Academic Community Engagement Grant brings advances to WVU service-learning

WVU Center for Service and Learning awards grants for two service-learning courses; one grant to Public Health and one grant to Leadership Studies.

The Academic Community Engagement (ACE) grant awards $1,000 for the supplies needed to work towards a proposed project in partnership with a community organization in which the service-learning courses collaborate.

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Buses home for winter break

The Mountaineer Parents Club provides buses for students to get to and from home over University breaks. Locations include Hagerstown, MD; Allentown, PA; Secaucus, NJ; Highland, NY; King of Prussia, PA and Carlisle, PA. Visit the website for full details.

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Call for participants

We are seeking individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 years old to participate in a research study. The purpose of this research study is to evaluate a laboratory model of leisure and physical activities. Participants will attend one 30-minute pre-screening and (if eligible) a 90-minute session.

Sessions take place in the Life Sciences Building (Downtown Campus of WVU). Participants may be compensated.

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Daytime Coliseum parking extremely limited Friday, Dec. 6

Arts and Entertainment will be hosting DA BABY, POLO G and STUNNA 4 VEGAS on Friday, December 6 in the Coliseum.

Coliseum parking on Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be extremely limited. Students who have classes on Evansdale may park for free in the Coliseum lots near the Natatorium and Arboretum until 5 p.m. Space is limited at both locations.

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Morgantown Community Orchestra's 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year' Concert (Dec. 7)

The Morgantown Community Orchestra, represented by numerous students of the WVU community, and supported by the WVU School of Music's Community Music Program, will present its Winter Concert, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," on Saturday, December 7. In cooperation with St Francis Church, the 7:30 p.m. concert is free and open to the public and will be held at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 1 Guthrie Lane, in Morgantown. 

The Orchestra, under the direction of Andre Januario, is a group of area amateur and professional musicians, college students, middle school and high school students, who rehearse once a week to share their love of music-making. The Orchestra will feature works by Handel, Brahms, Bartok, Borodin, Rutter, and more. The Orchestra will also be joined by the Women's Chorus of West Virginia University's School of Music. 

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MCHD, Grindr partnership successful in publicizing syphilis outbreak

When Monongalia County Health Department teamed up with Grindr, a dating app geared toward the LBGTQ+ community, County Health Officer Dr. Lee B. Smith had no idea how many people might be educated about Monongalia County’s syphilis outbreak through this partnership.

It all started earlier this year, when Dr. Smith learned through a West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources public health disease investigator that some people diagnosed with syphilis in Morgantown had anonymous sexual encounters thanks to meeting partners through dating apps.

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Skip the lines at Hatfields: Enroll in the WVU Biometric Scanner Program

As part of our continuing efforts to enhance the overall dining experience for students, faculty and staff, the West Virginia University Dining Services and Information Technology Services (ITS) teams are collaborating on a new Biometric Scanner Program for accessing dining venues.

This voluntary program will allow students, faculty and staff with dining plans on the Morgantown campus to use unique biometric data to quickly gain access to Hatfields in the Mountainlair and charge meals to their dining account.  

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Student bills due Dec. 1 now due Dec. 2

STAR and all STAR-related services will be down from 12:01 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 for extended maintenance. Because of this, students have until 4:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 to pay Nov. bills to avoid late fees. 

If you have trouble logging in afterward, try clearing your browser history, then closing and relaunching the browser. This resolves most errors. If you still need help, call the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444.

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Volunteers needed for Chinese New Year Celebration

For the Chinese New Year Celebration, we need volunteers from 1 to 9 p.m. on January 18, 2020. Those interested in volunteering must be able to volunteer at least 3 hours. If volunteers plan to stay from 1 to 9 p.m., food will be provided. 

Please contact Elaine Zhang at ez0009@mix.wvu.edu or 304-651-7630 for more information or if you are interested.

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Survey: Understanding international students' challenges

This survey seeks to understand and identify challenges that international students encounter at WVU. Participating in this survey will help in designing better policies and providing practical resources for international students. It will also inform the creation of a positive and inclusive environment on WVU campus. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Two participants of this survey will be randomly selected to receive a $25 gift card. Approval for this study is on file (IRB Protocol Number: 1906605405).

Please click on the link below or copy and paste in your browser to complete survey.

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WVU United Way Campaign only about halfway to goal, simple gifts mean so much

The WVU United Way Campaign is only about halfway to its goal of $250,000. As of Nov. 15, $121,125 has been donated by WVU faculty, staff and students to this year’s campaign. That’s 49 percent. Only 132 individuals on campus have given so far.

The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties needs help to continue to provide 46 community programs at 24 area agencies, as well as internal United Way programming. Money raised here stays in the community to provide a variety of resources for many people. 

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Give consent if you would like to receive you 1098T electronically this year

West Virginia University has partnered with ECSI, offering you the opportunity to receive your 1098-T Tuition Statement electronically this year. If you would like to receive your 1098-T form electronically, please give your consent by following the link provided below and following the step by step instructions. 1098-Ts will be provided by the end of January 2020. If electronic consent is not received by January 1, 2020, the 1098-T will be mailed to the current Parent/Permanent mailing address on file in the STAR student account system.

1098-T Electronic Consent

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New Information Security and Identity Theft policies available for public comment until Dec. 11

Between now and Dec. 11, faculty, staff and students can review and comment on two new policies addressing the use and protection of WVU technology resources: Information Security, and Identity Theft Detection and Prevention. Once approved, both policies will apply to faculty, staff and students across the University system. 

The Information Security Policy formalizes many data and technology security practices already in place. It requires all technology owners, resources and data to be identified and inventoried. It also requires business continuity planning and enterprise technology risk management, as well as duty-specific training to ensure data is secured appropriately. The Identity Theft Detection and Prevention Policy, previously a Board of Governor’s policy, establishes Information Technology Services as the entity responsible for preparing University employees for responding to all warning signs of identity theft. All University accounts designed to permit multiple payments or transactions are covered under this policy, such as student accounts and institutional loans. 

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Spring 2020 student health insurance waiver available through Jan. 6

The spring 2020 student health insurance waiver is available now at talentandculture.wvu.edu/student-insurance with a deadline for completion of Monday, January 6. 

NOTE: Students with an approved waiver on file from fall of 2019 have opted out of the WVU Aetna student health insurance plan for the entire 2019-2020 academic year and do not need to complete this spring waiver. 

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Donations needed for Rural Health Interest Group's Rural Oasis Food Drive

The Rural Health Interest Group will begin collecting non-perishable and toiletry items for the 2019 RHIG Service Learning Project: Rural Oasis Food Drive to support the food banks in Clay County, West Virginia and Mullens, West Virginia. 

A collection station will be set up near Cavanaugh's at the WVU Health Sciences Center beginning November 1 through December 13. Please stop by and donate!

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WVU Libraries seeking submissions for upcoming voter suppression exhibit

West Virginia University Libraries is seeking submissions for a major art exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which enforced voting rights for racial minorities. 

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