“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Vicki’s experience and energy to lead our communication office,” said John Campbell, associate provost and chief information officer. “Vicki brings all the modern communication skills to this position, which will be key as we move forward to improve the information infrastructure at WVU, which is itself crucial to the institution’s academic and research success.”
Smith, a native of Indiana, PA, is a 1987 graduate of WVU’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism. She has been the AP’s Morgantown correspondent since 1998. Previously, she worked for the AP in Charleston, covering the state legislature among other assignments, and The Press of Atlantic City, N.J.
She begins at WVU on Nov. 20.
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A video is available of an information session hosted by Faculty Senate and Staff Council on Oct. 21 regarding the 2011 law commonly referred to as Senate Bill 330. Follow this link to watch the video: http://youtu.be/YDFE6VEFBLQ
The briefing provided information on the key components of the bill and a question and answer session in an effort to educate the WVU community on this issue.
The University Risk Management and Insurance Association and WVU Risk Management are partnering on a week dedicated to the value of risk management in higher education. Taking place on Nov. 4 8, Risky Business: A Week Focusing on Risk Management’s Contributions to Higher Education aims to build awareness of how risk management can provide innovative and effective solutions to the challenges facing institutions of higher education in the pursuit of their academic, social, and economic goals. The week will also forge campus relationships to create a culture of risk management and better protect individuals served by institutions of higher education.
Employees can take part in webinars highlighting the goals of risk management, as well as the latest risks facing higher education. A free webinar will be offered each day of the week on a timely risk management topic. The schedule includes:
Monday, November 4: Student Life, Student Affairs, and Greek Life
Tuesday, November 5: Fleet Management and Transportation Risk
Wednesday, November 6: International Programs
Thursday, November 7: Cyber and Intellectual Property Risk
Friday, November 8: Clery Act and Title IX
Risk Management encourages WVU faculty and staff to enroll in one or more of these free webinars that may be beneficial to their specific department.
Risky Business: A Week Focusing on Risk Management’s Contributions to Higher Education will recognize the risk management professionals who advocate for students, faculty, staff, and the institutions and communities they serve. Risk management on college campuses is everyone’s job; this week will encourage stakeholders to work with our nation’s risk managers to create a culture of risk management that spans the entire year.
For more information, contact Michael J. Gansor, Risk Manager,
email@example.com , 304.293.8441
Margaret Phillips has earned another accolade for her vision and leadership in the field of human resources.
Today (Oct. 23) Phillips, vice president for West Virginia University’s Division of Human Resources, was named HR Professional of the Year by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce today at its 2013 Human Resources Conference in Charleston.
“Each year, the West Virginia Chamber looks for a human resource professional who exemplifies the best of the profession,” said Steve Roberts, Chamber president. “This year our committee chose Margie Phillips for her outstanding professionalism, willingness to help and mentor others and for her service to WVU, our state and to the HR community.
“The committee recognizes the best of an already elite profession and Margie is this year’s logical choice. We join Margie’s friends, family and co-workers in congratulating her for this year’s top award.”
But, as Phillips has done in the past, she refuses to seize all of the credit herself.
It’s the second high-profile honor Philips has received this year; she won the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources’ national award for Excellence in Human Resources Practices.
Upon learning the news of that award, she wrote to HR directors, “I recognize that WVU HR is receiving this award because of your leadership, dedication and creativity, (and) your staffs’ hard work.”
More online: http://go.wvu.edu/HhfFp8
The Faculty Senate is holding a session to inform faculty, staff, students and community members about the issues surrounding the Senate Bill 330 law and how that affects higher education in West Virginia, especially WVU, in the areas of competitiveness and compensation. The panel will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, from 3-5 p.m. in the Art Museum Education Center. Parking is available in areas 59, 9, 51, or 2001.
Mountaineer ENEWS, West Virginia University’s internal communications platform, will be undergoing the following changes on Oct. 7:
- Mountaineer ENEWS will be distributed once daily, during mid-morning.
- If events require, such as in a campus emergency, announcements will be sent immediately.
- Deadline for submission is at least 48 hours in advance of publication.
These changes will allow faculty and staff the opportunity to receive University-related news at the same time, Monday through Friday, rather than varied days and times.
Additional ENEWS submission guidelines
- For an item to be considered for ENEWS, it must be involve an official WVU unit, or have some other direct connection to the University and its related organizations or initiatives. While in some instances, ENEWS will feature an event that is hosted at a WVU facility, just being held at WVU is not sufficient reason to be included. The final decision to include or not include an announcement in ENEWS is at the discretion of the editors.
- Send items directly to ENEWS@mail.wvu.edu. ENEWS is handled by different individuals, so sending to ENEWS@mail.wvu.edu will insure it is seen by the editor.
- Items for ENEWS are intended for University faculty, staff and administrators. Announcements for students should be directed to MIX@mail.wvu.edu.
- More than 7,000 employees at WVU’s three campuses receive ENEWS. Please share news that would be of interest to a wide audience.
- Brief, concise notices are best. We can link to a longer version of the story, when necessary. Please include a descriptive headline; date; time; place; brief description of event/award, etc.; contact; RSVP date, if applicable; any specific dates when the ENEWS notice should run (Note: ENEWS tries to accommodate requests to run announcements multiple times but rarely more than twice.)
- Do not submit PDFs, photos or logos; they cannot be displayed in ENEWS.
- Job openings are not included in ENEWS. Please direct this information to the Division of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org
- ENEWS does not accept solicitations or fundraising requests, except as in accord with the University’s Concessions and Solicitation Policy, which is available here.
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Dear Friend of the United Way:
This past May the Mountaineer baseball team attended our first Big 12 Conference tournament with the priority being to win games. Our priorities changed when an F4 tornado devastated the nearby suburb of Moore, OK. The team instantly wanted to help the victims in any way possible and, subsequently, organized a shopping spree. We delivered shopping carts packed full of clothes, shoes, toiletries and other items to the victims who had lost their homes in this tragedy. The team then stayed to help homeowners clean up the wreckage and gather their belongings. I was amazed to see firsthand the strength of individuals in such horrific times and how people found a way to come together.
That is why I am honored to serve as chair this year for the University’s United Way campaign. The campaign provides an opportunity to assist those in our own communities of Monongalia and Preston Counties. The staff and volunteers of partnering agencies work tirelessly to address the issues associated with lower incomes, illness, illiteracy, domestic violence, homelessness and affordable childcare. These caring individuals are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet. Their great work can only continue if we have their backs. I am stepping up to offer my assistance; and I am asking you to come together and join me.
When you give to the United Way, you are able to affect change in 52 programs at 30 unique partner agencies. This campaign is the only charity that allows you One United Way to Give and make an impact on our community with a single contribution.Our goals for this year are:
- To raise over $340,000, our largest fundraising effort to date
- To remain the largest organizational contributor to our local United Way
- To increase participation across campus and in each department
If you have been a part of our efforts in the past, thank you! I ask you to continue to support this worthy cause and to please consider increasing your support this year. If you are new to our cause, I encourage you to visit our website, review the funded programs at partnering agencies, and join our campaign for a brighter future. Each donation, large or small, will make a difference in the life of someone in our community.
I also encourage you to show your University pride for our annual Gold Rush, which takes place at the September 28th football game against Oklahoma State. Members of WVU’s Student Government Association will be selling shirts across campus and throughout the community prior to the big game. Visit our website at http://unitedway.wvu.edu for sale sites and information.
I hope you will join me in this One United Way to Give to our West Virginia home. All we need is you to make this year a success!
Let’s Go Mountaineers!
Coach Randy Mazey
2013 Campaign Chair
The deadline for academic departments and faculty to submit textbook requests for the spring 2014 semester is October 15, 2013.
The Student Government Association and the Office of the Provost ask that you give high priority to submitting your textbook selections through WVU’s official agent, Barnes & Noble. Federal law and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission require WVU to provide students with accurate textbook information and pricing at the time of course registration.
Submitting your textbook selection by the October 15 deadline also benefits students in many ways:
Students can save up to 50 percent of the book’s retail cost through the textbook rental program.
Students may plan earlier for the upcoming term. Many are able to secure lower-priced copies from fellow students or from other bookstores and wholesalers.
Students currently using the textbook will be able to resell it to the WVU Bookstore.
The WVU Bookstore can stock shelves and process in-store and online orders.
Publishers can anticipate what the WVU Bookstore will need and be prepared to fulfill orders.
The Student Government Association and the Office of the Provost also urge you to avoid selecting a customized textbook unless it provides added educational value that cannot be delivered through other methods (such as eCampus). Customized texts can’t be repurchased, are not part of the rental or used book markets, and have a longer lead time.
Selecting texts available through the rental and used markets will dramatically cut costs for your students.
For more information on WVU’s textbook affordability initiative, please visit: http://provost.wvu.edu/academic_affairs/textbook .
Textbook selections may be submitted through your department or school, online, or by phone:
WVU Bookstore http://shopmountaineers.com (304) 293-7461
WVU Law School Bookstore http://wvulaw.bkstore.com (304) 293-2492
WVU Health Sciences Bookstore http://wvu-hsc.bkstore.com (304) 293-4849
WVU PSC Bookstore http://wvupotomac.bncollege.com (304) 788-6908
WVU Tech Bookstore http://wvutech.bkstore.com (304) 442-3106
Research at West Virginia University on sleep fragmentation, especially as experienced by new parents, was featured in a recent segment of NBC’s Today show.
NBC White House Peter Alexander, himself a new parent, visited the Sleep and Sleep Disorders Laboratory at the Life Sciences Building where Dr. Hawley Montgomery-Downs, an associate professor of behavioral science in the Department of Psychology, and graduate student Mandy McBean are conducting studies on fragmented sleep.
You can view the video, as well as read an accompanying story, at this link: http://www.today.com/moms/sleep-obsession-what-new-parents-do-get-more-zzzs-baby-4B11247559
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West Virginia University President James P. Clements will deliver his fifth State of the University address chronicling the goals, challenges and triumphs of the Mountaineer community to the Faculty Assembly on Oct. 7.
Clements will speak at 3:15 p.m. in conjunction with the regular monthly Faculty Senate meeting at the Erickson Alumni Center. It will mark Clements’ first State of the University address at the Alumni Center, the new meeting place for Faculty Senate.
The University community and public are invited to attend or watch a webcast at: http://webcast.wvu.edu/
The regular monthly Faculty Senate meeting, led by chair Lisa DiBartolomeo, will take place following the annual address.
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