News & Media Relations https://westliberty.edu/news West Liberty University Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:38:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 123977007 More Students Find their Home on the Hilltop this Fall https://westliberty.edu/news/news/more-students-find-their-home-on-the-hilltop-this-fall/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:38:47 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11087 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 20, 2018 – There will be more students returning to class and campus this weekend as West Liberty University students arrive for move-in weekend, Aug. 24 – 26. “We are expecting an increase in enrollment this fall and we are looking forward to the hustle and bustle of students back on … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 20, 2018 – There will be more students returning to class and campus this weekend as West Liberty University students arrive for move-in weekend, Aug. 24 – 26.

“We are expecting an increase in enrollment this fall and we are looking forward to the hustle and bustle of students back on campus and getting settled. We extend a very special welcome to new students as they begin their college career and remind them that we’re here to help during move-in and Topperfest activities,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president.

“We want students to feel that the Hilltop is home.”

New students move-in on Friday, Aug. 24, and returning students get comfortable on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 – 26. Classes begin at the Highlands Center campus on Aug. 25 and on the main campus on Aug. 27.

Campus improvements over the summer include the addition of the Wow American Grill and Wingery located in the College Union. Headquartered in New Orleans, La., this franchise café promises chef inspired food with signature sauces.

Other campus improvements include a reopening of the historic Shotwell Hall, which will now house a centralized International Center that includes the International Student office, along with study, prayer, relaxation and kitchen space for international students and staff. Shotwell also will now house the Study Abroad office.

Other campus progress includes work on the new West Family Athletic Complex (track and soccer field complex), groundbreaking for the new Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility, updates to dorms that increased premium single rooms in Curtis Hall and Rogers Hall and the opening of more off-campus housing options with the addition of Topper Towers.

WLU also recently added a new Ohio County Sheriff substation to campus.

“We want our students to be comfortable and safe and over the summer we’ve worked hard to increase housing options, reopen Shotwell Hall and add the Wow Café, all things that our students want and we are pleased to offer. We also added two more graduate degree programs over the summer with Dental Hygiene and Clinical Psychology now enrolling students, so we are looking forward to a busy and successful academic year,” Greiner added.

Biology Graduate Assistants, Nicole Sadecky of Ravenswood and Tanya Kahn of Wheeling are glad to be back on the Hilltop this fall.

The office of Housing and Student Life coordinates Topperfest activities, which gets started Friday. The two-week festival is designed to welcome students with informative and entertaining events.

These events give new students the chance to learn the ropes of college life and start off with success. Topperfest includes a Family Picnic from 11-2:30 p.m., Friday (Aug. 24) and continues with a variety of entertainment, meetings and more. The picnic will be held in the Marketplace cafeteria.

Other Topperfest events include:

  • 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24, comedian performs in College Union
  • 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, Topper Wars on the Quad as dorms compete
  • 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, Movie on Quad
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, Commuter Lounge open house
  • 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, hypnotist performs in College Union
  • 7 – 10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, Blast from the Past, College Union
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, Organizational Fair on Quad
  • 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, bonfire, s’mores, music and more on Quad
  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, WLU FCA Light Up the Hilltop concert and speaker
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, WLU vs. WVWC, West Family Stadium, tailgate (visit hilltoppersports.com for all sports schedules, scores and more)

The last day to enroll for the fall semester or to add a class is Sept. 6.

For more information, please visit www.westliberty.edu or call 1.866.WESTLIB or 304.336.8076.

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Athletic Advancement Coordinator Joins Team https://westliberty.edu/news/news/athletic-advancement-coordinator-joins-team/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:48:44 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11078 WEST LIBERTY, Aug. 16, 2018 — West Liberty University welcomed back one of its own success stories as alumna Alexis Montes was selected to fill the new position of Athletic Advancement Coordinator. “I’m really excited to have Alexis on my team. Her story is the story of West Liberty. It’s inspiring and illustrates the power of philanthropy,” said Jason … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, Aug. 16, 2018 — West Liberty University welcomed back one of its own success stories as alumna Alexis Montes was selected to fill the new position of Athletic Advancement Coordinator.

“I’m really excited to have Alexis on my team. Her story is the story of West Liberty. It’s inspiring and illustrates the power of philanthropy,” said Jason Koegler, vice president of Institutional Advancement.

Athletic Advancement Coordinator Alexis Montes

“When Alexis was a student-athlete in 2015, she needed help to compete in track and field. We helped her by making a connection with alumnus and donor David Coffaro of Pittsburgh, who threw the javelin himself years ago. Coffaro then helped her in training. She went on to great success, eventually getting recruited by Marshall and earning her master’s degree as part of the deal. It was a life changing moment for her and it was all made possible by the generosity of a West Liberty University alumnus and donor,” Koegler explained.

Now Montes is giving back to WLU.

“I’m thrilled to be back on the Hilltop and working for a school that gave me so much. I’m looking forward to working with our athletic department and our advancement team as we move WLU forward to even greater success for our students,” said Montes.

A native of Glen Dale, Montes graduated from John Marshall High School, earned a bachelor’s in education, with a concentration in athletic administration and coaching in 2016 at WLU and her master’s in sports administration at Marshall University.

“This new position was prompted by the many new sports we now have and new athletes, with the addition of men’s soccer and women’s acrobatics and tumbling. Plus we have the excitement of new athletic facilities to capitalize on. Her energy and experience as a recent student-athlete brings so much to campus,” said Koegler.

Montes’ primary role is coordinating the Jack Adams Hilltopper Athletic Club, a donor reward system that features VIP seating and more at all football and basketball games. She’ll also be in charge of the annual Lary Loew Hilltopper Scramble, held every June.

Both of these tasks raise funds for athletic scholarships and improvements.

Montes currently is seeking sponsors for the athletic club as the first home football game draws near. West Liberty will welcome West Virginia Wesleyan to West Family Stadium on Sept. 6. Kickoff for the Thursday night game is set for 7 p.m.

Montes’ office is located on the third floor of historic Shaw Hall in the advancement office.  

Montes made history as WLU’s first two-time NCAA Division II Track and Field All-American. The Hilltopper standout rose to the occasion in back-to-back NCAA Division II national championship meets, breaking her own school record each time to earn All-America honors. Her throw of 167 feet, 7 inches in the 2016 national championships eclipsed her own school record by more than 10 feet.

Coffaro, a 1977 Hall of Fame alumnus from Pittsburgh, was WLU’s first NAIA track and field All-American and a former record setting javelin thrower for the black and gold. He is a long-time member of the Jack Adams Hilltopper Athletic Club.

To contact Montes, please call 304.336.8900. 

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Ohio County Sheriff Substation Boosts Campus Safety https://westliberty.edu/news/news/ohio-county-sheriff-substation-boosts-campus-safety/ Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:48:44 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11073 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 14, 2018 — Just in time for the new school year, the Ohio County Sheriff Office has established a substation on the West Liberty University campus. “We welcome Sheriff Tom Howard and his deputies to campus and are pleased to have the new substation operational. It adds even more strength to … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 14, 2018 — Just in time for the new school year, the Ohio County Sheriff Office has established a substation on the West Liberty University campus.

“We welcome Sheriff Tom Howard and his deputies to campus and are pleased to have the new substation operational. It adds even more strength to our reputation as one of the safest campuses in the region,” said President Stephen Greiner after finalizing the arrangement.

Move in weekend for students is fast approaching and takes place Aug. 24 – 26. Classes start at the Highlands Center on Aug. 25 and on the main campus on Aug. 27.

The Ohio County Sheriff substation is located along Faculty Drive in the WLU Annex building.

From left, WLU Campus Police Chief Joe Montemurro, President Stephen Greiner, Sheriff Tom Howard and Chief Deputy John Schultz.

“This new partnership is a big asset for us working in the campus police office daily and adds another level of safety to campus life for our students and staff,” said WLU Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Joseph Montemurro.

The substation is a fully operational office, where officers can perform interviews and complete arrests. It also offers office space with Wi-Fi for deputies needing to complete paperwork and documents.

“We will utilize the space when conducting business in that part of the county, and we are grateful to have it. Our other substation is located at the Highlands Shopping Complex, and it saves our deputies a lot of travel time” said Sheriff Howard.

Both Sheriff Howard and his Chief Deputy John Schultz, are graduates of WLU and Chief Schultz also has two children attending WLU at the current time.

“We are pleased to be part of this new initiative and look forward to being present on WLU’s campus this fall,” Howard said.

WLU employs six full-time officers and 11 part-time officers in its Campus Police Department.

Dedicated to providing excellence in service to the campus community, the police provide 24-hour-a-day patrol to the grounds, parking lots, residence halls, academic buildings and the faculty housing area. The police office is located in the lower level of Shaw Hall or may be reached by calling 304.336.8021.

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Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility Groundbreaking https://westliberty.edu/news/news/belmont-savings-bank-indoor-practice-facility-groundbreaking/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:00:19 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11062 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 13, 2018 — West Liberty University today broke ground on its newest campus improvement, the Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility. Led by President Stephen Greiner and Belmont Savings Bank President and CEO Todd Cover, the ceremony took place at the future site of the facility, located adjacent to the current … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 13, 2018 — West Liberty University today broke ground on its newest campus improvement, the Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility.

Led by President Stephen Greiner and Belmont Savings Bank President and CEO Todd Cover, the ceremony took place at the future site of the facility, located adjacent to the current softball field, near Beta Hall. Ground preparation has already taken place for the 14,400 square-foot vinyl-covered steel frame facility.

Artist’s rendering of Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility set to open this fall.

“I’m so thankful that Belmont Savings Bank took the step last fall to lead with a generous gift of $200,000, allowing us to move forward and begin the process of making this much needed athletic facility a reality. Now the real work begins as we prepare the site and build the structure,” said President Greiner.

“This new facility will greatly enhance all student life since it will free up Blatnik Hall and other recreational space currently being used by our baseball and softball teams during their off-seasons. As a result, West Liberty University will finally have a dedicated student recreation space for intramural sports and non-athlete student space,” he added.

“Belmont Savings Bank is pleased to partner with West Liberty University and assist in this improvement that is sure to benefit countless athletes and students in the years to come,” said Cover, who is himself a former WLU athlete and alumnus.

The building is being manufactured and installed by ClearSpan, a leading fabric structure corporation headquartered in Connecticut.

“In collaboration with the University and a passionate team of alumni volunteers, the WLU Foundation has raised nearly $400,000 to help with the construction of the new indoor practice facility,” according to Angela Zambito-Hill, executive director of the Foundation.

“The WLU Foundation is pleased to be involved in this important University project that will add even more value to a West Liberty University education. I thank Belmont Savings Bank and all the other donors who have stepped forward to fund the new building,” Zambito-Hill said.

Measuring 120 x 120 feet in size, the insulated structure will include a turf field. The entire project is expected to be complete by October.

“This is a real game-changer for athletics since it gives our outdoor sports a chance to practice during inclement weather and I believe we are the first school in the MEC to have an indoor practice facility. We are very grateful to everyone working to make this project a reality,” Athletic Director Lynn Ullom said.

From left, Alumnus Mark Delbrugge, Coach Herb Minch,student-athletes Jarrett Delbrugge, Skylar Minzler, AD Lynn Ullom, WLU Foundation Director Angie Hill, Belmont Savings Bank CEO Todd Cover, President Stephen Greiner, student athletes Sydney Bennington, Brian Campbell, Coach Eric Burkle and Vice President of Advancement Jason Koegler. 

The next step in the project is removing of some of the parking lot surface near Beta Hall to further prepare the site. The building itself is expected to arrive in September, according to Ullom.

All athletic teams will have a chance to use the new indoor space to train in all seasons, according to Ullom.

A charter member of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference, WLU has nearly 500 student-athletes competing across a broad spectrum of 18 intercollegiate sports. These include men’s football, cross country, basketball, wrestling, track, tennis, baseball, golf and soccer along with women’s acrobatics & tumbling, softball, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, tennis, golf and soccer.

West Liberty University offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and 30 programs and a growing number of graduate programs.

For more information on the new indoor practice facility or to donate to the project, please contact the WLU Foundation at 304.336.5635.

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Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation, Strategic Planning Named https://westliberty.edu/news/news/assistant-provost-for-academic-innovation-strategic-planning-named/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:04:44 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11058 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 10, 2018 — Dr. Jeremy Larance has been selected as assistant provost for academic innovation and strategic planning. He began his role on July 1. “Jeremy is passionate about his new role and has been actively working on student success and retention projects,” said Dr. Brian Crawford, WLU provost. The new … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 10, 2018 — Dr. Jeremy Larance has been selected as assistant provost for academic innovation and strategic planning. He began his role on July 1.

“Jeremy is passionate about his new role and has been actively working on student success and retention projects,” said Dr. Brian Crawford, WLU provost.

Provost Dr. Brian Crawford (left) shakes hands with new Assistant Provost Dr. Jeremy Larance.

The new position was needed to address many administrative needs in areas like leading, completing and monitoring the University Master Plan, development of an Instructional Technology Master Plan, overall academic planning and policy creation.

“I’m very excited about the possibilities of this new position. It’s allowing me to do things I was doing in my former role as department chair for humanities and expand it university-wide,” said Larance, who has been a member of WLU’s faculty since 2005 when he began as an adjunct in the English department. He became a full-time faculty member in 2007.

A native of Arkansas, Larance earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of the South (Sewanee, Tenn.). He then earned a master’s in English Literature from Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. and a doctoral in English at University of Tulsa (Okla.).

“Initially, I’ll be working on the early stages of WLU’s master plan, laying out the strategic plan for the next five years. While working on that, I’ll also head up a team working on a ‘momentum year’ initiative. This will help first year students in the areas of retention and overall success,” he explained.

Retention and student success is something he’s worked on extensively, taking part in West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) projects, like the recent Momentum Year Summit where education leaders agreed to participate in this program designed to improve student success during the first year of college and sustain that momentum through to graduation.

He’s also proud of the fact that WLU doubled its pass rate in remedial writing over the past five years while he served as chair of the Department of Humanities.

Other projects that Larance will assist with in his new role include helping with the design and implementation of new academic programs and academic innovation projects across all WLU’s academic colleges.

Larance also will teach one class a semester, either in composition or literature. His office is now located on the second floor of Shaw Hall. 

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, the new clinical psychology, along with several online degrees, including a master’s in criminology, an MBA and the new master’s in dental hygiene. 

For more information, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB) or visit westliberty.edu.

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West Liberty University Receives HLC Approval https://westliberty.edu/news/news/west-liberty-university-receives-hlc-approval/ Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:42:12 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11054 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 8, 2018 — West Liberty University today received notice of its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The official letter was received by President Stephen Greiner via email. “We are pleased to learn that the HLC has issued its reaffirmation and I personally thank all the staff and … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 8, 2018 — West Liberty University today received notice of its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The official letter was received by President Stephen Greiner via email.

“We are pleased to learn that the HLC has issued its reaffirmation and I personally thank all the staff and faculty for their work on the accreditation process,” said President Greiner.

WLU recently underwent a complete evaluation by the HLC to ensure its adherence to quality guidelines for organizational health.

The Institutional Actions Council of the HLC continued the accreditation of West Liberty University with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation occurring in 2027-28.

HLC accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region of the United States and West Liberty has been accredited by the HLC since 1942, when it was known as West Liberty State Teachers College.

An independent corporation founded in 1895, HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States and accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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 two new master’s programs in dental hygiene and clinical psychology.

For complete information, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB) or visit westliberty.edu.

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NEW! Masters in Dental Hygiene, Clinical Psychology https://westliberty.edu/news/news/new-masters-in-dental-hygiene-clinical-psychology/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:49:58 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11045 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 7, 2018 — West Liberty University has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission for two much-needed master degree programs, the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) and the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Student applications are now being accepted for fall of 2019. “With this announcement of our … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 7, 2018 — West Liberty University has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission for two much-needed master degree programs, the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) and the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Student applications are now being accepted for fall of 2019.

From left, Dr. Tammy McClain, (program director for Clinical Psychology), Stephanie Meredith (program director for Dental Hygiene), Dr. Karen Kettler and President Stephen Greiner announce WLU’s newest master degree programs.

“With this announcement of our two newest masters degree programs, I am proud to say West Liberty University now has eight master degree programs up and running. This is important to our state and our workforce and we look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for students who wish to advance their careers and earn their graduate degree on the hilltop,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president.

Both are approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and housed in the College of Sciences. The MSDH is offered in an online format. The MA in Clinical Psychology offers an evening coursework schedule.

“We are pleased to offer more options for health care professionals seeking advanced degrees and we know that our professors and this rigorous curriculum will provide professionals with the education they seek,” said Dr. Karen Kettler, interim dean of the College of Science.

Dental Hygiene prepares graduates for leadership roles in dental education and public health.

According to Sara Sweeney, director of Graduate Studies, “many dental hygienists with undergraduate degrees have expressed an interest in this new master’s program and will be glad to hear that WLU now offers it.”

The MSDH 30-credit hour program is an online program that allows working professionals to advance their career while holding a full-time job.

WLU has long been known for its excellence in providing dental hygienists with a first-class education in its Sarah Whitaker Glass School of Dental Hygiene, which was established in 1938 and has graduated thousands of alumni.

“We are excited for graduates to have the opportunity to advance their career possibilities by earning their MSDH degree. By having an online platform, students across the country can continue to work while pursuing their academic goals,” said Stephanie Meredith, Dental Hygiene program director.

The MA in Clinical Psychology prepares graduates to meet the licensure requirements set by the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychology. 

The 54-credit hour program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework, 6 credit hours of practicum, and 18 credit hours of professional internship. The coursework and the practicum are completed over four semesters and the internship course sequence will be completed in the third year to prepare students for license eligibility. Coursework will be offered in the evenings to allow working professionals an opportunity to participate.

“West Virginia meets the demand for mental health professionals by allowing individuals who possess a Master’s of Arts in psychology to serve as a Board Approved Supervised-Psychologist until they have met the supervisory requirements necessary for independent licensure,” explained Dr. Tammy McClain, program director for the new master’s program. Twelve other states also recognize the degree in the same way to meet the need for trained psychologists.

“In addition, students who are interested in pursuing a Doctor of Psychology degree will find that this program prepares them for the rigors of a doctoral program,” she said. “Our students will be trained to provide mental and behavioral health interventions for individuals and families, psychological assessments, and consultation.”

Clinical psychologists work in community mental health clinics, health care facilities, schools, social service agencies, education and research. The need is especially great in rural states, like West Virginia, where 11 out of 55 counties have no psychologist at all. 

“Our students have been asking for this degree for more than a decade. With the limited availability of psychological services in West Virginia, particularly in rural areas, and the ongoing need for mental and behavioral health services, we look forward to being able to provide our state with the high quality professionals it needs,” said McClain.  

For more information the new master degrees programs, please click westliberty.edu/msdh or westliberty.edu/macp or call Sara Sweeney, director of Graduate Studies at 304-336-8545.

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Retired Employees Picnic with President https://westliberty.edu/news/news/retired-employees-picnic-with-president/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:57:32 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11035 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 6, 2018 — The weather was perfect, the food delicious and the conversations enjoyable as retired faculty and staff gathered for the annual summer picnic, hosted by WLU President, Dr. Stephen Greiner and his wife, Nancy. The indoor picnic took place from 4 – 6 p.m., Thursday, July 26 in the … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 6, 2018 — The weather was perfect, the food delicious and the conversations enjoyable as retired faculty and staff gathered for the annual summer picnic, hosted by WLU President, Dr. Stephen Greiner and his wife, Nancy. The indoor picnic took place from 4 – 6 p.m., Thursday, July 26 in the College Union ballroom.

Enjoying the chance to recall their time at West Liberty are (seated from left) Jim & Carolyn Forrester, Rich & Anita Lizza, Rich & Marian Mullin, Marie & David Linden and Alice & David Javersak (standing).

 
“I’m always pleased to see West Liberty’s retired employees enjoying themselves on campus, where they spent so many years of their professional lives. The university benefits from their continued engagement in many ways,” said Greiner.  
 
There were 56 people in attendance, including a few current members of WLU staff. Campus food service provider, Sodexo Dining Services, prepared a picnic-style dinner, beverages and desserts.

 
Guests also enjoyed music performed by the WLU Steel Drum Band led by Percussion and World Music Director Mitchell Greco.
 
Retired employees also attend a standing dinner meeting on the first Thursday of every month at Generations Restaurant. This monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. and is open to any former WLU employee. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni and Community Relations at 304.336.8888.

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Korean Design Camp Benefits Students https://westliberty.edu/news/news/korean-design-camp-benefits-students/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 17:14:04 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11025 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 27, 2018 — West Liberty University students were immersed in Asian design and culture this summer as Professor Moonjung Kang escorted students to South Korea. Study is taking place from June 28 – Aug. 2 and this is Kang’s third educational trip (and the longest one) to her home country, where … Read More

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 27, 2018 — West Liberty University students were immersed in Asian design and culture this summer as Professor Moonjung Kang escorted students to South Korea.

Study is taking place from June 28 – Aug. 2 and this is Kang’s third educational trip (and the longest one) to her home country, where she has been instrumental in developing a strong partnership with Hanbat National University.

Enjoying Korean cuisine from left are Mimi Albon, Danielle Eddy and Taylor Still-Pepper.

“The summer design camp offers students a chance to learn a lot in a short time. The summer study includes intense classes and so far everything has gone well. The students are happy and grateful for the chance to study in Korea,” she said. Professor Kang has taught at WLU since 2009.

Seoul Art Center field trip offered WLU students a fun chance to meet and mingle with other students studying at Hanbat University.

Students also had time to tour and sightsee in the region of Daejeon, Seoul and Jeonju, since the school provided a school bus to transport the students around.

Korean study abroad students for 2018 include: rising sophomores Taylor Still-Pepper of Zanesville, Ohio and Daniel Eddy of Clarksburg, W.Va. along with rising senior Mimi Albon of Charles Town, W.Va. All are majoring in Visual Communications in the College of Arts and Communication.

The summer curriculum includes classes in Asian calligraphy, illustration, typography, branding, motion graphics and computer film editing. Kang also taught classes in Design Thinking. Guest lecturers, who are successful Korean designers, also shared professional methods and tips with students.

After taking classes at Hanbat University, the students are spending seven days in Seoul, meeting Kang’s family, friends and artists as they make more connections in the world of art.

Students enrolled in the summer study also included students from China, England and Spain.

Enjoying the Korean nightlife are Danielle Eddy, Taylor Still-Pepper, Moonjung Kang and Mimi Albon.

“This study abroad has been fun and educational. So many people in Korea, especially our fellow students, were very generous and kind. We made many friends and learned new skills from our classes and field trips. I really enjoyed learning calligraphy, because it taught me the importance of typography in design and inspired me to incorporate more brush strokes and organic elements into my design,” said Albon.

Seoul Museum visit was a popular outing.

Students earned six credits from WLU and a certificate from Hanbat, after completing their study. Due to the partnership between the two Universities, tuition and board was at no cost.

“This program is outstanding. What Moon has provided for these young adults is a great opportunity that many would not get under normal circumstances. They are experiencing new cultures, both of Korea as well as that of the other students they are studying with. The field trips to different places are wonderful additions to the classroom,” said Kelli PeaceMaker, Danielle Eddy’s mother.

“Students who attended the Design Camp in the past found it helpful in developing their vision and creative ideas. For example, alumna Rosalie Haizlett was named an Emerging Artist Fellow by the Tamarack Foundation and Courtney Carter won the 2018 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol poster competition,” Kang said.

Students who traveled abroad will prepare a presentation for campus to enjoy at a later date. Professor Kang is staying on in Korea after the study abroad on sabbatical, creating a new course, User Experience Design and doing further study.

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.

For more information on Korean study abroad, please contact Kang at mkang@westliberty.edu.

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Alumnus Rich Lucas Named Italian American of the Year https://westliberty.edu/news/news/alumnus-rich-lucas-named-italian-american-of-the-year/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:37:44 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/news/?p=11019 WHEELING, W.Va., July 26, 2018 — The Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival has named alumnus Richard Lucas Italian-American of the Year. Lucas is president and CEO of Main Street Bank, headquartered in Wheeling.  Lucas also serves on the WLU Board of Governors. Both his grandparents on his mother’s side immigrated to the United States in … Read More

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WHEELING, W.Va., July 26, 2018 — The Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival has named alumnus Richard Lucas Italian-American of the Year. Lucas is president and CEO of Main Street Bank, headquartered in Wheeling. 

Lucas also serves on the WLU Board of Governors. Both his grandparents on his mother’s side immigrated to the United States in the 1920s (Angela Giovonne and Alphonse Cipoletti). His mother’s maiden name is Cipoletti.  

The honor was conveyed during an annual dinner held last evening at the McLure Hotel in downtown Wheeling. The dinner also feature the naming of several student scholarship winners.

A native of Wellsburg, W.Va., and a resident of Wheeling, Lucas graduated from West Liberty State College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Accounting, and passed the Certified Public Accounting Exam in 1990. He began his accounting career with S R Snodgrass, CPAs, in 1986 and worked there until 1994.

In 1994, Mr. Lucas accepted the position of Vice President with One Valley Bank – North, Inc. and remained there until October 2000, leaving the bank as Senior Vice President. Mr. Lucas is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Bank, positions he has held since 2000.

He is a founding director and officer of Main Street Bank, the first new Bank started in Ohio County since 1964.

Lucas has been active in the local community in many ways and formerly served on the West Liberty University Foundation Board.

He has also served on the boards of the Wheeling Chapter of CPAs, the Centre Market Commission of the City of Wheeling, the Ohio Valley Industrial Business Development Corporation, and the Seeing Hand Association.

He and his wife Barbara have one son, Brice, who is a sophomore at West Liberty University.

Since 1983, the festival has celebrated everything Italian in the downtown streets of Wheeling. The ribbon cutting ceremony to open the festival on its main stage, located at Wheeling’s Heritage Port, takes place at noon, Friday, July 27 and activities continue throughout the weekend. 

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