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Greg Dunaway A Message from Dean Dunaway

The faculty, students, and staff of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are committed to changing the world we live in.  Through learning, research, and engagement we are solving real-world problems and providing tools to understand and improve the human condition.  In doing so our faculty is discovering more, inventing more, and providing more all while taking the student experience to the next level.


Because we know that success is measured in the ability to think critically, to learn constantly and push past boundaries to drive innovation for West Virginia and beyond.

Our alumni and friends promote that pursuit by providing much needed support to make sure that the education from WVU and Eberly transforms its students to be leaders armed with a breadth and depth of knowledge, an intellectual curiosity, and a compassion to make the world better for themselves and others.   

West Virginia University achieved a historic milestone in its private fundraising efforts, surpassing the $1 billion goal in its State of Minds more than a year before the deadline. The Eberly College pledged to raise $84 million, met ---and surpassed --- that goal. While we celebrate the success of this achievement, there is much work ahead. We’re dreaming big and on the cusp of even bigger opportunities, but we need your help.

The Eberly College—partnered with you—needs to invest in new facilities, new programs, and new collaborations. Our resources must match the talents and aspirations of our students and faculty. And our outcomes must directly benefit the economic health of West Virginia.  I sincerely hope that you will consider investing in the future of our students.  We have so very much to gain by your generous support.  Thank you.


R. Gregory Dunaway, Dean

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

How you can help

Undergraduate Education

Students in the Eberly College are motivated to tackle real-world problems, and the knowledge gained as undergraduates differentiates them in their pursuit of jobs, graduate school admission and leadership opportunities.

In a challenging economic landscape defined by decreasing state support for higher education, our students need your help more than ever. From making college a reality through endowed scholarships to enhancing their academic experience through funded internships and study abroad, your generosity will help our students succeed.

A community for those seeking a challenge

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The Eberly College educates 60 percent of WVU’s undergraduates. Given its size and scope—more than 6,700 students pursuing 34 undergraduate majors and 21 minors—it is difficult to comprehend Eberly’s expansive responsibility to undergraduate education.

The ability to think critically and communicate remains the core philosophy behind the Eberly undergraduate experience. To meet these needs, an education in the arts and sciences can be very specific or very versatile and flexible—and often both. This transformative approach to education empowers students to inspire hearts and minds, solve problems in a changing world and create ideas and innovations that cross every discipline. Our academic areas of emphasis are broadly defined as the humanities (who we are and what we believe), the natural sciences (all we know about the world) and the social sciences (how we live and interact). We produce knowledge that matters.

The people and industries of West Virginia and beyond expect much from us: knowledge, research, boldness, bright ideas and bright graduates. We can and will exceed those expectations, but only with your generosity and commitment.

Adventure of a lifetime 

While many geology departments at universities across the country are de-emphasizing field work, a gift from February 2016 is keeping the hands-on experience alive for students in the Department of Geology and Geography.

Graduates Pamela (MS ’88) and Dan (MS ’89) Billman pledged to establish a permanent endowment in support of student field experiences. The gift serves as the foundation for the Geology Student Field Experience Campaign, which allowed Associate Professor Kathleen Benison to lead a group to Death Valley to study modern evaporates, while Assistant Professor Amy Weislogel led a group to the Book Cliffs of Utah to study sequence stratigraphy.


“Field experiences are essential for an understanding of the Earth’s processes and environments,” said Tim Carr, WVU’s Marshall Miller Professor of Geology and the Department of Geology and Geography chair. “The experience and comprehension that can be gained through the study of geology in the field is invaluable for science students. Even with modern technology, from satellites to scanning electron microscopes, there are a number of geological aspects that still require first-hand observation.”

The Billmans’ gift kicks off a campaign to fully fund the Geology Student Field Experience endowment, and opportunities are now available for others to participate. With a goal of $500,000, contributions can be made at a number of levels ranging from Chestnut Ridge ($25-99), to Everest ($50k+). 

Graduate Education

Our graduate students are passionate in their quest for change through scholarship and research. They work alongside top-tier faculty who care, challenging the status quo in human understanding. They are the architects of our future.

We need your gifts to ensure they continue on the path of discovery. Supporting fellowships for graduate student research and scholarships for conferences will foster their professional development and ability to make a positive impact on our communities.

Progress is where ideas and determination meet

As the Eberly College strives to meet its objectives of being locally focused, nationally prominent and globally engaged, it is imperative to boost scholarly activity and research that will address the challenges faced by society. Graduate students are the avenue to make that connection between the College and community.


In May 2011, a new record was set within the Eberly College for the number of doctoral degrees awarded—63. In our 21 graduate degree programs and three graduate certificates, we prepare graduate students to engage, explore and lead in an ever-changing world. To continue attracting top graduates to achieve these goals, it is essential to increase the number of fellowships and assistantships through external funding, along with raising stipends to levels competitive with peer institutions. We need your support to continue on the path of cutting-edge discoveries that make a positive impact on our communities. We may change lives, but it’s our students who change the world.

Rewarding research 

Molly Crowe

For WVU psychology Ph.D. graduate Molly Crowe, the first recipient of the Barry Edelstein Student Research Award for her research on neuropathic pain, the scholarship supported travel to Poland for an international psychology conference. 

“The scholarship really contributed to my experience abroad. It was an amazing experience to see people doing the same research as me in other countries and have the opportunity to interact with them,” Crowe said. “Recognition of research through awards is the best thing a department can do because it really shows people that research is the emphasis.”

Future psychology students like Crowe will continue to benefit from support from the Barry Edelstein Student Research Award, endowed this fall by a $50,000 gift from alumni Joe (B.S. Business Management, 1983; MBA, 1984) and Sharon (B.A. Psychology, 1984; MA Psychology, 1986; Ph.D. Psychology, 1991) Older. 

Sharon and Joe Older

This gift is part of the Olders’ $125,000 commitment to WVU, which includes gifts to the College of Business and Economics, the Mountaineer Marching Band’s Pride Travel Fund and the varsity crew team. 

The Olders own and manage Adapt Behavior Sciences, which has three locations near Orlando, Fl. What began as a small family business has grown to 1,000 active cases with nearly 150 clinicians. Sharon Older is the executive director and clinical supervisor, while Joe Older is the finance director. 

“WVU has one of the best behavioral psychology programs in the country,” Sharon Older said. “The Ph.D. in psychology from WVU opened a lot of doors for me, and I want other students to have those opportunities.”


Our faculty are established experts in their fields, leading cutting-edge research, creating outreach opportunities and building a strong foundation of scholarship. Your gifts of endowed professorships and chairs as well as professional development allow our faculty to remain competitive as researchers, and support our ever-changing student demographic.

Raising the standard for innovation

Our faculty is our core strength for producing knowledge that matters—the people who make it all happen. They are the problem solvers who affect change everywhere from the classroom to policy. Our professors push boundaries through ground-breaking research, creative approaches to pedagogy and a focus on collaborative outreach in our communities.

The Eberly College promotes growth in both the quantity and quality of faculty scholarship through are three academic areas of emphasis: the humanities (who we are and what we believe), the natural sciences (all we know about the world) and the social sciences (how we live and interact).

T o continue meeting these goals, we must stimulate interdisciplinary research, particularly in areas that couple the study of science and technology with socially relevant issues. Your support will keep us on course to recruit and retain leading faculty. There are many ways to help, whether that be through research support, equipment or facilities funding.

The best way, though? Consider endowing a professorship and allowing us to support the research and teaching needs. Your gift to the College or a particular department will allow our faculty to remain competitive as educators and researchers.


An interdisciplinary conversation

In 1889 — 22 years after West Virginia University opened its doors to students — the first 10 women entered the University as degree candidates. Among them was Harriet E. Lyon, who had transferred from Vassar College. Two years later, Lyon would become WVU’s first female graduate, finishing at the top of her class.

In honor of Lyon and the rich legacy of women students at the University, Judith Gold Stitzel, founding director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, established a first-of-its-kind professorship that recognizes, emphasizes and supports the interdisciplinary role of women’s and gender studies throughout the University.

The professorship will allow faculty from any department or program within WVU and its satellite campuses to apply for a two-to-three year, part-time appointment to teach and/or conduct research as a part of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

“This professorship is an innovative concept and will engage faculty members from across the university in an interdisciplinary conversation. It will also enhance people’s awareness of our academic unit and how the field of women’s and gender studies truly touches on all disciplines,” said Jennifer Orlikoff, director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

A number of supporters have joined the effort to fund the initiative, to date bringing the total raised to $330,000. This includes gifts made in conjunction with Judith Stitzel’s retirement in 1998 and her $100,000 gift that officially kicks off the campaign to fully fund the professorship.


Our facilities are the spaces where ideas take shape—where a single question becomes a discovery. Your gifts make lab renovations and new technologies possible, ensuring every new building project is reflected in the quality academic achievements of our students.

A focus on the future

Housed in over 15 buildings, the College sustains an aggressive pace of renovation that results in improvement in the quality of facilities and preservation of teaching, research, outreach and administrative functions. Continued improvement of our facilities and operations will ensure a philosophy of inclusive excellence—where students and faculty can focus on their scholarship and not worry about tools and technology needed for success. Your contribution will greatly assist the implementation of construction and renovation projects to achieve these goals. When it comes to facilities, one act of generosity can make a difference for generations.

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From memories to modernization 

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry is exploring its options to modernize West Virginia University’s general chemistry laboratories.

Made possible by a $1 million gift pledge by Edna Bennett Pierce, she hopes to keep her late husband’s memory alive through the modernization of his favorite campus building, Clark Hall.

“When Gene was a student at WVU, he lived in what was then the attic of the chemistry building. He was particularly fond of that building, so it seemed meaningful to donate the money to its renovation,” Pierce said. “I hope this gift allows the department to continue to be as great as I understand it is.”


Though final plans have not yet been determined, the funds could entail the installation of new ventilation hood systems, an updated AV system that will allow instructors to display experimental and safety procedures and new instruments to enhance the hands-on student experience.

“Each semester more than 2,000 students across many disciplines take our general chemistry courses. The renovation project will have a positive and direct impact on the laboratory learning experience for these students,” said Kung Wang, professor and chair of the chemistry department. “It will also greatly help with recruitment and retention of students and faculty at WVU.”

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Finding new frontiers

The Biology Graduate Student Association is hosting a competitive research competition to recognize WVU's graduate biology students for their research efforts. The funds raised will be awarded to the most innovative ideas and be used to supply materials needed to complete their experiments.

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Make a Gift

Every gift invested by ECAS alumni and friends strengthens our college. Thanks to past financial support, the Eberly College is poised to lead West Virginia University’s emergence as one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher education. Work remains as we seek to extend the development of the college’s excellence and diverse faculty, students and programs.

The easiest way to give to the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is through the WVU Foundation online.

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