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Assistant Dean receives service award

Assistant Dean of Student Artistic Achievement Mikylah Myers received the Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia String Teachers Association.

“The award that Mikylah received is given to those that we feel have provided tireless service to the betterment of string education and to the string students in the state of West Virginia,” said WVSTA President Jeannine Sturm. “Mikylah has done so much for the younger students in the K-12 field and for those that are future educators. We are very fortunate to have her in our state and at WVU!”

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CCA names faculty award winners

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has selected its annual faculty awards.

Each year, the college awards for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity; Outstanding Teacher; Outstanding Service; and Adjunct Faculty Excellence.

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Black Lives Matter at the CCA, A Call to Action

Black Lives Matter. Three simple words that make a poignant statement. A statement that is true and supported in the College of Creative Arts. Three words forming a phrase that reflects the last eight years of our nation’s complex struggle with racism in America. A phrase that starts with the killing of Trayvon Martin, continuing through the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. A phrase that has now reached a new crescendo with the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Black Lives Matter. 

The arts fill many roles in society. For many the roles that come to mind are to reflect beauty and to provide escape. However, one of the most important roles of the arts is to reflect society and to challenge us to engage in difficult conversations. Throughout history, artists such as Paul Robeson, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Jacob Lawrence, TJ Anderson and August Wilson have illuminated the conflicts in our society. Their work effectively memorializes the challenges of their times and inspires the difficult conversations that we must engage in as a society. It is because the arts can lead us to engage in these difficult conversations that I believe it important that I add my voice as the Dean of the College of Creative Arts to the voices of President Gee, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea Poore, chief of University Police W.P. Chedester and Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association. 

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Celebrating the class of 2020

To the class of 2020, you really know how to make a memorable exit!

Though we cannot share the celebration of your tremendous achievement in person, I want you to know that we are proud of you. We are proud of how you have developed, grown and inspired us. During your somewhat short time on campus, you have witnessed a seismic change in our culture and our world. Now that you have a head-start on life after WVU, I hope you take a moment to reflect on how you are now ready to be a needed catalyst for change in our society. A catalyst that will make meaningful contributions to your new communities.

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College and schools announce outstanding seniors

West Virginia University College of Creative Arts and its schools have selected outstanding seniors from the May 2020 graduating class.

Each school selects their top senior based on merit. The top outstanding senior for the college is then voted on by administrators.

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College of Creative Arts awards research activity

West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has selected the winners of the College’s annual Faculty/Student Mentored Research Awards.

“With 17 applicants across all the Creative Arts disciplines, our students showcased stunning scholarly and creative research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels,” said Mikylah Myers, assistant dean of student artistic achievement. “This yearly exhibit highlights the behind-the-scenes research mentorship of our world-class faculty, and reinforces the goal of a professional mind-set that we want all of our students to have the moment they set foot in the Canady Creative Arts Center.”

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WV native Bill Withers dies at age 81

West Virginia native singer-songwriter Bill Withers died Monday, March 30, in Los Angeles from complications related to heart disease. 

Known for such songs as “Lean on Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Lovely Day,” Withers was born in Slab Fork, West Virginia on July 4, 1938, and spent much of his young life in Beckley. Withers received an honorary doctorate from West Virginia University in 2017.

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Creative Arts Center renamed in honor of Canady leadership gift

When students return to campus, the beloved home of the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts will have a new name in honor of a leadership gift from the Valerie Canady Charitable Foundation. Beginning today, the former Creative Arts Center on WVU’s Evansdale campus will be known as the Loulie, Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts Center.

The newly established Canady Fund for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts will provide for arts programming, educational enrichment opportunities, building improvements and discretionary support to benefit students, faculty and staff within the College of Creative Arts.

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WVU students participate in Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra

Three students from West Virginia University in February participated in The Mid Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra.

MACJO is the premier performing and networking honor group for select collegiate jazz musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region. MACJO was founded in 2009 as an initiative of the Cumberland Jazz Society.

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