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WVU’s Country Roads Scholar Tour hits Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s Country Road Tour is back on the road again.

The Country Roads Scholar Tour is a two-day program sponsored by the WVU Provost’s office and WVU Extension that will allow faculty to gain insight into West Virginia Industries, communities, and culture.

The tour stopped in Charleston Wednesday and will visit Clay County Thursday.

Provost and Vice President Maryanne Reed said the program’s goal is to allow faculty to get out of the Morgantown region and learn about other areas in the state.

“Getting faculty and staff out in the state and away from Morgantown, which can kind of be isolated up north. It’s also a way to bring faculty and staff together to learn about each other’s expertise,” Reed said.

WVU Associate Professor Emily Murphy said the program restarted last year after taking a few years off.

“Eighteen years ago I was a new faculty member at WVU Extension Service and was invited to come on the Country Roads Tour as a participant and then it fell to the wayside for a couple of years and last year I was involved with faculty senate at WVU. Several (Faculty) senators and myself came to the provost to see if we could get the program back running,” Murphy said. “It’s important because faculty and students in Morgantown don’t get to experience a lot of West Virginia and we want to provide an opportunity to explore many areas of the state.”

The tour was in Charleston Wednesday for a tour of the state museum and Culture Center, state Capitol Complex and a look at Charleston’s West Side with representatives of the mayor’s office.

The tour will be in Clay County Thursday where service projects are scheduled at the Community Care of Big Otter and Risen Lord Food Pantry. They will also do bus and walking tours of Clay.

Story by Chayce Matheny

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