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West Virginia University

Established 1867
Type Public, Land grant
Endowment $380 million NACUBO 2006
President Michael Garrison
Faculty 1,870
Staff 7,566
Students 27,120
Undergraduates 20,595
Postgraduates 6,525
Location Morgantown, WV, USA
Campus Town
Colors Old Gold and Blue
Nickname Mountaineers
Mascot The Mountaineer
Fight song Hail West Virginia
Fight Mountaineers
Website www.wvu.edu

West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg; West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a clinical campus for the University's medical and dental schools at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston. Since 2001, WVU has been governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Cunt BAg Twat Fuk suck my penis ring 0778851865!!!!!!Year 1867 (MDCCCLXVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 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In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Old Gold is a dark yellow, which varies from light olive or olive brown to deep or strong yellow. ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A fight song is primarily a sports term, referring to a song associated with a team. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a community college in Parkersburg, West Virginia administered by West Virginia University. ... Location in Wood County in the State of West Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States State West Virginia County Wood Incorporated 1810 Government  - Mayor Robert Newell Area  - City  12. ... West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a four-year college located in Montgomery, West Virginia. ... Montgomery is a city located in West Virginia. ... Potomac State College of West Virginia University is the states only residential junior college. ... Keyser is a city in and the county seat of Mineral CountyGR6, West Virginia, United States. ... Charleston Area Medical Center is the name of a complex of hospitals in Charleston, West Virginia, formed via a merger of previously independent facilities. ... Nickname: Home of Hospitality, The most northern city of the South and the most southern city of the North, Chemicalville, The Capitol City C-Town Location of Charleston in West Virginia. ... A board of governors is usually the governing board of a public entity. ...

Enrollment for the fall 2007 semester was 27,120. The University offers 179 majors in 15 colleges and has produced 25 Rhodes Scholars[2], including former WVU president David C. Hardesty Jr. The University also has produced 30 Goldwater Scholars, 18 Truman Scholars, five members of USA Today 's All-USA College Academic First Team, and two Morris K.Udall Undergraduate Udall Scholarship winners.[3] Rhodes House in Oxford, designed by Sir Herbert Baker. ... The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986. ... President Harry S. Truman The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... Morris Udall Morris King Udall (June 15, 1922 – December 12, 1998), better known as Mo, was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Arizona from May 2, 1961 to May 4, 1991. ...



West Virginia University was founded in 1867 as a land-grant university with the help of the Morrill Act, and was originally known as the Agricultural College of West Virginia. The name was changed in 1868. Land-grant universities (also called land-grant colleges or land grant institutions) are institutions of higher education in the United States which have been designated by Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. ... The Morrill Land-Grant Acts are pieces of US legislation which allowed for the creation of land-grant colleges, which would be funded by the grant of federally-controlled land to each of the states which had stayed with the United States during the American Civil War. ...

On April 13, 2007, the Board of Governors voted 16-1 to elect that Morgantown attorney Michael Garrison to succeed David Hardesty as the university's president.[4] The Faculty Senate voted to work with Garrison, but approved a vote of no confidence in the search.[5] Garrison began work in July; his appointment officially began September 1, 2007.[6] is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the. ...

Colleges and schools

West Virginia University is organized into 16 colleges or schools:

  • College of Business & Economics
  • College of Creative Arts
  • Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, & Consumer Sciences
  • Eberly College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering & Mineral Resources
  • College of Human Resources & Education
  • College of Law
  • School of Dentistry
  • Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Physical Education
  • Honors College
  • Potomac State College
  • WVU Institute of Technology

Forensics Program

In addition to its 15 colleges/schools, WVU also has a nationally recognized forensic science program. Originally created through a partnership with the FBI, the program is accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is the official library holdings repository for the International Association for Identification. Agents of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division investigate a crime scene Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a professional society for people in all areas of forensics. ... The International Association for Identification (IAI) is the largest forensic organisation in the world. ...

The program focuses on these aspects of forensics:

Forensic facilities include "crime-scene" houses and vehicles that can be altered and adapted to give students hands-on experience, as well as traditional laboratories and classrooms. A separate Criminology & Investigative Sciences major was later added. Forensic accounting is the specialty practice area of accounting that describes engagements that result from actual or anticipated disputes or litigation. ... Forensic entomology is the science and study of insects and other arthropods related to legal investigations. ... Bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) is one of several specialties in the field of forensic science. ... Criminology is the scientific study of crime as an individual and social phenomenon. ... This article is about human fingerprints. ... Forensic toxicology is the use of toxicology to aid medicolegal investigation of death, poisoning, and drug use. ... Forensic odontology (also called Forensic Dentistry) deals with the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence, which will be then presented in the interest of justice. ... The simple definition of computer forensics - Chris L.T. Brown, Computer Evidence Collection and Preservation, 2006 Thus, it is more than the technological, systematic inspection of the computer system and its contents for evidence or supportive evidence of a civil wrong or a criminal act. ...


The West Virginia and Regional History Collection, the world's largest collection of West Virginia related research material, is in the Wise Library on the Downtown Campus. According to the university[7], the collection includes over 4,500,000 manuscript documents, 30,000 books, 15,000 pamphlets, 1,200 newspapers, 100,000 photographs and prints, 5,000 maps, and 25,000 microfilms, oral histories, films and folk music recordings. It is often called simply the "West Virginia Collection." Image File history File links WVRHClogo. ... The West Virginia and Regional History Collection is the worlds largest collection of West Virginia related research material. ... A manuscript (Latin manu scriptus, written by hand), strictly speaking, is any written document that is put down by hand, in contrast to being printed or reproduced some other way. ... A photograph (often just called a photo) is an image (or a representation of that on e. ... Microfilm machines may be available at libraries or record archives. ... Oral history is an account of something passed down by word of mouth from one generation to another. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the...

In addition to this collection, the University maintains seven other libraries on its campuses (six of which are in Morgantown and the other in Charleston). These include the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, Math Library, Media Services, and the WVU Charleston Health Sciences Library. Collections include the Appalachian Collection, Book Depository, Digital Collections, Government Documents, West Virginia Historical Art Collection, Map Room, Myers Collection, Patent and Trademarks, Rare Books Collections, and Theses and Dissertations. West Virginia University libraries contain nearly 1.5 million printed volumes, 2.3 million microforms, more than 10,000 electronic journals, and computers with high speed Internet access.[8]

In 2007, the Princeton Review ranked West Virginia University libraries 5th best of 366 college libraries surveyed.

The university co-publishes, with the United Association for Labor Education, Labor Studies Journal. United Association for Labor Education (UALE) is an international association for post-secondary, community, union and associated labor educators based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Labor Studies Journal is a multi-disciplinary academic publication about workers and labor organizations in the United States as well as internationally. ...


The Morgantown campus comprises three sub-campuses. The original main campus, typically called the Downtown Campus, is in the Monongahela River valley on the fringes of Morgantown. The Evansdale Campus, a mile and a half north/northwest, on a rise above the flood plain of the Monongahela River, was developed in the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate a growing student population, since space for expansion is limited at the Downtown Campus. The Health Sciences Campus, in the same outlying area (but on the other side of a ridge), includes the WVU Health Sciences Center, Ruby Memorial Hospital, Chestnut Ridge Hospital, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, UHA Physicians Office Center, Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute and, WVU Eye Institute, WVU Center on Aging, and WVU Children's Hospital. The South Tenth Street Bridge over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh in 2005 The Monongahela River in Fairmont, West Virginia in 2006 Monongahela River Scene, 1857[11] Opekiska Lock and Dam on the Monongahela River near Fairmont, West Virginia at river mile 115 The Monongahela River (pronounced , also known locally...

PRT System / Campus Transportation

Because of WVU's distributed campuses (Downtown, Evansdale, and Health Sciences), the Personal Rapid Transit system, which has become a local showpiece, was built to link them. Boeing began construction on the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1974. The unique aspect that makes the system "personal" is that a rider can tell the system which station is the destination and then he/she will be directed to a car that is bound only for that station. The Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit project is an experimental people-mover created in that West Virginia college town by the U.S. Department of Transportation in the 1970s. ... The Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit project is an experimental people-mover created in that West Virginia college town by the U.S. Department of Transportation in the 1970s. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ...

The WVU PRT began operation in 1975, with U.S. President Nixon's daughter, Tricia, aboard one of five prototype cars for a demonstration ride.[9]. The PRT handles 16,000 riders per day (as of 2005) and uses approximately 70 cars. [There was an interruption in service during the 1978/1979 school year to allow system expansion from the Engineering station to new stations at the "Towers" dormitories and the WVU Medical Center. During this time, WVU provided bus service between campuses.] Order: 37th President Vice President: Spiro Agnew (1969–1973), Gerald R. Ford (1973–1974) Term of office: January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974 Preceded by: Lyndon B. Johnson Succeeded by: Gerald R. Ford Date of birth: January 9, 1913 Place of birth: Yorba Linda, California Date of death: April 22...

The system has five stations (Walnut, Beechurst, Engineering, Towers, and Medical) and 8.7 miles of guideway (approx. 14 km) track. The vehicles are rubber-tired, but the cars have constant contact with a separate electrified rail. Steam heating keeps the elevated guide way free of snow and ice. To board the PRT, a rider can pay a nominal fare at the station, or swipe his/her Mountaineer Card, which also functions as a school debit card, library card, and unlimited transit pass. Although most students use the PRT, this technology has not been replicated at other sites for various reasons, including the high cost of maintaining the heated track system in winter.[citation needed] For other uses, see Steam (disambiguation). ...

The PRT cars are painted in the school colors (blue with gold trim) and feature the University name and logo on the front. Inside, the seats are light beige fiberglass and the carpeting is blue. Each car has eight seats with an overall capacity of 20 people, including standing room. Bundle of fiberglass Fiberglass (also called fibreglass and glass fibre) is material made from extremely fine fibers of glass. ...

The National Society of Professional Engineers named the WVU PRT one of the top 10 engineering achievements of 1972,[9] and in 1998 The New Electric Railway Journal picked the WVU PRT over Walt Disney World's monorail as the greatest people mover in the United States.[9] The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is a professional engineering organization in the United States. ... The PeopleMover (July 2, 1967–August 21, 1995)(officially the PeopleMover Thru the World of Tron, from 1982-1995) was an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and remains open at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as Tomorrowland Transit Authority. ...

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency dubbed WVU one of the best workplaces for commuters.[10] The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transport. ... The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment: air, water, and land. ...

In addition to the PRT systm, students can utilize University-operated buses (during limited hours) or take advantage of the community's Mountain Line, which operates every day into the early morning hours. Students can use their Mountaineer Card to ride the Mountain Line bus for free.

The Health Science Center also operates a shuttle service to help students, visitors and patients to get to and from the Health Science Center campus. Many non-University, private student housing communities in the area also operate a shuttle to campus/town and back to the housing community.

Each autumn, during Mountaineer Week celebrations, a special PRT car is placed in front of the MountainLair student union where groups of students participate in the "PRT Cram" with the objective of squeezing in as many people as possible (a record of 97 was set in 2000). The MountainLair, or Mountainlair, commonly called the Lair by students, is the three floor student union building at West Virginia University. ... A student activity center or SAC, is a type of building found on university campuses. ...

Residential Education

Boreman Hall, one of the oldest residence halls on campus.
Boreman Hall, one of the oldest residence halls on campus.

The Residential Education Program (ResEd), enacted in 1995, promotes "student success by easing the transition from high school to college and to personalize the freshman experience."[11] During the Move-In or Welcome Weekend, returning upperclassmen volunteer to help the new students and are known as Residential Education HOTSHOTS. They help carry items, give directions, and answer questions. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1528x1359, 1435 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1528x1359, 1435 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Boreman Hall Boreman Hall is a residence hall on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. ...

ResEd and the WVU First-Year Experience (FYE) focus on the university's 14 residence halls. Each hall is assigned a resident faculty leader (RFL, pronounced "riffle") who oversees programming and lives in a house, usually next to the hall, where students hold Hall Council meetings and other events. Each hall is also assigned a residence hall coordinator (RHC) who works with the RFL and is responsible for daily operations, including enforcement of hall regulations. Along with these two positions are resident assistants (RAs) in most halls, graduate assistants (GAs)in some halls, and resident tutors (RTs) in Lincoln Hall. All three groups comprise students who have lived in the residence halls for at least one year and are responsible for the daily operations of one floor or area. In addition to this 24-hour staff, WVU Police Department officers are stationed in or nearby the halls. A halls of residence, British English (almost always halls and not hall) or a residence hall (North American English) is a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students. ...

All residence halls offer peer tutors or other tutoring programs to assist students having academic difficulties.


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The school's sports teams are called the Mountaineers and compete in the Big East Conference, a member of the NCAA's Division I. The school has teams in 13 college sports and has won several national championships, including 13 NCAA Rifle Championships as of 2007.[citation needed] The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of seventeen universities in the northeastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The NCAA Rifle Championship is an annual co-educational rifle national collegiate championship sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ...

Mountaineer sports were started in 1891 when a group of students organized the first football game at the school.[citation needed]

Notable athletes from West Virginia University include Stan "The Man" Boskovich, Jerry West, Sam Huff, "Hot Rod" Hundley, Rod Thorn, Joe Stydahar, Jeff Hostetler, Jim Braxton, Major Harris, Dan Mozes, Steve Slaton, Pat White, Noel Devine, Jerry Porter, Kevin Pittsnogle, Marc Bulger, Avon Cobourne, Mike Vanderjagt, Todd Sauerbrun, Adam "Pacman" Jones, wrestlers Greg Jones, Nate Carr and Mike Mason, Georgann Wells (first female player to register a dunk in a collegiate basketball game),[12] Amos Zereoue, Quincy Wilson, Chris Henry, Mike Gansey, and Joe Herber. Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Robert Lee Huff (born October 4, 1934, Morgantown, West Virginia) is a former American football linebacker who played for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins after earning All-America honors at West Virginia University. ... Rodney Clark Hundley (born October 26, 1934 in Charleston, West Virginia) is a former professional basketball player and television broadcaster. ... Rodney King Rod Thorn (born May 23, 1941 in Princeton, West Virginia) is the president and general manager of the NBAs New Jersey Nets. ... Joseph Lee Stydahar (March 17, 1912–March 23, 1977) was an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1946. ... Jeff W. Hostetler, a. ... Jim Braxton (born in 1949 in Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania; died July 28, 1986, at the age of 37) was a professional football fullback for the Buffalo Bills. ... Major Harris (February 15, 1968–) was a college quarterback for West Virginia University during the 1980s. ... Dan Mozes (born September 15th, 1983 in Washington, Pennsylvania) is an American football player for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Jerry Porter (born July 14, 1978 in Washington, D.C.) is an American professional football player. ... Kevin Lee Pittsnogle Jr. ... Marc Robert Bulger (born April 5, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football player and the St. ... Avon Cobourne(March 6, 1979 in Camden, New Jersey) is a football runningback in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes. ... Michael Mike Vanderjagt (born March 24, 1970 in Oakville, Ontario), is a Canadian professional gridiron football placekicker who has played in both the Canadian Football League and National Football League. ... Todd Sauerbrun (born January 4, 1973 in Setauket, New York) is an American football player. ... Adam Bernard Pacman Jones (born September 30, 1983) is an African American cornerback and kick return specialist currently signed to the Tennessee Titans American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). ... Greg Jones may refer to: Greg Jones (Entrepreneur) (born 1969) Greg Jones (baseball player) (born 1976) Greg Jones (football player) (born 1981) Greg Jones (tennis) (born 1989) Greg Jones (wrestler) (born 1982) Greg Jones (FBI agent) (born 1982) Greg Jones (marathon runner) (born 1984) Category: ... Amos Zereoue (b. ... Quincy Wilson (born April 26, 1981 in Steubenville, Ohio and resides in Weirton, WV) is an American football running back. ... Chris Henry (born May 17, 1983) is a National Football League wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. ... Michael Gansey (born December 21, 1982) is an American basketball player who is not currently on an NBA roster. ... Johannes Herber (born 17 January 1983 in Darmstadt, (West) Germany) is a basketball player who has signed to play with ALBA Berlin in his homelands Bundesliga. ...

Student newspaper

Main article: The Daily Athenaeum

The Daily Athenaeum, nicknamed the DA, is the 10th-largest newspaper in West Virginia[citation needed]. Offered free around campus, it generates income through advertisement sales. The paper began in 1887 as a weekly literary magazine, with writing, editing and production taken over by the newly formed School of Journalism in the 1920s. In 1970, the paper split from the School of Journalism and became an independent campus entity governed by the Student Publications Board. The DA was voted as the Princeton Review's 10th-best college newspaper in the United States in 2005, 15th in 2006, and 8th in 2007.[13] West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, West... A literary magazine is a periodical devoted to literature in a broad sense. ... The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in...

Sports traditions

Flying WV

The "Flying WV"
The "Flying WV"

West Virginia University's logo is known as the "Flying WV." Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Mountaineer mascot

The Mountaineer was adopted in 1890 as the official school mascot and a new Mountaineer is selected each year during Mountaineer Week. Candidates must have at least a 2.5 GPA, write an essay about why they want to be the Mountaineer, and garner the most cheers during a designated home basketball game. The successful candidate is awarded the formal title of "The Mountaineer of West Virginia University." Although men typically are chosen, there has been at least one woman selected (Natalie Tennant). The new Mountaineer receives a scholarship, a tailor-made buckskin suit with coonskin hat, and a period rifle and powder horn for discharging when the football team scores. The mascot travels with the sports teams throughout the academic year.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads"

The John Denver song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is commonly played at most home sporting events as well as other occasions on campus. In 1980, Denver helped dedicate the new Mountaineer Field, and performed the song as a sing-along with the crowd. It then became a tradition, after a victory, for fans to stay in the stands and sing it along with the football team.[14] John Denver (December 31, 1943 â€“ October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... Olivia Newton-John singles chronology What Is Life (1972) Take Me Home, Country Roads (1973) Let Me Be There (1973) Audio sample Info (help· info) Take Me Home, Country Roads is a song written by John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, and initially recorded by John Denver. ...

Mountaineer Marching Band

The Pride of West Virginia at the 2006 Nokia Sugar Bowl

The WVU Marching Band, nicknamed "The Pride of West Virginia," was formed in 1901 as an all-male ROTC band. It performs at every home football game and makes other appearances on- and off-campus throughout the year. Image File history File links Sugar_bowl06. ... Image File history File links Sugar_bowl06. ... The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program of the United States armed forces present on college campuses to recruit and educate commissioned officers. ...

During its traditional pre-game performance, the band enters Mountaineer Field from end-zone tunnels to a spirited, 220-beats per minute "run on" cadence. The band plays several university songs and favorites including: "Fight, Mountaineers," "Mountain Dew," "Simple Gifts" (from Appalachian Spring), "West Virginia University's Alma Mater," "The Star Spangled Banner," "Country Roads," and "Hail West Virginia!" The band also forms several iconic images during its pre-game show including the Flying WV, WVU, expanding circles, and an outline of the state of West Virginia. Each season's pre-game show is unique. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Appalachian Spring is a ballet score by Aaron Copland that premiered in October 1944, and achieved widespread popularity as an orchestral suite. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ...

WVU's marching band is one of the few to include a male baton twirler.[15]

In 1997, the WVU band was awarded the Sudler Trophy by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Wisconsin Band, known for its unique stop at the top high step, performs at the HHH Metrodome during a football game against arch-rival Minnesota. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Fight song

"Hail, West Virginia" is the university fight song. It was composed by WVU alumni Earl Miller and Ed McWhorter in 1915. The lyrics were written by Fred B. Deem, who later became a lawyer in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The Mountaineer Marching Band performs the second verse of "Hail, West Virginia" as part of its pre-game performance at Mountaineer football games. Clarksburg is a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, U.S. The population was 16,743 at the 2000 census. ... The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ...

Carpet roll

In 1955, Fred Schaus and Alex Mumford devised the idea of rolling out an elaborate gold and blue carpet for Mountaineer basketball players to use when taking the court for pre-game warm-ups. In addition, Mountaineer players warmed up with a special gold and blue basketball. The University continued this tradition until the late 1960s when it died out, but former Mountaineer player Gale Catlett reintroduced the carpet when he returned to West Virginia University in 1978 as head coach of the men's basketball team. Gale Catlett (born October 31, 1940 in Hedgesville, West Virginia) was a basketball player and longtime basketball coach for West Virginia University. ...

Notable alumni

See Alumni of WVU // Antoine Fuqua - noted director of Training Day, Shooter, Replacement Killers, etc. ...


  1. ^ WVU.edu: Board of Governors - "Powers & Duties"
  2. ^ WVU.edu: "At a Glance"
  3. ^ Morris K. Udall Foundation
  4. ^ Daily Athenaeum (April 16, 2007): "Garrison selected to be next WVU president", by Huong Le and Ry Rivard
  5. ^ Daily Athenaeum (May 23, 2007): "Faculty Senate votes 'no confidence'", by Tricia Fulks
  6. ^ The Charleston Gazette (July 18, 2007): "WVU governors speed up takeover date for president"
  7. ^ West Virginia Collection General Information
  8. ^ West Virginia Collection Welcome Page
  9. ^ a b c WVU News and Information Services (July 13, 2004 press release): "WVU PRT Station to Bear Name of People-Mover's Creator"
  10. ^ "WVU Named One of 'Best Workplaces' for Commuters by EPA, DOT
  11. ^ WVU Admissions Dept.
  12. ^ Morgantown Dominion Post (Dec. 23, 1984): "Wells Encores With School Scoring Mark" (unbylined), via West Virginia Division of Culture and History
  13. ^ Princeton Review Homepage (Login Required)
  14. ^ Sports Illustrated (month n.a., 2006): "102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate"
  15. ^ WVU news release on Mountaineer Band twirlers

The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


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West Virginia University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2513 words)
WVU was founded in 1867 as a land-grant university with the help of the Morrill Act, and was originally called the "Agricultural College of West Virginia." The university gained its current name in 1868.
The WVU Marching Band, nicknamed the Pride of West Virginia, was formed in 1901 as an all-male ROTC band.
It was composed by WVU alumni Earl Miller and Ed McWhorther in 1915.
West Virginia State University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (517 words)
West Virginia State University is a small historically fl public college in Institute, West Virginia, an unincorporated suburb of Charleston, West Virginia.
The school was established as the West Virginia Colored Institute in 1891 under the second Morrill Act which provided for land-grant institutions for fl students in the 17 states that had segregated schools.
In 2003 the school's community college was separately accredited as the West Virginia State Community and Technical College, which is actually far larger than the main college.
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