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 editorial staff of Whetstone, Fairmont State University’s undergraduate arts and literary journal, will host Whetstone Night, the launch party of Issue 34, on Monday, May 11.
The event will be held in the Ruth Ann Musick Library Multi-media Room A from 6-8 p.m. and will include contributor readings, a slide show of art work and a chance to pick up a copy of the issue, as well as light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.
The final gallery exhibition of the 2014-2015 academic year at Fairmont State University will feature the work of Andrew Thorne.
Thorne’s solo exhibition, “Appalachia Inspired,” opens Friday, May 22, in the J.D. Brooks Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall. The exhibit will close Wednesday, June 10, with a reception at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.
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.
Members of the Fairmont State University Collegiate Singers, Chamber Choir and Community Chorus spent four exciting days in New York City on March 27 through 31. The group was led by Dr. Sam Spears, Fairmont State’s Director of Choral and Vocal Activities.
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.
Fairmont State University’s Common Book for 2015-2016 will be “Persepolis,” according to Dr. Deborah Nestor, Chair of the faculty Common Book Committee.
This autobiographical graphic novel is a coming-of-age story that explains the struggles of college-age student Marjane Satrapi in Iran.
The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Delta Zeta sorority at Fairmont State University is organizing the 11th annual Turtle Trot 5K on campus on Saturday, April 25.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in the lawn in front of the Education Building on the main campus. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $10 per runner and includes a T-shirt, prizes, refreshments and parking in the Parking Garage off Bryant Street.
Proceeds will benefit Alex Lapana and his battle with Krabbe’s Disease.