A ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 29, celebrated the renovation and expansion of the Starbucks located inside the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.
When West Virginia-born Homer Hickam stood in his backyard watching the Soviet satellite Sputnik orbit the Earth, he had no way of knowing it would lead him to a life filled with scientific discovery and artistic expression. Fans of Hickam’s work will be enchanted by the whimsical dramatization of his experiences in the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts production of “Rocket Boys The Musical.”
Images from Homecoming Weekend 2013
-Emeritus Lunch Class of 1963
-Fairmont State Athletic Association Hall of Fame Banquet
-80's Decade Reunion
-Alumni Awards Brunch
-Homecoming Student Dance
Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 30 in October.
Eight contributors to Kestrel, including six whose work appears in Issue 30, will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion and offer individual consultations for writers, as well as give readings from their own work.
The public is invited, along with Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College faculty, staff and students, to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Fairmont State’s new Writing Center. The ceremony will take place in Room 308 of Jaynes Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The Writing Center was initiated as a proposal for a new Accelerated Learning program. The funds were issued to Fairmont State by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to support a pilot Accelerated Developmental Learning project.
Three advanced sculpture students in the Fairmont State University Art Department participated in the seventh annual Intercollegiate Iron Pour at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y., in September. Jeremy Entwistle, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Foundry Manager at FSU, led the group of FSU students: Erin McDaniel, Kylie Ford, and Elizabeth Sorenson.
"We collaborated with the Sculpture Department at West Virginia University to bring up our molds and pour iron with students from across the Northeast," Entwistle said.
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With the theme “Almost Heaven: A Salute to West Virginia,” Homecoming 2013 for Fairmont State University through Saturday, Oct. 12, is a week packed with alumni, athletics, student and community events. For more information on Homecoming activities, click here.
Monday, Oct. 7 - Friday, Oct. 11
Erickson Alumni Center Open House
The Fairmont State University Collegiate Singers and Chamber Choir will perform in Wallman Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
The ensembles are directed by Dr. Sam Spears and accompanied by John Morrison of the FSU School of Fine Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.
The National Security and Intelligence Program and the Open Source Intelligence Exchange at Fairmont State sponsored a special event for students, faculty and staff on Sept. 26.
Assistant Director David Cuthbertson of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited campus and presented a talk on “The FBI’s CJIS Division: Providing Identity Intelligence to Our Partners in Law Enforcement.”
Fairmont State University graduate students are conducting a research study about exercise called “Get Active Ritchie County.” Working with Ritchie County residents ages 50 to 69, the program focuses on the benefits of exercising at home and is free for participants.
“Get Active Ritchie County” was developed through a partnership between the Ritchie County Family Resource Network (FRN) and Fairmont State University. The University received a grant through West Virginia Campus Compact. Over the past year, the FRN and FSU conducted a community health survey in the county.