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2020 Fall/Winter Break Campus Service Hours

All administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Nov. 27. Regular office hours will resume Monday, Nov. 30. In case of emergency, please contact WVU Police at 304-293-2677.

If you test positive for COVID-19 over winter break, you are still required to share that result with the University. Students who test positive for COVID-19 during that time should reach out to Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or SharedServices@mail.wvu.edu

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Join Active Minds for two virtual community service opportunities

The WVU community is invited to join Active Minds for two community service opportunities throughout December to benefit individuals who are speech impaired and/or active military members and first responders. 

The first opportunity is to work with VOCALiD, a database of voices for those who have lost their ability to speak. Volunteers will record sentences to contribute to this vocal bank, creating voices for those who are impaired.

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REMINDER: ITS Service Desk and Service Centers are closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29

The ITS Service Desk and the ITS Service Centers in the Mountainlair and Bennett Tower will close for the Thanksgiving break Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29. Both will resume normal hours on Monday, Nov. 30.

You can still look up answers and check for outages at it.wvu.edu/help [https://wvu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1976/Portal/Home/] when the University is closed. You may also leave voicemail at 304-293-4444 or create tickets by emailing ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu, but these won’t be addressed until we reopen. 

Considering getting a new phone over the holiday break? Be ready to set up Duo again by printing backup codes at login.wvu.edu [login.wvu.edu]. Learn how to remove Duo from your old device and set up a new one with these Knowledge Base articles [https://wvu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1976/Portal/KB/?CategoryID=3626].

Please follow @WVUITServices on Twitter or “like” WVU Information Technology on Facebook for the latest on outages and updates.

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Three historic trees slated for removal to ensure pedestrian and campus safety

As part of efforts to ensure pedestrian and campus safety, West Virginia University announced earlier this year plans to remove five historic trees from the Downtown area of campus:

The University removed two of the trees (the sugar maple on the eastern side of Chitwood Hall and the red oak between Elizabeth Moore Hall and Purinton House) during spring break in mid-March.

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Parking Management Office closed Nov. 23 and 24, other transportation reminders

The West Virginia University Parking Management Office will be closed on Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24. The office will resume normal hours of operation (Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) on Monday, Nov. 30.

As a reminder, you can pay citations, purchase permits, update your personal information, view parking maps and more online. Visit the WVU Transportation and Parking website for more information. 

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Students, employees not required to take daily wellness survey Nov. 21-Jan. 18

West Virginia University students, faculty and staff will not be required to take the COVID-19 daily wellness survey Saturday, Nov. 21 through Monday, Jan. 18.   

If you test positive for COVID-19 over winter break, you are still required to share that result with the University. Students who test positive for COVID-19 during that time should reach out to Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or SharedServices@mail.wvu.edu. Employees should reach out to Medical Management at 304-293-5700x8 or MedicalManagement@mail.wvu.edu.  

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Unlocking the history of life on Earth

Growing up as a loyal fan of “Jurassic Park” in a family of nature lovers, geology student Sam Ocon always knew she wanted to be a paleontologist. Some of her earliest memories are learning to identify the local fauna around her hometown of Gainesville, Florida, with her dad and digging for fossils in the limestone among her grandfather’s plants. 

Today, she is fulfilling her dream of studying invertebrate paleontology. Her research on the evolution of horseshoe crabs was selected for presentation at the Future Leaders of Paleontology session of the Geological Society of America’s 2020 annual meeting, held virtually last month. 

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New Research Study examining Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Research Labs at WVU

With funding from WVU’s Stop. Act. Respect. program, students, faculty, and staff in MSTEM fields (Medical, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are invited to complete a brief survey about sexual harassment and gender discrimination at WVU. Participants who take the survey will be eligible to be entered to win one of thirty $25 gift cards.

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WVU, CDC report mask observation results for week five in the midst of COVID-19 resurgence

The School of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings for week five of their seven-week mask observation study. It comes at a time when masks are more crucial than ever as COVID-19 cases surge in West Virginia and throughout the country and the state adjusts to Governor Justice's Executive Order mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor places.

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WVU to shift undergraduate classes online ahead of holiday break, end of fall semester

Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases within the state and on West Virginia University’s campuses, including Keyser and Beckley, all undergraduate instruction will move online Nov. 23-24.  

Some Health Sciences programs will be excluded, and faculty who teach graduate and professional-level courses may determine whether to teach in person on Monday and Tuesday. Students in those programs should check with their instructors.  

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Guidance for holiday gatherings and travel

As we approach the holiday season and many people begin to plan for celebrations and related travel, WVU wants to remind students, faculty and staff stay vigilant in protecting themselves and others from the potential spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases continue to increase at an alarming rate across West Virginia and the U.S., and small household gatherings and travel have been identified as significant contributors to this rise in cases.

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Limited on-campus winter break parking available

As students prepare to leave campus for the semester, the West Virginia University Parking Management office is providing vehicle storage options for those who wish to leave their cars on campus beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Students interested in this option should call the office at 304-293-5502 to secure their spot and for more details, including the parking lot they will use, duration of storage and cost. The cost will be based on a pro-rated daily, weekly or monthly parking rate, depending on the time period the student will be storing their vehicle.

The office is open from 8:15 a.m to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For the latest transportation and parking news, follow @WVUparking on Twitter and Facebook. You can also visit our website for more information.

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ITS Service Desk hours will be reduced over Thanksgiving break; be prepared with Duo backup codes

The ITS Service Desk will close at 5 p.m. on the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week and will remain closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29. 

The ITS Service Centers, which provide weekday walk-up support in the Mountainlair and Bennett Tower until 4:30 p.m., also will close for the holiday. ITS will resume normal hours for both services on Monday, Nov. 30. 

You can still look up answers and check for outages at it.wvu.edu/help when the University is closed. You may also leave voicemail at 304-293-4444 or create tickets by emailing ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu, but these won’t be addressed until we reopen. 

Considering getting a new phone or tablet over the holiday break? Be ready to set up Duo again by printing backup codes at login.wvu.edu. Learn how to remove Duo from your old device and set up a new one with these Knowledge Base articles.

If you have an emergency while ITS is closed, contact your college or department IT manager.

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Social Action Project, "Unapologetic", aims to create a space for Black WVU students every Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Lyrek Lockley, a student participating in the Social Action Clinic, invites Black WVU students to engage in her social action project "Unapologetic". The purpose of this conversation series is to provide a space for Black WVU students to connect, build a stronger sense of community, have fun, interact, vent, and discuss a variety of topics related to these unprecedented times and more. Interested? Register here: https://forms.gle/3ejRr2EZPSrL4VVF6

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Submit your photos by Nov. 30 for juried Art of Masks exhibit

The face mask has become a symbol of our times, an emblem to illustrate the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also a signal of caring and a gesture of community amidst the upheaval of our daily life. 

West Virginia University Libraries is accepting creative photos of masks from the WVU and local community – whether personally crafted, purchased, gifted, picked up at a free stand or imagined – for a juried online exhibit to launch in December. 

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