Higher education faculty, staff 40 and older to receive additional COVID-19 vaccine as part of state expansion

Gov. Jim Justice announced yesterday (March 3) that higher education faculty and staff ages 40 and older will now be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Thank you to Governor Justice for including higher education in this newest expansion of vaccination availability in West Virginia; we will assist the State in any way we can with distribution to our faculty and staff across the West Virginia University system,” President Gordon Gee said. 

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WVU to continue distributing emergency CARES grants to students

Eligible, degree-seeking students at any West Virginia University campus can receive emergency grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. WVU will continue distributing its allotted $10,087,116 in emergency grants to students who qualify. 

The first phase of grants awarded eligible students who were spring 2021 recipients of the Federal Pell Grant. Now, in an effort to continue assisting students with the greatest financial need, the remaining funds will be used to award eligible non-Pell recipients based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by their 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

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Potomac State College to Participate in WVU’s Day of Giving, March 3

West Virginia University Potomac State College’s fourth Day of Giving is quickly approaching - March 3, 2021.

Day of Giving is a 24-hour online event that encourages Potomac State College alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to support the College’s greatest priorities and opportunities – including scholarships, unrestricted funds and the alumni association.

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Virtual STEM Festival’s Flying Friends and Foes

“Flying Friends and Foes” is just one of the engaging topics to be offered during the Mineral County Virtual STEM Festival on Saturday, March 13. Presenters will share hands-on activities about pollinators and the Spotted Lanternfly.

Have you ever wondered what makes a pollinator so important? Bees, Beetles, Butterflies, Birds, and Bats are all amazing pollinators.  Join us virtually to learn how pollinators complete their important work of transferring pollen from plant to plant. Participants will pretend to be pollinators and use their fingers to transfer pollen through a fun Cheetos activity.

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No Fans in the Stands for Potomac State College’s Indoor Athletics; Livestreaming, Live Stats Will be Available

Keyser, W.Va. – The WVU Potomac State College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the NJCAA Region XX Safety Committee and local and state officials, have instituted a policy of no fan attendance for all indoor athletic events during the Spring ’21 semester.

In an ongoing effort to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, and protect the athletes and students, only coaching staffs and essential game personnel will be admitted.

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Mineral County to Host Virtual STEM Festival Saturday, March 13

The first virtual Mineral County STEM Festival is being planned by collaborative partners for Saturday, March 13. Presenters will share hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“The format is different but the excitement and energy about science will be the same,” Andrea Schafer said. Schafer serves as an assistant education professor with West Virginia University Potomac State College and as co-coordinator of the STEM Festival. “Topics will cover astronomy, chemistry, dinosaurs, engineering, natural and environmental sciences, and wildlife.”

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