Two days left for your chance to win a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card

The Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment is requesting participation in a two-minute survey about the 2018 graduate fair event. (You did not have to attend the event to participate.) Those who participate have the option to be entered to win a $15 Barnes & Nobles gift card. 

The survey will be open until  Wednesday, December 12

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Sport and Physical Activity in Scotland: An applied sport sciences study abroad opportunity over spring break 2019

This is a 7-day faculty-led trip to Edinburgh, Scotland to visit the University of Edinburgh's world-renowned sport science program. The trip will occur over the WVU spring break (within the March 9-17 spring break window) and will provide students with an opportunity to visit various historic locations in Scotland, interact with faculty and students in the University of Edinburgh's sport science programs, and experience the Sport UK and Scottish sporting systems at the University and the community levels. 

Additionally, CPASS is very excited to offer this opportunity for the very first time and is looking forward to this community outreach trip to be a successful one. 

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Registration open for spring 2019 seminar course on Community Engagement Professionalization

The Center for Service and Learning will be offering a 3-credit hour Community Engagement Professionalization (CEP) Seminar for Spring 2019. This course (SRVL 491, CRN 16608) guides and prepares students for a career in the field of community engagement. Students from any discipline will learn how to make an impact on their community and explore how to leverage this into a career path.

For questions or assistance with enrolling, contact us at serveandlearn@mail.wvu.edu or at 304-293-8761.

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WVU Libraries adjusting materials spending in response to budget realities

By Karen Diaz
Dean of WVU Libraries

For two years now, West Virginia University Libraries has been working toward bringing our materials spending in line with the new budget realities that we have faced since 2016. One of the biggest challenges in our reduction in funds is managing “bundled” journals subscriptions that historically provided us with more journal title subscriptions at less cost. Unfortunately, over time the inflationary costs of these bundle subscriptions have outpaced the size of our budget.

In 2016, when we were first presented with the need to reduce our spending, bundled journal packages accounted for 30 percent of our materials budget but only provided 6.2 percent of our titles. We recognized at the time that we would have to address this significant portion of our budget to achieve the necessary savings. We did so immediately by unbundling our Wiley subscription package which provided us with about $400,000 in savings at that time. Now we are moving to unbundle the remaining packages.

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Win a gift card by completing a two-minute survey

The Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment is requesting participation in a two-minute survey about the 2018 graduate fair event. (You did not have to attend the event to participate.) Those who participate have the option to be entered to win a $15 Barnes & Nobles gift card. 

The survey will be open until  Wednesday, December 12

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Call for Submissions: Robert E. Stitzel Award for Student-Generated Educational Media in Pharmacology

The Robert E. Stitzel Award for Student-Generated Educational Media in Pharmacology is soliciting submissions of pharmacology educational media from students in any health professional or graduate program within the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Media can be in various formats, for example a video(s) explaining a difficult concept, or a series of mnemonic-related drawings (i.e., “Sketchies”) to make memorization of facts easier.

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Study abroad opportunities open to all WVU students

Experience a unique and rewarding educational opportunity by studying abroad. Elijah Pollard, visiting lecturer in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, will lead the following programs:

Italy: Culture + Community
Enjoy a sensory exploration of the sounds, smells, tastes and sights of Pisa, Siena, Florence and San Gimignano. Travel dates: March 9-17, 2019.

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Explore culinary Italy! Study abroad opportunity for aspiring health professionals

We are excited to share that we have a few spots remaining for our innovative study abroad trips to Tuscany, Italy for aspiring health professionals. We are looking to bring a multidisciplinary team of students from a variety of health and health-related majors.

This study abroad opportunity for aspiring health professionals will allow students to explore lifestyle medicine using the Mediterranean Diet through a hands-on experience in Tuscany, Italy. During the 12-day cultural immersion from June 9-21, students will engage in culinary lessons, wine-tastings, learn how pasta, ancient grains, cheese and olive oil are produced, and learn about sustainable agricultural practices and their health benefits. 

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Call for Nominations: Nick Evans Excellence in Advising Award

The Nicholas Evans Award Committee is now taking nominations for the Nicholas EvansExcellence in Advising Award (given in honor of Nicholas Evans, a lifelong proponent and exemplar of undergraduate advising at WVU). This award recognizes exceptional advising and mentoring provided by both faculty and professional advisers at WVU. Up to four recipients will receive a $1,000 award, which will be deposited into a state account administered by the recipient’s department or unit; funds may be used for professional development purposes only.

If you are interested in nominating a professional or faculty advisor, visit the Nicholas Evans Award Website for more detailed information regarding the nomination process and form, submission requirements, and nominee eligibility. The deadline for submission is January 14, 2019.

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Visit Utah after May finals with Adventure WV

This May, Adventure WV’s SOAR program heads to Utah! This three-credit course will run for rising sophomores from May 5-18. The trip will allow students to explore the beautiful desert Southwest, reflect on their first year of college and experience new adventures like desert hiking and river canoeing! Students who participate in SOAR will visit Island in the Sky and Needles Districts of the Cayonland National Park, canoe on the Stillwater Canyon of the Green River and explore the town of Moab, Utah. 

Students will be responsible for purchasing an airplane ticket to Denver in addition to the $850 for the cost of the trip. The application will be available in January. 

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Secure your spot in Winter Intersession

Time is running out and Winter Intersession courses are filling fast! Students can earn up to three credits in three weeks by taking an online course over winter break. Students must call WVU Online for departmental approval at 304-293-2834. Visit winter.wvu.edu for more information.

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Test prep classes available through WVU CPE

In partnership with Educational Testing Consultants, WVU Continuing Professional Education is offering comprehensive test preparation classes in live-online formats for the GMAT, GRE and LSAT.

ETC’s test prep courses are designed by test-preparation experts and will help you prepare for these important exams with real-time interaction with expert instructors, recordings of classes to review, tips and strategies for answering examination questions, and practice tests from previous exams.

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Interested in developing your outdoor leadership skills? Consider taking Leadership in Experiential Education

Interested in learning the necessary skills to be a First-Year Trips leader...but can't commit to the summer yet? Interested in developing your outdoor and leadership skills? Consider enrolling in RPTR 251: Leadership In Experiential Education, Section 003.

The course provides the same curriculum as training for Adventure WV First-Year Trips staff: working with groups in an outdoor setting, learning technical, leadership, interpersonal and risk management skills for outdoor education. Upon successful completion of the course, students MAY be eligible to complete additional training with Adventure WV and work as a First-Year Trips staff member.

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