Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) 2020 is April 13 - 17

The Office of Graduate Education & Life (OGEL) will be hosting a social distancing game of bingo, building a gallery of student artwork and hosting a Carruth Center webinar on self-care as part of their annual GSAW, April 13 through April 17.

The game of social distancing bingo will kick off Monday morning on Twitter. Students will receive a bingo card with activities to check off and then tweet @WVUGradEd using the hashtag #OGELSocialDistanceBingoWVU including a picture of themselves completing the activity. The first 10 students to complete their bingo card will win a one-day free parking pass on campus. For graduating students and online students, a prize of comparable value will be offered.

Students are also encouraged to share their artwork with OGEL to be housed in a digital gallery and shared with the graduate student community. Those interested can share their work in PDF or JPEG, and links to video content online: https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2cmtKPXPbSH4heJ.

Finally, students can register for a Self-Care Webinar hosted by the Carruth Center on Friday, April 17: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=GB5Tp10-RUGuTDNtMgyn5I1JK24JC6tJs1NupfqsXIBUREUwRFNaNVdUWTNXVllGRlY0UExVMkZJRSQlQCN0PWcu.

GSAW celebrates graduate and professional students’ determination and commitment to higher education and WVU. In providing invaluable services to WVU through their teaching, research, and service activities, these students work very hard, make sacrifices, and often face challenges on the path to earning an advanced degree.

Please contact OGEL at GradEd@mail.wvu.edu or (304) 293-7173 with any questions.

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Visit the 4th Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium Online Starting April 16

This year, WVU’s 4th Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium will take place online in an innovative virtual format. Students across the university are invited to attend the virtual symposium to see presentations from peers.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College are working alongside Undergraduate Admissions and University Relations to organize this event, which is intended to celebrate creative endeavors and research activity of undergraduate students. The symposium will be online and interactive, launching Thursday, April 16 at noon and running through April 30.

Learn more about the Virtual Symposium here:
https://undergraduateresearch.wvu.edu/present-and-publish/presentation-opportunities/undergraduate-spring-symposium

Anyone interested in virtually attending can stay up-to-date by submitting their RSVP here:
https://honorswvu.wufoo.com/forms/rsvp-for-undergraduate-spring-symposium/

Please RSVP so we can send you reminders, updates, and details about this long-awaited celebration of our students' creative and scholarly endeavors.

Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu.

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Help West Virginia and Regional History Center chronicle COVID-19 pandemic

In an effort to capture and preserve the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, the West Virginia and Regional History Center is creating the WVU Community COVID-19 Stories archive.

WVU students, faculty, and staff may submit personal accounts of their lives during the coronavirus outbreak of 2019/2020. These accounts, be they diaries, audio recordings, photographs, scrapbooks, or other formats, will help future generations understand the effect the pandemic had on the Mountaineer family. The Center is grateful for those willing to share their stories. To register your interest, please fill out this form, and a Center staff member will contact you.

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The LaunchLab’s April social media challenge encourages WVU students, faculty and community to continue innovating during their time away

For the past two years, the university has hosted Demo Day, an event at the end of the year that serves as a showcase of the research, projects, creativity, talent and ideas that West Virginia University has been working on all year. The third-annual Demo Day was scheduled to take place on April 24 at the WVU Coliseum. Unfortunately, due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, this event was cancelled. However, the good news is that while the university is unable to showcase their work in a physical location, there is still an opportunity to do so online!

The WVU LaunchLab is inviting any and all - students, faculty and community members - to participate in their April social media challenges which will feature anything from projects you’re working on for school to creative ways you're passing this time away from campus. These challenges will start Monday, April 6 and will end May 2.

How will this work?
Every Monday for the next four weeks a new challenge will be released on LaunchLab social media platforms. Participants will have through the following Thursday to submit by doing one of the following:
Posting their response on their personal social media and tagging @LaunchLabWVU
Emailing their submission to hafetty@mail.wvu.edu for it to be posted directly on the LaunchLab page.
After Thursday at 11:59, no more submissions will be accepted.

To make these challenges a little more fun and a lot more competitive, the LaunchLab is offering a $50 Amazon gift card to the winner of each challenge. The winner will be selected by an audience vote. On the Friday following each challenge, we will release a survey for everyone to vote for their favorite participant. Voting will last all day Friday and winners will be announced on the Saturday of that week.

In addition to the big challenges, the LaunchLab will also be posting some micro-challenges throughout to keep people thinking and engaged! While there won’t be prizes for these, don’t miss out on the opportunity to have some fun and think creatively!

If you are interested in participating and receiving updates on these challenges, please follow @LaunchLabWVU on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Operating since 2014, WVU’s LaunchLab Network serves as a comprehensive, one-stop shop to help students develop and commercialize their ideas, innovations, inventions or business models. In a motivating and supportive environment, the LaunchLab Network is an applied innovation center offers hands-on idea development support, education, mentorship, prototyping facilities, resources and connections to empower entrepreneurs across West Virginia.

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Fall 2020 registration opens April 7

Registration for the Fall 2020 term will begin on April 7. The original dates were adjusted due to the University’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new date has been assigned to each student’s time ticket, and students can register any time after that date. Assigned dates and times correlate with students’ classification or priority status. 

 

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ATTENTION UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Revised pass/fail grading option now available for request

WVU undergraduate students are now able to select High Pass/Pass/Fail (HP/P/F) grading for their courses. Students may select the HP/P/F option on a course-by-course basis; they may have some courses that use the traditional letter grading scale and some that are on the pass/fail grading scale. This revised policy is for undergraduate students only. 

Undergraduate students considering this option are encouraged to discuss HP/P/F grading with their academic advisor before filling out the online request form. Some departments require advisor approval before the change is implemented. It is important that students understand the impact of this grading option on GPA, degree progression and graduate or professional school applications. Once the HP/P/F option has been selected for a course, it cannot be reversed.

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Science of Well-Being Zoom Study Group

Did you know that Yale University is offering one of their courses, “The Science of Well-Being” online for free? We know you’re already taking classes online that you weren’t planning to, but the entire goal of this course is literally to increase your own happiness. And who doesn’t need that at a time like this?
A trio of Carruth’s therapists, Shelly Cardi, Julie Kennedy-Rea, and Sandy Corbett, will be leading a weekly Zoom “study group” where WVU students in the course can come together virtually to discuss the course, what they’ve been doing, and how they’ve been taking steps to incorporate what they’ve learned into their everyday lives. There’s no impact to your GPA, it’s free, and the deadlines are all flexible. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up while it’s still available at https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being.

The study group will be taking place every Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Please contact Julie Kennedy-Rea at julie.kennedyrea@mail.wvu.edu for questions and the link to the group!

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Web-based Art & Environment Course Enrolling for Summer 2020

Art & Environment 380/580 is a three-credit multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate studio/seminar course open to all university students. This course is designed to increase awareness of the relationship between studio artists and the environment. It will include readings, discussions, lectures, presentations and screenings that examine the natural world as media, catalyst and content. For more information, contact Professor Michael Sherwin at michael.sherwin@mail.wvu.edu. See more at the Art & Environment site.

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Libraries hosting webinar on submitting an Electronic Thesis or Dissertation to Research Repository at WVU

This online Research Commons workshop will explain the Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) formatting requirements, walk students through the submission process using the Research Repository @ WVU and answer all questions about submitting an ETD. This workshop will be hosted online on Monday, April 6, from 4-5 p.m. Go to this address to join the meeting - https://wvu.zoom.us/j/270498986. In addition, the session will be recorded and posted at https://etd.lib.wvu.edu to be viewed at students’ convenience. For more information contact Debra Borrelli at Debra.Borrelli@mail.wvu.edu.

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Grading, withdrawal and suspension policies adjusted amid COVID-19 pandemic

With the unexpected WVU campus closure and rapid shift of all face-to-face instruction to distance learning format, the Office of the Provost is working diligently to address areas of concern among our faculty and students and weighing myriad options to determine the best solutions for our campus community. We know students are concerned about some of the current academic policies and how they will apply during this unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. A global pandemic certainly isn’t something any of us anticipated, but we are moving quickly to make the necessary adjustments to help our students be successful this semester and into the future.

Along those lines, WVU is implementing changes to some of our academic policies. Below are the highlights:

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Honors EXCEL Application Deadline Extended

The Honors EXCEL program application deadline has been extended. The priority deadline is now April 15, after which applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until program capacity is filled. The application can be accessed through the Honors College website: https://www.honors.wvu.edu/academics/honors-excel-program/how-to-apply.

Sophomores, if you still have questions about the program or want to discuss your project idea, Honors EXCEL staff is available to meet with students over Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or phone. Please contact HonorsEXCEL@mail.wvu.edu to schedule an appointment during regular business hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT.

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World Languages now offering online language courses in German and Spanish

WVU’s Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics will begin to offer some sections of basic German and Spanish language classes online. The online sections will be offered for the first time over the summer terms and are expected to become a regular option for students thereafter. The courses will give more students the opportunity of a continuous language learning experience, and will increase students' options to earn credit over the summer. If you are interested in registering, or if you would like more information about the courses, please contact the Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics via email at worldlanginfo@mail.wvu.edu or via phone at 304.293.5121.

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WVU eases renewal scholarship requirements in light of academic changes amid COVID-19 outbreak

West Virginia University students will be able to more easily focus on transitioning to online courses during the COVID-19 outbreak instead of being troubled about maintaining their scholarship eligibility during the end of the spring semester, as the University has taken steps to continue making higher education affordable.

WVU will reduce the minimum grade point average to 2.75 for all merit-based scholarships, making it easier for students, parents, faculty and staff to know the requirements. However, students will still need to earn 30 hours per academic year.

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Fall registration has been postponed two weeks

Fall registration has been postponed two weeks and students have been a assigned a new date to their time ticket. They can register any time after that date. Each student either has, or will, receive an email to their MIX account with their individualized registration date, which correlates to a student’s classification or priority status.

Registration Dates and information about time ticketing including frequently asked questions can be found at https://registrar.wvu.edu/registration/time-ticketing 

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WVU moves to online learning March 30

Courses that were fully online at the beginning of the semester resume Monday, March 23.  All other face-to-face classes begin Monday, March 30. 

For the remainder of the semester, all classes, except some clinical rotations and related programming for certain programs at the Health Sciences Center, will not be conducted in-class and will be delivered in an alternative format beginning March 30.

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Media Innovation Center closed until further notice

The WVU Reed College of Media's Innovation Center, located on the 4th Floor of Evansdale Crossing will be closed until further notice to reduce the potential for community spread of COVID-19.

All events and meetings that were previously scheduled in the Center have been cancelled and no new reservations can be made at this time.

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Shannon Cunningham at slcunningham@mail.wvu.edu.

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Academic policy changes for the 2020-2021 school year

Each year, the Office of the Provost and Academic Policy Committee conduct a complete review and update of all academic policies to ensure continued support of student success. Below are the changes to academic policies that will impact students across all WVU campuses beginning in Fall 2020. 

All students are encouraged to review the details about these changes on the Academic Policy changes webpage as they plan for Summer and Fall terms to avoid any impacts on time-to-degree, financial aid, and/or degree path. Faculty and advisors also are aware of these changes, but as your academic career is your own, please take the time to review and understand these changes.

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Integrate 2020 features Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

Join us May 29-30 for Integrate 2020, which will feature Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, a risk and behavioral scientist in the media. She is regularly interviewed on major, international news media outlets including CNN, the BBC, Fox News Channel, Sky News, CGN, NZTV, i24, OAN, ABC, The Young Turks, Cheddar and Newsmax to name a few. 

Current college undergraduates can use coupon code "UG2020" for $50 OFF the All-Access Conference Pass.

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