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Summer 2024 | Cover Story

Global health experiences change student lives.

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Miles of Smiles

Over the Kanawha River and through the Monongahela National forest, West Virginia’s winding roads are leading future dental professionals to small towns and healthcare deserts across the state.

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A Playground of Innovation

It’s always a good day at work when it feels more like play. Innovation is the name of the game at WVU.

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Health Horizons

Investing in Our Mission

Patients facing one of the most devastating diagnoses of their lives will have a full-service facility for treatment, procedures, therapies, clinical trials and hospital stays thanks to a gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust.

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Mountain State

POWER PLANT: Helping tomato growers have a bumper crop

Eighty-two years ago, Gallegly finished his own studies and began his tomato-creating journey soon after. His latest version is "Mannon's Majesty."

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Mountaineer Spirit

Flyer, Mid-Layer, Coach

For the last 20-plus years, Christy Bryan-Davis has been coaching the women and men at major West Virginia University athletic events who pump up the crowd with cheers, songs, and stunts.

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With Purpose

WVU students find their own strengths, discover their own purpose

WVU has developed a unique space – The Purpose Center – where students can do a 360° review of their options in academics, student organizations, extracurricular activities, health and wellbeing and career networking.

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Research Center

Collaborative Healthcare

After almost a year into his role at WVU as the senior associate vice president for research and graduate education for Health Sciences and vice dean of research for the School of Medicine — Ming Lei is looking toward the future.

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Thinking It Through


“Too often, when teachers get ‘good’ at their craft, they leave the classroom and become administrators" according to math coach Joanna Burt-Kinderman. “It’s currently the only way to advance in your education career. We’re here to change that.”


Lab Work

Oriana Ovide (BS ’20, MS ’22) was always interested in science and math, a true STEM kid from her Columbia, Maryland, days to searching for the right school that would foster her interest in forensic science, particularly in forensic chemistry.

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Banking on the future

Now an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell, a law firm serving Wall Street clients like Goldman Sachs and American Express, Michael Escue (Business, ’92, Law, ’98) traces a path from his current success back to his days at West Virginia University.

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The Last Word

The Last Word: The Voice

All Mountaineers know the voice. It’s the trademark “for threeeeeeeeeeeeee” that permeates the WVU Coliseum during basketball games.

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Author Sarah Beth Childers

Sarah Beth Childers (MFA English, ’09) knew she’d write about her brother’s death soon after he died by suicide in 2012.

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Fair game: Kelly Collins

It could be argued that Kelly Tuckwiller Collins (’09, ’11, Reed College of Media) grew up at the State Fair of West Virginia. She has been attending the annual August event since before her first memory.

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WVU alum flies into storms for science

For six months of the year, the East Coast of the United States braces for “Hurricane Season.” While local officials and meteorologists signal caution to their viewers that may be in areas of danger, WVU graduate Nick Underwood flies directly into them.

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Grad Helps Attorneys Make the Right Case

Luke Yingling, Law ’22, is blazing his own trail as the founding president and CEO of Analytica Legalis, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence to help attorneys win in court.

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Photos and Media

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The Backyard Brawl

Photo essay

Images from the 106th Backyard Brawl in which West Virginia defeated Pittsburgh 17-6 in front of a sold out, Stripe the Stadium version of Milan Puskar Stadium.

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Walk This Way

Photo essay

Nearly 2,700 students graduated across two sessions on Dec. 16, 2023. These are the best and favorite images captured by the University's photography staff.

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WVU football standouts Pat McAfee and Pat White returned to their home field to coach the annual Gold-Blue game in April. cAfee is a sports analyst on ESPN's "College Game Day" and White is an offensive assistant for the Los Angeles Chargers.

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