The West Virginia University community is invited to a reception to welcome home Dr. E. Gordon Gee as president of West Virginia University. The event, hosted by the WVU Board of Governors, will take place at Erickson Alumni Center from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Light refreshments will be served.
President Emeritus of The Ohio State University and former WVU President E. Gordon Gee was named Friday as president of WVU, effective in early January. WVU’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the selection, and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission also unanimously voted its approval last week.
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As that time of year has arrived when West Virginia frequently experiences snow or other inclement weather, it is helpful to remind students and employees about how West Virginia University approaches operational decisions.
Under WVU’s weather emergency procedures, the University Police officer in charge when snow or ice starts to accumulate is responsible for contacting campus officials and local and state agencies to inquire about road conditions and weather forecasts.
Any decision to cancel classes or to close the University or a regional campus or office will then be made after several University officials have consulted on the condition of campus roads and grounds as well as conditions in the vicinity.
Rarely does the University close entirely, however there are times when classes may be delayed or canceled while the University remains open, said Narvel Weese, WVU’s vice president of administration and finance. In these cases, many units remain operational such as dining and residence hall services, roads and grounds crews, libraries and others. Units such as these are reminded to review their emergency internal operating procedures.
If officials do decide to cancel classes or close the University, students and employees will be informed through many outlets, including:
The WVU emergency text message system. (To sign up for the emergency message system, go to http://emergency.wvu.edu.)
WVU’s main Web page (http://www.wvu.edu).
WVU Intranet (http://intranet.wvu.edu).
WVU’s mobile site (m.wvu.edu).
E-News (e-mail announcements).
Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX).
Traditional and social media such as @WVUToday, @WestVirginiaU, facebook, etc.
In the event of a cancellation, WVUToday will be updated regularly with notices about special operating hours for facilities such as the Libraries, Student Recreation Center, Mountainlair and PRT and buses.
Students and employees should use good judgment, though, in deciding whether to attend classes and/or exams or come to work, Weese said, based on the road and weather conditions in their individual locations.
Academic Affairs officials also remind students and employees to exercise good judgment when venturing out.
“Students should notify their professors, and employees their supervisors if they are unable to come to class or work,” Provost Michele Wheatly said. “In return, professors and supervisors are asked to be understanding in these instances. Supervisors should consult with department chairs or Human Resources officials if questions arise.
Faculty are also encouraged to notify their students in the event of an individual class cancelation, she added.
Elizabeth A. Dooley, associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs, urged students to email their instructors immediately if it becomes evident they cannot make it in for a final or a class.
In addition, if severe weather strikes the East Coast, WVU Housing is prepared to remain open beyond scheduled semester close time, said Corey Farris, dean of students and director of housing.
Announcements regarding University housing will be posted to MIX and the housing website (http://housing.wvu.edu/) as well as other University outlets.
The Division of Human Resources reminds supervisors that, unless the University is closed, employees who do not work their scheduled shift may take annual leave, compensatory time off or at the supervisors’ discretion be permitted to make up those hours. To access that policy go to: http://classcomp.hr.wvu.edu/resourcesandguidelines/inclement_weather_emergency_closures.
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All eCampus courses MUST be rebuilt in the new system that goes live in January or the content will not be available there for the spring semester.
You can rebuild courses by going to https://ecampus.wvu.edu/newecampus and logging into the new system.
Please take time to move your content before holiday break. While the system will be accessible during break, technical support will not be, so it’s best to act now.
We strongly encourage you to participate in eCampus training in person or online. You can register at: http://oit.wvu.edu/training/schedule/#ecampus
You can find a schedule of open labs for faculty here:
You can also find help by department here: http://bit.ly/1aTEJgs
The new eCampus system also requires that your MyID credentials be current, so if they’re set to expire over the holiday break, please update them now at https://myid.wvu.edu
You can request your development shell for the summer and fall terms at https://ers.wvu.edu
We’ll post more reminders as time runs out, so please follow the Office of Information Technology on Twitter @wvuoit.
University Police want to remind the WVU Community to be extra alert for online scams at this time of year and recommend the following information from the National White Collar Crime Center.
Many people enjoy the holiday traditions of shopping, gift giving and donating to charities during November and December. Unfortunately, these merry activities also create opportunities for scammers who take advantage not only of the flurry of spending but also of people’s generosity and lack of free time during this busy season.
As in the past, consumers have to watch out for thieves lurking in malls and parking lots or burglars wanting to swipe new electronics. In addition, people now also need to be aware of the novel ways in which criminals might steal from them. New technologies that make shopping, donating to charities and staying in touch during the holidays simpler also make it easier for criminals to execute a variety of nefarious plans aimed at defrauding others. Unfortunately, in addition to separating people from their money, some of these schemes also wreak all types of havoc. For instance, some of these scams may install malware on your computer that can make files appear hidden, wipe out your hard drive, steal personal information or compromise your privacy.
Cyber-scams to watch for over the holidays include the following:
Social media traps. We trust our social networks, seeking their advice when we want to hire a plumber and sharing details about the restaurant we went to Friday night. Facebook and other social media sites seem safe because our friends inhabit the same spaces. Crooks, however, seek to take advantage of the trust we place in social media sites. Ways they try to trick us include:
Phony profiles. The person requesting your Facebook friendship looks nice, but he or she might be a criminal using a fake photo. If you “friend” a fake profile, then the scammer has access to your postings, personal information, and your list of friends too. Fake Facebook pages may also contain links to other pages that will infect your computer with malware if clicked or entice you to check out other scam sites.
Hacked profile pages of friends containing fraudulent offers. If a friend’s status states that he got a free iPad by simply answering a few questions, you may be tempted to do the same. Be aware though that his page may have been hacked. The questions you answer may provide someone who wants to steal your identity or defraud you in some way with personal information. If anything sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Don’t be fooled.
Direct message scams. You may tweet or post on Facebook that you are trying to find a particular holiday gift. Then you receive a message from someone you don’t know offering to sell the product you want. This could be a scam. If you do not know the person making an offer, be careful before corresponding with him or her and giving away any money.
Fraudulent emails. Fraudsters may obtain your email address in any variety of ways. Once they have it, they may bombard you with spam designed to take your money or compromise your computer. Some of the spam emails may contain files that, when downloaded, disrupt or compromise your computer system. Be very careful when reviewing your inbox. Regularly delete emails in your spam folder and do not open or click links within any emails from sources you do not recognize. Email scams to look out for during the holidays include:
Ransomware scam. The Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Department of Homeland Security have recently identified a new type of ransomware called “cryptolocker.” This malevolent file, when downloaded, encrypts the contents of the victim’s computer. The criminals demand a “ransom” within a certain period of time in order to have the files decrypted. At the time of publication, a way to decrypt the files without the use of the attackers’ private key has not been discovered.
Bank account scam. The email advises that your bank account has been compromised. It provides a number to call to reactivate your account, directs you to a website designed to gather personal information, or simply asks you to reply to the email and include personal data. The aim is to capture your account number, address, Social Security number or other information.
Charity scam. The email claims it is collecting money for a specific charity and asks for a credit card number or sends you to a bogus website where personal information and your credit card number are gathered.
Malicious e-card. The email looks like a greeting card, but when you open it, malware is downloaded onto your computer.
Bargain basement email. This email offers some kind of promotion or bargain on a recognized brand. The recipient is directed to a website thatsimilar to the fake charity websitelooks legitimate but is actually bogus and is set up to gather personal information and credit card numbers. Be especially alert for these emails on Black Friday and Cyber Monday as scammers may send emails on these days with a “one day only” limit attached to them to entice you to visit the site.
Hotel email scam. This email appears to be from a hotel and claims that a transaction was charged to your credit card. It offers a refund if the recipient downloads and completes a refund form. Upon downloading this form, the user also unwittingly installs malware onto his or her computer. By filling out the form, the victim shares the personal information on it with fraudsters.
Mobile scams. Your smartphone or iPhone is a mini-computer. It can be hacked and manipulated by criminals who want your personal information. Frauds to watch out for when using your mobile phone include:
Mobile malware. Be cautious when downloading apps from unknown sources. Around the holidays, there are many apps that promise an inside scoop about sales, coupons, etc. If you download an app from Google Play, the odds are that it has been vetted for anything suspicious. If you obtain an app from an unknown third party site, however, you may also download malware onto your phone along with it. The malware may record your user names and passwords and, if possible, steal your social security number and credit card numbers. Ransomware scams can also be executed over Android Smartphones.
Phony text messages. Watch out for text messages from any number you don’t recognize. Most of the email scams mentioned above can also be proffered via text message.
Sham websites. Securing a Web address (URL) that is similar to one belonging to a brand name product, company or charity and setting up a website that resembles a legitimate one are relatively simple tasks. Criminals sometimes establish phony websites as a place to execute a number of different scams.
Fake storefronts. A phony website set up to look like a well-known or an unknown company may “sell” products or services that will never be delivered. The site collects your credit card number, PayPal funds or personal information without providing anything in return. Clicking links on these sites may also download malware onto your computer.
False Internet ads. Internet ads may promise opportunities to work-from-home, obtain sought after holiday gifts or receive electronics simply by filling out surveys. Be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true.
Uncharitable websites. These websites appear to belong to legitimate charities, but like the fake storefront websites, they really just want to gather your money and personal information.
Collect, keep and report all evidence if you believe you may have been scammed. Strategies for prevention include those given earlier in this article. In addition, consumers who may have been scammed should take the following actions to prevent further victimization:
Change all passwords.
Contact one of the three credit bureaus to report the crime (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion). Request a fraud alert on the credit report to prevent any further fraudulent activity.
Close any compromised bank accounts and cancel credit cards that are being used fraudulently.
Contact the Social Security Administration if a social security number may have been stolen.
Victims are encouraged to report cyber-scams to the Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard and the Internet Crime Complaint Center http://www.ic3.gov/ to augment law enforcement’s knowledge base of ongoing scams.
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West Virginia University has signed an agreement with Coursera to offer courses through its global platform. Academic Innovation is requesting proposals from faculty who would like to create a WVU Massive Open Online Course in Coursera. These courses should contribute to the advancement of WVU’s strategic goals and may be used to advertise our strengths, market our credit-bearing programs and test new pedagogies. The full RFP can be found at http://AcademicInnovation.wvu.edu/MOOC. Before submitting, faculty will be required to attend a pre-proposal seminar. Three sessions are scheduled: Dec. 3 at noon and Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Academic Innovation offices in the Jackson Kelly Building in the Wharf District; and a webinar at 3 p.m. Dec. 9. The pre-proposals will be due Jan. 10. A faculty committee will select those proposals that will be invited to move forward in the process. For the complete request for proposals see http://academicinnovation.wvu.edu/MOOC/.
If you enjoy the BANFF film festival you’re sure to enjoy Reel Rock! See the world’s best climbers push their limits and redefine possible. This event features 4 short films, prize giveaways, and a bike valet service. All proceeds will benefit the Coopers Rock Foundation and the Adventure WV Chris Schwer memorial scholarship fund.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets for just $10 at Pathfinder or Black Bear Burritos.
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About the Chris Schwer scholarship fund
Chris Schwer, a multimedia specialist for University Relations-Design and a graduate student at WVU, passed away on August 1, 2012 while kayaking in White Salmon, WA. He was 27. For Chris, kayaking wasn’t just a recreational activity, but a way of life and part of who he was.
Chris was also a gifted photographer and designer who contributed to projects showcasing the stories of WVU and its community. Since his arrival at WVU, Chris brightened the lives of those he encountered with his infectious smile and genuine compassion. He was very passionate about the outdoors and environmental issues; he inspired all of us to be conscientious about recycling, clean air, clean water, and clean energy. The outdoors was his sanctuary.
Chris brought to life what it truly means to be a Mountaineer. The Chris Schwer Memorial Scholarship was established to celebrate his love of the outdoors and his adventurous spirit.
The proceeds of Reel Rock will help fund The Chris Schwer Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to qualified participants from the Adventure West Virginia Program who are in need of financial assistance.
To find out more about the Adventure West Virginia Program and The Chris Schwer Memorial Scholarship, click here:http://goo.gl/fxbIu2
About the Coopers Rock Foundation
The Coopers Rock Foundation is a 501©(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1989. The foundation’s dual mission is to promote preservation and recreation in Coopers Rock State Forest and nearby Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area.
Each year, working in tandem with West Virginia Department of Natural Resources forest staff, members of the Coopers Rock Foundation and a variety of volunteer groups supervised by Foundation members perform hundreds of hours of service in and for the forest. These hours include cleanup of forest roads, trails, and facilities; natural habitat restoration; blazes and signage for trails, and much more.
Foundation members also advocate for the forest before the West Virginia state legislature in Charleston, and work with state employees and elected officials to ensure the forest is managed in a way that best promotes preservation and recreation.
For more information, check out The Coopers Rock Foundation website: www.coopersrock.org.
David Bess, associate professor of music education in the West Virginia University School of Music, was named Distinguished Alumnus of Alderson-Broaddus University during the school’s recent Homecoming weekend activities.
Bess is in his 27th year of service as a WVU music professor. He is also in his third year of service as a resident faculty leader at Bennett Tower, one of the largest resident halls on the WVU campus, where he helps freshmen students gain knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at WVU.
A native West Virginian, he graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in May 1975, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Music Education. While a student at AB, he was a member of the Silver Key Honor Society, served as president of the AB chapter of the Student Music Educators National Conference, and performed in several of the college’s ensembles, including the Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, AB Jazz 11 and Chamber Choir.
Bess subsequently served as assistant band director and choral director at Philip-Barbour High School and band director at Richwood High and Junior High Schools. His concert bands in Richwood received superior ratings in festivals during his final three years in the position, and his jazz band won a second place trophy at the Gatlinburg Music Festival in spring of 1984, among other awards.
He completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in music education at WVU and joined the WVU music education faculty in 1987. The National Council for Research in Music Education named Bess’ dissertation on the implementation of Comprehensive Musicianship in Southern Division Colleges and Universities as one of the top three dissertations in music education for the year 1989.
In addition to his work as a faculty member at WVU, he served as director of the School of Music from 2000-07 and has also served as assistant chair of Undergraduate Studies in music and as coordinator of the Music Education area at WVU.
A major part of his Distinguished Alumni Award was based on his service to the state of West Virginia, where he has been an active leader in the West Virginia Music Educators Association, having served the organization as president and also chair of research and grants, as well as co-editor of the WVMEA publication, Notes A Tempo, for 10 years. He also chaired or co-chaired ten West Virginia Music Educators Association conferences.
He has been recognized three times for outstanding service to the WVU School of Music and has received the prestigious Presidential Award from WVMEA twice.
In addition to his work in the field of music, Bess is owner of David Bess Photography LLC. He has been awarded three solo photo shows in Morgantown as well as shows in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Front Royal, Va. He is founder of the Morgantown Photography Club and is an active portrait, landscape and wedding photographer.
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The Association of American University Presses is celebrating its second annual University Press Week from November 10 16, 2013. The focus this year is on the variety of ways that university and academic presses are innovating both in the formats that they publish in and the subject areas in which they find vital research to further excellence in scholarship.
To celebrate University Press Week, West Virginia University Press, a member of AAUP, wants to thank those in the university community who have served as reviewers, board members, series and journal editors, consultants, and customers of university presses across the country by offering a discount on our books. Please use Promo Code WVUF13 on www.wvupress.com to receive 25% off all WVU Press books and CDs (excluding journals).
As WVU Press nears its fifteenth modern anniversary, we’re very proud of the range of titles we have published for both scholars and the general public. As WVU Press continues to innovate and grow, we strive to contribute to West Virginia University’s flourishing reputation by publishing important works by WVU faculty, as well as scholars and authors throughout the world.
This spring we’ll publish Michael Blumenthal’s (WVU College of Law), Just Three Minutes, Please, an eloquent and engaging book based on his WV Public Radio segments. Virginia B. Evans, a beautiful art book published by WVU Library, and several titles developed by the Center for Literary Computing are now available through our distribution. We’ve also recently published Aspiring to Greatness, a modern history of WVU written by Professor Emeritus of History Ronald L. Lewis.
University Press Week will once again feature events on campuses nationwide and this year for the first time a live streamed event on Shindig on November 15 at 2:30pm that readers and scholars anywhere can join and pose questions to the participants about the implications of innovation on scholarly publishing. Moderated by Carlin Romano, the panelist will include William Germano, Dean and professor at Cooper Union, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director, The MIT Press. The discussion will also include how online and social media marketing is opening new avenues and allowing scholars and presses to adeptly find their audiences.
CONTACT: Abby Freeland, Marketing Manager, West Virginia University Press,
Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers
The WVU Native American Studies Program welcomes the Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers
on Tuesday evening, November 12, 2013 from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Gluck Theatre, Mountainlair. This will be a lively performance of music, stories, and dance. Families are welcome.
In the year 1608, Captain John Smith sailed up the Potomac River to “Tayac Territory” where he met the Piscataway people. The Piscataway spoke Algonquian and became a central force in a Confederation of many Nations, including the powerful Iroquois. Today, the Piscataway Indian Nation is famous for their internationally-recognized living history program featuring Mark Tayac’s Turtle Island Dancers, who welcome the opportunity to educate and entertain audiences who want to learn more about American Indian history, culture and traditions.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Office of International Student Affairs and Global Services. Pizza will be served after the performance. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Programs at 304-293-0890 or visit our Website athttp://studentlife.wvu.edu/office_of_multicultural_programs/upcoming_programs.
Last of the Mohicans
The WVU Office of Multicultural Programs and the Office of International Student Affairs and Global Services will host a special CECILIA ROLLINS BROWN BAG FILM AND DISCUSSION titled “Last of the Mohicans” on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 PM in the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theater.
Based on the book by James Fenimore Cooper, “Last of the Mohicans” tells the spellbinding story of the French and Indian War. Daniel Day Lewis portrays a white man adopted by the last members of a dying tribe called the Mohicans, who unwittingly becomes the protector of the two daughters of a British colonel, who have been targeted by Magua, a sadistic and vengeful Huron warrior who has dedicated his life to destroying the girls’ father for a past injustice.
This film will be presented by Dr. Tyler Boulware, Associate Professor, WVU Department of History. The event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served before the program on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Programs at 304-293-0890 or visit our Website athttp://studentlife.wvu.edu/office_of_multicultural_programs/upcoming_programs.
Life of Chief Turkey Tayac
The WVU Office of Multicultural Programs and the Office of International Student Affairs and Global Services will host a special CECILIA ROLLINS BROWN BAG LUNCH FILM AND DISCUSSION titled “The Flickering Flame: The Life and Legacy of chief Turkey Tayac” on Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 AM and again at 1:00 PM in the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theater.
This 55 minute documentary by Janet Cavallo and Jason Corwin, filmmaker human rights activist and member of the Seneca Nation, tells the story of Chief Turkey Tayac (1895-1978) through interviews of family and friends. A Native American documentary selected by the Smithsonian Museum, the film has been shown in New York City at the National Museum of the American Indian, and in Washington, DC at the Hirshorn Museum and has won many awards.
Family members recall Chief Turkey Tayac, 27th hereditary Sagamore (chief) of the Piscataway Indian Nation. He maintained links to tradition and fought for protection of an ancestral burial ground, now Maryland’s Piscataway National Park. His story is an important chapter in the history of Native peoples of the east coast. NY Premiere. Introduced by the director and Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway), NMAI.
The film will be presented by Bonnie Brown, Native American Studies Program Coordinator. The event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served on a first come, first served basis at each presentation. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Programs at 304-293-0890 or visit our Website athttp://studentlife.wvu.edu/office_of_multicultural_programs/upcoming_programs.
West Virginia University and President and Mrs. Clements will host the 28th annual WVU Children’s Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Children of WVU’s regular full- and part-time employees and graduate assistants are invited. The event is open to the first 100 children (ages 2 10), registered. An adult must accompany each child, with a maximum of two adults per family.
The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for children who would like to make a holiday craft, have their face painted by Miss Tea Cup and enjoy light refreshments.
At 10 a.m., children will receive a special gift and participate in an interactive puppet show produced by WVU’s puppetry program.
Following the puppet show, Santa will visit with the children and parents will have the opportunity to take a photo of their child with him. There will also be an opportunity for parents and children to have their photo taken in front of a special WVU winter scene.
Children and parents are encouraged to give a gift of warmth by bringing new, unwrapped mittens, hats or toys to place on or under the Giving Tree. Donations will be given to WVU’s Toy Mountain and the Community Outerwear Drive for appropriate distribution within the Morgantown community.
Free parking will be available in Area 9 on the lower level of the Mountainlair parking garage.
For more information, contact the WVU Office of University Events at email@example.com or 304-293-7132.
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