Category Archives: Faculty Achievement

Greco named director of percussion, world music

By Emily Salvatori, Editor
Mitchell Greco arrived at West Liberty University in the fall, bringing with him knowledge of world music. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Greco did his schooling in Buffalo, N.Y., Cleveland, Ohio and Western, N.C. before coming to West Virginia five years ago.  
Recently, he was named director of percussion and world music at WLU, and soon he will direct the drum line when the marching band returns this fall.

Trumpet Solo: Dr. Meleesa Wohleber

Compiled by Corey Riner, Contributing Writer
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training Dr. Meleesa Wohleber recently shared her study on physical characteristics in Special Operations Forces in Melbourne, Australia at the 4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance.

Trumpet Solo: Dr. Angela Rehbein

Compiled by Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer 
Associate professor of English Dr. Angela Rehbein recently edited a book titled Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses.”  Rehbein’s research focuses on British women writers of the Romantic period. 

Horzempa named repeat W.Va. Prof. of the Year finalist

By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Joseph Horzempa has been chosen as one of five finalists for the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia’s Professor of the Year award two years in a row, as announced on Jan. 17, 2018. 

Nutting Gallery showcases tree-themed faculty artwork

By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer
The annual faculty exhibition opened on Jan. 17 in the Nutting Gallery. Robert Villamagna, the gallery’s director, came up with the idea of having an annual art faculty exhibition. Every year, he picks the theme from all the art faculty members’ votes. This year’s theme is “Tree.” 

‘The Toy Show’ opens in Nutting Gallery

By Daniel Morgan, Editor

West Liberty University art faculty members presented some of their playful work at the Nutting Gallery’s annual faculty exhibition this evening.

“The Toy Show” features work from professors Sarah Davis, Brian Fencl, James Haizlett, Martyna Matusiak, Moon Jung Kang, Nancy Tirone and Robert Villamagna, the gallery’s director. The faculty voted on the year’s theme.

Bernstein-Goff reappointed to state advisory committee

By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University Professor Sheli Bernstein-Goff was recently reappointed to a four-year term as a member the West Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The announcement was made on Sept. 9 by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights staff director, Marlene Sallo.

Professor Villamagna receives statewide art award

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

West Liberty University’s Assistant Professor of Art, Robert Villamagna, was recently awarded 2016 Artist of the Year by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, at this year’s Governors Awards for the Arts event.

“His creative work stands the test of time,” said Commissioner Reid-Smith. “At the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, we are proud to have your award winning art in our state art collection.”

West Liberty professor earns History Hero award

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

On Jan. 29, 2016, Associate Professor Earl Nicodemus was named an official West Virginia History Hero by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. He was honored at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex in Charleston, W.Va. among the 50 statewide History Heroes.

Nicodemus was chosen for his service and contributions to the West Liberty Historical Society. He is a charter member and founding president of the society, and he currently serves as its vice president and treasurer. To him, the nominations by his peers meant more than the actual award.