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WVSOM Gala Funds Student Scholarships

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WOAY) – The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will host a gala later this month to fund scholarships for its students.

“We are thrilled to have the WVSOM Gala on campus this year in the Student Center,” said WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D. “I am looking forward to an evening that will bring together students, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate WVSOM students.”

The Student Government Association (SGA) hosts the event, which includes a formal evening with a strolling dinner, silent auction, photo booth and dancing. The gala is the largest fundraising event that directly supports student scholarships each academic year.

Scholarships go to WVSOM students who exemplify academic leadership and community involvement or are an ideal representative of the osteopathic medical profession.

While the primary purpose of the gala is to raise money for scholarships, it is also an opportunity networking among students, staff, alumni, community members and business leaders.

The WVSOM Gala, formerly the Grand Affair, will be at 6:30 pm, Sept. 28, in the Conference Center in the WVSOM Student Center on the school’s campus. This year’s theme is Tropical Nights.

Tickets are available to the public for $150 until Sept. 25. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, call Marietta Chaney at 304-647-6400.



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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