March 2021 
West Liberty University has many good things happening this spring including the March 30 observation of Founders' Day and our annual Day of Giving. We are especially pleased to be able to resume in-person Commencements in May! We hope you'll join us as we celebrate our past and strengthen our future so that all those who seek a quality higher education on the Hilltop can continue to do so! Thank you!
Join Us on Day of Giving
WLU Foundation invites you to give to your favorite academic, student life or sports program and help unlock powerful matching funds! Sponsored by CMTA Energy Solutions, with support from the Mills Group, the Day of Giving is one of the Foundation's most important fundraisers of the year. The WLU Foundation also will award a bonus to the three programs with the largest number of donors! 
To learn more, please visit the secure website Thank you in advance for considering a gift to WLU! 
WELD Starting
Gary E. West College of Business faculty from left, Tina DeWitt, Sherry Rocchio and Ingrid Loy are excited to launch the first collegiate chapter of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) in the state on March 10. Membership is open to all campus.

WLU Hosts 1st WELD

WEST LIBERTY, Feb. 25, 2021 — West Liberty University will soon host the first collegiate chapter of WELD, a national organization that promotes economic and leadership development for women.

“We are thrilled to welcome Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) to campus, as we introduce this valuable association to our community,” said Ingrid Loy, a WLU marketing instructor in the Gary E. West College of Business.

Loy will serve as a faculty advisor to the WLU WELD chapter. Other advisors include Sherry Rocchio and Tina Dewitt, both also faculty in the College of Business. Student representatives will be announced at the 3 - 4:30 pm, March 10 virtual launch event.

The WLU WELD Chapter is open to all students, faculty and staff, both men and women.

This launch will feature guest speakers: Kaeris Cicchino, business management/marketing student from Otterbein University; Latashia Love, law clerk at Thompson Hine LLP, and Diana Westhoff, owner of Speak 4 You, LLC.

“WELD provides women with tools and skills to enhance their individual economic status,” said Barbara Smoot, WELD president. “We want to mobilize women to become active leaders in businesses, civic organizations and government."

With national headquarters in Westerville, Ohio, WELD is membership-based and operated locally by volunteers supported by the national affiliation and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). For more information, please contact Loy at
Ron Scott and Marjorie Fuller
YWCA Program Director for Cultural Diversity Ron Scott and WVU Professor Marjorie Fuller will present on race this month.

Conversations Continue

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., March 8, 2021 — While Black History Month has concluded for 2021, important conversations about race continue this March through two presentations offered to the campus community. These virtual events are sponsored by the WLU Diversity Committee. 

“We are excited to welcome two presenters over the next couple weeks. Professor Marjorie Fuller, who visited us last year will return with a new presentation and Ron Scott of Wheeling’s YWCA will present a program on stereotypes. Both will be helpful as we all consider what we can do to move WLU forward on these topics,” said Chris McPherson, one of the two co-chairs of the committee.
  • Noon, Wednesday, March 10 – Professor Marjorie Fuller, Director of the West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research, will deliver her presentation, “Through Our Lens: A Black Perspective on Black History Month.”
  • Noon, Wednesday, March 17 – Ron Scott, Jr., Wheeling YWCA Program Director for Cultural Diversity & Community Outreach, will present through Zoom Webinar and discuss stereotypes/implicit bias. 
The WLU Diversity Committee meets throughout the year and is chaired by McPherson and Dr. Felipe Rojas, assistant professor of Spanish. Other members include employees: Kate Billings, Ryan Glanville, Amanda Tennant, Sara Sweeney, Emily D’Aquila, Eveldora Wheeler, Chris Lee, Hilary Bougher-Muckian, Vishakha Maskey, Kimberly Underwood, Matthew Wood, Michael Aulick, and Rebecca Meacham. The group also has student member, Andrew Dillie.
After each presentation, there will be an opportunity to converse directly with these two presenters in a traditional Zoom meeting. This link will be shared during the presentations. For more info, please contact
Go Toppers!

Hilltoppers No. 3 Seed

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., March 7, 2021 — The West Liberty University men's basketball team has earned its 12th consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament bid and is the No. 3 seed when the 6-team Atlantic Region Tournament tips off on Saturday inside the ASRC.
The WLU athletic department has announced game times and ticketing information.
The host Hilltoppers (15-4) will take on No. 6 seed Malone (17-6), the G-MAC Tournament champion, in Saturday's first quarterfinal at 6 p.m. No. 5 seed Fairmont State (15-4), the MEC Tournament champion, closes out the quarterfinal session with an 8:45 p.m. contest against No. 4 seed Mercyhurst (11-0).
The West Liberty/Malone winner moves on to Sunday's 5 p.m. regional semifinal against No. 2 seed Charleston (14-3) with the Fairmont State/Mercyhurst survivor taking on top-seeded Hillsdale (20-2) in a 7:45 p.m. semifinal.
Sunday's winners return to the ASRC floor Tuesday at 7 p.m. to play for the Atlantic Region championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which will be held March 24-27 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
In accordance with the NCAA's mandatory COVID protocols required and in compliance with state and local guidelines, the WLU athletic department has adopted a limited attendance policy for this weekend's Atlantic Regional.
A 40-ticket allocation has been set aside for each team to accommodate parents of their participating student-athletes working through their respective athletic departments. Socially-distanced seating for these individuals is being reserved behind their team bench.
In addition, 170 "touchless" general admission tickets will be made available to the public for every tournament game. Tickets are priced at $10 and will be sold separately for each game – with a limit of three tickets per transaction – through a mobile ticketing agency. No daily passes or all-session passes are available.
The arena will be cleared at the conclusion of each game and all social distancing and masking requirements will be strictly enforced throughout the tournament.
The link to purchase tickets for Saturday's and Sunday's games will be posted Thursday at 9 a.m. on the West Liberty University athletics website – – and on social media. The link for tickets to Tuesday's regional championship game will be posted Monday at 9 a.m. 
Read Online

100 Years of News 

West Liberty University’s student newspaper, The Trumpet, is marking 100 years of publication in 2021 and in honor of the milestone, students and staff archived hardcopies of the paper digitally, so everyone can access the paper easily from home or office!

It all began when a few students, led by now-retired longtime journalism professor Tammie Beagle, began to study and archive online issues of the newspaper housed in WLU’s Elbin Library, just before COVID-19 hit.

“This started out as a class project last year, conceived by Professor Beagle to archive the history of the Trumpet. We might eventually create a book to share how on-campus events, local area news, major war events, national events and sports were covered by students over the years,” explained 2020 graduate and Wheeling resident Gabrielle Blanchard.

Blanchard is now employed by Williams Lea and is making good use of her public relations and journalism degrees.

Blanchard actually read over the hard copies of the newspaper in the Elbin Library archives to compile facts, figures and snippets for the book. Elbin Library staff scanned the newspapers for housing online. Though the pandemic slowed things down, the project continued.

One of the things that amazed Blanchard was the fact that no matter how tough things were in our country over the years, the paper kept publishing.

“Even during the most challenging of times like during the Vietnam War, The Trumpet was published a few times over the course of a year. Like today’s pandemic, it seems that the students hung in there.”

“I thought it was so important to archive the newspaper. The physical copies are fragile and if they are gone it’s like losing a piece of history,” she noted. The newspaper details the history of West Liberty University’s name changes, presidential shifts, sports highlights and constant growth over the many years of providing public higher education to the state and the region.

Due to the number of newspapers, the students were able to archive the starting year of each decade only, so 1921, 31, 41 and so forth are searchable online, according to WLU communications instructor Danielle Mehlman-Brightwell. Mehlman-Brightwell took over as faculty advisor to The Trumpet after Beagle retired.

Other students that worked on this archival project include current student editor Annalise Murphy of New Cumberland, W.Va. and Freddy Fitzsimmons of Wheeling.

To further celebrate its 100-year anniversary, The Trumpet has a new website and domain name, new app – College News Source (Apple app store or Google Play), new page layout, and new branding created by WLU students.  

To read archived versions of the student newspaper please click here. 
Employee Appreciation Day Celebrated!
Enjoy this brief video of President W. Franklin Evans expressing gratitude to WLU employees on Employee Appreciation Day 2021!
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