Whether they are educators, learners or supporters of West Virginia University, they are great at what they do.

And, WVU’s annual Weekend of Honors April 9-11 is all about them.

“Weekend of Honors is a special time at the University. It brings the WVU community together to recognize outstanding faculty, staff and students for their achievements, and to show them how much we appreciate them and what they do for this University,” said Gretchen Hoover, special events coordinator at University Events.

Events held throughout the weekend include individual award ceremonies, open houses at the University’s various schools and colleges, Ring Day ceremony and a Pittsburgh Symphony Concert.

The weekend will feature an awards dinner recognizing some of the University’s most decorated and dedicated faculty and staff.

The “Celebrating Faculty and Staff Excellence” award dinner will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9 in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

WVU President James P. Clements and Provost Michele Wheatly will be present to recognize all award winners. The event, which is invitation-only, will be complete with a photo slideshow.

Awards being presented include Nicholas Evans Advising Awards, Foundation Outstanding Teacher awards, Benedum Distinguished Scholar, Heebink Award for Distinguished State Service, CASE Professor of the Year, Caperton Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing, the Mary Catherine Buswell Award for Outstanding Service to Women and the Herman Mertins Leadership Award for Staff Advocacy. Full press releases about many of the award winners and details about the awards are available online at http://wvutoday.wvu.edu .

In conjunction with the Weekend of Honors, about 110 students will be inducted into WVU honoraries during a special event at Touchdown Terrace in Milan Puskar Stadium on Tuesday, April 6. The event is for inductees only.

Of those being welcomed into the honoraries, 38 are joining Helvetia (sophomores); 42, Chimes (juniors); and 30, Mortar Board (seniors).

Wheatly will speak to the students at the event. Students being inducted in the Mortar Board National College Honorary were “tapped” in their classrooms in late March as part of the honorary’s life-long tradition.

Other Weekend of Honors activities:

Friday, April 9

• College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Honors Ceremony and Reception, 1-3 p.m., Erickson Alumni Center

• Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Honors Convocation, 3:30 p.m., 1021 South Agricultural Sciences Building

PNC Roll of Academic Excellence and WVU Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Introduction and Recognition Ceremony, WVU’s College of Business and Economics, 6:30 p.m., Erickson Alumni Center; invitation only

• School of Dentistry’s Dental Hygiene Senior Awards Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Erickson Alumni Center; invitation only

Saturday, April 10

• Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Awards and Honors Recognition Ceremony and Brunch, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Mountainlair ballrooms; invitation only

• Center for Women’s Studies Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, 4-6 p.m., Erickson Alumni Center

• Pittsburgh Symphony Concert with pianist Stephen Hough, 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, WVU Creative Arts Center; for tickets call the Pittsburgh Symphony Box Office at 1-800-743-8560

Sunday, April 11

• Ring Day ceremony, 1-2 p.m., Erickson Alumni Center; invitation only

For more information and any schedule updates or additions, visit http://weekendofhonors.wvu.edu .



CONTACT: Gretchen Hoover, University Events
304-293-8029, Gretchen.Hoover@mail.wvu.edu