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August 11, 2013
The Herald-Star

AWARDS: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort earned 24 Best of Gaming Awards, as voted by Casino Player Magazine subscribers.

The awards, announced in the August issue, include five first-place finishes.

Mountaineer was voted tops for Woodview golf course, the Spa at Mountaineer, the pool, their Facebook page and their website.

Mountaineer also was recognized for its Grande Hotel, Players Club, promotions, reel slots and live poker, among other things.

TOUR: Area residents can tour, explore and enroll at Eastern Gateway Community College during a special four-hour event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday on the Jefferson County campus.

The free event gives interested students, family members and friends an opportunity to see what EGCC's main campus can offer.

Enrollment is open until fall classes start on Aug. 26.

Admissions and advising staff will be available to discuss courses and programs of study.

Enrollment will be open and students may apply to the college.

Registration requirements include a high school or GED transcript and any previous college transcript.

After applying, students take free placement testing. If the student attended another college, testing may be waived when the transcript is presented.

Following testing, students will meet with an academic adviser to plan courses for the chosen major and enroll in classes.

Students may start the financial aid process by bringing their 2012 tax statements.

Graduating 2013 high school graduates in Jefferson County with a 2.5 grade-point average may request information on the Horizon Grant, which provides free tuition for four semesters of full-time attendance, a $6,600 value.

For information, call (800) 68-COLLEGE, extension 212.

NEW MAJOR: West Liberty University begins a graphic narrative major in English this fall.

Wally Hastings, professor of English and chairman of the the humanities department, said the new major is intended as an interdisciplinary program focused on the study and creation of graphic novels and comics.

"It will prepare students for graduate work or employment as writers, editors, critics or other roles in the publishing and comic book industry," he said.

The program was developed by the English department, led by Provost Brian Crawford, who at the time was dean of liberal arts. William Baronak, dean of the College of Art and Communication, and associate professor of art Brian Fencyl helped develop the art component. A parallel program for art majors also is in the works.

Currently, the English degree requires three studio art courses, all of which are regularly offered by the art department, plus two more art courses.

"We are expecting to see lots of interest ... since many of our art students already plan to work in publishing and are studying graphic design and comic book illustration," Baronak said.

"The narrative is just as important as the graphics and this is where the English department and academics can step in and use this style novel to study literature," Hastings said.

Fall classes begin on Aug. 26 on West Liberty's main campus and Aug. 24 at the Highlands Center.

Residence halls open for new students on Aug. 23.

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