West Virginia University Reed College of Media has announced Point Pleasant,
West Virginia, as the next partner for
BrandJRNY, a project that aims to revitalize communities in the Mountain State
through customized branding plans that promote tourism and economic development.
Located in Mason County, Point Pleasant is situated along the state line that separates
West Virginia from Ohio at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers. It is
a town rich with history and folklore, such as the Battle of Point Pleasant in
1774 and the Mothman legend. It is a community on the rise, with diversified tourism
attractions and the infrastructure and amenities to support visitors.
Two new faculty members have joined the College of Media this
fall semester. Heather Cole is a teaching assistant professor for the
Interactive Design for Media program, and Jim Iovino has joined the College of
Media as the Odgen Newspapers Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Innovation.
Cole came to WVU from Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was an assistant teaching professor of
digital arts and program chair of the Game Minor. She earned her MFA in interdisciplinary arts
from Goddard College in Plainsfield, Vermont.
The West Virginia University Reed College of Media will host Elaine McMillion Sheldon
during an opening reception for her photo exhibit, "Be Still," on Thursday, September
5, from 3 - 5 p.m. at the WVU Media Innovation Center on the fourth floor of Evansdale
"'Be Still'is to bear witness to both the beauty and pain before you, and accept
them both as reality," according to Sheldon's exhibit description.