Thanks to a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Fairmont State University School of Education, Health and Human Performance is partnering with TEKids to launch a new program designed to give West Virginia children 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills, plus life and career skills.
You could call the Town & Gown Players theatre trailblazers. When Fairmont State launched its summer theatre program in the summer of 1960, it was the first of its kind in West Virginia.
Jo Ann Lough and Lawrence Wallman of the Fairmont State (then College) Department of Speech and Dramatics led the launch of the Players that began with one production that year, the hit British comedy “The Reluctant Debutante,” directed by Lough.
Fairmont State University will host the 2015 Governor’s Honors Academy on its main campus in Fairmont on June 29 through July 19.
About 200 high school juniors will participate in the three-week residential program administered by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, which also assists with in-kind support. Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director of the Honors Program at FSU, will serve as dean. The theme of the 2015 GHA is “The Sustainable Life.”
A total of 1,022 students have been named to the Dean’s List at Fairmont State University after completing the spring 2015 semester.
Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has released the Dean’s List and the President’s List to recognize high-achieving students for their academic distinction. Full-time students who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average for the spring 2015 semester are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time students achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average are named to the President’s List.
In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has created an exhibit titled “On a Hill by a Dream,” which features FSU history, traditions and lore.
The title for the exhibition was taken from a poem by Louise McNeill, West Virginia’s former Poet Laureate who taught history at Fairmont State. The following quote is from her “Chestnut Orchard” (“Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore”):
“Back through the years beyond time and space,
On a hill—by a dream—we will find that place.”
The Regional Healthcare Foundation, formerly the Fairmont General Hospital Foundation, presented a $10,000 donation to the Falcon Center Summer Day Camp at Fairmont State University on Thursday, May 28.
Dr. John Leon, Regional Healthcare Foundation Board Secretary, and Whitney Hatcher, Foundation Director, presented the donation to FSU President Maria Rose, Falcon Center Director Robin Yeager and Falcon Center Assistant Director Kevin Philyaw, who guides the operation of the camp.
Fairmont State University’s outstanding faculty members were recognized on Wednesday, April 29, during the Recognition of Faculty Achievement for their exemplary efforts throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.
Continuing a tradition of providing high quality outdoor theatre for the community, the Fairmont State University Town and Gown Players present Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” at Prickett’s Fort State Park in June.
Show dates are June 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21. Performances are at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at (304) 367-4240. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Thanks to collaboration by Fairmont State University, the City of Fairmont and community volunteers, the Fairmont Community Garden fuels neighborhood revitalization, hands-on learning for students, healthy nutrition and the campus student food bank. For these efforts in promoting a sustainable community, the project was named in fall 2014 as a national winner in the Ford College Community Challenge, the only winner in West Virginia.
The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and The FSU Academy for the Arts present “Big and Little Tales: An Evening of Story and Theatre,” featuring West Virginia storyteller Adam Booth followed by the FSU Youth Acting Company’s adaptions of Bil Lepp’s story, “The King of Little Things.”