CHARLESTON — Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education said they are concerned that West Virginia University is wielding too much influence on a proposal to replace the Higher Education Policy Commission. Commission members met by conference call Thursday to discuss a proposal from the Structure and Organization Subcommittee to replace the HEPC with a new agency and give more power to the boards of governors at public colleges and universities. Drew Payne, the chair of the Structure and Organizational Subcommittee and the former chair of the WVU Board of Governors, briefed commission members on the subcommittee’s proposal to replace the HEPC with a new Office of Post-Secondary Education. The new office would focus on access to higher education for West Virginians and help make the colleges and universities more efficient. In the proposal, the office would consist of a board with the 10 public colleges and universities providing one member each. The … [Read more...] about Squabbles Persist on West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education
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Ruan Venter learned how to dropkick playing rugby in his native South Africa and sometimes would do it for fun during football practices at NCAA Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia. Until a couple weeks ago, he wouldn't have fathomed dropkicking in a game. In scenes harkening to a bygone era, Venter successfully dropkicked three extra points to the delight of teammates, fans, game officials and even opposing West Virginia Wesleyan on Oct. 27. Venter, whose first name is pronounced Roo-On, has drawn the attention of NFL scouts. Venter is the first player known to have scored on a dropkick since Matt Newman of Division III Illinois College did it against Grinnell in September 2013. "I had no idea about the history of it," Venter said. "I did dropkicks my whole life, and by doing them again I thought about back home, being outside and doing the dropkicks with friends in my home country. Maybe I miss it a little bit. But it also made me excited I could bring that kind of … [Read more...] about West Virginia team brings back dropkick
CHARLESTON — A subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four Year Higher Education has developed a funding plan to help the state’s smaller colleges and universities. If approved, West Liberty University would get more than $1 million for its share, the fourth-highest in the state. The Finance Subcommittee met via conference call Monday afternoon to discuss a plan that would spread out $10 million between seven colleges and universities. If the proposal is approved by the full commission and signed by the governor, $10 million would come from the governor’s contingency fund for the remainder of the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Legislature would need to budget $10 million when they approve the 2019-20 fiscal year budget during the 2019 legislative session. The money would be distributed to each of the seven schools based on a weighted number of full-time in-state students. Out of the $10 million being proposed, Glenville State University would receive $40,000; … [Read more...] about West Liberty Would Get $1M Under Blue Ribbon Commission’s New Plan
For 14 years, Jolene Owen has taken the 5 a.m. train every day from Caperton Station here in West Virginia to Union Station in Washington.The 68-year-old legal secretary doesn’t mind the two-hour commute on the MARC Brunswick Line to her job at the Department of Justice. She and her fellow passengers are part of what she calls her “train family” — they look out for one another, and keep an eye on each other’s belongings.But the future of their commute is now uncertain. Maryland, which operates the MARC system, threatened late last year to end West Virginia service this summer, unless that state paid $3.2 million to continue it.As a stopgap, the two states agreed last month that West Virginia would pay Maryland $1.5 million to extend service for another year.But they haven’t agreed on a permanent fix.Owen says it’s about the fifth time Maryland has threatened to cut the service on which she and hundreds of other West Virginians rely. It’s … [Read more...] about West Virginia will pay Maryland $1.5 million to keep MARC service for a year. Then what?
Photo Provided Shown at the recent Professor of the Year awards banquet in Charleston, from left, are Dean of the College of Sciences Robert Kreisberg; West Virginia Professor of the Year Joseph Horzempa; Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Karen Kettler; and WLU President Stephen Greiner. West Liberty University Associate Professor Joseph Horzempa has been selected as the 2017 Professor of the Year for West Virginia by the Faculty Merit Foundation, taking home a cash award of $10,000. The foundation presented the award during a banquet held in the Great Hall of the Culture Center in Charleston late last week. The four remaining 2017 finalists also were recognized, and they include: Eric Blough, Ph.D., exercise pharmaceutical sciences and research professor, Marshall University; Kathy Hawks, Ed.D., education professor, Concord University; Carol Plautz, PhD, biology professor, Shepherd University; and Timothy Warner, PhD, geology and geography professor, West … [Read more...] about West Liberty University’s Joseph Horzempa Named West Virginia Professor of the YearCOMMENTSCommunityBridgeport Road Slip Creates Safety, Property Value ConcernsMoundsville Man Charged With Sex AbuseSouth Wheeling Neighborhood Seeks Its Place in HistoryNew Wheeling Fire Fighters Complete Intense TrainingBody Of Missing Shadyside Man Is FoundWVU Medicine Brings Retreat to Oglebay Park in WheelingWheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott Has Big Plans for DowntownZandron Pitches Tigers Past FerryMARYCARLA SCHNEIDERDickerson’s Bunt Lifts PiratesSpring Fails to Produce Clear Starter at QB for Ohio St.Weir Beats Creek, Ferry in Doubleheader SweepNewsletter