The WVU Foundation announced today (Nov. 22) that the 2011 Pride Travel Fund has received a record $92,320 from 780 donors to date. This year’s campaign surpassed the previous record of $86,000 raised in 2010.
The annual campaign was established to help minimize the financial burden of travel for the WVU Marching Band, known as the “Pride of West Virginia.” A check presentation with the band will take place during halftime of the WVU vs. Pitt football game Friday (Nov. 25).
With the financial assistance of the University, the athletic department, and generous donors, the “Pride” was able to travel to two away football games. This year’s destinations included Piscataway, N.J., and Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Rutgers and University of Cincinnati games. Along with the football games, the Pride participated in several exhibition performances across the state this season.
WVU students are helping to make local children’s holidays a bit more memorable this year.
WVU Student Organizations Services and the Student Government Association are asking the community to sponsor a child for the annual Student Helping Other People (SHOP) and donate toys to the Toy Mountain holiday program.
“The holidays are a special time for all of us. Every kid should be able to share in the joy of the season. In order to include as many children as possible in the program, we need people to take time to give,” said James Bailey, SHOP/Toy Mountain coordinator. “It’s a program that’s about helping children have a bright Christmas. That’s pretty special.”
For this semester’s Africana Studies Program lecture, please plan to join us on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair. Visiting Fullbright Scholar Dr. Wilhelmina Donkoh, head of the Department of History and Political Studies at Kwame Nkrumah University in Kumasi, Ghana, will present research on “Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Shared History or a Shared Heritage?”
Donkoh’s work explores the legacy of the slave trade on the eastern side of the Atlantic and how the impact of the trade on individuals whose family members were taken captive helps complicate our portrait of African complicity in the trade. We expect an interesting presentation and a lively discussion about the ways in which the legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade and slavery have shaped connections between African and African American populations.
The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research is inviting the WVU community to celebrate Kwanzaa at its annual celebration on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ballroom of the Mountainlair.
It will be officiated by professor Mwatabu Okantah and will include music from musician Eric Gould. Dinner will be served, and it is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 304-293-7029.
The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research is seeking applications for the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. The award honors those West Virginia residents who have or are making a substantial contribution in the advancement of civil rights, human rights, humanitarianism, social action and advocacy, civility, improving the human condition, acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people, or similar activity.
To be eligible for the award, the candidate must reside in West Virginia and have an established record of community involvement and a demonstrated record of working to fulfill the dreams and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. The application must include the nomination form, a two-page statement and any optional supporting documentation. Applications must be received by the Center for Black Culture and Research by Friday at 4 p.m. The award will be presented at the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast on Jan. 16 at 8 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
For more information, contact the center at 304-293-7029.
Dale Colyer, a WVU professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics, will speak on “Green Trade Agreements: A Triumph for Environmentalists?” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, in 334 Percival Hall. Colyer, a WVU Benedum Distinguished Scholar, recently published a book on green trade agreements through MacMillan’s Palgrave imprint.
In his book, Green Trade Agreements, Colyer reviews the various types of environmental provisions included in free trade agreements, examining how these are incorporated and analyzing how these provisions work. The effectiveness of specific provisions is assessed, and potential improvements are suggested that could protect the environment without restricting trade.
The presentation is a part of the WVU Davis College Environmental Research Center’s Fall Seminar Series and is free and open to the public.
Are you looking for something special for your favorite Mountaineer fan? Check out the Official Mountaineer Holiday Gift Guide: http://issuu.com/wvuholidaycatalog/docs/wvu_gift_guide?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222.
WVU Printing Services online ordering system for WVU Stationary will be offline for a brief period while upgrades are made to our system. Customers may continue to submit orders via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (304-293-7417), phone (304-293-6366) or campus mail (PO Box 6690). WVU Printing Services appreciates your patience as we work to improve our service to the campus community.
If your department could benefit by enhanced innovation, better execution, heightened collaboration, empowerment and loyalty, don’t miss out. Explore the value and benefits of a high-trust organization with Charles Farnsworth of Franklin Covey. Farnsworth is a nationally recognized speaker, teacher and facilitator.
Trust is an economic driver, along with a measurable skill; find out how they are linked and how performance in your department can be enhanced in this three-hour workshop on Dec. 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. There is a $50 per person fee to attend and a limited number of seats available. Register today at http://tnd.hr.wvu.edu/mla/power_series/the_power_of_trust.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute invites those over 50 to attend its annual Holiday Reception on Dec. 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Mountaineer Mall on Greenbag Road.
Deb Miller from the WVU Foundation will speak at 2 p.m. on planned giving options. Then, you are free to enjoy light refreshments, socialize with friends and acquaintances and renew your membership in OLLI if you haven’t already done so. Bring a friend or two.
Drawings for a free OLLI membership and a Barnes and Noble gift card will be held. OLLI will also be collecting new or gently used books for children (through middle-school age) to distribute for Christmas. Bring a book or two to the holiday reception. You may also drop off your donations in the OLLI office in the Mountaineer Mall from Nov. 28 through Dec. 21. For more information, call 304-293-1793.