Amy Matuga, Master of Arts in Communication Studies
Amy Matuga has always been a nontraditional student. Crossing the stage to get her diploma last December was the last leg of a long journey for her, and she was happy to be able to share the experience with her son, Jimmy.
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Tara Turley, Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA)
Working full time as an electrician and raising two pre-teen daughters, plus going to electrical apprenticeship school 20 Saturdays a year, does not leave much extra time for WVU Online student Tara Turley, yet she is determined to earn her Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.
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Katie Sick, MS Physical Education Teacher Education
A go-getter and a hands-on kind of person. This is how Katie Sick describes herself. Katie grew up in an active family and is super busy as a physical education teacher, health and fitness coach, weight room coach and cross country coach in Muncy, Pennsylvania. But her most important goal in life is to be a more effective teacher.
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Steve Robertson, Sport Management M.S.
Steve Robertson has his future planned out, and he chose WVU’s online Sport Management program to help him get to a Power 5 conference. WVU’s program is one of the most recognized programs in the world, and comes with an extensive alumni network, and that is something Steve had to be part of.
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Howard Bugg, WVU Online Business Data Analytics
Analyze. Innovate. Accelerate. These are three words that Howard Bugg, WVU Online Business Data Analytics student, knows a lot about. The 34-year-old Maryland native has been living in Morgantown, West Virginia for the last 13 years and in that time, he has accomplished more than most people hope to in a lifetime.
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Annie Machamer, MS Physical Education Teacher Education
From the moment Annie Machamer first slipped into her ballet shoes, she was destined to become a dancer. Born into a family of dancers, her love for the art first started at the age of three. As Annie grew, so too did her love for dance and physical activity. She helped secure funding for her high school hip-hop team that was once in danger of being erased completely; and it was from that point on that Annie found her calling. She decided to study Physical Education Teacher Education as an undergraduate student and do her part to keep dance education in schools.
Bernadette Dombrowski, Communications Specialist at the College of Creative Arts
When you walk inside the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University, you can almost feel the talent and inspiration that lives there. Galleries filled with original paintings, music echoing throughout the halls, and dancers practicing their pirouettes are just a few of the things you can expect to flood your senses when you go through those front doors. For most of us, a trip to the CAC is a special treat–something that we buy tickets for in advance and anticipate for several weeks or even months before we arrive.
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Chris Roth, MS Physical Education Teacher Education
Chris loved sports and physical activity from the moment he was introduced to them as a child. Football, track, hiking and biking–you name it, he played it. That is why his decision to earn his Master’s in Physical Education Teacher Education from WVU Online was a no-brainer. As a physical education teacher in Greenbrier County, West Virginia for the last eight years, Chris has turned ordinary middle school PE curriculum into something extraordinary.
Brittany Lambert, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
For many, the Monongahela Building in downtown Morgantown is just a place you pass by to get to where you are going. Nestled between an outdoor retail store and a branch of Huntington Bank on bustling High Street, the building and its offices inside remain a mystery to many Morgantown-area residents.
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Madison Postlewaite, WVU's School of Pharmacy
Madison had a love for science and math for as long as she could remember, so when she came to WVU as a freshman, she decided to major in biology and continue down that path. Four years later, she had earned her bachelor’s degree but knew in her heart she wasn’t quite done.
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