• WVU Parkersburg’s Community Education classes are fun and affordable learning opportunities provided by Workforce & Economic Development. Many are suitable for all ages, offered on evening and weekends, and you do not have to be a WVU Parkersburg student to register. March’s education courses include Calligraphy, Beginner Sign Language, Photography and more! For more information, call 304.424.8383.

• Energy Express, an eight-week summer service opportunity that promotes children’s school success through summer learning experiences focused on reading and nutrition, is now accepting applications for community coordinators and mentors. These positions receive a $1,850 living allowance and a $1,252.91 education award. Students may apply for a position at one of the four Energy Express sites in Wood County, or in the county where they reside, provided there is an Energy Express site. The selection process begins March 1. For more information or to apply, go to https://extension.wvu.edu/youth-family/youth-education/energy-express/get-involved.


• Welcome to Justina Morris, our new Records Assistant III in the Center for Student Services. She can be reached at justina.morris@wvup.edu, ext. 310 or in Office 1107.

• Welcome to Nick Townsend, our new Records Assistant III in the Center for Student Services. He can be reached at nick.townsend@wvup.edu, ext. 310 or in Office 1107.


• The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Social Justice Committee will host National Public Radio (NPR) television critic Eric Deggans on Monday, Feb. 25 from 12:15-1 p.m. in the college theater. The presentation, “Building Bridges Instead of Walls: Decoding Media’s Confusing Coverage of Race and Culture,” is free and open to the public and will be streamed live to the Jackson County Center in room 207. During his presentation, Deggans will explain why he believes media outlets have fallen short in covering race and culture issues, provide tips on how to recognize when the media practices the politics of division and how to decode the media’s messages and their motives. Contact Debbie Richards at Debbie.Richards@wvup.edu or 304.424.8201 for more information.

• Career Services will host a Career Conversations event on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge. The Coordinated Council for Independent Living, Home City Ice, Simonton and Westbrook will be available to speak to all campus members about current job openings and opportunities. Contact Career Services at careerservices@wvup.edu or call 304.424.8246 for more information.

• The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley and West Virginia University at Parkersburg will co-sponsor a WV ABLE training session on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the college theater. This free, one-hour training session is open to the public and designed for individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers and community stakeholders to learn about the benefit of WV ABLE’s tax-free savings accounts for disability-related expenses. Contact Debbie.Richards@wvup.edu or Liz.Ford@thearcmov.org for more information.

• Did you know WVU Parkersburg has a fitness center that is available for all students, faculty and staff? The best part is, it’s FREE! Join us on March 11 and 12 at 12:15 p.m. in the fitness center to learn how to use the equipment and get the most out of your workout. Monday’s class will focus on cardio exercises while Tuesday’s class will introduce attendees to strength training. Need personal instruction on the machines? Contact Health and Wellness Coordinator Pamela Santer at Pamela.Santer@wvup.edu for more information.


• Breakthrough Campus Ministries is a student group that will meet the first and third Thursday each month throughout the semester at 7:30 p.m. in room 2537. Refreshments will be provided, and all campus community members are welcome to attend. Contact Faith Atkinson at fatkinso@wvup.edu for more information.

• The WVU Parkersburg Ecohawks will host club meetings on Wednesday, Feb. 27, March 13 and April 3 and 17  at 12:15 p.m. in Room 0144. The EcoHawks work to promote awareness of environmental issues such as conservation and preservation, with a focus on educating the college community. Anyone can become a member! Contact Valerie Keinath at vkeinath@wvup.edu for more information.

• The WVU Parkersburg Veterans Corps will host meetings on March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17 and May 1 & 15 from 2 – 2:45 p.m. in the Veterans Resource Center (room 1532). The meetings are open to former and current members of the United States Armed Forces on WVU Parkersburg’s campus. Veterans Corps meetings are intended to provide support and advocacy for all veterans rights, benefits, and services affiliated with the WVU Parkersburg Veterans Resource Center. Contact Darren Shearlock at dshearlo@wvup.edu for more information.

• The Student Surgical Technology Association will host a Taco in a Bag fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the hallway outside of the library. The pricing is as follows: one taco in a bag for $2; a combination of two tacos in a bag and one drink for $4.50. Contact Amy West at Amy.West@wvup.edu for more information.

• The WVU Parkersburg Kappa Delta Pi Sigma Omega chapter will host a professional development fair for WVU Parkersburg pre-service teachers and Partnership in Education teachers on Saturday, March 2 beginning at 9 a.m. in the College Theater (room 1305). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. This professional development fair is open to all students, however, it is most beneficial to Education students and teachers to learn new strategies and technologies to incorporate into the classroom. Please RSVP to Hannah Hammon at hhamon@wvup.edu by Monday, Feb. 25.


• Do you want Ricky the Riverhawk to make an appearance for your special event or meeting? If so, please complete the Ricky Request Form, which can be found at www.wvup.edu/forms or by clicking here. Please direct any questions to Michelle Nabers at mnabers@wvup.edu or ext. 209.

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