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Student Life and Engagement

The James C. Wilson University Union, through facilities and programs, is the focal point of the campus where students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, and guests develop an enduring connection to West Virginia State University.  As a campus community center, the Union assists in the development and retention of students, while allowing for understanding and appreciation of cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity.  As a bridge between formal learning and life experience, co-curricular activities, coordinated by the Union components, serve as a training ground for the development of future leaders while enhancing an appreciation for responsibility.

Every member of the institution is a potential patron of the University Union programs, services, and various operations.  It is the goal of the University Union to meet the diverse needs of the institution and community, to be receptive to and responsive to changing needs, and encourage the institution and community to utilize the programs and services available to them through the University Union.

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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowStudent Activities & Intramural Sports
The Office of Student Activities provides a variety of cultural, social, educational and recreational activities that create an environment conducive to personal growth and development. These activities also provide students with employment and leadership opportunities that yield an agenda of events intended to promote interaction as well as relaxation, entertainment and social opportunities.
The Intramural Sports Program at West Virginia State University provides athletic opportunities to students regardless of ability. Open to both resident and non-resident students with an interest in physical activity, intramural sports fosters a sense of teammwork, collaboration and wellness through physical activity. For information about current and upcoming offerings, contact Chris Jackson, Student Activities Program Coordinator, at (304) 766-3107 or


image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowStudent Employee Program
The James C. Wilson University Union is the heart of campus activities and an important link between the University and the surrounding community. As a student employee of the University Union, you play an important role in representing West Virginia State and its programs to our patrons. You are in a unique position to stay informed about events and activities on campus, meet student and administrative leaders and faculty members, influence the direction of student-led programs, shape the quality of student life on campus, and help mold State’s image among those who are visiting and inquiring about our campus.

The University Union Student Employee Program provides for on-campus employment, avenues for professional and personal growth, and vehicles for developing leadership skills among West Virginia State students. It augments classroom learning with intrapersonal skills. Students, as a result, have the opportunity to make greater contributions to the college community and become more responsible citizens.

Diversity Philosophy
To foster an environment that values cultures and lifestyles, the University Union is committed to actively combating bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, harassment, or any other force that seeks to suppress another individual or group.

To this end, it is the philosophy of the University Union that staff should not engage in any type of activity that colludes or perpetuates bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, harassment. Such activity includes, but is not limited to, the use of jokes, insults, gossip, and non-inclusive language aimed at different cultures or lifestyles and any practice of discrimination that affects this philosophy. Further, staff should challenge themselves, all students, and co-workers to be open to and supportive of this philosophy.

Hiring Periods
The University Union holds two major hiring campaigns. Applications are accepted and processed in April for positions beginning in the Fall and in November for positions beginning in the Spring. Summer positions are automatically staffed by current employees.

  • Be able to work independently and take initiative.
  • Be able to work with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Be able to communicate ideas clearly, both oral and written
  • Be able to learn quickly
  • Have knowledge
  • Extra income
  • Personal and professional training
  • Convenience of working on campus
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Increased knowledge of University resources
  • Opportunities to network with faculty, staff, and other students
  • Opportunities to work with or meet people of different backgrounds
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills
  • Lagniappe Awards
  • Employee of the Semester
  • Employee of the Year


Our Team

Mr. Christopher
Mr. Christopher  Jackson
Student Activities Coordinator
Mr. Lee
Mr. Lee Tabor
University Union Program Coordinator
WVSU Student Life and Engagement


Regular Hours
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The University Union closes for the entire week of Thanksgiving and for approximately two weeks around the Christmas holiday.  The Union re-opens on Jan. 2, or the Monday after if on the weekend.

Bookstore - (304) 766-3352
Fitness Center - (304) 766-3174
Food Services - (304) 766-3359
Gameroom - (304) 766-3174
Information Center - (304) 766-3378
Radio Station - (304) 766-4170
Room Reservations - (304) 766-3255
SGA - (304) 766-3122
Student Life & Engagement- (304) 766-3288

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