Category Archives: College of Liberal Arts

Global initiative promotes physical activity at WLU

By Emily Salvatori, Assistant Editor
West Liberty University became a part of the global initiative Exercise is Medicine this January. According to, “Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health.”

New Liberal Arts Dean shares his thoughts on West Liberty

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

New Dean for WLU College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Gerard NeCastro, found time in between meetings and teachings to talk about his decision to move to West Virginia, his responsibilities and future plans for the Liberal Arts college.

Appointed on July 1, 2017, NeCastro is adjusting to his new home. His office is still full of boxes stacked next to a book case. NeCastro points at a small Dante bust on his desk, “Look, I’m almost unpacked.”

WLU Honors Convocation acknowledges student achievement

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer

Yesterday evening, on behalf of West Liberty University, faculty and department heads gathered in Kelly Theater in the Fine Arts Building to hold the annual Honors Convocation to recognize students who have shown outstanding academic achievement. The evening began with opening remarks from Vice President of Student Services Scott Cook and WLU President Dr. Stephen Greiner. Soon after, the awards began to be distributed.

BOG decide against proposed merger

By Daniel Morgan, Editor

West Liberty University’s Board of Governors voted against a proposed “academic realignment” at the end of the fall 2016 semester. The merger would have combined the College of Arts and Communication, College of Liberal Arts, and School of Professional Studies, but there is no longer any interest in reorganization.

Social work student receives award for community service

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor

Senior social work student Tara Loy was awarded a plaque for her work with the Wheeling SleepOut on Nov. 21 during her field practicum preparation class.

Part of her grade was volunteering 30 hours with an organization of her choice, and Loy chose Youth Services System, Inc. (YSS), which operates out of Wheeling and hosts the Wheeling SleepOut.

New education major offers global opportunities 

By Molka BenHammouda, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University offers students a variety of opportunities and programs, and a new major was recently added to the College of Education. It is called “Teaching English and Global Education,” and it is now one of the seven majors offered within the Community Education Program. The major is offered in cooperation between the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts.

Academic realignment stirs controversy, debate

By Daniel Morgan, Editor 

To the dismay and indifference of many, the West Liberty University administration is discussing the combination of the Colleges of Arts and Communication, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. 

Liberal Arts college offers new programming and updated majors

By Jalyn Bolyard, Distribution Manager

The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) has many changes and upcoming events for the 2016-17 school year at West Liberty University.

This past May, the college put on their first A Taste of CoLA event. 33 juniors from John Marshall High School participated in it. The event featured six different programs that represented different degree options within the college. The students could select four out of six topics to attend. It was a huge success, and the college is planning on a second event for May of 2017.