Sangers Give Additional $1 Million

For the second time in eight years, West Virginia University alumnus Herbert Sanger and his wife, Rita, have given a $1 million donation to the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The gift from the Sangers, who currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee, will endow scholarships to support the nationally ranked men's basketball team.

Ed Wade remembers Potomac State College in his Will

The family of former faculty member, Ed Wade, recently stopped by West Virginia University Potomac State College, to deliver a check to Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff, which was donated to the College by Wade, who passed away in March of this year.

“Dad loved Potomac State and wanted to remember the College in his will,” said Wade’s daughter, Jennifer Reese. Wade’s son, Chris, confirmed that his dad had a real joy in teaching art to students, but felt that after 26 years, it was time to retire, which he did in May 2000.

Verl and Sandra Purdy make $5 million gift commitment to WVU

West Virginia University graduate Verl O. Purdy attributes much of his success to the education and opportunities he received as a student at WVU in the 1960s.

The Poca native, who founded the largest agricultural data analysis and marketing company in the world, and his wife, Sandra, are now giving back to WVU with a $5 million donation, announced Friday (Nov. 3). The gift will be split between the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the College of Business and Economics and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Long-time donor provides lead gift in construction of bridge at Jackson’s Mill

Each year thousands of West Virginia youths and other visitors travel to Jackson’s Mill to participate in 4-H camps where they learn valuable leadership and mentoring skills, while forging lifelong friendships. Part of that journey includes participation in the West Virginia State 4-H Camp Council Circle, a symbolic center of spirit for campers.

BrickStreet endows WVU law school scholarship in honor of Tom Flaherty

A scholarship at the West Virginia University College of Law, endowed by The BrickStreet Foundation and honoring Charleston attorney Thomas V. Flaherty, was announced Friday at the University’s Board of Governors meeting.

The $100,000 gift was announced by W. Marston Becker, a member of both the BrickStreet and WVU boards. Flaherty, also a member of both boards, is immediate past chair of the BrickStreet board and immediate past president of the WVU board.

“The gift is modest recognition of all that Tom has contributed to both boards,” Becker said.

Whipkey Fund to advance WVU diabetic research initiatives

West Virginia University Health Sciences has received a renewable grant of more than $100,000 to assist its effort in the fight against diabetes.

The funding comes from the Stoy K. Whipkey and Twila O. Whipkey Fund, established as a result of the couple’s family-related experience with diabetes—their son’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.

Former WVU physician establishes future faculty chair with estate gift

Ronald Scobbo, MD and his wife, Jeanne, are donating the remainder of their estate to the West Virginia University School of Medicine, establishing the Ronald and Jeanne Scobbo Chair of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

The endowed chair, being established following their passing, will serve as a crucial piece in recruiting an outstanding faculty member who embraces providing quality healthcare to West Virginians, much like Scobbo did during his time as a physician.

‘State of Minds’ Campaign Tops $1.15 Billion

Alumni and friends have donated $1.153 billion through Sept. 30, 2017.

Tradition runs deep: Gaziano family creates WVU English professorship

The Mountaineer tradition runs deep for the Gaziano family of Charleston, W.Va.

Dominic Gaziano, Rosalie Gaziano and their five sons all graduated from West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, totaling 28 years of enrollment.

Having met during freshman week in September 1955, both recall fond and fulfilling experiences as WVU students.
The Gaziano Family
“WVU met our academic needs and provided us with an enhanced social environment,” Dominic Gaziano said.

WVU Nursing Dean Tara Hulsey to also coordinate health promotion and wellness programs

Recognizing the importance of overall health and wellness to academic, professional and personal success, West Virginia University is creating a system-wide initiative to coordinate and improve efforts in those areas.

Supported by a substantial gift from Natalie and Wes Bush, the Bush Fund for Health Promotion and Wellness will be directed by Dean of Nursing Tara Hulsey, who will also continue in her current role while adding responsibilities as vice president of health sciences for health promotion and wellness.