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WVU Track-or-Treat open to all WVU student organizations

WVU student and Greek Life organizations join us in creating a safe and fun

Track-or-Treat community where students of various WVU organizations can hand out candy at stations. The event is open to families from the WVU Community and Morgantown and local neighborhoods as a great outreach, educational and fun event for future WVU students.

When: 6 p.m. on Oct. 26

Location of Track-or-Treat: The track between the Coliseum and Dick Dlesk Stadium

Parking: The Coliseum parking lot.

Join Us! Sign-up your student organization for Track or Treat

For more information about Track-Or-Treat, please contact Brittany Holt at or Julie Gruber at

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Would you like to be a WVU Presidential Student Ambassador?

Would you like to be a WVU Presidential Student Ambassador? Launched in the spring 2019 semester, the program promotes the values and ideals of WVU by cultivating and advocating for a campus environment rooted in leadership, service, inclusivity and academic excellence.

Beginning in the spring 2020 semester, students initiated PSAs from the PSAs, having since recorded over 550 speeches offering a variety of peer advice to share with prospective and current WVU students. Topics include college advice, WVU things to know, academic resources, student engagement, ways to stay healthy, substance safety and recovery, and Gen Z. PSAs also have served as volunteers for a number of University events, including the Festival of Ideas, State of the University address and Homecoming.

Dr. Carolyn Atkins, Professor Emerita, teaches the two required courses associated with the PSA program, and both require public speaking. The 10 students selected in November will be part of Cohort 12. They must be available to enroll in WVUe 280, Presidential Student Ambassadors – Leading and Serving, which will be taught on main campus during the spring 2024 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. During the fall 2024 semester, they must enroll in WVUe 281, Presidential Student Ambassadors – Speakers Bureau (1 credit hour), which is arranged. Both courses are Honors courses; however, students do not need to be enrolled in the Honors College to be Presidential Student Ambassadors.

If you are a freshman or sophomore student with a 3.7 cumulative average and you are interested in leadership, service and public speaking, consider asking one of your professors to complete the Nomination Form by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 10. Late nominations will not be considered.

All qualified nominees will be notified after October 10 to submit the online PSA application by 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 18, 5:00 p.m., to be considered for the program. Late applications will not be considered.

Interested students who are not nominated also may apply but are required to submit two letters of reference from faculty members in addition to the application. Students can preview the application here to prepare in advance of the deadline.

Applicants who were not nominated by a professor or who do not submit two letters of recommendation from their professors will not be considered.

To learn more about the program, visit Contact for information.

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WVU x Marshall October Month of Service

In an effort to grow community engagement and service, Marshall University and West Virginia University Student Government Associations are partnering ot facilitate the 5th Annual Month of Service, October 1st-31st, 2023. This year, we decided to host our activities and drive during the month of October. In addition, we encourage our fellow West Virginian institutions to participate so that we may create a wide impact in every region.

The October Month of Service will seek to alleviate various areas of hardship faced by our communities. We hope to address the four following areas of emphasis:

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WVU Student Life announces 2023 Hall of Fame, Outstanding Achievement Award honorees

The Division of Student Life will recognize Jack Thompson as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, and induct Les Carpenter and John Spraggins into the 2023 Hall of Fame during a ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony as well as a preceding reception that begins at 3:30 p.m.

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Adventure New Zealand interest form available

Students can now submit their interest form to be considered for the upcoming Adventure New Zealand Education Abroad program scheduled to take place between May 5-23. 

Previous years' itinerary highlights encompassed a three-day backpacking excursion on New Zealand's renowned Great Walk – The Routeburn Track, three days of sea kayaking at the Abel Tasman National Park, an enriching Maori cultural program in Motueka, and an exploration of two different cities - Nelson and Queenstown.

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Register for safeTALK suicide prevention training

WELLWVU is providing faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to attend safeTALK suicide prevention training from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Mountainlair, Greenbrier Room.

This training helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live.

Registration is required using the following link:

For more information, contact Wes Thomas at or 304-293-3573.

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DA named finalist for three College Media Association Awards

The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University’s student-run newspaper, was named a finalist in three categories for the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards. CMA is a national organization for college media groups.

The contest accepted entries for work completed between June 2022 and June 2023.

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WVU vs. Houston Food Drive Competition

The Rack is facing off with the Cougar Cupboard in a Big XII Food Pantry Competition by collecting food donations leading up to the week of the WVU vs. Houston football game on Saturday (Oct. 14). 

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Adventure WV First-Year Trips recruiting for summer 2024 staff

Are you looking for an adventurous and fulfilling experience where you can take on a mentorship role? Here’s your chance! Become a First-Year Trips leader for Summer 2024 and lead a group of students on a unique outdoor adventure. The Adventure WV First-Year Trips (FYTs) program provides a variety of trips and activities for incoming first-year students in the summer before their first Fall semester. Student staff are the core of our FYT programs; all trips and programs are led from start to finish by student staff with the support of the AWV professional staff behind the scenes. FYT Student Staff are trained to provide meaningful and fun experiences to incoming students, allowing their groups to develop strong friendships, adventure around the state, learn about WVU, and engage in relevant discussions about their transition to college.

No outdoor education experience is necessary to apply for an FYT leader position. Applications are now open.

If you have questions about working for the First-Year Trips program, email Morgan Haas, at!

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Join Mountaineer Meet Ups

WVU Student Life is excited to introduce Mountaineer Meet Ups — supportive, peer-led communities centered around various interests, identities or needs. These student-led communities aim to expand social support and increase connections with like-minded students.   

“We know it can be hard to initiate and build those connections that lead to friendships and community, so we work to foster each Meet Up to do just that,” said Nathan Harlan, executive director of the Office of Student Wellness. “Each of the Meet Up’s shares the goal of helping students build connections with other like-minded peers to combat loneliness and isolation.”

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All Recovery Meeting at Serenity Place

Every Wednesday and Friday at 12 p.m., Collegiate Recovery hosts All Recovery at Serenity Place. This discussion meeting is open to anyone walking the path of recovery from any addiction or disorder. All pathways to recovery are supported at this meeting. The meeting is free and open to all WVU students. Serenity Place can be found at 628 Price St. Students can reach out to Olivia Pape at for additional support or to answer any questions.

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WVU Libraries offers active workspaces across campus

The Active Workspaces is a student-led initiative designed to stimulate studying while increasing opportunities for movement throughout campus. 

The workspaces, located on Downtown, Evansdale and Health Sciences campuses, include standing desks, yoga balls, spin bikes, under-desk ellipticals and yoga mats. Library visitors can use the equipment to either move while studying or take a movement break. 

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Notice of Drug Free Schools and Community Act

West Virginia University is committed to offering work and educational environments free of the adverse effects of illegal drug and alcohol use. Attached is the University’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act booklet, which contains important information about the applicable standards of conduct for employees, including employees of the Research and Innovation Corporation, and students as it relates to drugs and alcohol as well as the applicable legal sanctions for various drug offenses, description of the adverse effects of the abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs, and a description of the programs available to students and employees. 

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2023 Mountaineers of Distinction applications close Oct. 4

This prestigious award honors WVU seniors who have an outstanding record of academic achievement in addition to exemplary community and extracurricular involvement.

Undergraduate applicants must have senior academic status and be on track to complete their final semester by May 2024. Graduate applicants must complete their final on-campus semester by May 2024. 

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