#WVU alumnus Lt. Col. Dave Taylor leads funeral memorials at Arlington National Cemetery. Taylor, a 1996 @wvucpass graduate, is battalion commander of “The Old Guard.” Learn about the sacred duty of guarding the nation’s tomb at our profile link. @arlingtonnatl @usarmyoldguard #veterans #military #instaWVU
Tired of real world gloom and doom in your newsfeeds? Here’s some delightfully spooky gloom and doom. #WVU alumnus John Russo is the deranged mind behind the #zombie genre. He co-wrote “Night of the Living Dead” and even inspired #Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino. Unearth more on Russo and other Mountaineers in #film at wvumag.wvu.edu #instaWVU
Former #WVU point guard Antoine Fuqua likely doesn't ring a bell. He's more known for calling plays on the set as a #film director 🎬 for The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun and Training Day, in which Denzel Washington won an #Oscar. Check wvumag.wvu.edu for other Mountaineers with #Hollywood ties. #instaWVU
It's #Oscars season! Check out these #WVU alumni who are working in #film 🎬, like @wvucca alumnus Chris Sarandon who played Prince Humperdinck (and voiced Jack Skellington for you goth kids). Go to wvumag.wvu.edu for more #Mountaineers in the movies. Photo credit: The Princess Bride Ltd. #instaWVU
Though this is a metal #record, you don't want to plop it onto your turntable like your #vinyl Megadeth or Metallica albums. This is an actual metal record. Aluminum, to be exact. From 1937-47, #WVU #English professor Louis Watson Chappell took a rare, handmade recording machine throughout West Virginia to collect more than 2,000 #Appalachian songs on more than 600 aluminum #records. The music is available for listening at the Downtown Campus #Library. Read more at wvumag.wvu.edu #instaWVU
May the force be with @ILMVFX and #WVU alumnus Tim Mueller at next Sunday's #Oscars. Rogue One is up for best visual effects and Mueller, a @wvucca grad, worked as a digital matte artist on the film. Read about his work on #Avatar and the #StarTrek and #StarWars franchises at wvumag.wvu.edu
Is that Mountaineer Field? With an ivy-slathered Woodburn Hall in the background? Old school #wvu fans remember the site, but for #flashbackfriday Mountaineers of all ages are welcome to explore 125 years of @wvufootball at wvumag.wvu.edu #instaWVU
Hillary Kay tunes her ukulele at Brooke High School in Wellsburg, W.Va., where she and members of the #WVU #Bluegrass Band are sharing old-time string music to high school students. Read more at our website wvumag.wvu.edu #instaWVU @wvucca
The first black student to graduate from #wvu went on a long, successful news career in the Baltimore area. Jack Hodge earned a #journalism degree from @wvumediacollege in 1954. In this photo, courtesy of the West Virginia & Regional History Center, Hodge interviews Thomas Fulton, head of the social work department, for a @dailyathenaeum article. Read more about Hodge and other barrier breakers in The List at wvumag.wvu.edu #instaWVU #blackhistorymonth
Victor Chow is a founder of the #WVU Center for Chinese Business @wvucobe. A native of Taiwan, he also oversees the Confucius Institute for Business West Virginia, a China-funded program that grows connections between K-12 educators in #WV and #China. Last summer he brought a group of West Virginia superintendents and principals to China in order to make broader educational change. There is a lot of misunderstanding between the U.S. and China, he said. I've been here 30 years, and I think if people don't go there and people don't communicate, they will never understand each other. Read the rest of the story at the profile link. Illustration by @greyhambone.
Qingyun Sun came to #WVU from China in 1996 to get his PhD. He's now leading the effort to attract Chinese participation in West Virginia commerce in the state development office. He says a crucial strategy right now is recruiting students to #WV. He expects their parents will follow for a visit. They'll invest. They'll become U.S. export partners. The state is already a trading partner with China, and there's an emotional bond, too. Millions of Chinese, from adults to small children, know John Denver's #countryroads. They may not know Tennessee or Massachusetts, but when you mention West Virginia, there's a common response, Sun says. Oh, I know, they'll say. Almost heaven. Read more of the story at the profile link. Illustration by @greyhambone.
Jim Wood manages the U.S.-#China Energy Center at #WVU, which focuses on advancing coal technologies, including carbon capture. Wood was formerly deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, and now leads the U.S. side of the #research collaboration between the two countries. He sees researchers overcoming differences because they're focused on the data. We're trying to make the center a strong center where ... you try to converge the technology because you want to converge the politics, Wood said. Read more at the link in the profile about how the U.S. and China can move in a productive direction. Illustration by @greyhambone.
Karen Culcasi, an associate professor at #WVU, tells the story of Leila, one of the many women she met at a Syrian #refugee camp in Jordan. Culcasi recounted that Leila learned cosmetology at the camp and worked in a beauty salon, and said of her experience: I feel better now. Before the salon opened, I was broken. I just wanted to go back to #Syria, but now I feel like I have a reason to stay here. I meet new people every day. Here, Culcasi is shown with a photo she took of a refugee camp in Jordan as she researched the many challenges women face there such as early marriages, sexual violence and harassment. Read more of the story at the link in the profile.
Someone once asked Usha Haley if she thought #China was the enemy for the #American way of life. Haley, a management and international #business professor @westvirginiau, responded saying China is a competitor and the U.S. can perform better in that competition. ...We haven't done a good job, she said. We've done a facile job. We've done a job with which we feel comfortable. We've understood them on our own terms. We haven't understood them on their terms, and everyone else does a better job of understanding us than we do. Read at the profile link how Haley uncovered Chinese steel subsidies, a discovery that is now used in U.S. and European trade agreements. Illustration by @greyhambone.
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“I just sat there stunned, on a wooden stool in the water watching the rescue boats go by.”-Paul Raines, owner of Western Auto in Rainelle, #westvirginia. He saw the flood coming just in time to tape and barricade his doors shut, but by 8 p.m. the water broke through, carrying debris and mud inside and 40 years of merchandise and memories out. The water spared nothing — tires, parts, even the valuables he’d had locked in his office — including a set of paintings he’d bought to auction off for a scholarship fund he’d created in honor of his late daughter. It wasn’t until 11 a.m. the next day that the water receded enough for him to wade out. His store is open again, but he worries for the future of the businesses and jobs in flood-affected towns like his. See how #WVU responded to the flood and how you can help at the link in the profile. #WV
The recovery will be years. We've been taught a whole new way of life, and people mean more than ever to us.-Janet Osborne. She watched the bottom level of her house wash away as water made an island of her property during the 1,000-year flood in #westvirginia this spring. In the days that followed, amidst shoveling out the muck and facing looters picking through what was left, Osborne learned that her heating and hot water tank were beyond repair. She went months without hot water, had to replace all her plumbing and strip her basement walls down to cinderblock to keep the mold at bay. Even after the waters receded, her house was deemed too unsafe for her ailing husband of 52 years, Douglas Osborne, who had been in a nursing home, to move back in. He died without ever being able to return. Still, she calls herself fortunate. She saw all the people still living in tents in her community and feared what would happen when the cold weather set in. Read about the #WVU response to the flood and find out how you can help those rebuilding their communities in the profile link. #wv
All night you could hear people calling for help. It was devastating.-Bill Bell. When a 1,000-year #flood raged through southern West Virginia this June, Bill Bell, his sister and his wife spent the night on the roof of his store, Rainelle Maytag. The flood destroyed thousands of dollars of appliances, kitchen cabinets and parts in his store. But he said the worst part of the flood was driving through the town of Rainelle after the waters retreated, seeing the homes of friends and family destroyed, their belongings scattered and heaped in piles beside the road like garbage. With winter setting in, residents of several counties still need our help. Read more about the #WVU response and how you can help in the profile link. #portrait