* WHO :* West Virginia University President David C. Hardesty Jr.; F. Duke Perry, president and chief executive officer of the WVU Foundation; Craig Walker, vice president and treasurer of the WVU Foundation; Provost Gerald Lang; Dana Brooks, dean of the WVU School of Physical Education.

* WHAT :* Dedication of the International Center for Performance Excellence in the WVU School of Physical Education

* WHEN :* 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11

* WHERE :* Room 251, Coliseum

* DETAILS :* The mission of the International Center for Performance Excellence will be to promote on a global basis the importance of engaging in sport and physical activity to enhance the quality of life.

With this in mind, the center will work with School of Physical Education faculty and students to pursue support for international exchange programs, undertake efforts to engage in collaborative global research projects, and serve as host for national and international conferences.

Andrew C. Ostrow, a professor in the School of Physical Education, and William Alsop an associate professor emeritus in the school, established the center in honor of Ostrows father, Philip Ostrow, a retired New York City teacher. To support the center, Ostrow and Alsop donated the assets of Fitness Information Technology Inc., a publishing company they ran, to the WVU Foundation. The WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for WVU . The donation, appraised at $605,000, was the largest gift from a faculty member during the WVU FoundationsBuilding Greatness Campaign.