WVU Blue and Gold Mine Sale collections begin April 29

WVU will begin accepting donations at all residence halls and at 4 different locations around town for the 15th annual Blue and Gold Mine Sale. The sale is a giant rummage sale that gives life to items students no longer need.

Acceptable items include clothing, shoes, accessories, purses, luggage, curtains, towels, bedding, utensils, dishware, small appliances, home décor, bathroom accessories, sporting goods, electronics, exercise equipment and furniture. The sale does not accepts CRT televisions or computer monitors, mattresses and box springs.

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WVU Choirs to perform spring concert April 27

The WVU Choirs will travel to Star City to St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. for their Spring Choral Concert. The program will feature performances by all four WVU Choirs including Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and the Community Music Program's West Virginia Community Choir. 

Come enjoy a variety of musical styles and genres led by WVU Choral Director Dr. Kym Scott. 

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Avoid using Internet Explorer after May 9 eCampus upgrade

eCampus will be unavailable for 24 hours starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, May 9, for an upgrade that will fix some bugs and add or improve several features.

ITS and Blackboard recommend that you stop using Internet Explorer with this eCampus update. Microsoft stopped supporting Explorer in January 2016, and Blackboard will not resolve issues reported with that browser. Blackboard recommends using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

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Know a future Mountaineer? Encourage them to register for an Adventure WV First-Year Trip

By this time in the year, high school seniors who plan to pursue higher education have likely chosen where they will attend college/university. It’s exciting to know that many students (around 5,000 or so!) have chosen or will soon choose WVU! 

Do you know anyone who will be one of these incoming Mountaineers? If yes, then please help us to spread the word and tell them about WVU’s First-Year Trips program! Through an Adventure WV First-Year Trip, they’ll reach new heights, meet new friends and discover what it means to be a Mountaineer.

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Defend Your Data: Don’t fall for gift card phishing scams

Information Technology Services reminds you to be aware of malicious emails urgently asking you to purchase gift cards using personal or University funds. These emails may appear to come from someone you know or someone who works at WVU, but they are really from would-be thieves.

Do not click on any links or reply to these emails. Forward suspicious email as an attachment to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu or call the person who appears to have sent the request by using their number in the WVU directory.

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WVU Core Arboretum Mountaineer Audubon Spring Bird Walk scheduled April 23

Come welcome back the migrant songbirds as they return from their winter ranges on April 23 and 30, and May 7 and 14 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 two 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. These guided tours are free, and will meet in the Arboretum parking lot. Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum. 

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2019 Earth Week events planned

WVU celebrates Earth Day each year with a series of events. Various departments host opportunities to personally minimize impacts on the planet, to learn what WVU is doing to be a steward of environmental resources and to recognize the beauty of our surroundings. Events this year include:

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Attend the second annual WVU Demo Day to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and design university-wide

The WVU IDEA Hub encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to attend the second annual Demo Day on April 25 to celebrate the robust culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and design university-wide. Discover the vast scope of innovative ideas, leading-edge inventions, working prototypes, the latest in fashion, creative arts performances, landscape architecture designs, unique business ventures and much more, all day, across all Morgantown campuses. Nearly all colleges, as well as WVU’s regional campuses, will participate in day-long activities.

From pitch competitions, expos on social issues, interactive exhibits, prototype stations and engineering showcases, to fashion and design displays, lemonade stands and open houses, there are opportunities for all ages, professions and interest areas to join in and embrace news ideas across WVU.

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Help us all stay Mountaineer safe: learn about the risks of distracted driving

According to the  National Safety Council, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured each day in distracted-driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety, and the consequences of these distractions are not worth the convenience they offer.

April is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and in recognition, West Virginia University’s  Student Government Association and  University Police Department are partnering to host information tables for students, faculty and staff on pedestrian and driver safety.

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Be a part of a survey on insomnia and entrepreneurship

We are conducting a research study on individuals aged 18 years and older. It is an anonymous online survey study that asks about your thoughts and feelings about entrepreneurship, health, and wellness. The study was acknowledged as exempt by the Institutional Review Board of West Virginia University. The survey may take around 10 to 15 minutes to finish. If you would like to participate, please click here to access the survey: https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7X1J2b9sdwEevgp

Nilanjana Dwibedi, Ph.D.,
Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences,
HSC, PO Box 9510,
Morgantown, WV 26506

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WVU Board begins process to extend President Gee’s contract

MORGANTGOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Board of Governors began the process Friday of a state-mandated periodic evaluation of President Gordon Gee, and also set guidelines for a possible renewal of his contract beyond its June 30, 2021 expiration.

While the state mandates evaluation of presidents every three years, Board Chair William Wilmoth said, “President Gee has indicated he would be interested in extending his time with West Virginia University, and I am excited and believe it is in this institution’s best interest to explore that option.”

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WVU approves minimal tuition and fee increase for 2019-20

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The cost to attend West Virginia University will go up by the lowest percentage in at least two decades with Friday’s approval of a $60, or 1.36 percent, per semester increase for in-state undergraduate students and $180, or 1.44 percent, for out-of-state students.

The exact individual tuition and fees approved by the Board of Governors will vary, depending on specific colleges, resulting in effective increases ranging from 1.26 percent to 1.69 percent for in-state students and 1.22 percent to 1.8 percent for out-of-state students. The only negative vote was by Isaac Obioma, who represents students on the Board.

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Become a Direct Collaborative Member and earn money towards school

As an AmeriCorps Member with the Direct Collaborative you will serve 300 hours while earning an education award of up to $1,250 that can be used towards tuition or student loans. 

Starting in August 2019, students will have a year to complete the necessary hours. Not only will you have the opportunity to serve your community and help your fellow students through service, you'll also have access to professional development opportunities, training and a support network through AmeriCorps and West Virginia University. 

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Mountaineer ID or 50 cents required to ride PRT

Beginning 6:30 am, Monday April 15, 2019, all WVU Students, Faculty, and Staff will be required to swipe their Mountaineer Cards to gain access to ride the PRT.  Passengers will be required to swipe their WVU ID at the station entry gates, make their destination selection to gain access to the platform, and ride the PRT.

The coin payment option will be available for all other riders who do not have valid Mountaineer Cards.  Exact change of 50 cents in any combination of nickels, dimes, or quarters, will be accepted at the furthest right entry gate at every station.  No change will be issued. Upon arrival at the gate and assistance needed, please pick up the station phone (black) adjacent to the entry gates to speak with PRT personnel. 

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COMING SOON: login.wvu.edu and related processes will be changing in May

Soon after the end of the spring semester, the login.wvu.edu site will be changing, and so will some of the processes you currently use. The new WVU Login site should be ready for use in mid-May, so if you need to change your password over summer break, you will notice some differences.

No immediate changes are required, and your username and email address are not affected. ITS will provide more details and instructional materials in the coming weeks.

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WVU student parking permit sale begins April 8

Beginning Monday, April 8, WVU Parking Management will begin selling student parking permits for the 2019-20 academic year. Student permits are available for a number of parking lots across campus.

Annual permits are valid from August 1, 2019-July 31, 2020 and may be purchased online at http://transportation.wvu.edu. Click on the parking tab and then permit purchase. Permits may also be purchased by visiting the Parking Office at Mountaineer Station. All permits will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Purchasing a permit will require the student to be registered for classes and have all citations paid.

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Apply to be a Mountaineer Guide by Tuesday, April 23

The WVU Visitors Center is seeking applications for Mountaineer Guides to assist the WVU Visitors Center staff with campus visits and recruiting events. Select positions work with WVU Football recruiting events.

As a Mountaineer Guide, you must fulfill the following requirements:

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Take a survey on The Orlando Apollos

The Orlando Apollos are part of the AAF, the Alliance of American Football. The AAF launched in February of this year, and they are a brand new league. They have secured five high sponsors, such as CBS and CBSSports. The Apollos are lead by coach Steve Spurrier and have a 52 person roster. We would like to assess whether Florida NFL football viewership is correlated with the likelihood that a person will watch the Orlando Apollos play. The survey should take 1-2 minutes.

Orlando Apollos Survey

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Summer Festival of Fun jobs at The Shack

The Shack has big plans for the Summer Festival of Fun and needs a team to help make it great! Please check out job opportunities for this summer at The Shack Neighborhood House in Morgantown.

The summer program for school age children K- 6th grade that includes educational activities, swimming in our pool, field trips, fun, eating healthy snacks and meals, and more!

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Campus Rec to host 11 weeks of summer day-camp for first through sixth graders

For 11 weeks during the summer of 2019, WVU Campus Recreation will offer week-long day-camps for youth going into first through sixth grade. 

Camps will incorporate activities all across Campus Rec facilities including the leisure pool with beach-style entry and aquatic basketball, our 55-foot rock wall that features multi skill level routes, outdoor fields and our full-court gyms. 

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Want to update your WVU ID card? Personalize it by submitting your own photo

If you lost your WVU ID or just want a new picture, you can submit your own images for consideration. Just be sure to follow the photo guidelines and the submission steps at https://bit.ly/2B0hbuJ. Upload as many as three photos at mymountaineercard.wvu.edu.

Your Mountaineer Card is your official ID, so images should resemble driver’s license or passport photos. That means no odd angles, filters or busy backgrounds. Replacements cost $30.

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Install Sophos before Saturday, Aug. 31

To continue protecting your personal computers, tablets and smartphones with WVU’s free anti-virus, you must install Sophos before Saturday, Aug. 31. WVU’s license agreement with Kaspersky ends that day, and you will then have to pay Kaspersky for any new software updates.

To download Sophos, go to freeav.wvu.edu. After providing your WVU email address, Sophos will send an activation code and account setup instructions. ITS recommends registering your Sophos account using a personal email address, which you can use to manage your personal devices. Install the software on as many as three personally-owned computers.

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