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November 25, 2013
The Herald-Star

JOINS FIRM: Steubenville native Joseph J. Pasquarella has joined the Canton-based Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co. L.P.A. as part of the law firm's oil, gas and mineral law practice group.

Pasquarella will be focusing in the area of oil and gas litigation. He received his bachelor of arts in justice studies from Kent State University. While there, he was an intern for the Secret Service. He also received his juris doctorate from Capital University Law School, where he was a student bar association class representative. While in law school, he was a legal extern with the Ohio State Troopers Association and a law clerk at Colley Shroyer & Abraham Co., LPA in Columbus.

"KWGD has been instrumental in our region's growth of the Utica shale play and we are excited to be expanding our practice section to 11 oil and gas attorneys so we may continue to be responsive to our client's needs along with the pace of industry growth," said William G. Williams, the firm's oil and gas practice group leader.

SELECTED: Radio talk show host and station owner Howard Monroe has been selected as director of broadcasting at West Liberty University. This will be in addition to his radio responsibilities.

As broadcasting director, Monroe will oversee the direction of WLU-TV, focusing on programming, promotions and the business aspects of the station.

Theresa Gretchen will continue in her role as executive director of WLU-TV.

Monroe also will work to facilitate cooperation between WLU-TV, the university's radio station WGLZ and academic departments that incorporate broadcasting into curriculum, according to officials. He will report to the office of Institutional Advancement.

Monroe is a veteran of more than 40 years in the broadcasting business, starting in high school as host of a teen talk show through, most recently, 13 years of radio station ownership.

He had been a DJ, reporter, newscaster, radio/TV news manager, program director and station manager before buying WVLY-AM in 2000. As a talk host, he hosts Howard Monroe and the Morning Show on both WVLY and WKKX-AM. His show is the longest running daily show in Ohio Valley radio and he will continue to host this show in addition to his new duties, officials said.

A graduate of the former Triadelphia High School and West Virginia University, he and his wife Nancy have three adult sons and live in Wheeling. He is a ruling elder at Vance Presbyterian Church and also serves as chairman of the Wheeling Planning Commission.

GROWING: Enrollment is still on the rise for the Ohio Cyber Academy, a kindergarten through 12th-grade online school available to students throughout Ohio, according to school officials.

The nonprofit educational organization based in Steubenville has gained more than 6,000 full- and part-time students in the OCA and Virtual Learning Academy since enrollment began in August, officials said. The program is offered through the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, which works with school districts in Jefferson and Harrison counties.

Director Charles M. Kokiko said OCA was created with the mission of providing students and their families with an educational choice utilizing a curriculum that meets state and national academic content standards.

OCA provides a tuition-free education to students, and families may qualify for a free computer, as well as Internet reimbursement. A new gaming curriculum will begin in January as part of a program through Carnegie Mellon University. It was developed by educators at the university's Entertainment Technology Center to give high school students experience with problem solving and creative thinking skills that are necessary to earn jobs in the digital world.

Students can enroll in OCA at any point during the school year. For information, go to or call (614) 438-7173 or (740) 381-0732.

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