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.”
About 400 students will participate in the 146th Commencement for Fairmont State University at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Feaster Center.
Fairmont State alumna Donna Hopkins will be the Commencement speaker. Bryan Foley of Pipestem will be the student speaker representing the Class of 2015.
Founded in 1865 as the state’s first private normal school in West Virginia, Fairmont State University celebrates its Sesquicentennial in 2015. Commemorative events throughout the year are planned, culminating in the dedication of a Sesquicentennial Time Capsule.
Fairmont State University students in the College of Science and Technology presented their research during the 90th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science was held at West Liberty University on April 11.
The following faculty mentors worked with students on research projects: Mark Flood, Donald Trisel, Steven Roof, Erica Harvey, Matthew Scanlon, Andreas Baur, Albert Magro, Phillip Yeager, Tony Morris and James Weekley.
The Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) Scholarship Foundation distributed $16,000 this year to West Virginia college students pursuing an education and career in construction or engineering. Recipients were selected on the basis of their academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, financial need and interest in a construction industry career. Eligible schools include West Virginia University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Marshall University, Fairmont State University and Bluefield State College.
The West Virginia Storytelling Guild will present a free concert, “Stories A-Bloom!,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University.
Six storytellers from the West Virginia Storytelling Guild will entertain with a variety of stories from their repertoires. There also will be books and CDs from various tellers available for purchase.
Immigrant heritage and coal mining history are points of pride in many Marion County families; however, one cannot talk about Marion County history without mentioning the darker side of immigration and coal.
The Fairmont State University Department of Music will kick off its year-long Fairmont State Sesquicentennial Celebration at its Spring Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Colebank Hall.
Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for seniors (ages 65 and older) or faculty and staff; and free for all students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FSU Box Office at (304) 367-4240 or at the door the night of the performance. A public reception precedes the concert at 7 p.m. in Colebank Hall.
The International Student Organization at Fairmont State University will host the annual Tastes of the World event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the second floor Main Street area of the Falcon Center.
Students from Togo, Japan, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and other countries will prepare signature dishes in a buffet feast for the campus community to sample. All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. The food is free, but donations will be welcome. International cookbooks will be offered for sale.