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National College announces Dean's List for 2nd Spring term

PRINCETON, WV - National College ( in Princeton and the American National University online program released the Dean's List for the Second Spring Term. The following students More>>

Making the Grade at Bluefield College

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) – Bluefield College receives an "A" rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) on Wednesday. More>>

Back to School Bash celebrates start of school

BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- It's back to school for many area kids, and a church in Bluefield decided to congratulate students on surviving that first week. The First Christian Church of Bluefield threw More>>

Making the first day of school less stressful for both parents and students

PETERSTOWN (WVVA) – Orientation was held Wednesday night for students at Peterstown Middle School. More>>

Backpack related injuries, a danger to students

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- Kids across southern West Virginia are heading back to school, and that means extra strain on their minds and backs.Backpack related injuries are a real danger to students, especially More>>

Mercer Co. schools bring in local produce for school lunch

MELROSE, W. Va (WVVA)-- Students got a hands-on approach to lunch on Wednesday at Melrose Elementary School. Mercer County Schools has begun a new farm-to-school program, bringing local produce to the More>>

Family creates new scholarship funds at Bluefield College

BLUEFIELD, Va (PRESS RELEASE)-- Student-athletes, students from rural Virginia, and promising students with average grades are set to be the beneficiaries of two new Bluefield College scholarship funds More>>

Education leaders visit McDowell County to see benefits of federal broadband grant

WAR (WVVA) -- National, state, and local education leaders visited McDowell County Wednesday to witness the benefits of a Federal Broadband Grant. Dr. Anthony Wilhem from the National Telecommunications More>>

Mercer County Board of Education discusses up-coming school year

MERCER (WVVA) – The Mercer County Board of Education met Tuesday night, its last meeting before the start of the new school year. More>>

A New State of the Art Facility for Oakvale Elementary School

OAKVALE (WVVA)- A new Oakvale Elementary School will soon become a reality. The construction has been going on since last June and is expected to be finished by February. Mercer County Board Member More>>

Raleigh Co. Schools lead W. Va. with new technology

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A southern West Virginia county will be leading the state when it comes to technology when it comes to technology starting this fall.Raleigh County has a multi-million dollar contract More>>

Mercer County Schools Proposed Policy

MERCER (WVVA) – A new proposed policy regulating how students and teachers use technology is being reviewed.

The Mercer County Board of Education recently had a first reading of a new proposed policy and made the policy available on their web site for review and public comment.

Some schools starting earlier this year

BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- With the back to school season just around the corner, you might be surprised how soon your child goes back to class. Many school districts are starting a little earlier this More>>

More high-GPA students applying to local college

BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- State leaders have seen West Virginia high school graduates leave in the fall to attend out-of-state schools, and not return home to work after they earn their degrees. But a More>>

Senate passes fix to student loan rate hikes

BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- Without more congressional action, your child could be paying more for school. Federal student loan interest rates doubled July 1st. But Wednesday, the US Senate passed the More>>

CU Spring Commencement

ATHENS , W.Va.-Concord University holds their 138th Spring Commencement at 10AM and 2PM. Students will participate in a ceremony based on their fields of study. The morning ceremony will include candidates More>>

Va. community college rates to rise 4.4 percent

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Rates at Virginia's community colleges are going up. The State Board for Community Colleges voted Thursday to increase in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate by 4.4 percent. The More>>

WVSU names new Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Ashley Schumaker has been named Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President of West Virginia State University (WVSU). She will begin her new duties July 1. Schumaker More>>

CU classroom renamed in memory of former teacher

ATHENS, W.Va. – A classroom in Concord University's Science Building is being renamed in memory of a professor who taught there. Science 105 will be renamed as a tribute to Professor of Mathematics More>>

Bluefield College Business Students Earn State Title

BLUEFIELD, W.Va.- Students from Bluefield College have earned the state title at the PBL competition for their business plans, interviews and other projects. Students from Bluefield College's chapter More>>

WVU prepping students for debt burden

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- When a student graduates from West Virginia University, they depart Morgantown with debts averaging more than $20,000. WVU's Financial aid office is attempting to prepare students More>>

UC-Beckley holds first commencement

BECKLEY – Over 150 University of Charleston students participated in history as they walked in the first-ever UC-Beckley Commencement on Saturday. Students from 14 states as far away as California converged More>>

Outgoing Aloia attends final CU board of governors meeting

ATHENS, W.Va (WVVA)- Concord University had its last Board of Governors meeting for the school year. The last Board of Governors meeting at Concord University focused on the future moves the University More>>

Harry Finkelman serves as guest speaker at CU alumni association banquet

ATHENS, W.Va. – Harry Finkelman, Concord University Emeritus Professor of Business, will be the guest speaker for the Concord University Alumni Association's (CUAA) 2013 Annual Banquet. The banquet More>>

WVU to debut college for undeclared majors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University is starting a centralized college to help students with undeclared majors. University College dean Elizabeth Dooley says one goal of the program expected More>>

Concord University hosts 138th Spring Commencement May 18

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University will hold its 138th Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the main gym of the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center. Two ceremonies will be held to accommodate More>>

Charity bike ride rolls through CU's Athens campus on May 11

ATHENS, W.Va. – Child Protect of Mercer County, Inc. is holding the Gran Mercer Metric Charity Bike Ride on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The bike ride begins and ends on Concord University's Athens campus. More>>

Pikeview High School danced to raise money for graduation

PIKEVIEW, W.Va. (WVVA)- Wednesday night Pikeview High School danced the night away in order to raise money for graduation. The high school hosted a Zumba-thon on Wednesday night. Instructors led the More>>

Donation benefits students at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Some graduates of Lewis County High School will be receiving scholarships at West Virginia University thanks to a donation from a judge's estate. WVU says Judge William Fury More>>

Va group names state's top school superintendent

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The superintendent for Roanoke City Public Schools has been named Virginia's Superintendent of the Year. The Charlottesville-based Virginia Association of School Superintendents named More>>

Princeton High continues tradition of recycling prom for disabled adults

PRINCETON, WV- May 3 is prom night at Princeton High School. A prom committee has spent every evening this week transforming the gymnasium from athletic arena to ballroom, every inch of the ceiling More>>

U.Va. team wins state business plan competition

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A University of Virginia team that developed an IV catheter to improve blood sampling is the winner of this year's Governor's Business Plan Challenge. U.Va. biomedical engineering More>>

West Virginia student named to national leadership academy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Ronald "Trey" Lockhart has been selected to participate in the inaugural "GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy," (Academy) a 12-month national leadership program providing students across More>>

122 Seniors to Receive Diplomas during Bluefield College Spring Commencement

BLUEFIELD, W.Va.-One hundred twenty-two Bluefield College seniors will accept diplomas during the school's 91st Annual Spring Commencement, Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m., outside in the campus quad against More>>

Concord University hold symphonic band concert to reflect on times of war and peace

ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Symphonic Band will be holding its spring concert on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. The Fine Arts Center is More>>

Marshall med school gets more research space

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Marshall University's medical school is acquiring more space for research and development. The university announced Monday that the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will sublease More>>

W.Va. 8th graders competing in State History Bowl

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Eighth graders from across West Virginia are participating in the State History Bowl. The competition involving students from 20 schools is set for Tuesday at the state Culture More>>

West Virginia State Opens Experimental Theatre for Student Productions

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Theatre students at West Virginia State University (WVSU) now have a new venue for small-scale productions and educational opportunities. The David Stephen Skeen Black Box Theatre More>>

West Liberty University Music Students Present Annual Honors Recital, May 5th

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 29, 2013 – A special annual event is about to take place on the campus of West Liberty University, the Honors Music Recital. The recital will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, More>>

Va. Tech board approves tuition, fee increases

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Students at Virginia Tech will pay higher tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year. Tech's Board of Visitors approved increases on Sunday that will raise annual in-state More>>

Faculty vote on Marshall president wrapping up

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A symbolic vote by Marshall University faculty members on the job performance of President Stephen Kopp is wrapping up. Marshall's Faculty Senate began conducting a nonbinding More>>

Volunteers needed for W.Va. archaeological work this summer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University's Native American Studies Program needs volunteers this summer to help curators clean, number and package archaeological artifacts that have been collected More>>

Concord University president resigns

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University announces the resignation of President Gregory F. Aloia. Dr. Aloia has accepted the position of President of the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga. More>>

Tazewell Co. Schools names new superintendent

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Tazewell County Schools has selected a new superintendent. The appointment of Dr. Michaelene Meyer was announced during a school board meeting Wednesday morning in Tazewell. Meyer will More>>

Concord University focuses on the homeless with Box City

ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Bonner Scholars will host their annual Box City on the lawn in front of the Bonner House from 8 a.m., Friday, May 3 through Saturday, May 4. The primary goals More>>

W.Va. 'ambassadors for justice' to be honored

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Fifty-six West Virginia high school juniors who stand up to bullying and advocate for justice are being recognized. The so-called ambassadors for justice will be honored Thursday More>>

WVU dean of libraries prospects to visit campus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Three candidates for dean of libraries at West Virginia University will be visiting the Morgantown campus starting next week. The three are Monica Brooks, vice president for More>>

WVU offers red-white-blue cords to veteran graduates

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University is offering graduating students who are veterans red-white-and-blue cords to wear with their gowns. Eighty-one veterans are graduating this year. WVU's More>>

Gay-straight alliance holds pride week at Concord University

ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Gay-Straight Alliance will be holding its annual "Pride Week" celebration the week of April 29 through May 3, 2013 around campus. The week is meant to shine light More>>

University of Charleston hosts Davisson Brothers Band Saturday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Davisson Brothers Band and special guest Owen Schmitt will rock the University of Charleston's Riverfront Lawn as part of UC Preview Day this Saturday. The concert kicks off at More>>

West Liberty spring commencement ceremony

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 25, 2013 -- West Liberty University will hold its Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 11, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC). Doors More>>

Doddridge County captures 1st place at WV envirothon

MINERAL WELLS, W.VA. – The 17th annual West Virginia Envirothon proved to be another exciting competition; especially for the Doddridge County Gold team. Just over 200 high school students from across More>>

Richmond board bars member from using 'Dr.' title

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Richmond School Board has barred a member from using the title "Dr." on school materials. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that board chairman Jeff M. Bourne announced the More>>

Emory and Henry College has a new president

EMORY, Va. (AP) -- Emory & Henry College has a new president. The board of trustees of the private, liberal arts college in southwest Virginia announced the selection Monday of Jake B. Schrum. The current More>>

Students debate W.Va.'s separation from Va.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Was West Virginia's separation from Virginia a good thing for the Mountain State? Students from West Virginia and James Madison universities recently debated whether West Virginia More>>

W.Va. tries to tackle childhood hunger and obesity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill they hope will ensure no West Virginia student is ever denied a meal because of cost. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan More>>

Federal and State officials visit local schools to discuss drug issues and bullying

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA)- United States Attorney Booth Goodwin, U.S. Marshal John Foster and West Virginia Air National Guard Major Gen. James Hoyer met with students at Bluefield Middle to discuss issues More>>

Mercer County schools names their top teacher of the year

BLUEWELL, W.Va. (WVVA)- Mercer County school officials name their top teacher of the year. Meagan Cahill has been chosen as Mercer County teacher of the year. She is a title one teacher at Bluewell Elementary. She More>>

University of Virginia considers tuition increase

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The University of Virginia Board of Supervisors will consider proposed tuition increases and the school's capital plan on Thursday. University administrators have proposed More>>

WVU creates new strategic communications major

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Two majors in the new West Virginia University School of Journalism are being combined into a new one. Strategic Communications will replace the separate advertising and public More>>

WVU to appoint new committee on contract rebid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University purchasing officials will replace a committee that will rebid a contract for multimedia rights to certain athletic events. WVU President Jim Clements More>>

WVU to break ground for solar home contest entry

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University students are preparing to begin construction of the school's entry in a national solar home building contest. University officials plan to break ground More>>

Marshall president apologizes for revenue move

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Marshall University President Stephen Kopp says he regrets the way revenue in department accounts was moved into a central holding account. But Kopp says administrators need More>>

W.Va. student seeks injunction against principal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Kanawha County student says a principal violated her free speech right after she criticized an abstinence talk at her school. Media outlets report that George Washington High More>>

April 16 is proclaimed Virginia Tech Remembrance Day

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation recognizing April 16, 2013 as Virginia Tech Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance Ceremony More>>

University of Charleston-Beckley hosts Jazz Appreciation Month

Beckley, W.Va.– The University of Charleston-Beckley will host the John Yurick Quartet as part of Jazz Appreciation Month on Monday, April 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Library. Admission More>>

Mercer County honors the 2013 teachers of the year

PRINCETON, WV, April 15, 2013: Mercer County Schools will host its fifty-first annual Teacher of the Year banquet tomorrow evening, April 16th, at the Princeton Church of God, beginning at 6:30 PM. Twenty-six More>>

WVU rebids multimedia rights athletic contract

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University will rebid a contract for multimedia rights to certain athletic events following a review by the Attorney General's Office. The university announced More>>

Head of WVU foundation is leaving at the end of the year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The head of the West Virginia University Foundation is stepping down at the end of the year. The Charleston Gazette says President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne King informed More>>

WVU is considering a tuition increase

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University is considering another tuition increase for undergraduate and graduate students as it waits to hear how much state funding it will lose. Vice President More>>

William & Mary receives $23.9 million donation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A former college athlete's estate has donated nearly $24 million to the College of William and Mary. Walter J. Zable played football, baseball and basketball at the school. He More>>

WVU board may discuss media contract Friday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University's Board of Governors will be talking about tuition, capital investments and more as it meets in Morgantown. The agenda for Friday's session at the Erickson More>>

Three W.Va. schools will receive physical education equipment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Three public elementary or middle schools in West Virginia will each receive $100,000 worth of physical education equipment as part of a national fitness promotion. Gov. Earl More>>

New River Community and Technical College names new president

PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA)- New River Community and Technical College name a new president. Ohio native Dr. L. Marshall Washington has almost 20 years of experience he hopes will move the college forward. His More>>

WVBE Works Daily to Meet the Governor’s Challenges and Student Needs

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- The West Virginia Board of Education's High Quality Educators Committee Thursday met for the first time. The committee was created to address support for both teacher preparation programs More>>

Elisabeth Brown Jacobson Scholarship and Service Applications are due

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -The 2013 Elisabeth Brown Jacobson Scholarship applications and Services Award Nomination forms deadline is Monday, April 15. The scholarship is available to those individuals living More>>

Va. State SGA president faces hazing charges

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The president of the student government association at Virginia State University has been charged with hazing. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Brandon Randleman appeared More>>

Concord University theatre department presents student directed plays

ATHENS, W.Va. – The CU Theatre Department directing class will be presenting "Dogs, Ducks, Lizards, and the Mafia: An Evening of Student Directed Plays" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday April 10th in the main auditorium. More>>

WVU hosts 23rd annual "Teaming to Win" event

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Registration is now open for the 23rd annual "Teaming to Win" event, which will begin Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. with a networking reception at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown More>>

Sportscasting in the digital age is the focus of a WVSU workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Learn to create sports-related digital content from your own website at the latest Creators Program workshop at West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center (EDC) beginning More>>

West Liberty University Students Receive Dental Society Scholarships

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 8, 2013 – West Liberty University students Neva Ambrose, Chester, W.Va., and Rachel Knutsen, Weirton, W.Va., have been selected for Wheeling District Dental Society Awards, presented More>>

WVSU quiz bowl team reaches final four of National Championship

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University (WVSU) academic quiz bowl team reached the Final Four round of competition in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament More>>

University of Charleston President announced special room rate for UC-Beckley residence halls

BECKLEY, W.Va. – University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster today announced a special room rate for UC-Beckley residence halls of $1,800 for the 2013-14 academic school year, or half the More>>

West Virginia State University plans a day of community service

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) will be giving back to residents of the Kanawha Valley on Saturday, April 27, during the university's first Cares Day. The event will bring together More>>

Concord University hosts Geographic Bee

ATHENS, WV- Concord University will host the 2013 West Virginia Geographic Bee on Friday, April 5. Approximately 75 West Virginia students in grades four through eight are expected to participate. Bees More>>

Two West Virginia State University students present papers at Regional History Conference

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Two West Virginia State University (WVSU) students will be present papers at the Western Pennsylvania Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Conference this Friday and Saturday More>>

WVU fans can choose fan shirt design for the 2013-2014 year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University fans once again can vote for their favorite design for the official fan Shirt. More than 15,000 fans voted for the design in 2011, the last year the More>>

University of Charleston, Blue Ridge Community and Tech. College sign transfer agreement

Charleston, W.Va. – University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster and Blue Ridge Community & Technical College (BRCTC) President Peter G. Checkovich today signed an articulation and 2+2 agreement More>>

School calendar must now comply with new legislation

PRINCETON, WV, - West Virginia's 55 counties are studying a new set of rules for developing the school calendar. To make employees, parents, and public aware of the new rules, the legislation stipulates More>>

University of Charleston hosts MBA open house

CHARLESTON, W.Va.– The University of Charleston's School of Business is hosting an open house for college students interested in their full-time MBA program on Thursday, April 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 More>>

Concord University symphonic band and choir perform in a combined concert

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University's symphonic band and choir will be in concert Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center's Main Auditorium. The symphonic band and choir will be More>>

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