Free student tickets for WVU Choral Concert April 22

The WVU Choirs will take the stage at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.

The program will feature performances by all four WVU Choirs including Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and the Community Music Program sponsored West Virginia Community Choir. The concert will also include a performance by the University High School Chamber Choir directed by Mr. Barry Kolar.

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Volunteers Needed for Deckers Creek Spring Meltdown Fundraiser

Celebrate Earth Day by lending a hand at the 12th Annual Spring Meltdown, a silent and live auction fundraiser for Friends of Deckers Creek at Morgantown Brewing Company in the evening of Saturday, April 21.

Open to the public and free to attend, the fun event features live music, as well as a variety of items to bid on throughout the evening, including lots of outdoor gear, Patagonia clothing, getaways, rafting trips, gift certificates and amusement park passes.

To sign up, visit the volunteer opportunity for Spring Meltdown on iServe

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Gold and Blue Student Ambassadors are seeking applicants

Are you looking to be more involved on campus? Becoming a Gold and Blue Student Ambassador is a wonderful way to serve the University and grow in your Mountaineer Spirit. As Student Ambassadors, we work in conjunction with the University Events Office at WVU. 

GBSAs are front and center at some of the greatest events on campus. On game days, they welcome guests to Dr. Gee's house for pre-game events. They also assist at famous speaker events, honorary ceremonies, and you can find them behind-the-scenes as thousands of students take their walk across the stage at WVU's graduation. Serving as a Gold & Blue Student Ambassador is a rewarding way to find your niche at WVU and share your Mountaineer Spirit!

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Center for Service and Learning invites nominations for President’s Volunteer Service Award

Any WVU faculty, student or staff member who has completed at least 100 hours of service between March 31, 2017, and April 1, 2018, is eligible for nomination to the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

WVU faculty, student or staff member may count hours from community service and service learning courses. All honorees who accept their nomination will receive a commemorative pin. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include: Bronze (100 to 174 hours), Silver (175 to 249 hours), Gold (250 or more hours) and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. 

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Student Workers: You must begin using two-factor authentication by April 27

Student workers at WVU must begin using two-factor authentication by Friday, April 27, to continue to have access to secure systems. This is necessary because you have an overriding Employee role in our administrative systems. All other students may want to get a jump on next semester and set up two-factor before it's mandatory on Aug. 31.

Get out your laptop and phone to get started. Go to login.wvu.edu and select “My Login.” Enter your credentials, click “Enroll in Duo 2-Factor” and follow the steps. Be ready to download the free Duo Mobile app during this process.

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Cigarette smokers needed for research study

Are you between the ages of 18 and 55? Do you currently smoke cigarettes? Are you interested in using an electronic cigarette? 

You may be eligible to participate in a research study that will examine methods of measuring electronic cigarette use. Individuals who complete all three visits lasting three hours each will be compensated. For more information, please call the laboratory at 304-293-0551 or email Nick (njfelicione@mix.wvu.edu), or Jenny (jeozga@mix.wvu.edu). 

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Core Arboretum Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks

Come welcome back the migrant songbirds as they return from their winter ranges on April 17 and 24 and May 1, 8 and 15 at 7:30 a.m.! 

An anticipated annual event, the Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks will be the last two Tuesdays in April and the first three Tuesdays in May. The bird walks are led by members of Mountaineer Audubon who will identify birds by sight and sound for participants and help everyone learn to appreciate the wonder of spring migration. Last year, in the course of four bird walks, over 70 species of birds were seen and/or heard. 

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This week's events at the College of Creative Arts (April 16-22)

Students in the WVU College of Creative Arts perform more than 300 events per year in many venues across campus, Morgantown and the state. Many of the events are free to the public and family friendly. The following is a list of this week’s events. For a full listing of events, please visit the Creative Arts calendar.

Music at the Mountainlair
12:30 p.m., April 17
The winners of the West Virginia University School of Music Chamber Music Competition will perform a winner’s showcase during Music at the Mountainlair.

Art Up Close!: Peter Butler
5:30 p.m., April 17
“Art in the Landscape: Traditions in Sculpture Garden Design” and the Nath Sculpture Garden will be the focus of the Art Up Close! program scheduled for Tuesday, April 17.

Theatre Performance: The Three Musketeers
April 17-22, times vary
Filled with adventure, danger and swashbuckling swordplay, this play takes the audience on a journey with three heroes as they face dangerous villains and find new companionship along the way.

Symphonic Band Concert
7:30 p.m., April 17
Led by Lindsey Williams, the Symphonic Band will perform pieces including “Flashing Winds,” “Ignition” and “Rolling Thunder.”

Music Faculty Showcase
8 p.m., April 19
Performers for the faculty showcase include Nina Assimakopoulos, Bill Koehler, Hope Koehler, Jared Sims, Ching-Wen Hsaio, Sun Jung Lee and Andrea Houde.

Demo Day: Creative Arts Innovation Demonstration
2-4 p.m., April 19
Innovative art in all forms will be showcased in the lobby of the Creative Arts Center. Demonstrations include, but are not limited to; ceramics, sculpture, design for social impact, flute performances, and recording studios.

Jazz Thursdays
Weekly event every Thursday, 9 p.m. at Morgantown Brewing Co. in Downtown Morgantown

Choral Concert
April 22 at 2 p.m.

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Join us for the Don Nehlen lecture on April 20

The 2018 Don Nehlen Lecture Series focuses on Optimizing Performance in D1 Football, a winning collaboration between coach and sport scientist, at the Morgantown Marriott Event Center, room MEC-B, Waterfront Place, April 20 at 3:30p.m. Expert speakers feature Coach Mack Brown, 1998–2013 Head Football Coach, University of Texas, and John Ivy, Professor Emeritus, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, UT. The event is free and open to the public.

https://cpass.wvu.edu/85th-birthday/nehlen-lecture

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WVU issues statement on death of student Friday

West Virginia University issued the following statement upon learning of the death of a student today (April 13):

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Colton Hodge, 22, of Falls Church, Virginia. Colton was a third-year student majoring in exercise physiology. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Colton’s family and friends,” said Corey Farris, associate vice president and dean of students. 

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WVU Earth Week April 14-22

WVU will be celebrating Earth Day with a full week of events and activities on campus April 14-22. From wildflower walks and seed planting, to clean-up efforts, the WVU community is encouraged to participate and to take a moment to recognize the importance of taking care of our planet for generations to come! 

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Core Arboretum spring wildflower walks April 15 and 22

Come see the amazing spring show that happens on campus every year! The WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks will happen April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. 

These free, guided tours are a spring tradition at the WVU Core Arboretum! Participants will learn the names of the flowers and some interesting facts about the flowers. Last year, in the course of three wildflower walks, over 45 species of plants were seen in bloom. 

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Downtown Campus Library to host two Wikipedia edit-a-thons in April

The Downtown Campus Library will host two Wikipedia edit-a-thons in April. Both events are open to the public. Preregistration is not required, but people should bring a laptop.

The first is an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on April 13 from noon to 3 p.m. in Room 104. The Art + Feminism edit-a-thon will focus on female artists in the collection of the WVU Museum. Participants will have the opportunity to write about and edit Wikipedia pages of female artists, painters, designers and dancers. Kelly Doyle, WVU Libraries’ Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity, will be available help individuals edit and create an account. For more information contact Sally Deskins, Libraries exhibits coordinator, at sbdeskins@mail.wvu.edu.

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Focus group for Maryland and Virginia freshmen

We love having our neighbors from Maryland and Virginia on campus, and we hope you love being here in your home among the hills, too!

We’re always looking for ways to attract new Mountaineers to our campuses, no matter where they hail from. That’s why we want you to participate in a fun, informal group discussion — so we can find out what drew you to WVU. Our discussion will be recorded, but your comments will remain anonymous. 

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Learn about and sign up for two-factor authentication at ITS information booths April 10-19

Information Technology Services will be at various locations April 10-19 to demonstrate and help with sign-up for two-factor authentication. To protect the security of personal and sensitive information in WVU systems, all students must be enrolled by Aug. 31. ITS staff will have a small prize for any student who lets us swipe your Mountaineer ID Card and email you instructions to enroll later. Stop by any of the following places:

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LaunchLab students compete in national women entrepreneurs competition

Two student teams from WVU’s LaunchLab Network will compete in the semi-finals at the national Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs, hosted by Smith College in Massachusetts, on April 6. The WVU students have been selected to showcase their new ventures in the semi-finals, competing among 60 teams who represent 29 schools from across the nation.

The competition is designed for undergraduate women to help develop the necessary skills to advance through the process from idea to venture creation. Through three rounds of competition, students will identify the problem they are trying to solve, explain why the problem requires a new venture, articulate how their idea offers the best solution to the problem, and describe what resources, partnerships and activities it will take to successfully launch the venture.

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Student parking permit sale begins April 9

Beginning Monday, April 9, WVU Parking Management will begin selling student parking permits for the 2018-19 academic year. Student permits are available for a number of parking lots across campus.

All permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchasing a permit will require the student to be registered for classes and have all citations paid.

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WVU takes interim steps to increase driver and pedestrian safety awareness

In the wake of two more pedestrians being struck by automobiles on or near the WVU campus, University Police today (March 29) added portable signs at intersections where the incidents have occurred.

Two students were struck, but suffered only minor injuries, on Wednesday, March 28, at intersections on Morrill Way and Patteson Drive. The Patteson Drive intersection was also the site of a fatal accident on Feb. 1. Later that month, a second pedestrian was struck and seriously injured crossing Monongahela Boulevard.

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Survey to assess students and outdoor activities

As part of an exercise in their capstone class, a group of students is conducting a survey of students across the WVU Colleges to determine whether and how they participate in fishing. The survey is very short and will take only 1-2 minutes to complete. Participating students will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Please use the link below to access the survey.

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Campus Recreation facility improvements continue to progress

Campus Recreation, in collaboration with Facilities Management, has been working to make improvements to the Student Rec Center in order to better serve students, reduce utility costs and reduce energy consumption.

A phased replacement of interior lighting is forecasted to reduce energy consumption by over 80 percent. Currently, light fixtures in both gym multi-court gyms and the pool have been converted from metal halide to LED. The next phase of interior lighting replacement will include the racquetball and squash courts, followed by the climbing wall floodlights. These lighting replacements have allowed Campus Recreation to reduce consumption while dramatically increasing user experience with appropriate light levels.

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Get recognized for your service, earn digital badges and more

Earlier this semester the iServe team in the Center for Service and Learning announced the roll out of an exciting new feature: Impact Recognition. This feature allows you to earn digital badges as you complete service, earning them as you reach certain "benchmarks," The first chance to earn a badge for this semester is to completing 25-hours of approved service in iServe. Now we're pleased to announce, in partnership with Adventure WV, the opportunity to win a free canopy tour for two at the Outdoor Recreation Center!

Any student, faculty or staff who earns the "Spring Into Service 2018" by May 11 will be entered into a drawing for the canopy tour. The winner will be announced on May 15.

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Summer Federal Work Study available

Need a summer job? Apply for Summer Full Time Federal Work Study! 

This opportunity is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Students will be reviewed and offered Federal Work Study on a case by case basis. 

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Protect your info and set up two-factor authentication before it's mandatory this fall

All students on all WVU campuses will have to use two-factor authentication when accessing WVU IT systems starting in August 2018, but you can get ahead of the curve and enroll now. More than 7,200 people, including WVU student workers, are already participating, most with the free Duo Mobile smartphone app.

Two-factor authentication is a second layer of security besides your password. It requires you to confirm your identity with two things - something you KNOW and something you HAVE. Essentially, it's no different than a physical key to a door or the PIN for your bank card: If you want access to something WVU considers important, you have to prove it's you to gain that access.

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Community Music Program offers fiddle workshops for spring term

Do you play the violin and want to try a different kind of music? Have you ever found yourself drawn to the sound of a fiddle tune that gets your foot tappin’? If so, please rosin up your bow and join us!

The workshops focus on traditional fiddle tunes and styles from the Appalachian region. Music will be taught by ear, keeping with the oral tradition; but sheet music can be provided upon request. 

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