In recognition of students craving new dining opportunities at Fairmont State University, Chilaca, an authentic Mexican dining concept, opened its doors today.
“We are excited to partner with Aladdin in providing our students with this great restaurant. Chilaca’s fresh ingredients and authentic cuisine are already being enjoyed by our students,” said President Mirta Martin.
Thursday hundreds of Falcon students moved into their “nests” for the next several months with the help of faculty, staff, and students at Fairmont State University.
President Mirta Martin worked alongside the campus team as they met the newest cast of Falcons with smiles, cold water, and large Welcome Home tents. The biggest brigade consisted of students who worked to unload cars and carry supplies to student’s rooms.
As Fairmont State University prepares to begin their fall semester, President Mirta Martin announced notable institutional achievements: enrollment growth in first time students; finishing the last fiscal year $650,000 ahead of last year’s budget numbers; and residence hall occupancy at 102 percent.
The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University has received a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support the “Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series.” This series of programs features scholars/practitioners who will look beyond the "white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class" culture that is commonly believed to represent all of Appalachia to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities.
In February, Fairmont State University entered a lease to occupy the second floor of the Greater Bridgeport Convention and Visitors Bureau in Charles Pointe. The University’s vision to be able to offer more options for nontraditional students in Harrison County through the leased space is coming to life.
Dr. Richard Harvey, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said there are so many opportunities on the horizon with this space.
Thanks to the success of the workshops held in June, Tamarack Artist and Fairmont State alumna D. Jane Gilchrest returns to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on August 1 and 2 to present a second round of “Mug Ruggin It”, an introductory weaving workshop in the style of traditional Appalachian rag rugs.
On Saturday the kick-off event for the Fighting Falcon Geotrail was a great headway into the weekend with about 80 people who attended to learn more about geocaching as well as experience the new trail laid out by Fairmont resident Mark Webb.
Webb, an East Fairmont High School junior, described geocaching as a 21st century high tech treasure hunt that uses GPS location to find hidden objects in the real world.
Fairmont State University has been ranked No. 2 in West Virginia by OnlineColleges.com. The rankings are based on a variety of factors including affordability, student services and availability of online programs, the most recent government data was used to evaluate colleges and universities across the nation.
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