Defend Your Data: Anti-virus is your computer’s undercover detective

Without anti-virus, your computer will struggle to fight off outside attacks on its own. This can lead to your personal information being stolen or your computer being irreversibly damaged. Anti-virus reveals unknown threats and attacks like:

It is a common misconception that computers running macOS don’t need anti-virus, but that is not true. Although Windows computers are more commonly targeted because they have a larger user base, Macs are not immune to virus threats.

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Transportation and Parking partners with local non-profit for collection drive Oct. 15-Nov. 16

The Transportation and Parking office is collecting food and personal hygiene items from October 15 – November 16 to benefit the students served by Pantry Plus More Inc., of Monongalia County. This local non-profit began as a high school project by WVU student Roark Sizemore.

The pantry’s mission is to bring food and basic needs directly to students so that they can focus on learning in the classroom. “The need has increased in every school this year. We have opened up two more pantries at local schools in Brookhaven and Cheat Lake,” said Sizemore.

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Registration open for Campus Read Community Engagement Day (Nov. 3)

As part of this 2018 Campus Read of Station Eleven, the Center for Service and Learning will host a day of community engagement focused on Service and the Arts on November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local community organizations have created a variety of opportunities to engage students with one of the dominant themes of Station Eleven; the role or arts, culture, and historic preservation in communities. In addition, there will be a kick-off event in the Milano Reading Room of the downtown library with breakfast and an invited speaker.

This is the second annual Campus Read Community Engagement Day; in 2017 as part of the Hidden Figures campus read over 75 students engaged with local non-profits to serve and learn about their own hidden stories.

The Campus Read Community Engagement Day is a partnership between the Center for Service and Learning and the Campus Read. The Center for Service and Learning is dedicated to building a campus and community culture that encourages meaningful service connected to academic success, integrity and growth in civic responsibility; serving as a nexus between campus and community. 

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Join the LaunchLab Network for our Annual Women’s Pitch Competition on Nov. 1 at the Evansdale Crossing

Apply to pitch your innovation or business idea and win cash prizes! This event will include a 5-minute innovation pitch and a 5-minute question and answer period from the guest judges. Cash prizes will be awarded to fund business and product development. Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, October 18! To apply, visit our website or follow this link

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WVU community invited to help grant wishes for critically-ill children at Oct. 20 Walk For Wishes

Your next steps can help make a difference in a child’s life. Join Make-A-Wish® for this year’s Walk For Wishes® on Saturday, October 20 to participate in a community celebration and effort to grant life-changing wishes to children facing critical illnesses. Families, friends, corporations, clubs and schools are invited to walk together, unite community and transform lives one wish at a time.

Registration is at 9 a.m., and the event begins at 10 a.m. The walk will start at the WVU Recreation Center.

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Duo display tokens will only be available through Barnes & Noble after Jan. 1, 2019

Mountaineer Marketplace will stop selling Duo two-factor authentication hardware after Jan. 1, 2019, now that purchases can be made easily through all online and physical WVU Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Of the more than 47,000 devices enrolled in WVU’s program, only 4,200 are display tokens. Most people use them either as a backup or an alternative to the free Duo Mobile smartphone app. You can learn more about two-factor, including how to set up a display token, at

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WVU LaunchLab encourages faculty, students and community members who want to start a business to attend entrepreneurial events

The WVU LaunchLab encourages faculty, students and community members who are interested in starting a business or learning about various funding sources to attend back-to-back events on Thursday, October 18 in Room 413 of the Evansdale Crossing. The Business Formation and Trademark Registration event will be held from 3-4:45 p.m., and will be immediately followed by the How to Fund a Startup presentation from 5-7 p.m.

Business Formation and Trademark Registration is a free of charge and open to the public. Students, entrepreneurs, and small businesses owners who want to better understand how to pave the path to commercial success, with a focus on entity formation and trademark registration, should attend. Registration is open until October 10. To register, email or call Marian Armour-Gemmen at or 304-293-9758; or contact Nancy at or 304-677-4235.

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Defend Your Data: Don’t let phishing scams reel you in

Phishing scams are attempts to trick you into giving up personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers. They’re common, but not always recognizable: Cybercriminals often disguise malicious emails with names, logos and fraudulent website links to make you think they’re from a real bank, company, government agency or even WVU.

Phishing scams often urge you to act quickly, saying your account has been compromised, your order cannot be fulfilled or you must immediately address some other urgent matter.

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WVU adopts zero-tolerance policy for PRT passenger misconduct

West Virginia University has adopted a zero-tolerance policy related to passenger misbehavior on the PRT.

Effective immediately, misconduct includes stepping onto the tracks, attempting to open doors or windows while on the PRT, interfering with the safety and efficient operation while riding the PRT or standing on a station platform. Violation of the policy may result in suspension or expulsion from the university, per the student code of conduct.

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Expanded food options available at The Market at Health Sciences during renovations

Food options at the Health Sciences Center will expand as renovations continue. A buffet will be offered beginning the week of Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in The Market and will available to all, including students with meal plans. The menu will be updated daily. 

Food trucks will still be available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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An evening with Queer Appalachia (Oct. 16)

On Tuesday, October 16 at 6 p.m., please join the LGBTQ+ Center (G-06, Hodges Hall, Downtown Campus) for an educational and hands-on presentation by Queer Appalachia that will explore the richness of Appalachian crafting and maker-culture. Queer Appalachia will share their work, including intricate detailed embroideries, hand carvings, zines and more. Come and experience this remarkable intersection of Appalachian and Queer cultures.

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Deadline approaching: Apply to work for Adventure WV First-Year Trips by Oct. 11

There are just a few more days to submit your application for becoming a student staff member for the Adventure WV First-Year Trips program. Even if you’re not 100% sure of whether it’d be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. You’re not committed to us until we’re committed to you, and if you advance in the application process, you’ll have the chance to discuss various concerns with us prior to committing to the Spring 2019 training process.

Working for Adventure WV First-Year Trips will support your overall growth and development, which will serve you well as you transition into any future role. Many students have the misconception that Adventure WV’s student staff members are only Recreation, Parks and Tourism majors, which simply is not true! We have students with varying majors, and many have reported that their work with Adventure WV as one of the most formative and positive experiences during their entire career at WVU.

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Shoe collection drive to benefit Morgantown Dance Studio

Support Morgantown Dance Studio and sustainable practices by donating your gently worn, new or used shoes. Drop off your spare shoes in the box in the Mountainlair or at Morgantown Dance Studio in the Mountaineer Mall on Greenbag Road now through October 31.

Morgantown Dance is a non-profit organization that supports community dance productions for all. Funds raised will be used for studio improvements and shoes collected will support micro-enterprises in developing nations.

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Flu shots available at campus clinics

Employee Wellness in the Division of Talent and Culture has once again partnered with WVU Medicine to offer employee, dependent family members, retirees and students the opportunity to receive a flu vaccination on campus, no appointments necessary. Employees and their dependents 12 years of age or older who are insured with PEIA or The Health Plan are eligible to receive the vaccine at no cost. Other insurances, cash and checks accepted. Parking is not provided unless otherwise noted. 

Clinic schedule and flu season info

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Join the Biosafety Office in celebrating Biosafety Month during October

The Biosafety Office of the Environmental Health and Safety Department, in conjunction with the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), would like to announce that October is Biosafety Month. 

ABSA International is proud to announce the 5th anniversary of Biosafety Month in October 2018. The theme for this year is “Promoting a Culture of Biosafety and Responsibility” with the social networking hashtag #getyourcultureon

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Chick-fil-A coming to The Market at WVU Health Sciences in January

Chick-fil-A will soon be available as a new dining option at The Market at WVU Health Sciences in January 2019.

The Burger Shop and the Mindful Café, both options that are part of Sodexo’s dining program, will begin construction the first week of October with an estimated open date of mid-November.

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Install free Sophos anti-virus on personal devices; Kaspersky expires August 2019

Information Technology Services recommends that employees and students install WVU’s new anti-virus software, Sophos, on personally owned computers to ensure uninterrupted protection. You can download it for free at Use your WVU email to set up a Sophos account and install it on as many as three personally-owned devices.

Sophos is replacing Kaspersky under a new three-year agreement. If you currently have Kaspersky installed, you will need to replace it by August 2019. Kaspersky will continue to work until then. After Aug. 1, 2019, however, Kaspersky will charge for the protection. Sophos will continue to be free.

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Are you a student veteran? Complete this survey - it takes 5 minutes.

There are few groups that exemplify the Mountaineer spirit of rugged determination better than West Virginia University’s student veteran population. And WVU is committed to providing the best experience possible for those who have served our country.

To this end, the University established the President’s Action Group for Veterans last year. The group is focused on evaluating our current student veteran programs, identifying opportunities for improvement and developing a strategic plan to enhance our student veteran offerings across the WVU system.

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Get new Mountaineer ID card design at a great discount through Oct. 31

More than 10,500 students helped choose the new Mountaineer Card design last semester, with 7,321 picking the rugged but surmountable West Virginia landscape as the winner. To thank you for participating, Information Technology Services is having a trade-in sale on student ID cards now through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

If you are on our list of confirmed voters, you can swap your current student ID for the new design for only $10. Even if you didn’t participate, you can get the new design for half price, or $15. Card replacements typically cost $30.

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