March 2021 Newsletter

The College of Arts and Communication at WLU is blessed to have support from many individuals and organizations outside of the university and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for them. Their generous donations of money and time provide our students with wonderful opportunities that make West Liberty a truly great place to earn a degree.

In order to help raise money for the COAC, the supporters listed below have provided matching gifts for the Topper Day of Giving. We humbly ask you to help us reach these goals before April 1st. All funds raised will directly benefit our students.

  • $2000 match for the College of Arts and Communication Fund
  • $5000 match for the WLU Theatre Scholarship Fund
  • $1000 match for the Hilltopper Bands Fund
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Any amount is appreciated.

Will you help us unlock these matching funds before April 1st?

Pete Holloway, a financial planning professional in Wheeling and host of the television show "On Money" on TopperStation, has generously agreed to match up to $2000 for the College of Arts and Communication! See below for a Donor Spotlight on Mr. Holloway.

WLU Theater alum Tom Cervone, who was featured in last month's newsletter, has agreed to match up to $5000 for donations given to West Liberty's Theater Program, the Hilltop Players!

Alco Fence is the official sponsor of the WLU Hilltopper Bands Program, which includes the Marching Hilltoppers, Wind Symphony, and University Band. They have agreed to match up to $1000 for the Day of Giving.

We hope you will consider giving to West Liberty to support our wonderful students and help us meet these matching donations.

All funds raised will directly benefit WLU students in the form of scholarships, student activities and experiences, educational equipment, and other needs.

Donor Spotlight

Pete Holloway

We want to thank Mr. Holloway again for providing a generous matching donation to West Liberty University's annual Topper Day of Giving campaign! Last year, he matched $1000 for the campaign and he upped it to $2000 this year! All proceeds go to support the students of the College of Arts and Communication.

Mr. Holloway is also the generous donor of an endowed scholarship in the WLU Foundation. The Pete Holloway Scholarship provides financial assistance to a junior or senior Broadcasting Major.

Mr. Holloway is Senior Vice President and Certified Financial Planner with Hazlett, Burt & Watson, Inc. where he has worked since 1981. His financial advice and commentary have been published in the Wheeling Intelligencer, News Register, Martins Ferry Times Leader, Ohio Central, West Virginia Executive Magazine, and the West Virginia State Journal. He appears regularly on local radio and television stations and he currently hosts his own weekly show, “On Money”, on West Liberty's streaming media platform TopperStation.

Thanks Pete!

Upcoming Events


WLU Theatre presents the first annual Socially Distanced Monologue Slam, a competition for high school students in the state of West Virginia and surrounding counties. Submissions will be accepted until March 5th and winners will be selected by a professional panel of judges. Click the link above for details.


The WLU Hilltop Players will perform Shakespeare's beloved Much Ado About Nothing, April 21-24, 2021. Check the website for location and showtimes.


We are excited to announce the following concerts will take place at the Anna Kuchinka Ampitheatre in Oglebay Park.

Friday, April 30:

  • 6pm - Wind Symphony
Saturday, May 1:
  • 1pm - Electronic Music Ensemble
  • 2pm - Steel Band
  • 3pm - Percussion Ensemble
  • 4pm - African Drum & Dance
  • 6:30pm - WLU Choirs
Sunday, May 2*:
  • 2pm - Flute Choir
  • TBA - WLU Opera workshop presents "Opera Walk"

*Rain Day for ensemble performances. For more information,


March 5th - April 14th, 2021: Nutting Gallery presents “Art inspired by Labor,” Paintings by Rabecca Signoriello.

Rabecca Signoriello is from northwest Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Edinboro University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in 2004, she started Signoriello Studios, specializing in murals, while retaining her job with a respected paving company as a laborer. After several years of painting, she was accepted to The New York Academy of Art where she received several merit awards, including the Walter Erlebacher award and an Artist Residency at Leipzig International Arts Programme in Germany. Rabecca earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2011 while studying under several noted contemporary painters including: Vincent Desiderio, Steven Assael, Margaret Bowland and Jenny Saville. Her works are in private collections in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Germany and Monte Carlo Monaco.


MADFest week is April 12-16, 2021. High School teachers can request Virtual Workshops from our wesbite. WLU faculty members are available on a limited basis to present workshops to high school classes via Zoom. The 2021 MADFest Virtual Awards Ceremony will debut in April and reveal the winners of MADFest 2021!

Graduate Spotlight

Sophia Kayafas graduated from WLU in 2014 with a degree in Studio Art and Public Relations. Since then, she has cultivated a multi-faceted career as an artist, musician, and media personality. Just recently, she co-hosted a television show for PBS, which debuted on February 24:

Kayafas is the unofficial portrait painter of past presidents here at West Liberty. She recently finished a portrait of Dr. Stephen Greiner, a retirement gift to him from the WLU Foundation. Prior to that, she painted the portrait of Dr. Clyde Campbell for the official opening of Campbell Hall three years ago. Dr. Campbell's portrait is permanently on display in the lobby of the new science building.

The Nutting Gallery at WLU displayed her drawing exhibition last fall and the images below show students interacting with her work during Drawing 1 class with Professor of Art Brian Fencl. Prof. Fencl interviewed Sophia on TopperStation prior to the exhibition:

Ms. Kayafas is also the co-host of the Art Grind Podcast which just posted its 54th episode and led directly to her involvement with PBS.

Find out more about Sophia Kayafas on her website:


Closes March 5 (see above)

RECAP 2021 student competition closes on March 5

MADFest 2021 Competition closes on March 7


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