• The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors will meet Wednesday, April 8. Due to the stay-at-home order, the members will not meet face-to-face. The meeting will take place at 3:15 p.m. via video conference. For further details and instructions on how to attend the meeting, please contact Brady Whipkey, WVU Parkersburg chief of staff at brady.whipkey@wvup.edu. Visit wvup.edu/about/board-of-governors/agenda/ to view the complete agenda.

• Kurzweil Education is offering a text-to-speech for web content tool for students who need reading support. This tool will help students who use systems like Blackboard, Moodle and Canvas. Add the Read the Web extension (available for Chrome or Firefox) to your browser to have web content such as tweets or articles read aloud in 30 natural text-to-speech voices that read aloud in 17 languages and dialects. To download this extension, go to https://www.kurzweiledu.com/products/software-updates.html and look for the Chrome or Firefox Extension for Read the Web. For questions or help with accessing this tool, please contact the Center for Student Support Services at 304.424.8378 or deborah.berg@wvup.edu.

• Fall priority registration for current students begins on Monday, April 6. It is important for students to contact their advisor now to set up an appointment so they can release their advising pin that allows them to register for classes. Advisors will be available to help students by email, phone or Zoom conference. Students can check OLSIS for their individualized priority registration date. Course schedules can be viewed at wvup.edu/course-schedules.

• Are you feeling stressed out and need someone outside of the family to talk with? Do you need to vent out loud to someone for a few minutes? During this time of higher anxiety, resulting from circumstances related to the COVID-19 crisis (social distancing, isolation and sometimes general feelings of frustration and possibly fear), you may find some comfort in talking. If so, know that you can call Kurt Klettner, Student Support Services executive director, at any time, including evenings and weekends, until this crisis is behind us. Please call Student Support Services at 304-424-8388, or dial Kurt’s campus cellphone directly at 304-588-0142. We are in this together, and together we will get through this crisis.

• WVU Parkersburg’s Literary Magazine, “The Poorhouse Rag,” is now accepting submissions for the fall 2020 edition! Submissions of prose, poetry, children’s literature and original artwork are open to WVU Parkersburg students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families, and will be accepted from February 2 until May 1. The fall 2020 edition will honor 100 years of women’s suffrage and the college’s emphasis on social justice, the theme of social and political marginalization and the lack of equity in opportunity. Visit wvup.edu/poorhouserag for submission guidelines. Email thepoorhouserag@wvup.edu for more information or to submit your entry.

• WVU Parkersburg has once again been recognized for its support of veteran and military students by Military Times, ranking No. 8 on its annual “Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges” list.

• WVU Parkersburg has a trial subscription to the Kanopy video streaming service. Kanopy is a video streaming platform for many universities with a broad collection of over 30,000 films from 1000 top producers such as Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, First Run Features and more. Use the following to access Kanopy:

Trial Link: wvup.kanopy.com

Username: wvup

Password: access

Please contact Library Director Stephen Hupp at stephen.hupp@wvup.edu or ext. 418 for additional information.

• Do you want Ricky the Riverhawk to make an appearance for your special event or meeting? If so, please complete the Ricky Request Form, which can be found at www.wvup.edu/forms or by clicking here. Please direct any questions to communications@wvup.edu or ext. 247.


• The English department is kicking off National Poetry Month on Wednesday, April 1 with poetry readings by President Gilmer and Chris Fahey, director of the Center for Instructional Innovation. The event will take place from 12:20-12:55 p.m. in the College Theater. For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Kolankiewicz at skolanki@wvup.edu.

• Kid’s College is back! Let your child experience college and gain a wealth of knowledge in a variety of subjects (art, cooking, drama, science and more) during this one- or three-week program. Kid’s College is for children ages 8 to 12 and costs $130 to register. For more information, call 304-424-8383.  KIDS COLLEGE APPLICATION



WELCOME to Melody Smarr, our new Food Service Worker. She can be reached at melody.smarr@wvup.edu, ext. 313, or in the Cafeteria.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jonah Fox, our new Instructional Designer. He can be reached at jonah.​fox@​wvup.​edu, ext.​294, or in the Center for Instructional Innovation (2210).

WELCOME to Susan Kent, our new Child Care Assistant II. She can be reached at susan.​kent@​wvup.​edu, ext. 311, or in the CEL office.

WELCOME to Chris Schmitt, our new Manager (Food Services). He can be reached at chris.schmitt@wvup.edu, ext. 313, or in the Cafeteria.

WELCOME to Adam Tumlin, our new Food Service Worker. He can be reached at adam.tumlin@wvup.edu, ext. 313, or in the Cafeteria.

WELCOME to Chasity Davis, our new Food Service Worker. She can be reached at chasity.davis@wvup.edu, ext. 313, or or in the Cafeteria.

WELCOME to Teresa Walters, our new Food Service Lead Worker II. She can be reached at teresa.walters@wvup.edu, ext. 313, or or in the Cafeteria.

Employee of the Month – March

Debbie Kafer

Program Specialist