Culpeper, WV, United States

West Liberty University
Culpeper, WV, United States

West Liberty University is a public university in West Liberty, West Virginia, United States, near Wheeling. West Liberty University is West Virginia's oldest institution of higher education. While elementary and secondary education are the most common majors, WLU provides a variety of other programs including digital media design, athletic training, and Appalachian studies. The school's athletic teams, known as the Hilltoppers, compete in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of West Virginia’s best colleges for 2017. 17 four-year schools were highlighted, with West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University scoring in the top five. Of the 10 two-year schools included in the ranking, Cabell County Career Technology Center, West Virginia Northern Community College, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Mountwest Community and Technical College and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College were the top five. A full list of winning schools is included below. “These West Virginia schools have created a culture of both academic and career success,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “When we look at measures of alumni success next to each school’s quality of education, these are the clear leaders in the state.” To be included on West Virginia’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on more than a dozen additional data points including diversity of program offerings, career services, educational counseling, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in West Virginia” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in West Virginia for 2017 include: Alderson Broaddus University Bethany College Bluefield State College Concord University Davis & Elkins College Fairmont State University Glenville State College Marshall University Ohio Valley University Shepherd University University of Charleston West Liberty University West Virginia State University West Virginia University West Virginia University Institute of Technology West Virginia Wesleyan College Wheeling Jesuit University The Best Two-Year Colleges in West Virginia for 2017 include: Ben Franklin Career Center Blue Ridge Community and Technical College BridgeValley Community & Technical College Cabell County Career Technology Center Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Mountwest Community and Technical College New River Community and Technical College Pierpont Community and Technical College Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College West Virginia Northern Community College ### About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | October 31, 2016

A leader in online resources for higher education information has released its list of colleges with the Best Dental Hygiene Programs in the nation for 2016-2017. The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( compared over a dozen unique statistics on on-campus and online dental hygiene programs across the country to determine University of Alaska Fairbanks, Idaho State University, New York University, Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Eastern Florida State College ranked highest among four-year schools while Atlanta Technical College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Owens Community College, Western Iowa Tech and Moreno Valley College ranked highest among two-year schools. “There are dozens of new dental hygiene schools popping up across the country each year,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Our job was to determine which were offering the best overall combination of quality, value and student services to help the next generation of dental hygienists succeed.” To be considered for the Community for Accredited Online Schools rankings, colleges must meet specific base requirements: each must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institution, and provide students career placement services or assistance after graduation. Each school’s place on the lists was determined by analysis of school-specific statistics, including student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. All colleges on the 2016-2017 Best Dental Hygiene Programs ranking are listed below. Complete details on the data and methodology used to compile the list, as well as each school’s specific ranking can be found at: Colleges on the Best Dental Hygiene Programs ranking, two-year schools: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Bellingham Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Cape Fear Community College Central Community College Central Georgia Technical College Cerritos College Chattanooga State Community College Chippewa Valley Technical College Coastal Carolina Community College College of Southern Idaho Columbus State Community College Del Mar College Delta College Diablo Valley College Eastern Iowa Community College District El Paso Community College Great Falls College Montana State University Guilford Technical Community College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Harcum College Hawkeye Community College Hillsborough Community College Indian Hills Community College Meridian Community College Middlesex Community College Milwaukee Area Technical College Moreno Valley College Mott Community College North Dakota State College of Science Owens Community College Ozarks Technical Community College Pasadena City College Pearl River Community College Pueblo Community College Rio Salado College Rose State College Sacramento City College Stark State College Tallahassee Community College Tarrant County College District Texas State Technical College - Harlingen Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Wallace State Community College - Hanceville Wayne Community College Western Iowa Tech Community College Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Colleges on the Best Dental Hygiene Programs ranking, four-year schools: Baker College of Port Huron Broward College College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College Dixie State University Eastern Florida State College Eastern Washington University Ferris State University Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Goodwin College Gulf Coast State College Hiwassee College Idaho State University Indian River State College Indiana University-Northwest Indiana University-Purdue University - Fort Wayne Lake Washington Institute of Technology Missouri Southern State University New York University Northwestern Michigan College Palm Beach State College Pasco-Hernando State College Pensacola State College Rutgers University - New Brunswick Santa Fe College South Florida State College Southern Illinois University - Carbondale St. Petersburg College State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota SUNY College of Technology at Canton University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Bridgeport University of Detroit Mercy University of Hawaii Maui College University of Louisville University of Maine at Augusta University of Missouri - Kansas City University of New England University of New Haven University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of South Dakota University of Southern Indiana University of Wyoming Utah Valley University Weber State University West Liberty University West Virginia University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.

Chae H.-C.,West Liberty University | Koh C.E.,University of North Texas | Prybutok V.R.,University of North Texas
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2014

Several studies support the positive link between information technology capability and firm performance, including Bharadwaj (2000) and Santhanam and Hartono (2003), which appeared in MIS Quarterly We conducted a study to see if this link is still statistically significant. It is now over a decade since the first study was published, during which several significant developments in the IT industry have taken place. Unlike the 1990s, when proprietary information systems prevailed, the 2000s are characterized by more standardized and homogeneous information systems and with the rapid adoption of ERP and web technologies. Thus, we attempted to reexamine the link between IT capability and firm performance with data from the 2000s. Surprisingly, the results of our current analysis showed no significant link between IT capability and firm performance. Contrary to earlier studies, IT leader firms in our study didn't show better financial performance than control firms. We discuss several possible causes for the change in findings and present an in-depth comparison in business performance between the two groups-IT leader and control-over a period extending from 1991 to 2007.

Loughman Z.J.,West Liberty University
Southeastern Naturalist | Year: 2010

Conservation concerns for imperiled crayfish faunas have recently increased among resource management agencies. In Maryland, major concerns include the introduction of nonnative crayfishes and their impacts on native species. This study documented the species distribution and conservation standing of native and nonnative crayfishes of western Maryland. Native species include Orconectes (Crockerinus) obscurus (Allegheny Crayfish), Cambarus (Jugicambarus) dubius (Upland Burrowing Crayfish), Cambarus (Cambarus) bartonii bartonii (Common Crayfish), and Cambarus (Cambarus) carinirostris (Rock Crawfish). Introduced species are Orconectes (Gremicambarus) virilis (Virile Crayfish), Procambarus (Ortmannicus) acutus (White River Crawfish), and Cambarus (Tubericambarus) thomai (Little Brown Mudbug). Nonnative species were found primarily in areas of high anthropogenic activity, with populations of O. virilis and P. acutus isolated to impoundments. The presence of C. thomai in Maryland was first documented through this study, and represents one of the first situations globally of a primary burrowing crayfish outside of its native range. Major conservation threats to the native crayfish fauna of western Maryland include nonnative crayfishes, land development, and land-use practices.

Keir S.T.,Duke University | Saling J.R.,West Liberty University
BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care | Year: 2012

Background: Patients with brain tumours report elevated levels of distress across the disease course. Massage therapy is a commonly used complementary therapy and is employed in cancer care to reduce psychological stress and to improve quality of life (QoL). The purpose of this pilot study was to obtain a preliminary assessment of the effect of massage therapy on patient-reported psychological outcomes and QoL. Materials and methods: This study was a prospective, single-arm intervention. Participants were newly diagnosed primary brain tumour patients who reported experiencing distress and who received a total of eight massages over a period of 4 weeks. Participants completed the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Distress Thermometer (DT) six times over a 5-week period. Results: As a group, levels of distress dropped significantly between baseline and week 3 (mean 4.19, SD 1.481, p≤0.025), with a further significant reduction in distress between week 3 and week 4 (p≤0.001). At the end of week 4, the DT scores of all participants were below the threshold for being considered distressed. By the end of the intervention, participants reported significant improvements in one test domain focused on emotional well-being. Conclusions: This study further documents that brain tumour patients report high levels of distress across the disease course. However, participants in this study reported improvements in distress level and total number of sources of distress while receiving massage therapy.

Loughman Z.J.,West Liberty University
Southeastern Naturalist | Year: 2010

The ecology of primary burrowing crayfishes is poorly understood, especially for high-elevation species. An ecological study of Cambarus (Jugicambarus) dubius (Upland Burrowing Crayfish) was conducted at Terra Alta, Preston County, WV (elevation 781 m). The study sought life-history information including size at sexual maturity, age cohort designation, and age estimation. The density and distribution of burrow portals of C. dubius were examined within and near seeps in forested and disturbed habitats. Data were also collected on intraspecific usage of burrows by commensal species. Size at maturity did not differ significantly for males and females. The average age of C. dubius was 1.5 years, and the oldest individuals were estimated at 7 years. Form change of C. dubius occurred synchronously within the population, a phenomenon not previously documented with primary burrowing Cambarus. Burrow portals had highest densities within 5 m of the center of seeps in forested habitats, but reached highest densities between 10 and 25 m from the center of seeps in disturbed habitats. Many commensal species of invertebrates and vertebrates used C. dubius burrows, data that demonstrates a community-level contribution of C. dubius. Information from this study represents most of the available ecological data from the northern range of this species, and is directly relevant for management and conservation of high-elevation populations of C. dubius. .

Loughman Z.J.,West Liberty University | Welsh S.A.,West Virginia University
Southeastern Naturalist | Year: 2010

The diversity of crayfishes in West Virginia represents a transition between the species-rich southern Appalachian faunas and the depauperate crayfish diversity in the northeastern United States. Currently, 22 described species occur in the state, of which 6 are given S1 status, and 3 are introduced species. One species, Orconectes limosus (Spinycheek Crayfish) is considered extirpated within the past decade. Imperiled species include Cambarus veteranus (Big Sandy Crayfish), Cambarus elkensis (Elk River Crayfish), Cambarus longulus (Atlantic Slope Crayfish), and Cambarus nerterius (Greenbrier Cave Crayfish). Three species-O. virilis (Virile Crayfish), Orconectes rusticus (Rusty Crayfish), and Procambarus zonangulus (Southern White River Crawfish)-have introduced populations within the state. Procambarus acutus (White River Crawfish) occurs in bottomland forest along the Ohio River floodplain, and is considered native. Several undescribed taxa have been identified and currently are being described. A statewide survey was initiated in 2007 to document the current distribution and conservation status of crayfishes in West Virginia.

ABSTRACT: The debilitating pain of trigeminal neuralgia often necessitates neurosurgical intervention via percutaneous transovale cannulation. While most percutaneous treatments of trigeminal neuralgia are successful, severe adverse events resulting from failure to properly cannulate the foramen ovale (FO) have been reported. With regard to specific targeting of particular trigeminal divisions (ie, V1, V2, V3, and combinations thereof), operative techniques have been described; however, these descriptions have not included specific angulation data. This anatomic study analyzed the angular relationship between the centroid and anteromedial- and posterolateral-most aspects of the FO and the boundaries of the trigeminal impression. The study is the first to detail the angular relationship between the FO boundaries and the boundaries of the trigeminal impression in dry human skulls relative to the coronal plane. The information may be used to prevent miscannulation and also target specific branches of the trigeminal nerve for optimal operative results. © 2016 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.

Zdilla M.J.,West Liberty University
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery | Year: 2015

ABSTRACT: Unsuccessful cannulation of the foramen ovale (FO) continues to occur with both fluoroscopic technique and technique using computed tomography paired with navigational technology. Despite advances in stereotactic neurosurgical imaging and technique, anatomic variation of the FO occasionally prevents successful cannulation. Morphometric study of the FO has been limited to length, width, and area parameters; therefore, this report analyzed the orientation of the FO. A total of 139 crania (235 foramina ovalae) were photographed and assessed digitally by ImageJ software (NIH). Foramina were fit with a best fit ellipse. For orientation, the midsagittal plane was located by bisecting the basilar process of the occiput; the coronal plane was identified as perpendicular to the midsagittal plane. The angles between the major axis of the best fit ellipse of the FO and the midsagittal and coronal planes were measured. The angle formed between the major axis of the best fit ellipse of the FO and the coronal plane averaged 35.43°?±?9.74° (mean?±?SD) on the left and 36.47°?±?7.60° on the right. The angle formed between the major axis of the best fit ellipse of the FO and the sagittal plane averaged 54.57°?±?9.74° on the left and 53.53°?±?7.60° on the right. No significant difference was found between FO orientation among the sexes. Understanding the orientation of the FO may aid in stereotactic neurosurgical planning and successful cannulation of the FO. © 2015 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.

ABSTRACT: The structure of the foramen ovale of the sphenoid bone is clinically important, particularly with regard to surgical procedures that cannulate the foramen such as percutaneous trigeminal rhizotomy for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, percutaneous biopsy of parasellar lesions, and electroencephalographic analysis of the temporal lobe among patients undergoing selective amygdalohippocampectomy. Differences in the morphology of the foramen ovale (FO) have been reported to contribute to difficulties in the cannulation of the FO. Reports regarding the structure of the FO, however, use subjective and ambiguous descriptions of morphology, including “oval,” “truly oval,” “elongated oval,” “elongated,” “semicircular,” “almond,” “round,” “rounded,” “slit,” “irregular,” “D shape,” and “pear.” Therefore, it is necessary to describe the structure of the FO with reproducible objective morphometric data. This study analyzed 169 foramina to determine normative morphometric shape descriptions of the following: area, perimeter, circularity, solidity, axes of a best fit ellipse, aspect ratio, and roundness. The shape descriptors reported herein may aid in identification and description of structural variation in FO including bony projections encroaching upon the foramina and may improve surgical approaches to transovale cannulation. © 2015 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.

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