Virtual Local to Global Films Series is back for families and adults

The Local to Global Film Series is back — online! The WVU Libraries and WVU Humanities Center will provide access to hundreds of streaming films via Kanopy, so why not watch some together with a synchronous chat option?

Through May, two films will be featured each month free of charge. One family-friendly movie will air at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, and one adult-focused movie will air at 7 p.m. later in the month, opening with an introduction followed by a discussion.

The first family-friendly film will kick off on Wednesday, April 8 at 4 p.m. Join us as we watch Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

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Students win top prize in first virtual West Virginia Business Plan Competition

West Virginia University seniors Samuel Chico and Kyle Seese have an idea for low-cost, eco-friendly energy storage systems that repurpose retired EV battery modules from auto manufacturers. 

With a $10,000 boost from the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Chico and Seese, the winners of the first virtual West Virginia Business Plan Competition, may establish themselves and their business, Parthian Battery Solutions, as the premier cost leader for residential and commercial energy storage systems. 

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WVU Board briefed on pandemic responses and plans

West Virginia University’s Board of Governors was briefed Thursday on the institution’s ongoing responses to the coronavirus pandemic and background on decisions that have been made and are under consideration. 

“This is an unprecedented time for all of us, but it is reassuring to see how the administration has responded,” Board Chairman David Alvarez said following the special meeting, which was held in executive session. “Everyone involved with this University has shown the kind of determination, flexibility and dedication we would expect from Mountaineers.” 

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WVU Spring Football Game Canceled

Due to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, the Big 12 Conference extended its suspension from March 29 to May 31 of all team activities whether organized or voluntary. This suspension includes team and individual practices, meetings, and other organized gatherings. The suspension will be re-evaluated regularly and revisited or adjusted as circumstances dictate.
 
The Big 12 allowed for some availability to conduct virtual sessions with student-athletes. Film study, technical discussions, tactical sessions and other non-physical activities may take place virtually but are limited to two hours per week in all sports.
 
Following today's decision by the conference, West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced that West Virginia's Gold-Blue spring football game, slated for April 18 at Milan Puskar Stadium, is canceled.
 
"We continue to work with the Big 12 and our medical professionals to ensure the safety of our student-athletes, University and community," Lyons said. "Extending the deadline of all athletic activities necessitates the cancellation of our spring football game. We will continue to work with the Big 12 to come up a fair and competitive plan for our athletic teams as we approach May 31."
 
Lyons also announced that Mountaineer Athletic Club events slated for April and May, which include dinners, caravans and golf outings, are postponed. Specific information on rescheduled events will be announced at a later date when details become available.
 
"Our Mountaineer Athletic Club events are important to us because they enable our coaches and staff to travel around the state and visit with our fans," Lyons added. "We are exploring the opportunity for virtual MAC sessions to allow our fans to interact with our coaches while maintaining a social distance. I look forward to providing more information on these sessions when it is available."
 

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Get mental health help 24/7

The Carruth Center offers free counseling to WVU students from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are experiencing a crisis or psychological emergency after these hours, do not hesitate to call the after-hours hotline at 304-293-4431. 

Additionally, several national hotlines are available to help you when you may be in need. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be called at 1-800-273-8255. For military veterans, the Military Veterans Suicide Hotline can be called at 1-800-273-8255; press 1 to speak with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the LGBTQ+ community, the Trevor Project Lifeline can be called at 1-866-488-7386. 

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Demo Day 2020 to be canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Given the unprecedented circumstances facing students, faculty and staff throughout the end of the spring semester, the third annual Demo Day, slated to be held at the WVU Coliseum on Friday, April 24, will be canceled. 

While there may no longer be a day-long showcase of entrepreneurship and innovation across the University, the LaunchLab Network encourages students and the entire WVU community to continue their innovative ideas and ventures at home. Students are welcome to share their work on social media while tagging @LaunchLabWVU. They are also encouraged to schedule virtual appointments with LaunchLab staff and coaches to help continue developing their innovations. Make an appointment at launch.wvu.edu.

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Adobe to offer temporary free access to Adobe Creative Cloud

In recognition of widespread campus closures, Adobe is temporarily offering free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software through the end of the current semester. This access will eventually be discontinued. 

To access the free software, students should visit https://wvu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1976/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=102466 and log in with their WVU username and password.

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WVU Bookstore Mountainlair, Evansdale Crossing and Health Sciences locations closed, enhancing online services

Throughout the past several weeks, the West Virginia University Bookstores and the Health Sciences Bookstore have taken several proactive steps (e.g., wiping down counters, door handles, equipment and other frequently touched surfaces) to protect our customers and employees against the potential spread of COVID-19. 

However, to further protect the safety and well-being of our customers and staff, our physical store locations at the MountainlairEvansdale Crossing and Health Sciences will be closed until further notice.

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Letter from Dean of Students Corey Farris

Dear Mountaineer:

I am writing to you as someone who cares deeply about your personal safety, health, and well-being. We are facing a public health crisis worldwide, nationwide, and here in West Virginia.

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Morgantown Public Library locations closed

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all Morgantown Public Library locations are temporarily closing today (March 17) through April 5. 

The library system will continue to have digital resources available during the temporary closure.

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Your mental health is important – let’s talk about it

No matter where you’re at in life, taking care of your mental health is crucial. WVU provides many ways to help you do so, from free counseling at the Carruth Center to therapy dog visits on campus.

We also offer self-help resources for groups of students who may find the college transition to be a bit more difficult, like first-generation students or international students. 

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WVU cancels study abroad trips for May, updates COVID-19 actions

West Virginia University on Friday canceled 14 study abroad programs that were to start in May, affecting 124 students.

The decision is the latest in the continuing efforts to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and the community as a result of the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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WVU Athletics events suspended through academic year

Due to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, the Big 12 Conference announced on Friday, March 13 that all conference and nonconference competitions are canceled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year.

“I want our student-athletes, coaches and fans to be safe and for our department to follow the recommendations of the medical professionals. This is a necessary precaution to ensure the safety of our University, community, teams and support staff,” Lyons said. “The situation is fluid and we will monitor it daily to make the best decisions for all involved.”

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WVU launches website, phone number to provide COVID-19 information

The website is located at http://coronavirus.wvu.edu and includes general information as well as links to more detailed information for specific audiences such as students, faculty, staff and the general community.

WVU Medicine has also established a telephone number for individuals if they have respiratory or flu-like illness and symptoms: 304-598-6000 (Option 4). Individuals are encouraged to call this number before coming to the hospital, clinic or emergency department. If you are unsure whether or not you should be seen, call your local health department for guidance.

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