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Steven Bonanno retires after more than 37 years of service to the state

Steve Bonnano stands at podium at WVU Jackson's Mill.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Service to the state and commitment to West Virginia University’s land-grant mission define the career of WVU Extension Service Dean and Director Steven Bonanno. Bonanno retired May 15 after more than 37 years of service.

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CAMP Access grant to send youths to 4-H camp

Three girls holding a West Virginia University and 4-H clover flag at a state camp.

Leadership, strategic thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills are key characteristics of successful people. Through support from the National 4-H Council, more West Virginia youths will have an opportunity to develop those critical skills by attending the WVU Extension Service 4-H Older Members Conference (OMC).

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West Virginia 4-H’ers snag top honors at national competition

Monroe County land judging team member works from soil sampling pit during national competition

There’s a long history of West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H teams that have fared well in land judging and homesite evaluation competitions. And, on May 2, three Monroe County youths continued that legacy by earning a national champion title at the National Land and Range Judging Contest held in Oklahoma.

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WVU Extension Service announces agriculture and natural resources faculty and staff changes

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The West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources program unit is growing in strength and numbers.

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West Virginia Girls Who Code 4-H Club earns spot in Facebook hackathon

Plane Janes Girls Who Code 4-H club members practice computer coding as part of Facebook's Engineer for a Week.

Today’s youths are in tune with and committed to a variety of social issues facing our nation and world. A group of West Virginia 4-H’ers is using their savvy computer and coding know-how to virtually address one of those critical issues – stereotypes. Their work has earned them one of 40 spots nationwide in a Facebook hackathon.

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West Virginia 4-H and the EQT Foundation enable WVU student to find academic success

Ethan Meighen works as a STEM ambassador during camp.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Throughout the past few years, 4-H programming has adapted to include robotics and other STEM activities in order to meet the growing demand for jobs related to these fields. While traditional activities are still offered, the West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H curriculum continues to give youths an opportunity to learn about emerging topics.

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WVU Extension Service partners with the Polaris Foundation to improve ATV safety

Four youths on ATVs participating in rider safety training.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It’s a common sight in much of West Virginia — ATVs and UTVs rushing up secondary roads, riding along forest trails and running across the hills. Given their popularity, the West Virginia University Extension Service is teaming up with the Polaris Foundation to improve safe riding practices and help reduce injuries and accidents.

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Couple leaves behind a legacy of scholarship for future WVU students, 4-H’ers

Two friends at 4-H camp smiling and laughing

Burkey and Marylou Lilly were proud graduates of West Virginia University. As the parents of three children, grandparents of five grandchildren and great grandparents to three great grandchildren, they valued education and service.

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WVU Extension Service connects volunteer efforts and communities through Energy Express

Energy Express mentor reads to young boy.

While some college students look forward to time off during summer break, West Virginia University student Moriah Davis looks forward to heading back into the classroom where she helps young West Virginians enhance their reading skills through the WVU Extension Service Energy Express program.

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West Virginia 4-H’ers to ‘find their path’ at WVU Day at the Legislature

Youths interacting with WVU exhibits at WVU Day at the Legislature at the West Virginia Capitol Building.

MORGANTOWN , W.Va.—Higher education can open the door to a world of possibilities for West Virginia’s young people. Hundreds of 4-H’ers will have an opportunity to learn how they can find their path to those possibilities and to WVU during the 2019 WVU Day at the Legislature. The event, hosted by WVU and WVU Extension Service , will take place at the Capitol in Charleston on Jan. 24, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps seek volunteers for summer reading and nutrition program

An Americorps mentor reads to children in an Energy Express classroom

Reading and comprehension skills are critical to success in today’s fast-paced world. Energy Express, a summer reading and nutrition program offered by WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps, helps to ensure West Virginia’s youths keep up with those much-needed skills, particularly during the summer months.

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WVU Extension Service announces campaign to enhance recreation, educational and camping opportunities at WVU Jackson’s Mill

Photo of a yurt

WVU Jackson’s Mill  has been an integral part of the history of West Virginia and has played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout its nearly 100-year history. Looking toward the future of facility,  WVU Extension Service  is planning for the next century of camping and education to meet the evolving needs and interests of youths and other visitors in West Virginia and beyond.

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