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Floyd receives TED Social Justice Award

Kim Floyd headshot.

Kim Floyd, Associate Professor at West Virginia University, has been awarded the Teacher Education Division (TED) Social Justice Award in recognition of her significant contributions to special education, teacher education, and the TED organization. The award ceremony took place in Long Beach, Calif., in October of 2023.

Floyd, a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award at WVU, has consistently demonstrated her commitment to advancing education through dynamic and timely curriculum development. Her teaching practices focus on socially and culturally responsive methods, earning her a reputation for excellence in the field.

Richards passes passion for physical activity and healthy lifestyle to next generation

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Anthony Richards II, a junior at West Virginia University from Washington, D.C., shares his passion for promoting holistic health, the impactful experiences and professors in the program, and the valuable practical exposure he's gained through internships and teaching. From managing challenges in his academic journey to his career aspirations, Richards discusses the diverse opportunities and supportive community that define the WVU experience.

Major: Physical Education and Kinesiology

WVU launches esports major to help provide workforce for expanding industry

A student wearing a gaming headset sits in front of three computer monitors on a desk.

With a focus on educating students for industries of the future, West Virginia University is now offering an esports bachelor’s degree, preparing students for careers in the rapidly growing esports industry while building on the University’s already successful competitive esports program.

Justin Grimes, a first-year student from Gaithersburg, Maryland, is among the first students to begin pursuing the Esports Business and Entertainment major.

Mangione builds momentum towards a career in mental health and addiction studies

Marissa Mangione headshot.

On a whim, Marissa Mangione gave West Virginia University a chance. She got a flyer in the mail at her home Richboro, Pa., (just outside of Philadelphia), and wanted to visit campus. Despite roots in Pennsylvania and ties to Penn State, she came to Morgantown and realized almost immediately that she wanted to be a Mountaineer.  

"I was either going to go to West Virginia or Penn State,” she admits. “WVU checked all the boxes for me: I wanted a big school, a big community, and a lot of opportunities. And I also loved the spirit for the football team."

Nickelson announces retirement

Bob Nickelson headshot.

Robert “Bob” Nickelson, chief business officer in the College of Applied Human Sciences, retired from West Virginia University on September 1 after 35 years of service to the university. 

“WVU has provided me and my family a life and a career that I couldn’t have ever imagined,” Nickelson said. “I am grateful for all of the people I’ve been privileged to work with and learn from, and I’m forever proud to be a Mountaineer.”

Collings follows parents into teaching profession

Zane Collings stands in front of a Welcome Back sign at North Elementary School.

Zane Collings shares his journey about growing up in West Virginia and pursuing a career in elementary education at their state's flagship university. Collings shares how he decided to pursue elementary education (over musical education) and the influence of both of his parents, who are both teachers. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on the well-being of the children when considering a teaching career and highlights the distinctive features of WVU's elementary education program, including his hands-on experience in the field.

Major: Elementary Education

Deering transforms summer camp experiences to valuable life skills

Elizabeth Deering headshot outside.

For many students, summer break means a break from the rigors of academia. But the past two summers have been anything but ordinary for Elizabeth Deering, a freshman majoring in Sport Management. Her summers have been marked by adventure, nature, and a transition from being a camper to a counselor at Camp Hidden Meadows in Bartow, W.Va.

Major: Sport Management (M.S.)

WVU, BYU partner for book drive

Several children's books in a rack at the nursery school.

Bringham Young University, in partnership with West Virginia University and the WVU College of Applied Human Sciences, will host a book drive at a service tailgate prior to the football game between the Cougars and the Mountaineers on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The book drive is being held to benefit the WVU Nursery School and the Monongalia and Preston Counties United Way. The collected books will be used to create new classroom libraries at the nursery school and to provide books to children in need in the local community.