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Volume #43 No. 1
Chronicle at WVU Parkersburg
Inside this Issue
Student Q&A: 3
Child Care Center: 5
Student Parking: 7
Student Success Center: 9
Battle of the Sexes: 11
Students are Motivated to Accomplish “Sometimes our problems seem mountainous to us – but that’s one thing I like about West Virginians – we’re not afraid to climb a few mountains!”
by Macie Lynch Harvard graduate and Appalachia born spokesman, Michael Curry, Ph.D., took center stage during Fall 2012 Convocation on Monday, Aug. 27. Attendants were greeted by the President of WVU Parkersburg, M a r i e F o s t e r G n a g e , Vi c e President of Student Services Anthony Underwood and many other faculty members and administration. Curry, the keynote speaker, told the students countless stories that were played out to be comical, but always boomeranged with encouraging feats. Not a minute went by without laughter while Curry talked; giving the otherwise traditional ceremony a new twist. He was able to captivate the student audience as he did not exactly follow the stereotypical guidelines for usual public speaking. “…And I swear to you, before God – I’m going to wear cowboy boots for the rest of my life!” stated Curry, right before flashing those black leather boots from behind the podium with a big smile, only to stress the importance that people residing in West Virginia can succeed just as well as anybody, anywhere,
was seemingly susceptible to Parkersburg, which bears the with any type of shoe. Referring to the audience everything always going wrong practices of civility, honesty, s e v e r a l t i m e s a s “ We s t in his life, the recitation of Paul inclusiveness, integrity and Lawrence Dunbar’s Philosophy, respect. Virginians," Curry obviously wore the stamp of his heritage getting harassed for being a Afterwards, all students were proudly, and suggested that we “West Virginian” at a Harvard’s asked to make a procession all do the same, “Sometimes Dean Tea by a faculty member, over to the enlarged Honor as West Virginians we have to and lastly a story that ended with Code poster on the wall in the work harder than the rest. The silence only when Curry stated multi-purpose room and verify prejudice is out there! It’s real that the main character, a high acceptance with a signature. school football and academic Underwood explained to the but we can beat it!” B e i n g t h e e p i t o m e o f star that overcame paralysis, was student body that this particular Honor Code poster will be overcoming “prejudice” and him. being stamped a small-town Through these stories, Curry displayed in the Student Lounge hero, (considering he was one gave all students, and attending alongside all of the Honor Code of the first two people from his faculty alike, the chance to think posters from previous years. family to ever graduate from over the endless possibilities one A s t h e y e a r p r o g r e s s e s , high school), Curry is someone can achieve through dreaming students can see the poster to whom the students could look “big dreams” and working hard, and be reminded of Curry's no matter how difficult life’s inspiration, “Sometimes our up. problems seem mountainous H a v i n g a t t e n d e d t h r e e lessons can be. universities in Europe, Marshall After Curry’s motivational to us – but that’s one thing I U n i v e r s i t y, We s t Vi r g i n i a address, Underwood led the like about West Virginians – Wesleyan College, and Harvard student body in the recitation we’re not afraid to climb a few U n i v e r s i t y, w h e r e h e w a s of the Honor Code of WVU mountains!” awarded the Hopkins Share award and attained highest honors, Curry excited students as they start the new chapter in their life called “college.” Not only did he encourage the students to embrace and extend their roots, he also stressed the statement, “Don’t you dare even think about quitting! You can do it! You can succeed!,” exclaimed Curry. Curry's stories included the tale of a man named “Jack” who Curry speaks to the students of West Virginia about staying in college
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IN HIS OPINION
Students Read Me
by Jeremy Harrison How many times have you walked by a copy of the school newspaper sitting on a random table here at WVU Parkersburg without noticing it? If I were to guess, I would say many. As a student here at WVU Parkersburg I enjoy knowing what is happening with the school and what possible activities are planned on the campus. Even if I do not attend all the activities or am not involved with them, I might know somebody who is. After talking to many students here over the years, it is apparent that many do not even know half of the events and changes that take place here. A remedy for that is The Chronicle,the student newspaper at WVU Parkersburg. I realize many students are busy and do not have time to read the school newspaper or even the news briefs on the school website or emails. But you could potentially be missing out on something that may be of importance to you. Financial aid changes, tuition costs, concerts and new additions to the campus are all examples of this. All of these topics and more are covered by The Chronicle and usually way before they happen so the faculty and students who read it have a ‘heads up.’ As a student I feel it is important for this information to be easily accessible and accurate. Sometimes serious changes can happen without the student knowing, which in turn can make things very confusing and life not so easy, especially when it comes to the financial aid and book price situations that seem to occur every semester. One way to avoid these potentially negative outcomes is to pick up The Chronicle every once in a while. You might not be able to change what is going on or happening, but at least you have a fair warning and can prepare yourself for any potential hiccups that may be inconvenient for you as a student. It doesn’t always have to be a warning light for potentially detrimental changes. The Chronicle always tries to give students and faculty information regarding concerts, plays and many other fun events that WVU Parkersburg offers. If you can’t make it to these events, we do it for you, and we take pictures and report what happens so you don’t even have to. Think about that! You don’t have to pay an admission price or even leave your comfy seat at the student lounge, great deal right? Maybe after reading about one of the events scheduled on the campus, though, you might even want to go to the next one, whatever it may be. So, just a ‘heads up,’ if you happen to be walking through the halls and see a copy of The Chronicle, pick it up and take a look. You may see something in there that will change the course of your life in there, you never know. Or you might see a funny cartoon or a headline that’s spelled wrong and has nothing to do with the story whatsoever that makes you laugh, either way, it’s a win right?
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Volume 43 Produced by students of WVU Parkersburg Layout Editor: Rachel Terzo LayoutΩ Staff: Sami Daggett Alex Casto Susan Moore Renee Cox Abbie Sweeney John Hambrick Jacob Adkins Allison Hilber Sandi Deem Kristiana Hunt Jeremy Harrison Melissa Lough Ryan Norman Shelby Thomas Pete Orn Austin Weiford Corrissa Williams Katelyn White Jessica Thompson
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Student Q & A:
What is the most Challenging Part of Starting a New Semester? Why? “Getting used to the schedule, because it changes up my routine.”
“Meeting new people and learning new social dynamics, because I don't like people.”
- Isaac Cain
“Getting back into the hang of things, like new teachers new expectations, goals, and unfamiliar work.”
- Allen Wood
“The financial aid process, because by withholding the financial aid. Families need money to take care of the family.”
“Trying to make sure that my husband and I's schedules are compatible, because the gas prices, child care, and we only have one car.”
- Tabitha King
- Alisha Miracle
- Rebbeca Ray
Must Play BINGO: Designer Purse BINGO Funds Scholarships by Alex Casto The second Purse Bingo, a game created by Program Assistant Drema Starkey, will be held in the multi-purpose room on the Nov.16. Doors open at 4 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Purse Bingo is a fundraiser for a staff scholarship fund, where the prizes are more than they may first appear. Each of the purses that will be offered as prizes will not only be of name brand triple-digit quality, but will also come packed with specially themed bonus items. These additional prizes are themed for
a myriad of different occasion. Themes at the next Bingo will include: Halloween, games, bath and body, jewelry, travel, manicure, movie, New Year's, Thanksgiving, holiday baking recipes, black Friday, crafts, ornaments, WVU Parkersburg, office supplies, chocolates and homemade candy, bingo, and snowmen. Of the purses that were given away at the first Purse Bingo last May, brands included: Wilson’s Leather, Kensie Girl, Aginer, Vera Wang, Rellic, Thirty-one, Harvé Bernard,
Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger, Franco Sarto, Ivanka Trump, Buxton Leather, and Coach. Advance tickets will be sold for $20 a person the first week of Oct. in the Welcome Center by Starkey herself. Participants must be 18 years or older to play and will receive 20 tickets, which in turn can be used to play 20 games of Purse Bingo. Tables will be reserved for parties of six or more people. Players can also expect to see door prizes as well as a silent auction. Food and drinks will also be on sale.
Any students, faculty or staff willing to donate purses for the second Purse Bingo game can do so by dropping them off at Starkey's desk in the Welcome Center. Starkey asks that the purses be in relatively good condition. These purses will be sold separately in what she describes as a “Used Purse Yard Sale.” Last May, roughly 200 people came to play the first Purse Bingo Starkey organized which managed to garner over $3,000 for the staff’s scholarship fund and she believes that number
will be much larger this time around since it will be held during the Fall semester while students are still in class. At the first Purse Bingo, an extra special bonus purse, valued at over $300, was raffled off to one lucky winner. Inside was $100 cash, a nights stay at the Comfort Suites in Mineral Wells, a free dinner to Cracker Barrel, wine and chocolate. Starkey says the event was a big success, and that participants can expect to see another great prize purse raffled in this game as well.
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of Students Who Lose Aid Have Only Seen Their Advisor Once
Stay Informed, Get Help To Receive, Keep Financial Aid
by Melissa Lough Ninety percent of students who lose their financial aid have only seen their academic advisor once, according to Vice President of Student Services Anthony Underwood. He reports that some students may not even know who their advisors are, nor do they realize that they must maintain a 75 percent completion rate in their classes in order to keep eligibility for financial aid. Students who are thinking about withdrawing from any class may want to think again before doing so. “Withdrawals hurt your financial aid, you don’t want to have more than two withdraws on your transcripts,” Underwood said.
In the next few years at WVU Parkersburg, students will be held to even stricter standards with their grades and attendance for their financial aid eligibility. Yet Underwood believes losing one’s financial aid is avoidable by following these simple steps: Students should be aware of changes to financial aid beginning this year. For instance, the amount of time students have to complete a degree with financial aid and student loans has been shortened to six full term years for all degrees. The reason for this is for students to reach their degree in a quicker time frame. Students must realize the clock is ticking, and the school is trying to get them to the finish line in an efficient
way, Underwood explained. Students who take online classes only and receive the Pell Grant may be losing the transportation cost of $1,400 that is included in the formula they use to figure individual financial aid packages. Underwood said talks are still ongoing for this reduction. Online students do pay more for their classes with distributed learning fees and eCampus fees, but Underwood reported no planned adjustments for that part of the formula. Students who are taking classes that don’t apply to their chosen degree path will no longer have those paid for with financial aid. Underwood said, “Students can still take the extra classes though.”
the amount students who take online classes only may lose in the Pell Grant package
He explained financial aid packages pay $1,248 in tuition for a full time student, which is someone taking at least 12 credit hours. Nothing is added to the tuition cost for anything above 12 hours, which means a student can add a class or two and the only charges he/she may have are extra fees associated with that class, such as lab fees.
The college administration is also working to make it so that students who want or need a double major will be able to do so in the near future. Advisors will be made aware of changes to financial aid packages and program requirements. “If you’re serious about your degree, then see your advisor frequently,” reiterated Underwood.
HisVIP Advice: How to Keep Financial Aid VP of Student Services Anthony Underwood
•See your academic advisor frequently.
•Go to class.
•Ask questions if you are having trouble in class.
•Get academic assistance in the Student Success Center.
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Child Development Center nearly Developed
by Brittany Marks The new Child Development Center at WVU Parkersburg will open in October - seven years after its design was first sketched. The new center is located just below the west parking lot. Consisting of three separate large rooms, it is substantially larger than the current Children’s Room, which contains one room with an outside play area where the children can ride bikes, have a garden and play on an activity area consisting of a slide and tunnel. The design of the new building itself was a special consideration. The building was made into three separate rooms to hold a larger number of children. According to Childcare Associate Sue Burge, “The ultimate goal is to service more families.” When the new center is completed it will provide all of the old activities, as well as some new ones. In the center children will be able to learn reading skills, do math and have a science area. Other areas include dramatic play, blocks, crafts and a manipulative play area.
Seven years after its original design was sketched, construction is nearly completed on the child development center. This year, new technology will be introduced to the children in the center that provides them with an excellent opportunity
to learn. The center will receive smart boards that the staff will use on a daily basis and the building will have an area inside
that will enhance the children’s motor skills. The center will also have a playground built, that will
be larger than the current playground. The new playground will enable children to ride bikes, have a garden to learn about agriculture, have a sand and water table and have a large shelter to rest in the shade. However, according to Burge, the outside play area will not be available immediately upon the new Child Development Center opening. It will take a little while longer to finish construction of the shelter, which is a $100,000 project in itself, and provided by a local donor. Not only will young children be able to learn in the new facility, the center will also provide a great opportunity for the nursing home residents across the street and for college students. Children will be able to visit the nursing home residents frequently and vice versa. As for the college students, an education program will commence when the center opens that allows students to observe children while they play. This will be a new classroom for education students, as well as a classroom for the children.
New Science Labs Under Construction in the Old Welding Facilities
by Jeremy Harrison WVU Parkersburg is currently in the planning stage of a new set of science labs that will be located in the old welding center. According to Dave White, director of facilities and grounds, the construction is to be finished by July 1, 2013. The maintenance crew at the college already finished the demolition inside the old building which saved WVU Parkersburg somewhere between $120,000 to $150,000. White mentioned that the engineers are also going to put a new roof on the building in the next 30 to 45 days before the construction begins. White explained that they are in the planning stages right now and they are going to quickly move into the design stage so they can go out for a bid at the
end of November and have a contractor on board by the end of December. White determined the construction will take seven months. White also mentioned that the architects have been working closely with him and the science faculty to ensure that needs are met on all sides. “Every meeting we’ve had in the preparation stages, faculty have been involved,” said White. The new building, once finished, will contain five individual science-related laboratories. Each one will be dedicated labs. No lecture space will be included in these labs. Two of the labs will be designated for biology and chemistry, while the other three will be what White calls ‘flexible labs’, in which they will rotate usage between other sciences
including earth science and physics. New safety updates will be added as well including new ventilation and storage units to house dangerous chemicals and substances. White also mentioned that the building will be ADA handicap compliant, have safety showers and new bathroom facilities will be added as well. The new space is around 10,000 square feet and the cost of the build will be $150 per square foot. White also expressed that moving all the equipment from the third floor to the new building will be a difficult process and take around four to five weeks by itself. The old science labs have been on the third floor for around 40 years. White also added that the construction of the new welding
center freed up space that in turn makes it possible to perform the move without disturbing any of the classes. Otherwise, he explained how it would be impossible to put science classes on hold for nine months. Marshall Griffin, science coordinator and professor o f b i o l o g y a n d c h e m i s t r y, mentioned that the science faculty is generally hopeful for the new science labs being built. “This would be something new and we would hope that it would be a little more flexible than what we currently have and that it would incorporate technology better than what we’ve got here,” said Griffin. He also mentioned that this build could possibly help the science department with the development of new courses and programs. Griffin expressed
that the science department has a lot of models, specimens and equipment in storage that they just do not have the room to use right now and with the addition of the new science labs, it will make it possible to put some of this equipment to use. The funding for the project is coming out of a reserve fund that the school holds. The money for construction will come out of the reserve while $325,000 will come from a grant written by Dr. Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president of academic affairs, and the science faculty, which will go towards equipment. “I think the transition will be smooth,” said White. White and Griffin both agreed that the project will benefit students and faculty alike while at the same time being much more efficient for both of them.
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Students Lend a Creative Hand
by Shelby Thomas It’s an opportunity to earn class credit while completing a project to help a community in need. For the fourth consecutive semester, students in the Public Relations/Journalism Department at WVU Parkersburg worked in a variety of projects to assist the Ritchie County Progress Alliance, the Ritchie C o u n t y To u r i s m Bureau, the City of Parkersburg and now North Bend State Park. “It’s service learning and I think students gain a lot from being able to do real world projects,” explained Instructor Torie Jackson, who applied for the grant projects t h r o u g h t h e We s t Vi r g i n i a C o m p a c t Campus Community LINK program. Community groups send in project ideas to the LINK program, which then “links” the projects with various college faculty and student groups. “Different communities will send them applications and say, ‘We need this project done but we don’t have the man power or the skills to do it,’” Jackson explained. So students agree to help complete the projects, thus service learning occurs. Journalism students first began working with the LINK project in Spring 2011 as they created twominute promotional videos of 10 locally-owned restaurants and three locally-owned lodging facilities. After becoming in the Ritchie County community, Jackson and the students agreed to build upon the Buy Local Initiative work of WVU students and create a Buy Local event for Ritchie County restaurants in Fall 2011. It became known as Tastes of Ritchie
County, and grantors deemed it a success. In Spring 2012, public relations students began a project with the City of Parkersburg to increase use of EBT/SNAP cards at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. The students in a Public Relations Writing/Case Study
class, JOUR 437, created a marketing campaign for the farmers’ market to include a multitude of signs, reusable bags, and billboards. The class created a total of four billboards, which are still
“It’s an experience that they know will matter.’’ out promoting the project as the Downtown Farmers’ Market is open through October. One billboard is currently visible on Seventh Street near Fanelli Boys. A fourth one will soon be near Lute Supply on Blizzard Drive. “Students get to see their designs on billboards. They see their work on signs,” Jackson said. “It’s an experience that
they know will matter. People are asking for help and they are actually going to take what they give them and use it. For students, that is exciting. Often, students do a lot of fake projects, putting all this work into something knowing it’s never going to really go anywhere except giving them extra learning skills and needed knowledge. But to be able to gain those skills and know people will use their work I think that is thrilling for students.” This semester, students in Public Relations Campaign Management course, JOUR 439, will work with North Bend State Park and members of the Ritchie County community to create a Native American artifact show. Another part of the project is to help find experts to validate claims of Native American finds at the park. “We need to get an expert to look at these stones and the structures. It’s known that Native Americans were in this area for hunting, and the things that have been found up there make it look as though they may have lived in this area. So, validation has to be done to see the truth behind whether or not those are accurate,” Jackson explained. Students will do much research during this project and then plan the artifact event. With each grant received, much of the money is spent back in the community. Some funds, though, are used to purchase new equipment for the journalism students to use in other courses. “This connection between students and communities is a wonderful learning environment. I am thrilled to have been able to participate on four LINK grants,” Jackson said.
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WVU Parkersburg welcomes new academic dean WVU Parkersburg welcomes Dr. Waltrina Dufor, interim Dean of Academic Affairs. Being from a small town such as Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Dufor studied for only a year at Penn State University before deciding it was too big and transferred back home to a branch of Penn State. After one semester, her mother received a job at Penn State’s main campus and convinced her daughter to give it another try. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications. It was a job as an ad executive for a newspaper that sparked Dufor’s interest in working in higher education. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Dufor was selected to attend the Pennsylvania Graduate Conference, where all attendees received a full academic scholarship to continue their education. She attended Misericordia University and received a master’s degree in Organizational Management. With a master’s degree, Dufor landed her first job in higher education as an Admissions Counselor. After that, she transferred to Kings College as an Assistant Director of Student Activities and as a Coordinator for International Affairs. Her next move was to Fort Wayne,
Ind., where she held positions at Indiana Institute of Technology and then Taylor University, on top of taking care of her newborn fraternal twin boys. It was then that Dufor decided she wanted a doctorate. She attended Indiana State University and earned her Ph. D in Higher Education with a specialization in Leadership. It was also around this time that Dufor became connected to Marie Gnage, President of WVU Parkersburg, and has used her as a mentor ever since. Dufor was hired as the first African American woman to serve as Director of Student Development at Morehouse College, an all-male college. This was the last school Dufor held a position at before arriving at WVU Parkersburg. Gnage informed Dufor of the position available and Dufor agreed to go for it. She is still learning the community. Being interim, Dufor was then hired to temporarily fill the position as dean. The college is currently holding a search to fill the position of academic dean permanently.“I know the institutional mission aligns with my personal mission,” Dufor said, “but I am still learning the system, the culture, and its policies.”
The Workforce and Community Education Division of West Virginia is holding a Photo Memory Book Workshop. Learn how to organize and mount your cherished photographs and gain journaling techniques to create a meaningful keepsake for future generations. Supples you will need: vThe session Fee is $12.00 with a registration deadline of September 19.
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Embrace the Challenges
Living the life of a college student can result in your experiencing a roller coaster of emotions ranging from excitement and anticipation, to that of frustration and even feelings of depression. Whether you are a first time student coming from a high school environment, a non-traditional student coming to college to get the training and skill sets necessary to enhance your career and earning power, or a returning student well on your way to completing your degree ~ you are facing a time of new challenges and opportunities. Being a productive student (regardless of your prior academic background, your age or current life experiences) takes a personal commitment on your part, an effective use of your time, and a healthy combination of self-discipline and selfconfidence. Do these characteristics describe you? In the event that you find yourself desiring to enhance one or more of the aforementioned attributes in your life, you may find value in utilizing the services of a mental health counselor. Counseling services, such as those offered through our Student Counseling Center (Room 1019) can be used to explore those areas of your life that may be getting in the way of your doing your best and effectively embracing the challenges of college life.
by Justina Morris “We are left in the dark about the benefits available to us. It would be wonderful to have help getting all the benefits we are entitled to,” said Jared Williams, a veteran and student on campus. WVU Parkersburg is currently seeking a federal grant for veteran advising. The grant being sought is the Veteran Resource HUB in the amount of $627,326. It is a highly competitive grant with many colleges seeking such funding as more and more veterans are returning home and seeking higher education. College administration does not want to excite those this grant would affect, as they are not sure if it will be awarded to WVU Parkersburg. H o w e v e r, a f t e r s p e a k i n g with Williams, it is clear that
WVU Parkersburg could benefit immensely from this grant to improve veteran affairs. Veterans could benefit from more one-on-one consultation and a better way of communicating important information about meetings and issues than just a flier in the hall or a mass email that many don’t look at in time. It seems many veterans, especially younger ones returning from active duty, have no idea what paperwork they need to fill out and file, let alone all the benefits they are entitled to, and what they need to do regarding these things. Another advisor would be helpful, Williams said, as Shaun Heely is the only one on campus at this time. “Shaun Heely is overworked. He doesn’t have all the resources he needs, but he makes due. He does a great
job with the resources he has. Sometimes the information Shaun gets is so messed up he can’t help as much as he wants,” Williams said. An additional advisor to help certify attendance through the VA, or possibly a different advising program altogether would help these men and women who served their country receive the benefits they deserve. Most veterans are hoping for a simpler, more efficient and effective advising program where all information is more clearly made known to them, and the proper systems work together to make sure they receive all their benefits on time, Williams noted. “I hope for better communication and knowledge at hand, and simpler ways of being notified about things, and if this grant comes PEACE! thru, I think they can do that,” Kurt said Williams.
(left) Allen Collins (right)Josh Gaines
Students need to go to the Business Office, located to the right of the bookstore, to pay for their permits. Students will need their student identification cards and $20 for the parking fee. Once the permit is paid, students will receive a yellow slip that they will take down to the Campus Police Office, located in the Student Lounge. Students need to tell campus police the make and model of the car, as well as the license plate number. After completing that task, they will receive a parking decal to hang in their cars. Students are required to obtain parking permits each new semester at WVU Parkersburg. Fall parking permits are only good for the
fall term, but spring semester parking permits carry through the summer. Allen Collins, campus police officer lead, mentioned that students should have parking passes when the semester starts but the school is aware of financial restraints that prevent some students from having a permit in the first couple of weeks. In the past students could use their financial aid money to pay for the permits, but since financial aid isn’t distributed until after the first five weeks of school, students may have to wait for paychecks from work to come through in order to pay for parking. In extreme cases where students rely solely on financial aid, students should contact campus police and inform them of the situation. Campus police will work with these students until funding
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by Allison Hilber As a new semester starts and classes get underway one of the last things that are on students’ priority lists are getting parking permits. A school parking permit is required of all students and faculty members who use any of the campus parking lots. Getting a new parking permit is a simple process.
can come through for them. “We are not out to get the students. We aren’t an adversary, we are an advocate. We are there for the students,” said Collins. For those who do not yet have parking passes, courtesy warnings will be placed on cars starting this week encouraging students to obtain a permit as soon as possible. Starting Sept. 10, fines will be given to anyone parked without a parking permit. The fine is $10 every time someone is caught without having a permit. Not paying a parking ticket will result in students having their student accounts frozen. This will keep students from being able to get final grades, apply for financial aid, apply for new classes or even transfer to a different school. WVU Parkersburg has the lowest cost of parking in the state
of West Virginia with a fee of $20 per semester. This money goes towards paving and maintaining the parking lots. Generally, one semester of parking permit fees can fund the paving of a small parking lot, although some of the larger lots take longer to accumulate the needed funding. It is an ongoing project, but hopes are next summer another lot will be paved. Students, staff, and faculty all park in the same lots which makes parking closer to the school a first-come, first-serve situation, although it is not a far walk from the furthest spot to the campus according to Collins. If students have any questions about parking or being able to pay for parking, they can call the campus police office at (304) 424-8235.
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Students to Educate on Sustainable Energy
This audit gives the homeowner by Marci Carver a c o s t - e ff e c t i v e Many people have prioritized list of all no clue what to think the possible energy when they hear the efficient upgrades words “Sustainable that can be made Energy,” let alone in a home. Even what it is and what it if some people has to do with them. cannot convert to Gary Thompson something more plans to change energy efficient, that. Thompson is they will at least a part of a program know what can be that is called “The changed. Wood County Energy Efficiency Program.” Also after the audit Gary Thompson WVU Parkersburg’s role is conducted, a person who now has a two-fold purpose in this knows what needs to be changed, may be able to come up with a program. F i r s t , i s t o p r o m o t e a n new more efficient way to save educational outreach to the energy. community to inform the home Grant funding assisted in owners of all the benefits of starting this program. Thompson converting to something more recently received the Campus Community LINK grant. This energy efficient. Second, is to research the grant allows students to be attitude of the people, inform immersed and work directly with the home owners of what energy the community partners in their efficiency is, and separate the chosen field. WVU Parkersburg facts from the myths of energy has students from weatherization efficiency. For example, some working with the community people may think that replacing partners as well. their single-paned window will Another instructor that is be cheaper and that they will a part of the Wood County save money in the long run. Energy Efficiency Program is Unfortunately, it is the opposite, Kim Korcsmaros. She and her and people may be losing more class act as communication consultants to the weatherization than they think. What homeowners should be students to help refine their doing instead is making sure business communication skills. that their attic is well insulated, The weatherization students’ their home is air sealed, and their jobs are to administer surveys for exterior walls are insulated as the Energy Efficiency Program in the community and deliver well. Thompson’s passion is to information to the homeowners. educate and inform people that Thompson believes that, “the there are other ways to save best way for homeowners to energy. “Energy efficiency is accept and convert to a more a new type of job and position energy efficient way, is to make that adds skill to not only save sure that the homeowners are energy, but to also let people informed about the facts and know of the multiple benefits, benefits of energy efficiency.” which includes saving money Thompson also stated, “this is and increasing comfort in your going to be very intense, but very profitable, in multiple ways, own home,” said Thompson. For those who still need for all the students involved some convincing, the program in this program, including can conduct what is called a b o t h c o m m u n i c a t i o n a n d “comprehensive energy audit.” weatherization.”
September 6, 2012
Recycling Awareness Being Pushed on Campus
by Bethany Yencha WVU Parkersburg is a major source of recycling for the community, going on its seventh year recycling. Each year WVU Parkersburg recycles tons of materials including cardboard, plastic and paper at the Parkersburg Recycling Plant. “Its been very successful, but it hasn’t even begun to reach full potential,” said Denise McClung, chair of social sciences and languages division. McClung is responsible for writing several grants to bring recycling to the campus. Every two years WVU Parkersburg is awarded a grant for recycling purposes. The college has received three grants now. The grant money is used for collection containers, recycle trailers, water bottles, CFL light bulbs, equipment and giveaways such as grocery bags. Funds also paid for cardboard containers and the construction of a building at
the Jackson County Center for them to store recycling materials. The grant helps give incentive for the college community to recycle more. The students all need to become more conscientious of the items we are using so that they may reduce the amount of items being thrown away. “We need to become more aware when we are using an item we can recycle, that we recycle it,” McClung said. Recycling containers and signs are found all over campus hallways and classrooms, yet students, faculty and staff still tend to fill the trash cans more so than the recycling bins with paper, plastic and cardboard. One of the major goals at WVU Parkersburg is to reduce what goes into a landfill, McClung explained. Recycling helps sustain the environment by conserving natural resources and reduces the need for incin-
eration. In addition, recycling saves on the trash bill, which gives the college extra funds to spend on other potential projects that would be beneficial to the campus community. Instead of the waste company coming three times a week, it has been reduced to once a week. With future grant funding, the college would also like to eventually add another large recycling container near the new daycare for campus and community usage.
NFS Ministries: Providing Better Opportunities for Homeless
by Mandy Bunting Minister Teddy Tacket wants to provide a “hand up” instead of a “hand out” for local homeless. North Parkersburg will be welcoming an overnight shelter to house nearly 70 individuals in the old Stork’s Bakery building, located on the corner of 19th and Lynn street. The NFS, formally known as Not For Sale Ministries, have a goal to provide food, shelter and clothing to those in need without regard to race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, Veteran’s status, physical or mental disability. The goal of NFS is to offer immediate emergency services and eventually develop a 12- to 18-month discipleship program
for long-term residents. The shelter will be located directly next to the Lynn Street Church of Christ, which has been in its Lynn Street location for the past 99 years. In addition to the shelter, guests will have access to laundry services, have clothing needs met, receive faith-based addiction rehabilitation, and make social connections. Aside from the shelter itself, a thrift store will go into construction in the hopes of allowing residents to not only hold a job, but also instill a good work ethic and desire to work in each individual. “We are not just trying to give them a meal and send them on their way, we are trying to change their lives,” Mission Associate Director Brenda
Ridgeway said. So far, both St. Joseph’s Hospital and Marietta College have made donations to the project. As a work in progress, all donations would be gladly accepted. In addition, volunteers are working hard with other agencies in the area to establish a domestic violence shelter. T h e m i n i s t r y ’s g o a l i s $160,000 To date, they have $34,000 in donations. With a goal set of opening the doors in October, volunteers are not only welcome but definitely needed, Tacket described. If anyone has a desire to serve the community and help others in need they may contact Brenda Ridgeway at 304-893-9460 or Teddy Tacket at the Lynn Street Church of Christ.
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Culinary Class Brings Opportunity to the Table
by Katelyn White WVU Parkersburg will offer two new programs beginning in the Spring 2012 semester. The Culinary Arts and Diversified Agriculture programs will be offering students a chance to get a certificate or Associates of Applied Science (AAS) in their selected field. The Culinary Academy at WVU Parkersburg will be located in the new downtown campus on Market Street and is operated by Gene Evans, culinary arts instructional specialist and program coordinator. Evans said, “Students should
by Chelsea Brown The Student Success Center here at WVU Parkersburg has scheduled over 100 students already this semester for free tutoring. The Student Success Center is a help center that is offered to the students for free and is very flexible around the students schedules helping them with any subject of their choosing. The Student Success Center also provides work for the students. The students that work in the center are recommended by the teachers in the subjects that they are willing to help and tutor. A new student working for the Student Success Center is Harley Adams. This is his first semester being a tutor. Adams helps students with CIT questions and also helps with Math sections 111 and 112. Adams is majoring in CIT and also has done some studies with welding in previous years but decided that CIT was for him, he described it as, “a childhood fascination.’’ Adams loves working for
expect intense hands-on training from the very beginning of the program. Since the program has been designed to increase job-related skills, it will feature several laboratory sessions training students in proper technique, safety and sanitation.” Evans wants to gain accreditation for the Culinary Arts Program through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) “to maintain good status as a viable and professional culinary program.” Students who graduate are also encouraged to gain certification through the ACF and provide area restaurants with the ability
to, “push the culinary culture of the Parkersburg area to new heights" said Evans. The Diversified Agriculture program will be housed at the Caperton Center for Applied Technology on WVU Parkersburg's campus. D r. R o s a G u e d e s i s t h e instructional specialist and program coordinator. Students interested in this program will study about topics including professions in agriculture, sustainability, crop ecology, marketing locally produced crops, soil fertility/plant nutrition, and other general education and agriculture specific
courses. The Culinary Arts and Diversified Agriculture programs will be working together from the production of crops to the final meal on the table. “The plan is to utilize the crops raised by the diversified agricultural program to illustrate a sustainable, reliable and local source of food. With much attention around America turned towards healthy and nutritious eating, we want to educate our students on the importance of local food to the economy and overall health,” said Evans. Guedes and Evans are
A student and tutor working together, utilizing the tools available tin the Student Success Center. The Success Center is located in the lower level in room 0404. the Student Success Center because he loves to see a student really understand a subject, he
finds it very rewarding. Harley expressed that, “If you find something you really like and
believe in, then everything will fall into place.’’ Adams is available to tutor
looking at ways to incorporate curriculum from both programs for students to learn the importance of sustainability. Students interested in enrollment into the WVU P a r k e r s b u rg C u l i n a r y A r t s Program should be aware that the program is limited to 12 students. Students will also be subjected to an application process. Twelve more students will be accepted into the program for the Fall 2013 semester. For further information or questions regarding the programs, contact Evans at 304-420-8604 and Guedes at 304-424-8398.
from Monday through Thursday in the Success Center which is located in the basement room 0404. Janice McCue, the Learning Center Manager, implies that, “It is a good idea to sign up early if students know that any of the courses are going to be difficult.’’ Students needing help in Math 011/021 drop-in tutoring sessions with Lisa Bell and Amanda Sprouse will be Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Math 100/126 drop-in tutoring with Jamie Mulinex will be held on Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For those students needing help in English drop-in tutoring with Chad Phillips will be held Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Student Success Center is free for all the students here at WVU Parkersburg. The Student Success Center is a place where students can feel comfortable asking for educational assistance. Receiving help from both fellow students and professors, there is only room for great success.
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September 6, 2012
“The Dark Knight” Fails to Rise to its Predecessors “
by Austin Weiford Note: This review main contain spoilers. Honestly, though, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you’re not going to any time soon. When “The Dark Knight” came out in 2008, much praise was given to the movie for its cinematic excellence and for the late Heath Ledger’s excellent portrayal of the classic Batman villain, The Joker. It became a cultural phenomenon, a movie that affected society in such a way that everyone, if they hadn’t watched the movie, was at least aware of it. This makes it all the more bitter, however, that the final movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy could not stand up to its predecessor. Let me be clear: “The Dark Knight Rises” is a very good action movie; it isn’t a very good Batman movie. The main
villain, Bane, certainly is crazy enough. But he isn’t Joker crazy. Not only that, but in the Batman comics on which the movie is based, the character Bane is rarely seen without the character Poison Ivy, who Nolan apparently decided to exclude from his universe entirely. Another thing a little off about the universe within the movie is that, while the movie clearly acknowledges the previous movies (mourning for the loss of Harvey Dent, the return of Dr. Crane, an appearance of Liam Neeson’s character Ra’s al Ghul), the movie makes ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION of “The Dark Knight’s” unforgettable antagonist The Joker. Rumors circulated for a long time about a possible cameo appearance made by the villain, with the help of some deleted scenes from the first movie and computer generated
imagery (CGI), much like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s brief cameo in “Terminator Salvation.” Nolan dismissed those rumors later, however, and instead chose to IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE JOKER EVER EXISTED. I understand that using CGI and deleted scenes to portray a dead actor might be a bit disrespectful to his family. But in the context of the film, we are watching a situation play out that is DIRECTLY linked to the actions of The Joker in the previous film, and the characters in the movie don’t even mention him. Like they’ve all forgotten that their entire city was in danger a few short years ago, and now that every criminal in Gotham has been released, the man who did it is free. Somewhere in the city. Watching. It could have been so menacing just to see The Joker’s empty cell in Arkham Asylum for a sec-
ond or something. Especially with the return of the first movie’s villain, Scarecrow. It just stands to reason that The Joker being free is a threat at least as serious as Bane himself. Another thing that bothered me was the appearance of Liam Neeson’s character, Ra’s al Ghul, who actually died in the first movie. He comes to Bruce Wayne in a dream while he’s being held hostage by Bane. Not only does it seem dumb to me to bring back a character as a ghost or vision or whatever, but it seemed like Nolan was really stretching to include this character, who died in the first movie, while completely ignoring The Joker, who was last seen dangling from a chain and very much alive. All in all, “The Dark Knight Rises” is not a bad movie. But it does fall quite a bit short of
what was expected to follow the ground-breaking performances in “The Dark Knight”.
by Morgan Haddox WVU Parkersburg offers a variety of online classes for students to participate in and many take full advantage of them. Online classes here at WVU Parkersburg are offered on eCampus, which can be looked at as a virtual campus. eCampus is a web-based course management system where students and faculty can interact and make learning online easy. Each student has a different reason for taking online classes. Some classes are only offered online. Other students find online classes are more convenient because of issues with childcare or traveling. Online classes are generally taken because of their
convenience. An individual was asked why she was taking an online class and she replied by saying, “It’s too far for me to drive every day.” Another student was asked the same question and she answered with, “The class I’m taking is only offered online.” Other than convenience, online classes have other perks to them as well. One student said the reason she enjoyed her online class was because she had less homework. Another said he preferred online classes because he was able to work at his own pace. Several benefits of taking an online class have been mentioned, but plenty of complaints have been heard as well. Students taking online classes
sometimes tend to miss the classroom atmosphere and feel the online class may not be as beneficial as a regular class. Professors can be contacted easily through email and other options on eCampus, but students still say a downfall of an online class is not having easy access to a professor at all times. Online classes are more of an active learning environment rather than a passive learning environment, which means more responsibility needs to be taken while participating in an online class. Individuals are not constantly reminded in classrooms by professors that they have assignments due or tests coming up. With an online class, students must be aware of their class schedules at all times.
e C a m p u s o ff e r s s e v e r a l different tools on their website to aid the students’ learning and accessibility to resources. On the course tools sidebar, tabs are shown for announcements, assessments, assignments, a calendar, a discussion board, among many others. eCampus provides plenty of options for students. Professors can also make a syllabus available online to help students map out their course. A student was asked which
tool on eCampus was most helpful to her and she said, “I enjoy the assignments tab because my professor gives us a detailed schedule of assignments and when they’re due.” Five students had been asked about the tools that are helpful and many said the discussion boards, mail, and the chat room. Tools that the five students considered to be the least helpful were the web links and the calendar.
September 6, 2012
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Women’s Volleyball Team Topples Men’s Coach Joe Spader poses with two of his players.
Riverhawks’ Soccer Kicks Off
Both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams posed with President Marie Gnage. by Jessica Thompson They call it “Battle of the Sexes.” When it came to this game of women versus men volleyball, although close, the women prevailed. This event that has been held twice in the past, has brought smiles and joy to all of the players, in addition to all of those who came to cheer on their favorite team. T h e w o m e n ’s c h a n t s o f “ y e a h ’s ” e v e r y t i m e t h e y scored brought laughs by many, including WVU Parkersburg President Marie Gnage. Both teams showed great strength and unity, all while having a great time doing it. Both teams played hard, but made it very apparent as to how much fun they were having. The game gave the men a great opportunity to play and to show that they, too, have what it takes to make a winning team. Every single one of the men who played, showed determination and the desire to play volleyball.
Phil McClung, coach for the woman’s volleyball team, said “The men’s volleyball season starts at the end of the women’s season and they are currently trying to get a men’s team together. As of right now WVU Parkersburg only has a woman’s volleyball team.” Brett Wilcoxen, a player for the men’s team said, “Although we lost, it was a fun time.” Tiffany Copley, a player for the woman’s volleyball team, said of her favorite part of the game, “It was fun, and both teams seemed to enjoy playing.” Copley also stated that, “the guys gave us a good game. I would say the back row made the difference in the game, but they had some good servers, and they block like crazy, which was a huge advantage for them.” Denise McClung, division chair social sciences and language, said that her favorite part of the game was “socialization, exercise and
awareness of our volleyball team, and sports programs.” While there is not another “Battle of the Sexes” game p l a n n e d f o r t h i s y e a r, a n upcoming game between the women’s volleyball team and the faculty will be coming soon. Copley said, “I can see this as being a good game.” Details are still being worked out and, will be announced as soon as they became available. Players on the women’s team were Ruby Treadyway, Whitney Miller, Tiffany Copley, Erica Peck, Samantha Sloan, Bethany Maze, Ashley St. Peter, Sasha Cline, Dani Haverty, Carmen Cutlip, and Cyerra Kersey. Playing for the men’s team were Corey Morgan, Lee Shultz, Trey Lemon, Ethan Dye, and Brett Wilcoxen. The women’s volleyball team will have their first home game on Sept. 8 in the college’s multipurpose room. Contact Phil McClung for more information.
by Kristiana Hunt The WVU Parkersburg Riverhawks co-ed soccer team begins their season this week with a new coach and new talent. Joe Spader of Parkersburg began coaching soccer roughly 20 years ago as an assistant, and he has been coaching off and on since. The interest sparked through his son, who has been involved in soccer his whole life. This season with the Riverhawks marks Spader ’s first year as a head coach. He was an assistant coach with the River Valley Soccer Club, along with a few youth teams located in Vienna. Spader said the job at WVU Parkersburg presented itself and he decided to go for it. As for the team itself, the Riverhawks are deemed as an “offensive powerhouse.” “I think the team is looking solid. We have a good structure and we are working on getting it together as a team because we only have six returning players,” said Jorge Meneses, co-captain of the team. Though the experience of being on WVU Parkersburg’s team is low, the players believe this team contains more soccer experience than last year’s team. “We are going to hang with some people this year,” said other co-captain Kodi Sells. “We have high hopes, a lot of talent. It should be a solid season,” he
added. Aside from the players, Spader also has a lot of faith. He is described as the type of coach with a positive outlook and a strong desire to win. “I think anyone who wants to come out and watch will see an exciting team this year,” said Spader. Six games are scheduled for the soccer team but they are aiming to schedule more. A tournament might be scheduled as well. The Riverhawks play their first home game on Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. against West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Player sets up kick.
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September 6, 2012
Technology Center's Ribbon Cutting Event A Huge Success
by Chelsea Brown Dignified guests gathered at the campus to officially open the Applied Technology Center on Aug. 17 with a ribbon cutting. While noting it was not the biggest center they have ever seen, WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage said the college has “the largest intentions.” Guests including, W.Va. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Community and Technical College System chairman James Skidmore
expect it will fuel the local economy by providing skilled machinists, welders and more. “ We k n o w w e ' v e g o t good, hardworking people in our state,” Tomblin said. “What we need is the skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.” Dave Thompson, assistant professor of engineering technology and the division chair of science and technology stated that, “WVU Parkersburg and the students will benefit greatly from the Applied
Gov. Tomblin and President Gnage
Technology Center by it being more spacious for training and providing new equipment for the students, including many computer controlled machines and a virtual welder simulator to practice the skills without all the dangers of actual welding.” The programs that will be included in the Applied Technology Center will include: industrial maintenance, welding, industrial machining, and electricity and instrumentation.
The location of the previous welding area will be remodeled for some new high-tech science labs and the nursing division will also be making some changes as well before August 2013. The courses that will be offered in the new Applied Technology Center are great courses that create a career ladder for those students that are ready to start in the workforce of the career they are pursuing. Students coming from high school can attend the college for a year and earn a
certificate and begin working in that area of study. Those students who would continue schooling after achieving a certificate, would then receive an associates degree while continuing to work in the workforce. The new Applied Technology Center will offer many new opportunities for the students of WVU Parkersburg, as Thompson states, “The Applied Technology Center will be bigger, safer and equipped with even more technology to train with.”