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China IMC Study Abroad trip for June 2017

The College of Media will be hosting a integrated marketing communications study abroad experience in China from June 2-23. The trip gives students the opportunity to have an international internship within an advertising or public relations agency. In addition, students will be taking an IMC course at Guang Dong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) for 3 elective credits (400 level). The trip will spend 4 days in Hong Kong, 13 days in Guangzhou, and 5 days in Beijing. For additional information contact Dr. Sammy Lee or Professor David Smith.

See the attached flyer for details.

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WVU College of Media to narrate Trump's first 100 Days in office from Appalachian point of view

The national media dubbed the region “Trump Nation” as they searched to find the answers behind what many considered to be a surprise victory for Donald Trump.

But much like America, Appalachia is a melting pot of people representing a variety of social, economic and political perspectives. In an effort to provide a more nuanced understanding of the region to a national audience, West Virginia University Reed College of Media, in partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and The Daily Yonder, is launching the reporting project,”100 Days in Appalachia.”

The project is designed to burst the filter bubble of social news and to candidly narrate the first 100 days of the new Presidential administration from within the heart of our region.

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College of Media receives largest planned gift in history

A journalism alumna who wishes to remain anonymous has pledged $700,000 to the College through a planned estate gift. The bequest is part of “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.”

At the time the money becomes available, it will be used to support major journalism initiatives that provide students with both foundational skills in writing, reporting and research and new skills in emerging journalistic practice.

“We are very appreciative of the generosity of our donor whose gift will have a transformative impact on the College,” said Dean Maryanne Reed. “Private giving is essential to support the good work of our students and faculty and the continued growth and success of our academic programs. “We still have a year to go in the campaign, and we hope to end 2017 on a high note.”

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The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience now accepting applications

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) (May 30-July 28, 2017) is now accepting applications from undergraduates who are interested in graduate school and research/creative work within their discipline as well as their faculty research mentors. Selected students complete 8-weeks of full-time research at West Virginia University (WVU) under the direction of a WVU faculty research mentor and a graduate or post-doctoral mentor. Undergraduate participant benefit includes $3,700 stipend. The application works best if the student has a faculty mentor in mind (or vice versa), and they both apply separately, requesting that they each work with the other. Review of completed applications will begin March 1, 2017. For more information and link to the online applications (for undergraduates and faculty research mentor), visit the SURE website .

Spring Symposium: The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College in conjunction with Undergraduate Admissions are organizing a campus-wide, culminating spring poster event to celebrate undergraduate scholarly activity (research/creative endeavors) whilst encouraging prospective students to decide on attending WVU. We are now accepting abstracts for this event that is set to take place on Saturday April 8, 2017 (1-3 p.m.) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. To submit an abstract, go to https://honorswvu.wufoo.com/forms/z4gxmu205qkhkx/. The poster event will coincide with prospective student and family attendance at the April 8 Decide WVU Day at the Mountainlair. Please encourage your undergraduate students to submit abstracts for consideration by the February 15, 2017 deadline. More info? Contact undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu

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Journalism alumna and veteran reporter honors mentors with endowed gift

As a young professional and a student at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism, now West Virginia University Reed College of Media, Martha Smith, (BSJ, 1970) had some unforgettable mentors.

Legendary West Virginia sportswriter Mickey Furfari, his wife Betty, a columnist at The Dominion News, now The Dominion Post and beloved journalism professor Paul

Atkins left such an impression on Smith that she is creating endowed scholarships in their names.
Smith’s planned gift of $155,000 will establish the Mickey and Betty Furfari Endowed Fund and the Professor Paul A. Atkins Endowed Fund. The money will provide scholarships to undergraduate students studying journalism at the College of Media.

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