A few years ago, Anup Poudel could not have imagined his higher education journey from Nepal to the United States. Born in Kathmandu, a city of nearly a million people, his familiar surroundings included structures obstructing the views and streets filled with cars. The rolling hills and winding roads of West Virginia were very unfamiliar on his drive from a local airport to his future home, the Fairmont State University campus.
The Calabria-West Virginia Italian Heritage Association will sponsor a fundraiser this weekend to support students wishing to study at the University of Calabria in Italy.
The event, which will be held in conjunction with the annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, will recognize the contribution to life in the state and beyond by a successful Italian-American, and encourage further exchange of students between Calabria and Fairmont.
Martin A. “Monty” Burdoff met with officials from Fairmont State University and the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. for the official signing of a donor agreement that will provide funding for renovations and upgrades to the Falcon Center in memory of his son, Dustin Burdoff.
Dustin Burdoff, a Fairmont State University student who enjoyed spending time in the Falcon Center and had many friends in the campus community, passed away Sept. 4, 2010, and was posthumously awarded degree from the Fairmont State University School of Business during the May 2011 Spring Commencement.
The Office of International Student Services will host a Welcome Reception for International Students at the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Falcon Center third floor conference rooms.
English major and Michigan native Brad Riffee is creating a plan that could lead to the first rooftop gardens across the Fairmont State University campus.
For Riffee, who has family roots in West Virginia, a summer of high tech gardening was also a way of impacting his community. His inspiration came from Voltaire’s comic novel “Candide,” where the hero establishes a small farm on which he and his friends keep themselves from the three great evils: poverty, vice and boredom.
Liz Boord of Kingmont has no trouble recalling the first moment she decided to apply to Fairmont State University. It was the day she watched her sister, Laura Lombardi, give birth to a son, Joseph. It was Aug. 1, 2009. “The nurses were so cool. When they let me help, that was my ‘wow’ moment,” she said. By August 2010, the wife and mother was taking anatomy and microbiology classes as an FSU undergraduate student pursuing her own Associate of Science degree in Nursing.
Auditions are planned for the Fairmont State University Town & Gown Theatre production of “Cabaret” based on the book written by Christopher Isherwood. The production will be presented in November at Wallman Hall Theatre.
As spring semester classes ended and students cleared out dorm rooms, faculty and staff located in the Turley Center had cleaning out to do of their own. Beginning this summer the Turley Center will undergo substantial renovation in order to create the Student Access and Success Center, which, when completed, will be the only center of its kind in the area.
On a warm day in early June, Fairmont State senior, Alicia Nieman and I meet at a local lunch spot. To most people we may look like colleagues or friends who are taking some time to reconnect. In actuality I am stealing a few moments of her time to witness her crossroad moment and to share it with you.
Let’s start at the beginning – Due NORTH