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MEDIA ALERT: WVU’s Nov. 13 Academic Media Day to address opioid addiction

EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Virginia Press Association endorses WVU’s Academic Media Day activities and encourages all media groups to send representatives. The presentations have been outstanding and invaluable in terms of getting new information, accessing data and networking with experts and WVU resources.

From John A. Bolt
Senior Executive Director, University Relations/Communications
West Virginia University

Dear editors:

West Virginia has become an example to the nation of the ravages of opioid addiction.

This is not gone unnoticed by West Virginia University. As Beth McMurtrie wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Tucked into the hills of Morgantown, West Virginia University may not see the worst of the epidemic on its campus. But higher education holds certain commitments. And for a land-grant institution and the state’s largest university, the opioid crisis is its problem, too.”

So I’m pleased to invite you (and/or staff members)  to WVU University Relations/Communication’s third Academic Media Day on Monday, Nov. 13, when we will bring together seven speakers from around the campus to brief you on those efforts.

Academic Media Day Agenda

We’ll have doctors, researchers, economists, forensic scientists and counselors address the issue from their various disciplines. A full agenda is attached.

One of the most popular features of our Academic Media Days is that we provide extended breaks every couple of speakers to provide reporters time for one-on-one interviews with the experts, either to flesh out their remarks or just make connections for future stories.

Naturally, it’s all on the record.

I can guarantee that you’ll come away with more than one story, as well as contacts that will help as you cover what may be the biggest continuing story in the state, and even the nation.

We’ll get started at 10 a.m. in the Erickson Alumni Center and wrap up by 3:45. Lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend, although we do ask you to RSVP at this link so that we can have an accurate count for lunch.

RSVP Link:

I hope to see you in Morgantown on Nov. 13. Please let me know if you have any questions.



John A. Bolt
Senior Executive Director, University Relations/Communications
West Virginia University

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