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  September 2020
Message from President

Greetings Yellow Jacket Nation!  What an honor and privilege it is to serve as your first woman and 12th President of West Virginia State University.  I hope you are well, safe, and enjoying the start of fall.  In August, we kicked off our fall semester and I am pleased to share with you that we safely reopened campus and welcomed back students for in-person teaching and learning.  While we should be celebrating Homecoming here on campus, I look forward to meeting you during a few of our virtual Homecoming events.  Thank you for the warm State welcome.  I am excited about the work we have ahead of us as we envision the State of our future.  Go State!


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Nicole Pride, Ph.D.


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We may not be able to fellowship at the place we love so dear, this year for Homecoming 2020, but would still love to catch up with you virtually! Please see our virtual homecoming schedule for a list of events! Tag us in social media wearing your WVSU  In the Spirit of Homecoming swag! 

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Although we won’t be gathering in person this year, we invite you to consider donating all or a significant portion of what you would have spent during your annual trip back to our beloved institution. As of today, we are proud to announce that we have raised over $53,000 from 136 donors. 

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We hope to see each of you at Homecoming 2021, as we anticipate being able to celebrate on the campus of our beautiful alma mater! Go State!






2020 Election of National Officers

Calling all WVSU National Alumni Association Financial Members, cast your vote for WVSUNAA's National Officers by clicking here. A special Executive Board meeting will be held on Friday, September 25, at 5:00 pm to receive the election results. The installation of new officers will be held virtually on Saturday, October 1, 2020. The term of office for each position will be four (4) years commencing September 26, 2020, and expiring October 2024. 


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1890 Land Grant Celebrates

130 Years

Sunday, August 30, marked the 130th anniversary of the authorizing legislation establishing the 1890 Land-Grant Universities (LGUs). Almost 30 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act of 1862, the Second Morrill Act, creating our nation’s historically black land-grant colleges, was successfully shepherded through Congress by Senator Justin Smith Morrill and signed into law on Aug. 30, 1890. This thriving network of 19 universities has a legacy of educating first-generation and economically disadvantaged college students and enhancing the resilience of limited-resourced farmers, families, individuals, and underserved communities.
“America’s 1890 Land-Grant Universities are home to some of the best and the brightest our nation has to offer,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The thousands of scientists, researches, and educators at these institutions are undertaking user-inspired, cutting-edge science that is transforming lives across our nation and around the world. The students at these institutions are a critical part of the future of American agriculture and with them the future is bright.” Read More



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WVSUNAA Chapter Spotlight on the
Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter

Chapter President, Gregory Wilson and his fellow Yellow Jackets delivered care packages as part of their senior care initiative. We love seeing our alumni out in their communities giving back! Go State! 

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Campus News

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WVSU Dean to Participate in White House HBCU Panel Discussion
Dr. Naveed Zaman will be featured on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, during a panel discussion on HBCU's participating in a new program sponsored by IBM to develop in-demand skills called the Skills Academy Initiative.
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West Virginia State University celebrated Constitution Day2020, commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philidelphia on September 17, 1787.
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West Virginia State University Department of Biology Named One of the Best in the Nation.
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