A model of success: WVU graduate lands national magazine cover

West Virginia University alumna Elleyse Gemondo just took her modeling career to the next level, landing her first national magazine cover earlier this summer.

“Last year, Bella Gladys, a high-end publication that features models, brands, designers and photographers from around the world, invited me to be a model in its summer issue of 2017,” Gemondo, fashion, dress and merchandising graduate, said. “We did the photoshoots last fall with two different photographers and teams.”

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WVU assistant professor of landscape architecture earns international recognition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Vaike Haas, assistant professor of landscape architecture West Virginia University took center stage in Beijing, China, over the weekend, as Vaike Haas , assistant professor of landscape architecture , was honored for her exemplary work by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the premier international organization for landscape architecture educators. 

Haas was recognized with CELA’s 2017 Excellence in Service Learning Award, Junior Level, which honors a faculty member’s excellent ability to direct design studio projects that demonstrate outstanding quality and/or emphasize the critical thinking and creative process. The award was presented during CELA’s international conference, held May 26-29.

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DPS Land Services endows scholarship benefitting WVU Davis College students

Energy land management students at West Virginia University will have additional opportunities to network with industry professionals thanks to an endowment established by DPS Land Services.

The $25,000 endowment – the first for the energy land management program in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design – is designed to provide funding to support travel for conferences, meetings and other extracurricular activities for students enrolled in the program.

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WVU researchers partner with West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the lives of West Virginians

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - When it comes to problem-solving, the WVU Davis College and the West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service have a lot in common. This is one of the many reasons why the two entities developed a five-year project agreement in 2015, initially allocating resources for six research projects to be carried out by WVU researchers.

“There had been some discussion on our level about this project, but a lot of it came about with a discussion between WVU Davis College Dean Robison and the State Conservationist,” said Jerry Fletcher, professor of resource economics and director of the WVU Davis College Natural Resource Analysis Center.  

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WVU to provide opportunity for students, community members to learn from Pittsburgh’s ‘Rust Belt revitalization’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Mellon Square, Susan RademacherOver the past few decades, the City of Pittsburgh has become “a model of Rust Belt revitalization,” and its revival, in large part, is due to the preservation and management of parks systems. West Virginia University will provide an opportunity for students and community members to learn valuable lessons from one of Pittsburgh’s distinguished environmental designers, who has been a key player in the city’s reinvention.

Butler, who often uses Pittsburgh as a hands-on learning site for his students, giving them opportunities to collaborate with other designers, planners and community members, says the city is “fast becoming a model of ‘rust belt’ revitalization” and “the lessons of maintaining and enhancing open spaces as a city reinvents itself is extraordinarily valuable.”

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Kiddie Days set for April 25-27 at WVU Animal Sciences Farm

Remember the first time you saw a cow up close or heard the baa of a sheep in person? Thousands of area kids will experience those firsts when West Virginia University’s Animal Sciences Farm hosts Kiddie Days April 25-27. Kiddie Days

Hosted by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design, the event allows kids and adults in the region to not only see animals, but also learn more about farming and where the food on their table comes from.

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The Legacy Project

At the end of Outlook Street, less than one-half mile from the Mountainlair student union, Vaike Haas, assistant professor of landscape architecture, and a group of her students are taking advantage of the nice weather to work on a project near and dear to her heart. Falling Run

Donning hard hats and carrying shovels, garden hoes and spades, the students walk down a dirt trail leading into a forest-like area.

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