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WVU Parkersburg marks 60th birthday with community outreach

PARKERSBURG — In 1961, WVU Parkersburg, then known as the Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University, opened its doors at the old Madison School building.

One hundred four students enrolled.

Today, the college serves over 2,500 students from the Mid-Ohio Valley and across the United States.

To celebrate its Diamond Birthday, WVU Parkersburg will host a community service project each month this year to give back to the communities which have given so much to it. This year will be the year of WVUP Gives.

“Each month, we will identify a need, and each month, our campus community will come together to help fill that need for the communities we serve,” said WVU Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer.

Gilmer said it will be a wonderful opportunity to say “thank you” in a real and tangible way for decades of support and for the college to demonstrate its commitment to be a resource for the Mid-Ohio Valley, the state of West Virginia and beyond.

“With many of our students, faculty and staff working from home, we realized a great way to bring us all together, yet be socially distant, was to find a way to support our community and be safe,” Senta Goudy, WVU Parkersburg dean of Civic Engagement and Innovation, said.

WVUP Gives is accepting Gifts of Warmth. During January, donations of gloves may be dropped off in specially marked boxes at the entrances of the WVU Parkersburg main campus, Jackson County Center and the Center for Civic Engagement at 414 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg).

Donations of scarves and hats will be accepted in February and March, respectively.

Donations will be distributed with area food and clothing pantries, including the Salvation Army, Children’s Home Society and WVU Parkersburg student emergency needs.

“Over the past 60 years, nearly 200,000 students have come through our doors,” said Goudy. “WVUP Gives is a great opportunity for these alumni to help celebrate the gift of education by sharing the Gift of Warmth through the winter season.”

For more information about WVUP Gives, contact Senta Goudy at senta.goudy@wvup.edu or 304-424-8341.

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