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By AMY JULIA HARRIS | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette | July 25, 2012
Mountain State University is planning to sell the 555,000-square-foot mall it owns in Martinsburg and to get rid of buildings at its Beckley campus to stay financially afloat in the upcoming months, the school's interim president said during a court hearing Tuesday. “The board of trustees has approved the general concept of downsizing MSU's physical plant and using the assets to sustain core activities,” said Richard Sours, interim president at MSU. “We haven't put any buildings up for sale yet, but that's a legitimate possibility.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 17, 2011
Mountain State University plans to open a 10,000-square-foot "hybrid study" learning center in Martinsburg Mall in time for the spring semester, school officials said Thursday. The learning center represents an expansion of MSU's footprint in the shopping center at 800 Foxcroft Ave., which it purchased in April 2010. The school already has built an administrative office-testing center complex there. With current enrollment of about 400 students at the Martinsburg campus, college officials hope the new learning center, which combines elements of a traditional classroom environment with technology-enhanced instruction, such as DVD lectures, films on demand and online video clips, will help spur future growth.
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December 20, 2011
A private university with a branch campus in Martinsburg announced Tuesday that it has signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense that makes the college's programs more accessible to military service members. For example, the memorandum of understanding allows for the college to provide college credit for military training, Mountain State University President Charles H. Polk said in a news release. “We take great pride in being a military-friendly institution, and this MOU takes our long-standing relationship with the military to the next level,” Polk said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2012
Mountain State University is consolidating operations at the private college's Martinsburg campus and is leaving space it recently renovated at Martinsburg Mall, administrators said Thursday. There are 67 students enrolled at the school's Martinsburg campus, which is down substantially from the spring semester when more than 100 were enrolled in the school's hybrid learning program alone, according to Martinsburg campus executive director David Shahan. There are now nine students in the hybrid learning program, Shahan said.
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April 9, 2006
Mountain State University announced 13 professors have been nominated for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. They are: School of Arts & Sciences, Dean Vincent Beach Medical Assisting Program Clinical Coordinator Janet Hinton-Bennett On-Campus Undergraduate Nursing Programs Assistant Director Rose Bowyer Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Gina Brown Physical Therapist Assistant Program Assistant Professor...
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
During a speech in April, Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley spoke of a goal to establish four-year degree programs in education, business administration and nursing for part-time, nontraditional students in Martinsburg, W.Va., by the fall of 2013. Now, because of misfortunes befalling Mountain State University, Shepherd could open a Martinsburg satellite campus as early as January. Shepherd officials are taking a hard look at buying or leasing Mountain State University's classroom and administrative facility in the converted former Tanger Outlet mall building at 214 Viking Way, Shepherd University spokeswoman Valerie Owens said this week.
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May 12, 2010
Mountain State University awarded 15 graduate degrees and 170 bachelor's and associate degrees to students from several states, including Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The ceremony was held at The Living Room church off U.S. 11 in Martinsburg.
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June 6, 2013
Kathy Mason has been named director of the University of Charleston's Martinsburg campus. Mason will begin her duties immediately, the university said in a news release Tuesday. “We are very happy to have Kathy Mason on board as we build our presence in Martinsburg,” University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster said in the release. “She brings to UC-Martinsburg a vast knowledge of the region's business climate, which will be invaluable in helping us recruit quality students to our on-site and online academic programs,” he said.
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September 12, 2012
A planned redevelopment of a Martinsburg Mall anchor location will add ambiance and activity, with new restaurants and shops, as well as an open-air courtyard for special events, the mall's owners said in a news release. “We're really excited about all the possibilities this project presents,” General Manager Robert Gardner said in the release. “We're already in negotiations with several national retailers that would blend well with our current tenants and enhance the mall's overall shopping experience.” Mountain State University, which owns the mall, filed proposed project plans with the Martinsburg Planning Commission on Aug. 30. The documents, which revise the mall's long-term master plan for enhancements, are expected to be considered by the planning commission at its October meeting.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2012
The Martinsburg Planning Commission on Wednesday night approved changes to Martinsburg Mall's concept plan that propose redevelopment of the former Sears location to make way for two free-standing restaurants and new, but smaller, retail spaces. No one spoke for or against the revisions proposed by Mountain State University Building Co., in a public hearing held in coordination with the planning commission's review, but mall officials did hear concerns about the project's potential impact on traffic along Foxcroft Avenue from planning commissioners.
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June 6, 2013
Kathy Mason has been named director of the University of Charleston's Martinsburg campus. Mason will begin her duties immediately, the university said in a news release Tuesday. “We are very happy to have Kathy Mason on board as we build our presence in Martinsburg,” University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster said in the release. “She brings to UC-Martinsburg a vast knowledge of the region's business climate, which will be invaluable in helping us recruit quality students to our on-site and online academic programs,” he said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
An agreement signed Wednesday by leaders of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and the University of Charleston provides another option for students to seamlessly transfer from one school to the other to continue their education, officials said. The agreement provides Blue Ridge CTC students who complete an associate degree the option of transferring to the University of Charleston's Martinsburg campus to pursue a bachelor's degree without the risk of losing credit for completed course work.
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February 13, 2013
The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday welcomed its newest member, Tina Combs of Martinsburg, W.Va., during its monthly meeting. Combs, who replaces Jenny Phillips, will serve on the board until Nov. 1, 2016. “I am honored to serve the children of West Virginia,” Combs said in a news release. “I accept this appointment with respect for the important work that lies ahead as we work together to prepare our children for their future.” Combs brings business and work force development experience to the state board as the president and chief executive officer of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce.
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December 11, 2012
The University of Charleston announced Tuesday that it received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to open campuses in Martinsburg and Beckley, W.Va., and also will start online and technology-aided instruction. UC-Martinsburg will operate all classes out of the former Mountain State University location at 214 Viking Way, the university said in a news release. The university will begin spring semester classes Jan. 14 for new UC students, while also finishing the “teach-out” program for MSU students able to graduate by May 2013, the school announced in a press conference in Charleston, W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2012
The Martinsburg Planning Commission on Wednesday night approved changes to Martinsburg Mall's concept plan that propose redevelopment of the former Sears location to make way for two free-standing restaurants and new, but smaller, retail spaces. No one spoke for or against the revisions proposed by Mountain State University Building Co., in a public hearing held in coordination with the planning commission's review, but mall officials did hear concerns about the project's potential impact on traffic along Foxcroft Avenue from planning commissioners.
NEWS
September 12, 2012
A planned redevelopment of a Martinsburg Mall anchor location will add ambiance and activity, with new restaurants and shops, as well as an open-air courtyard for special events, the mall's owners said in a news release. “We're really excited about all the possibilities this project presents,” General Manager Robert Gardner said in the release. “We're already in negotiations with several national retailers that would blend well with our current tenants and enhance the mall's overall shopping experience.” Mountain State University, which owns the mall, filed proposed project plans with the Martinsburg Planning Commission on Aug. 30. The documents, which revise the mall's long-term master plan for enhancements, are expected to be considered by the planning commission at its October meeting.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2012
Mountain State University is consolidating operations at the private college's Martinsburg campus and is leaving space it recently renovated at Martinsburg Mall, administrators said Thursday. There are 67 students enrolled at the school's Martinsburg campus, which is down substantially from the spring semester when more than 100 were enrolled in the school's hybrid learning program alone, according to Martinsburg campus executive director David Shahan. There are now nine students in the hybrid learning program, Shahan said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2012
Exactly what degree programs the University of Charleston might offer in Martinsburg is not yet clear, but the president of the private West Virginia college said Wednesday it fully intends to launch a learning center here in wake of Mountain State University's expected exodus. "The likely scenario is that Mountain State will go out of business as of Dec. 31,” University of Charleston President Edwin Welch said Wednesday afternoon in a telephone interview after the schools announced a memorandum of understanding.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
During a speech in April, Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley spoke of a goal to establish four-year degree programs in education, business administration and nursing for part-time, nontraditional students in Martinsburg, W.Va., by the fall of 2013. Now, because of misfortunes befalling Mountain State University, Shepherd could open a Martinsburg satellite campus as early as January. Shepherd officials are taking a hard look at buying or leasing Mountain State University's classroom and administrative facility in the converted former Tanger Outlet mall building at 214 Viking Way, Shepherd University spokeswoman Valerie Owens said this week.
NEWS
By AMY JULIA HARRIS | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette | July 25, 2012
Mountain State University is planning to sell the 555,000-square-foot mall it owns in Martinsburg and to get rid of buildings at its Beckley campus to stay financially afloat in the upcoming months, the school's interim president said during a court hearing Tuesday. “The board of trustees has approved the general concept of downsizing MSU's physical plant and using the assets to sustain core activities,” said Richard Sours, interim president at MSU. “We haven't put any buildings up for sale yet, but that's a legitimate possibility.
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