Its a learning center, alumni gathering and musical extravaganza all rolled into one, and its coming to the Eastern Panhandle in the form of West Virginia University Days Sept. 24-26.

The event, which mixes forums for college information, lectures by outstanding WVU professors and entertainment, will make stops in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties later this month.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for WVU to share our nationally-recognized student programs with the citizens of the Eastern Panhandle,”said WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr.”It’s also an important opportunity for citizens to learn about the breadth and depth of of our education majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We especially hope to meet high school students from the Eastern Panhandle who really want to getter a better sense of the great things happening at their state’s flagship institution.”

Throughout the three days, there will be college awareness programs, musical presentations by the African drum and jazz ensembles, alumni gatherings and WVU Puppet Mobile presentations.

There will also be a special”Face to Face with WVU “from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Comfort Inn in Martinsburg. High school students and their families from the Eastern Panhandle are invited to meet with representatives from WVU s 13 colleges and schools as well as regional campuses. The theme for the evening, co-hosted by WVU and the Mountaineer Parents Club, is”Learning How WVU Can Give You the Academic Edge.”

A particular highlight of WVU Days is Mountaineer Fanfare, which will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Martinsburg High School Stadium.

Area high schools will perform field shows followed by a performance of the Mountaineer Marching Band, the”Pride of West Virginia.”Bands to perform include Martinsburg High School, Jefferson High School, Berkeley Springs High School, Hedgesville High School and Musselman High.

Admission counselors also will be in middle school classrooms throughout the region during the three days.

WVU faculty and staff will present lectures in area high schools on topics ranging from politics to music. These lectures by some of WVU s outstanding professors are designed to give students a taste of the college classroom.