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Two SOJ professors connect students to communities through LINK grant

Two WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism faculty members have received additional support to reach out to communities around the state through the courses they teach. Six WVU faculty members in total have been given the funding needed to create service-learning requirements in their courses, and in turn are helping communities across the state to address problems.

Associate Professor Joel Beeson and his students will be working in McDowell County, W.Va., with the African-American Veterans Association. Assistant Professor Rita Colistra and her students will be working with the “Buy Local” campaign in Ritchie County, W.Va.

All of this is being made possible with the help of the Campus-Community LINK grant valued at $30,000 awarded to WVUs Center for Civic Engagement through the West Virginia Campus Compact. This Campus Compact pilot program is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and completed in partnership with the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

The grants were given to six colleges and universities around the state, including Concord University, Marshall University, Glenville State College, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Fairmont State University.

Read the complete press release on WVU Today .