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Professor Emeritus Bob Ours passes away at 77

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Dr. Robert M. ‘Bob’ Ours, 77, of Morgantown, passed away on Tuesday July 29, 2014 at his home. He was born September 15, 1936, in Parkersburg, WV, son to the late Henry and Grace Simon Ours. He found great joy in his family, friends, music, nature, and bringing history to life.

A woodwinds player at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and an excellent piano student, Bob could read parts or play by ear.

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New student life website available

The Division of Student Affairs is now the Division of Student Life. The name change was initiated by President E. Gordon Gee, who believes that the new name better represents the Division’s focus. As a result of the change, the Office of Student Life is now called Campus and Community Life. The new Student Life website can be found here, and Campus and Community Life can be found here. For more information, contact Sabrina Cave at or 304-293-2506.

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Strategic health communications professor to join faculty

Yan was hired as part of the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan’s Mountains of Excellence – five areas of strength and opportunity upon which the University is focusing its multidisciplinary research and innovation efforts. These multidisciplinary areas include:

1. Addressing health disparities in Appalachia 
2. Improving STEM education and scientific literacy 
3. Utilizing shale gas responsibly 
4. Promoting stewardship of water resources 
5. Achieving international leadership in radio astronomy

In 2012, the WVU Reed College of Media was asked to participate in the “Health Disparities” Mountain along with five other colleges and was provided funding to hire a health communications professional.

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Life in the fast lane: Alumna uses PR expertise at NASCAR

Stephanie Ackerman (BSJ, 2005) is a member of NASCAR’s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) team in Charlotte, North Carolina. When Ackerman, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, started working for NASCAR in 2012, she could count on one hand the number of drivers she knew. Two years later she has grown to love the sport of auto racing and its fans. Read more about Ackerman’s career with NASCAR.

Currey: Why did you want to work for NASCAR?

Ackerman: Before joining NASCAR, I worked for the H.J. Heinz Company for five years. Heinz has a partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I enjoyed working on that sponsorship and with a professional sport as one part of my job. When I saw the job at NASCAR, it looked interesting to me because I saw a lot of parallels between my job at Heinz and the one at NASCAR.

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Media Innovation Center featured as a "maker space"

Assistant Professor Dana Coester, who also serves as the acting creative director for the College’s new Media Innovation Center (opening next year), was interviewed in an article on PBS’s MediaShift alongside three other universities that are creating “maker spaces.” The Innovation Center is a 10,000-square-foot project that will allow students to collaborate on projects in creative ways. Read more.

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Longview (Texas) News-Journal seeks copy editors/designers

Copy editor/page designer
The Longview News-Journal, an award-winning daily newspaper, is seeking experienced, creative copy editors/designers.

Reporting to the news editor, the copy editor/page designer must have sound news judgment; exceptional editing, headline-writing and page-design skills; and the ability to do high-quality work at a fast pace for the news, sports and features pages of our newspapers and websites.

The successful candidate will have excellent news judgment and grammar skills and be proficient in AP Style. He or she also should be a talented designer with experience using standard Web and print publishing software. Experience with Photoshop and knowledge of SEO are a plus. A test of technical design skills and copy editing will be required.

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University of Nevada, Reno seeks web content strategist

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Integrated Marketing team is seeking a web content strategist. Reporting to the Project Manager within the University of Nevada, Reno’s Integrated Marketing team, the Web Content Strategist works with website analytics and key campus constituencies to streamline and continuously enhance the University’s homepage, top-level and high-traffic websites. Specializing in information architecture, content strategy and marketing-based writing, this position assists marketing colleagues in implementing web initiatives and social media efforts across the institution. 
Candidate will strategize our top-level web presence, will make sure what we do is effective and will keep us in touch with industry best practices.


— Excellent writing: the short attention span of a web user isn’t going to wait around for weak writing to get to the point.

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ITS Service Desk has new email address for students seeking technical support

To reflect the new name, Information Technology Services has also changed the email address that students and employees should use when seeking assistance from our Service Desk support staff to As always, customers may continue to submit self-service trouble tickets here or call 304-293-4444. ITS provides telephone assistance from 6:30 a.m. to midnight every day. Anyone who maintains a University website that uses the previous email address ( should change those references to However, emails sent to the old address will automatically reroute to the new address.

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