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WLU faculty help provide masks for returning staff

WEST LIBERTY — In an effort to supply masks to West Liberty University staff as they return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has a willing seamstress busy stitching up protection.

Meta Lasch, the school’s longtime technical director of theater, and her husband, Richard Deenis, have been creating cloth masks for about six weeks.

They started to make them as a response to requests from people who knew of Lasch’s talent for sewing. Deenis is an adjunct member of the theater faculty and a carpenter.

WLU Chief Human Resource Officer Diana Harto said Lasch has made more than 800 masks.

“She’s made them for many friends and a variety of organizations and we turned to her since she is a real expert,” Harto said.

Lasch has been teaching at WLU since 1981 where she has produced more than 200 plays and musicals. Also a graduate of West Liberty, she teaches courses in costuming, makeup, lighting, drafting and stagecraft.

All employees will get one cloth mask from their supervisors when they rejoin the workplace, which means about 300 masks are either distributed or will be soon.

Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 15 at the Highlands Campus and Aug. 17 on the main campus.

Move-in will be staggered and explained in detail to students through e-mail.

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