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Nutting receives honorary degree at May Commencement

For many, commencement marks a time to celebrate bright young students entering a new chapter in their lives.

But the occasion is not only for students.

It is also a time to honor West Virginia University alumni, friends and donors whose hearts and minds have blessed the Mountaineer community in countless ways.

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Last chance to claim graduation tickets!


If you have not yet claimed your 4 guest tickets for May Commencement, you need to do so by midnight, April 30. After that time, all unclaimed seats will be made available to graduates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information about the ceremony and the ticket claim process is on the SOJ website.

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Martin-Hall Agency accepting new members

Martin-Hall Agency, West Virginia University’s fully-integrated advertising agency, is looking to expand for next year. The agency is now accepting new members in a wide variety of majors to join the agency for the 2012-2013 school year. Journalism-related majors are especially encouraged to be a part of the agency to gain real-world experience and learn more about their desired profession.

The Martin-Hall Agency will be having their final meeting of the year Tuesday, April 24 at 7 PM in Room 205 of Martin Hall. This meeting will serve as a planning meeting for next year in which we will elect a new executive board and discuss our objectives. The open executive board positions include President, Chief Communications Officer, Chief Creative Officer, Vice President of Client Engagement, Treasurer and Webmaster.

If you have any interest in running for a position or would like more information about Martin-Hall Agency, please contact Lauren Nickle at or (443) 907-3177.

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Paid summer internship with The Daily Athenaeum

The West Virginia University Committee on Publications is now soliciting applications for the position of summer editor-in-chief of The Daily Athenaeum for the summer terms 2012. The editor-in-chief is responsible for content of the newspaper.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better and must be a full-time fee paying student, but need not be a journalism major. The position is paid and expected to serve the total of the 2012 summer sessions. The selected editor is expected to report for duty by May 8, 2012 and complete duties on August 1, 2012.

Candidates may pick up application forms and summer editor-in-chief job description at The Daily Athenaeum business office. In addition to the form, three supporting letters (at least one should be from someone other than a Daily Athenaeum employee) and six examples of work that illustrate qualifications should be submitted. Candidates are asked to read the specific responsibilities for the summer editor-in-chief.

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Office of Senator Jay Rockefeller seeks press assistant

Job Description: Senior Democratic Senator seeks Press Assistant for fast-paced communications office. Duties include, but are not limited to: drafting press releases and materials, assisting with media events, tracking media coverage, maintaining the office website and social media sites, and performing general press office support.

Location: Washington, DC

Qualifications: Prior press and working experience is desirable and West Virginia ties are a plus.

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All equipment must be returned by 11 a.m. Friday, April 27

All SOJ equipment must be returned by 11 a.m. Friday, April 27. Students can return equipment ONLY to Katelyn Mattingly during her office hours.

Katelyn’s Office Hours: 
Monday 12:00-5:00
Tuesday 10:15 – 11:15 and 4-8
Wednesday 12:30-4:30
Thursday 1-5
Friday 9-11

Any student who fails to return equipment or pay for damaged equipment by the deadline will receive an Incomplete in the course until the equipment is returned and paid for. We will begin sending out reminders and notices as of next Friday.

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Dahlia receives top teaching honor at WVU

There are teachers who merely teach, and then there are teachers who change lives.

Meet the latter.

Six West Virginia University faculty members have been named recipients of the 2012 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Dr. Colistra named 2012 Excellence in Civic Engagement Award Recipient

On April 19, during the CCE’s annual Engagement Celebration, it will recognize exemplary representatives of each category with the Excellence in Civic Engagement Awards. The award presentation takes place as part of the seventh-annual Week of Engagement (April 16-21).

The awards, which were created in 2009, are dedicated to recognizing the most active and civically engaged among us at WVU. For 2012, the CCE expanded the award categories to include student organizations and local businesses. Each recipient has to have shown a strong commitment to civic engagement and service throughout the 2011-2012 academic year.

“This group of recipients represents the very best of WVU and our community,” said Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner, director of the CCE. “Their hard work and accomplishments speak for themselves, and we are proud to recognize each of them with these awards.”

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SOJ alumna launch campaign to fund "Hollow"

Seven West Virginia natives – a mix of filmmakers, journalists, advocacy leaders, cartographers and School of Journalism alumna – are jumpstarting a hybrid community participatory and interactive documentary called Hollow, which spotlights McDowell County and its residents.

To cover production costs, the group launched a campaign with Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding site, to raise $25,000, which includes workshop fees and the purchase of five cameras for participants. After production, the cameras will be donated to residents so the storytelling can continue—maintaining the project’s goal to create content for the community, by the community.

The project, set to launch online in May 2013, will combine personal documentary video portraits, user-generated content, photography, soundscapes, interactive data, and grassroots mapping to highlight the ingenuity and spirit that keeps the community fighting.

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