PARKERSBURG - West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold a Founders Week Celebration the week of Sept. 12.
The Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University opened in September 1961 with 104 students. It was located in an abandoned elementary school, provided by Wood County Schools, on Emerson Avenue. It became Parkersburg Community College in 1971 and was redesignated WVU Parkersburg in 1989. The college has grown to be the fourth largest public college in West Virginia with more than 4,500 students.
"For the past 50 years, our institution has educated thousands of individuals, providing the knowledge and experience needed to be successful in the workplace," said WVU-P President Marie Foster Gnage. "We hope to see alumni, retirees and members of the Mid-Ohio Valley community come out and celebrate with us."
The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 with a picnic and music in the college courtyard. Members of the college community are invited to enjoy hot dogs, refreshments and music by the Glenville State Bluegrass Band.
The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the college's community room.
The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold an after-hours event at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 in the college's community room. A special visual impact presentation by Richard Hight will follow at 7 p.m. in the theater. Hight is a renowned inspirational keynote speaker who uses the fine arts to creatively communicate positive, life-changing messages.
The WVU-P Board of Governors will meet at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 14 in room 2209-2211 of the college. Action items on the agenda include approval for a certificate program in general studies and a reduction in graduation fee. Visit www.wvup.edu/board_of_governors to view the complete agenda.
An alumni reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the college, with alumni invited to visit with former instructors and classmates and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres.
A special performance will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the college theater. The Profs musical group includes former WVU-P professors George Lamb, Gene Barry and Roger Allen.
A 50th Anniversary Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the college activities center. The room will be transformed into a garden party to celebrate the theme: "Strong roots, flowering future." Tickets are $75 a person and include a sit-down dinner and entertainment by the Tim Courts Band from Bob Thompson Productions Inc. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-304-424-8200.
The Founders Week Celebration culminates at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 with a convocation program at the college.
College faculty, staff, retirees and the community are invited to participate in a ceremony commemorating 50 years since the first class at the Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University took place.