Mountaineers coming to Panhandle

September 17, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Mountaineers will invade the Eastern Panhandle for three days next week as students, faculty and administrators from West Virginia University swing through the region on a recruiting trip.

Music will figure prominently in West Virginia University Days, which culminate with "Mountaineer Fanfare" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 on the Martinsburg High School football field. The free event will feature the university's "Pride of West Virginia" marching band, along with performances by the bands from Musselman, Berkeley Springs, Hedgesville and Martinsburg high schools.

While the bands will heighten the visibility of the visit, the university announced it will also conduct a series of college awareness programs and lectures for potential Mountaineers. Continuing adult education seminars are also scheduled.


The musical festivities begin Tuesday with performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by the WVU African Drum Ensemble at Martinsburg High School.

At 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, students at Hedgesville High School will hear the WVU Jazz Band and Salsa Ensemble. Those bands will perform again that afternoon at Musselman High School.

The University Choir will be at Martinsburg High School at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In Jefferson County, the African Drum Ensemble will be at Harpers Ferry Junior High Wednesday morning and at Charles Town Junior High that afternoon. The jazz and salsa bands will be at Jefferson High School Wednesday morning and the choir will sing that afternoon.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, "Face to Face with WVU" will be held at the Comfort Inn in Martinsburg. High school juniors and seniors from the three counties and their parents will be able to meet with administrators and faculty members from the university's 14 colleges, learn about financial aid and other assistance available to them, according to Berkeley County Schools Community Relations Director Mary Jo Brown.

The evening is being co-hosted by the Eastern Panhandle Alumni Association and Mountaineer Parents Club.

A college awareness program is scheduled for Morgan County Middle School Tuesday morning and Paw Paw High School that afternoon. Throughout the day Wednesday, the university will hold college awareness programs for Hedgesville, Martinsburg North, Martinsburg South and Musselman middle schools and Harpers Ferry, Charles Town and Shepherdstown junior high schools.

On the education side, Brown said college instructors will be in the classrooms of the county's three high schools on Wednesday, lecturing on subjects including marketing, management, mathematics, journalism, engineering and the works of William Shakespeare. Instructors will also be in Jefferson County classrooms Wednesday and in Morgan County on Tuesday.

The WVU School of Social Work will conduct a seminar, "Cultural Diversity and Human Services," for social work professionals at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the post theater of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg. High school seniors interested in the field are invited to attend.

The university's School of Dentistry will hold a continuing education seminar at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs.

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