Get on board the West Virginia University Days caravan, loaded with Mountaineer information and entertainment, as it makes its way into Southern West Virginia Oct. 8-10.


Mountaineer FanFare on Tuesday, Oct. 8,featuring the WVU Marching Band �€and Face to Face with WVU , an interactive program for prospective college students on Thursday, Oct. 10 �€will highlight this years WVU Days in Raleigh, Summers and Mercer counties.


“WVU Days provides us with an opportunity to go into various communities throughout the state and talk to young people about the importance of higher education,”said WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr.”It also allows us to showcase the many academic, research, service and cultural opportunities available at a major land-grant research university.”


For three days, Oct. 8-10, WVU faculty will go into area high schools to present”mini lectures”on subjects related to their areas of expertise. At the same time, WVU administrators and students will visit eighth-grade classrooms to talk about career choices, college expenses and time management. In addition, units within WVU s College of Creative Arts are planning a special performance Oct. 9-10 for elementary, middle and high school students.


First up is Mountaineer Fanfare at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the WoodrowWilsonHigh School football field. Area high school bands including WoodrowWilsonHigh School, SummersCountyHigh School and PrincetonHigh School will perform at the free event, followed by a finale by the Mountaineer Marching Band, the”Pride of West Virginia.”The University band has 320 members, including 12 from Raleigh, Summers and Mercer counties.


Face to Face is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10 in the ConferenceCenter at the RaleighCountyArmoryCivicCenter. Administrators, faculty, staff and students representing WVU s 13 colleges and schools will be on hand to answer questions on majors ranging from engineering and medicine to business and teacher education. High school juniors and seniors and their families are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and there will be special WVU giveaways.


Since the early90’s, WVU Days has been an annual event designed to take the University to various communities to promote higher education and highlight the programs offered by WVU and its regional campuses.