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The University will be requiring students to have health insurance coverage beginning in the Fall 2014 semester. All students at WVU and WVU Tech enrolled in six or more credit hours will be required to provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage or enroll in WVU’s Aetna student health insurance plan. Students who are already covered under a parent’s or spouse’s health insurance policy or who have adequate health insurance coverage via another plan, including plans purchased through WV PEIA or the WV Insurance Exchange may waive the student health insurance plan by completing an online waiver form. For more information, visit the WVU Student Insurance Office website at http://sio.hr.wvu.edu.
Young people are often referred to as the leaders of tomorrow. Katie Heller, an aspiring leader and student at West Virginia University, created a logo design as part of a class project that helped inspire the official WVU Extension Service 100-year celebration logo.
The centennial-year emblem will help recognize the University’s land-grant roots and help set the path for the future.
This year, WVU Extension Service joins the nation in celebrating the 100th birthday of Extension. To commemorate this milestone, the organization sought a logo design that conveyed to West Virginians, and beyond, the steadfast advancements and improvements the organization has brought to youths, communities, families and towns over the past century.
Heller, a native of Pleasants County, and a senior at WVU helped bring that logo to life through work completed in her Public Relations 319 course, which covers creative strategy and design.
Twenty students in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism’ Strategic Communications major worked with WVU Extension Service during the fall semester and created everything from advertisements to logo designs.
The goal for the project was to celebrate how WVU Extension Service was created by the Smith-Lever Congressional Act, which was signed into law in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson. The act’s primary purpose was to make University research more accessible to people in the states they serve.
Heller, who is double majoring in strategic communications and political science, created a logo design and mantra that inspired the official WVU Extension 100 Year Anniversary emblem.
“I was surprised and excited to find out that my design and slogan were the inspiration for the official WVU Extension 100 logo, and I’m thrilled I was able to contribute to this landmark year for WVU Extension,” she said.
Before the class projects, Heller didn’t know much about WVU Extension’s role in the state, but says her research and time spent with WVU Extension’s representatives helped her learn about the organization’s outreach efforts.
“I didn’t realize the scale of WVU Extension Service,” said Heller. “Friends of mine have always been a part of 4-H and I’ve always associated Extension exclusively with agriculture and 4-H clubs but was surprised to learn it’s much more than that.”
It wasn’t until after researching more about WVU Extension did Heller learn how integrated the organization is with communities across the state of West Virginia.
“I’ve learned WVU Extension is 4-H, agriculture, and so much more,” Heller remarked. “The organization spans across the state and helps communities with a number of resources that offer ‘progressive solutions’ to make their lives better.”
WVU Extension Service’s Communications and Marketing Manager Cassie Waugh serves as the adjunct instructor for public relations course. She said that working with the students helped to give the campaign a fresh feel and provided opportunities to educate the students on the land-grant system.
“I’m always so impressed with the quality of work the students at WVU produce,” Waugh said. “We were not only able to see elements of Katie’s design that could be used in our professional logo, but we were able to teach each student about the importance of a land-grant institution, Extension and our service mission.”
When Heller is not in class, she takes part in numerous extracurricular activities, organizations and clubs, and pursues many student leadership positions at the University.
She works alongside administrators on West Virginia University’s Higher Learning Commission as the student representative for the Accreditation Communications Committee and serves on the Student Government Association Board of Governors.
Heller also serves on the Student Government Association Board of Governors, takes an active role in the University’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, and holds the office of vice president for the WVU Campus’s Young Democrats organization.
After graduation, Heller plans to pursue a master’s degree in political management.
Read the official release at WVU Today.
Magazine writer Josh Dean will visit Martin Hall on Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18. Dean will give a public talk at 6:30 p.m. in rooms 101 & 102.
Dean’s talk will focus on his work and how he’s made his profession out of being a freelance long-form writer in the digital journalism age.
This notice is for all students who have submitted an RSVP and plan to walk in the SOJ’s May 2014 Commencement ceremony.
The ceremony is Saturday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Creative Arts Center.
[NOTE: While the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., graduates should arrive by 8:30 a.m. for line-up.]
Many of you have asked when you’ll be allowed to claim your guest tickets. We plan to launch the ticket claim website the week after WVU’s spring break (March 8-16).
Once the guest ticketing website has been made available, graduates will be notified by MIX email with a link to the ticketing website and instructions on how to claim tickets.
Additional details about the ceremony are available on the School of Journalism website at http://journalism.wvu.edu/about/featured-events/may-commencement-2014.
Good luck with the rest of the semester!
Journalism student Kristen Basham is participating in NASA’s first #NASASocial today (Feb. 27). The event, hosted at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is an opportunity for attendees to meet, photograph and interact with NASA scientists, engineers, technicians and other team members. Basham will be sharing her experience on Twitter and Instagram if you would like to follow along at Kbasham1.
SOJ students are invited to an open discussion with Dean Reed on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 pm in 205 Martin Hall to ask questions about the school’s recent announcement regarding the name change.
Effective July 1, the school will be known as the WVU Reed College of Media. For a complete explanation of the school’s renaming process, please read the official press release on WVU Today.
This week’s Internship Connection blog is live: Eric Minor advises students on handling online interviews and discusses how to pass the “airplane test.” Read more of Eric’s strategies every week on the Internship Connection.
WVU alumni and former Martin-Hall Agency members Amy Bruzgo, Palmer Brown, Becca Rich and Katrina Sorrentino will be returning to WVU to share and discuss the strategies they used to get a good job. These WVU alumni will be sharing their knowledge and experiences with WVU students on Friday, February 21st at 5:00p.m in room 205 in Martin Hall.
These former WVU students have taken their experience from Martin Hall Agency and put it towards finding jobs in major cities in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.
This is event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Opportunities to hear from students who have been successful in the work force right out of college is rare. This is an event that students, especially juniors and seniors cannot afford to miss! Take advantage of this opportunity!
The P.I. Reed School of Journalism announces the 6th Annual Golden Quill Teaching Awards. The purpose of the awards is to reward outstanding teaching, mentoring, and advising in the School. The awards are based solely on student nominations. This is YOUR chance to recognize a teacher who has had a positive impact on your education in the School. Two awards will be given each year:
one award for full-time faculty and/or visiting professors, and
one award for instructors who have taught a three-credit hour class for at least three semesters.
Thanks to your votes, last year’s winners were now-retired Professor Ivan Pinnell (faculty award) and Rick Bebout (instructor award)! Because they won in 2013, they are not eligible for this year’s awards. Therefore, their names are not listed on the nomination forms.
Please take the time to nominate an outstanding professor and instructor. You may only vote for each award once, and you will need to log in with your MIX account information. Make sure you hit the submit button at the end of the form.
Voting will run from Monday, Feb. 17, through Friday, Feb. 28, but take the time to vote today! Winners will be announced at the Spring Awards Ceremony and on the SOJ Web site. To vote, visit: http://journalism.wvu.edu/goldenquill
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