivational speaker Corey Ciocchetti visits West Liberty University today and will share his inspirational message with students.

Corey Ciochetti

His talk takes place at 5 and 6:15 p.m. in College Hall and is entitled, “Inspire Integrity: Chase an Authentic Life.” It is open to the public. 

“We’re excited to have a speaker of his level share tips and advice with students and we are grateful to the WLU Foundation for covering the cost of this speaker,” said Kate Billings, director of Student Activities.

“This program is perfect for our new students and is required for our First Year Experience classes. But we hope to see lots of our returning students and upper class students in the audience as well,” Billings said.

An associate professor of business ethics and legal studies at the University of Denver, Ciocchetti is one of the school’s most popular and highest-rated professors.

He earned a law degree from Duke University School of Law, a master’s degree in religious studies and two bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics—summa cum laude—from the University of Denver.

He has won multiple teaching and speaking awards including the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award and the Joel Goldman Award for most respected speaker on the CAMPUSPEAK roster. He currently teaches classes on business law and ethics.

Ciocchetti also speaks to tens of thousands of individuals each year about “authentic success” and living an ethical life and is the author of the book “Inspire Integrity: Chase An Authentic Life.”

He has spoken to diverse audiences in over 225 cities and 44 states over the past ten years. A Colorado native, Corey resides in Denver with his wife, Jillian and daughters Sophia and Sydney.

The Office of Housing & Student Life facilitates campus events and all student activities and works closely with clubs, organizations and other departments on campus, including the Student Government Association, to provide a rich student life program for all students. The main office is located in Rogers Hall.

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Social Work Club Empowers Via Voter Registration Days https://westliberty.edu/news/news/social-work-club-empowers-via-voter-registration-days/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:00:53 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11191 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 13, 2018 —West Liberty University’s Social Work Club will sponsor Voter Registration Days on campus from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, September 24 and 25 in the College Union. “National Voter Registration Day is September 25 and since social work is about empowering people and social justice, … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 13, 2018 —West Liberty University’s Social Work Club will sponsor Voter Registration Days on campus from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, September 24 and 25 in the College Union.

Members of the Social Work Club include (from left standing) Kaitlyn Roberts, Greg Gust, Bailey Timmons, Mikenzi Edwards, Randi Efaw, Lyndsey Eddy, Barbara Baker, Professor Brenda Rinkes, Cameron Amend, (seated) Carmen Hill, Zainab Nawaz and Samaria Oiler. 

“National Voter Registration Day is September 25 and since social work is about empowering people and social justice, this is a perfect service project for our students. Our Social Work Club will encourage students and the entire campus community to vote and help them to understand the steps to registration and voting,” said Brenda Rinkes, club mentor and a professor in the social work program.

Club members will have voting forms, facts and computers ready to register adults online.

“We’re expanding to create a two-day event to allow us the chance to also share information regarding the process of submitting absentee ballots, since so many of our students are from surrounding states and may not get home to vote,” added Greg Gust, club president and a senior from Weirton and originally from Powhatan Point, Ohio.

National Voter Registration Day is a 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November when midterms and governor races conclude in many state.

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay is being used on all social media platforms to drive attention to voter registration and the midterm elections.

“Our Social Work Club is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. We hope to encourage good citizenship and answer questions students may have about how to vote and how to register in time for the next election,” said Gust. The club meets weekly and discusses topics of importance, like social work careers, academic questions and how to serve the community.

Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote.

According to the National Voter Registration Day website, more than two million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural voter registration day.

WLU’s social work program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and is a combination of academics and real world experience. Each social work student completes more than 400 hours in a professional field internship.

For more information on WLU’s BSW program, please contact program director, Dr. Sylvia Senften at shawranick@westliberty.edu or call 304-336-8089.

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Hilltop Players Announce 2018 – 2019 Season https://westliberty.edu/news/news/hilltop-players-announce-2018-2019-season/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:38:35 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11183 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 12, 2018 – The West Liberty University Hilltop Players have planned another entertaining season of first-class theatre on the hilltop for 2018-2019. It all gets started with a modern classic, “The Miracle Worker,” opening on Oct. 18 in Kelly Theatre and directed by Maggie Vos Balsley, who also is a member … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 12, 2018 – The West Liberty University Hilltop Players have planned another entertaining season of first-class theatre on the hilltop for 2018-2019.

It all gets started with a modern classic, “The Miracle Worker,” opening on Oct. 18 in Kelly Theatre and directed by Maggie Vos Balsley, who also is a member of the WLU theatre faculty.

“The Miracle Worker” first premiered in 1959 as an adaptation of The Story of My Life, an autobiography by Helen Keller. The play story, written by William Gibson, reveals the struggles and successes of Helen and her marvelous teacher, Annie Sullivan.

Shown in the lobby of Kelly Theatre looking over the season information are students Anthony Veltri and Natasha Muhametzyanova.

The play takes place during the 1880s in Tuscumbia, Ala. where a young Helen Keller becomes overwhelmed by tantrums and rage after a disease left her deaf and blind.

On the verge of being sent to an institution, the Kellers reach out to Annie Sullivan, from the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Annie soon begins to work with Helen, teaching her how to communicate, and turns her life around.

Dates and times for “The Miracle Worker” are 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28.

Next on the playbill is “The Secret in the Wings” which opens in December.

This modern production, created by Mary Zimmerman, is directed at WLU by Professor Mike Aulick.

“‘The Secret in the Wings’ puts a personal and somewhat strange twist on a series of childhood stories and fairytales. It features fairy tales of all types, including some that explore the more macabre parts of life,” said Aulick who is WLU’s theatre director.

Zimmerman adapted a group of lesser-known fairy tales to create this work that sets their dark mystery against wit and humor. The action is set around a child and the frightening babysitter with whom her parents leave her. As the babysitter reads from a book, the characters in each of the tales materialize, with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next one.

Dates and times for “The Secret in the Wings” are 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 6-8, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9.

Reconvening after the holiday break, the Hilltop Players are bringing “Studio Theatre Night of Comedic Scenes” to their season lineup. Theatre Professor John Hennen will once again direct this acting lab production that offers a fresh look at theatre in a new venue, the newly renovated, Black Box Theatre.

Renovated over the summer months, the Black Box Theatre space is an intimate, contemporary space for live action.

Dates and times for “Night of Comedic Scenes” are 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-17, in the Fine Arts Building, Room F210.

Rounding out the 2018 – 2019 theatre season will be “The Sound of Music,” co-directed by two professors, Mike Aulick (theatre) and Melinda Kreisberg (biology). Aulick and Kreisberg will be assisted by Professor Linda Cowan Youssef as musical director along with Jill Howard Warren heading choreography.

“The Sound of Music” is a classic musical created by Richard Rogers and scripted by Oscar Hammerstein that holds a special place in the hearts of theatre fans everywhere.

A heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II.

Dates and Times for “The Sound of Music” are 7:30 p.m., April 11 – 13 and 3 p.m., April 14.

Both Kelly Theatre and the Black Box Theatre are located in the Hall of Fine Arts.

Tickets for all Hilltop Players productions will be available through Brown Paper Tickets online and on sale 30 days prior to the opening of each production. For more information, please email maulick@westliberty.edu.

The WLU Theatre Program is part of the university’s College of Arts and Communication. The Hilltop Players typically produce four to five main stage productions a year with opportunities for students to participate in a touring children’s theatre company and student-directed performances. The season is chosen to offer a variety of ‘styles’ of shows giving our students the chance to be well-rounded artists, regularly performing contemporary dramas, comedies, classics, musicals, holiday extravaganzas, and children’s theatre.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Media Relations Intern Anthony Veltri contributed to this press release.

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WLU Marks Constitution Day https://westliberty.edu/news/news/wlu-marks-constitution-day/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:29:10 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11177 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 11, 2018 — West Liberty University will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17, with special events for its students, staff and the public. “We plan on having patriotic games for students, like amendment matching, questions from the Citizen’s Test, Constitution Jeopardy and others. This will all take place from 11 … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 11, 2018 — West Liberty University will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17, with special events for its students, staff and the public.

Flag raising ceremony on the Quad, Veterans Day 2017.

“We plan on having patriotic games for students, like amendment matching, questions from the Citizen’s Test, Constitution Jeopardy and others. This will all take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the quad so all students have a chance to participate,” said Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick, assistant professor of political science.

Pocket constitutions and patriotic prizes will be distributed.

Commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, Constitution Day became an official holiday in 2004, with the help of West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd (1917 – 2010).

Professor Fitzpatrick is being assisted in this effort by students in his American Government Class.

WLU offers programs in social studies with concentrations in geography and planning and history and social studies education, all housed in its College of Liberal Arts.

The College of Liberal Arts includes undergraduate programs in criminal justice, English, geography and planning, history, philosophy, political science, pre-law, religion, social work, sociology, and world languages. Additionally, the College of Liberal Arts offers a graduate program in criminology.

For more information, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB) or visit westliberty.edu or to speak to Professor Fitzpatrick, please email him at brian.fitzpatrick@westliberty.edu.

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West Liberty University Moves Up in US News Rankings https://westliberty.edu/news/news/west-liberty-university-moves-up-in-us-news-rankings/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:54:41 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11168 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 10, 2018 — West Liberty University moved up in this fall’s U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges publication, released today. WLU moved up one place to the number six spot in Top Public Schools in Regional Colleges in the South, a list that includes schools from small liberal arts colleges to … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 10, 2018 — West Liberty University moved up in this fall’s U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges publication, released today.

WLU moved up one place to the number six spot in Top Public Schools in Regional Colleges in the South, a list that includes schools from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions. 

“West Liberty University provides a quality education at an affordable cost and our students can be assured that we will continue to do so. It is gratifying that the U.S. News and World Report continues to rank recognizes this fact,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president.

U.S. News breaks out the numbers in a variety of ways to create its varied lists and in the list that reflects the Best Colleges in West Virginia, WLU remains ranked at the number two spot as it was last year. WLU also remained in the number 37 spot for the Best Regional Colleges in the South listing.

The U.S. News rankings, looks at colleges and universities across the nation and rank them according to established criteria and an annual U.S. News statistical report survey, completed by most colleges. U.S. News provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. 

According to U.S. News, it breaks the overall college rankings into four categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges, then further delineates by regions. The lists focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality and emphasize student outcomes. 

The first U.S. News Best Colleges rankings were published in 1983. 

West Liberty University is West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education and offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and 30 programs.

Graduate programs are growing and include degrees in biology, education, physician assistant studies, professional studies, online criminology, online MBA, and the newest graduate degree programs enrolling now for next fall, dental hygiene and clinical psychology.

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

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