WVU Tech and the City of Montgomery are once again partnering to bring in the holiday season with special festivities on Friday, December 6. The celebration will include the annual city holiday parade at 7:00 pm and conclude with the fifth annual WVU Tech Light Up Old Main event at 8:00 p.m. All of the events are free and open to the entire Tech campus and the greater Montgomery community.
The City of Montgomery will be hosting Santa at City Hall for pictures from 5:30 6:30 pm. WVU Tech is sponsoring a parade watch party in the David S. Long Alumni House beginning at 6:30 pm. The City’s annual parade will begin at 7:00 pm and run along Third Avenue. The WVU Tech Light Up Old Main celebration will begin at 8:00 pm.
Montgomery Mayor James Higgins, Jr. said, “Our annual Christmas Parade is an event that many children and ‘children at heart’ look forward to. We love the participation of everyone that enjoys the Season and joins us in this celebration.” WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long added, “This family-friendly event has quickly become a beloved tradition on the WVU Tech campus and in our community.”
The University’s Light Up Old Main event will feature the official lighting of Old Main, as well as many other holiday traditions such as hot cocoa, s’mores, cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa and Elf Monty in the Tech Center Ballroom. In addition, Tech will be hosting a coffeehouse highlighting talents from across the University.
The Light Up Old Main event also features a gingerbread house competition with entries on display in the Tech Ballroom. The judging panel will include individuals from on and off campus. Official results will be announced at the event. A “Peoples’ Choice” category will also be open for the general public’s feedback.
WVU Tech students will be using the event as a way to give back to the local community. The University’s Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) sorority will once again be partnering with the United States Marine Corps to collect donations for the Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off in one of the collection bins on campus or brought to the Light Up Old Main festivities. This year’s toy donations will be given out to families in Fayette County. In addition, the campus community will be presenting a check to the Charleston Area Medical Association (CAMC) Foundation from funds that were raised during the breast cancer awareness drive this past fall.
“I helped out with the toy drive at Light Up Old Main last year for Alpha Sigma Tau. It’s a great event because it gets us all in the holiday spirit and helps make campus more of a home,” said sophomore criminal justice major Tori Bragg. AST President and senior chemical engineering major Lindsay McDowall added, “Last year we collected over $300 in toys. We hope to collect even more this year.”
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Furthering its mission of offering service to the state, the West Virginia University System entered into an articulation agreement today (Nov. 21) with West Virginia State University.
According to the agreement, students could complete two years of general engineering curriculum at WVSU before transferring to the WVU System, where they would complete their final two years. Upon graduation, students will receive a bachelor of science degree from the WVU System.
“Agreements such as this are important because they ease the transition for students coming to us from WVSU,” said WVU Provost Michele Wheatly, who signed the agreement along with Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and Carolyn Long”:http://administration.wvutech.edu/, campus executive officer at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
“These students now have a clear roadmap of what they need to take in their first two years at State as well as what they need to take and when they need to take it in the WVU System in order to earn their degree,” Wheatly said.
WVSU leaders Charles Byers, provost and vice president for academic affairs; T. Ramon Stuart, assistant provost and assistant vice president for academic affairs; and Katherine L. Harper, dean of the college of natural sciences and mathematics traveled to Morgantown to sign the agreement.
“With support of local stakeholders, WVSU has sought to restore its engineering program in a cost-efficient manner to meet the interests of our students and the growing demand for engineers,” said Harper. “As a fellow land-grant institution in the state of West Virginia with a stellar engineering program, WVU was the obvious choice for WVSU to partner with.”
WVSU will begin offering engineering courses in the fall of 2014 and according to Harper, there are already 10 students at WVSU interested in pursuing an engineering degree via the new program.
The WVU System currently has articulation agreements in place with multiple other colleges and universities in the United States.
Bridgemont Community & Technical College and the West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) signed an agreement regarding transfer credits between the two schools. The contract designates Bridgemont courses that will be accepted by WVU Tech to create seamless transfer for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.
“We are very pleased to provide motivated Bridgemont graduates an opportunity to continue their education,” said WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long. “Bridgemont is a quality institution and a natural partner as WVU Tech continues our mission of providing an accessible and supportive environment for students wishing to obtain a four-year college degree.
This latest agreement between the schools impacts core courses in the Business and Health Technology, Dental Hygiene, Digital Design and Print Communication, and General Studies departments, and represents the two institutions’ continued collaborative efforts to serve the State of West Virginia.
“This articulation agreement provides a well-designed pathway for graduates who choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Jo Harris, Bridgemont President. “As our two colleges are located on the samecampus, this agreement provides even greater incentive for those have completed their two-year associate degree here to move seamlessly into a four-year program at Tech.”
Students will benefit from reduced paperworkordinarily associated with transfers because this agreement defines the educational equivalents for courses taken at Bridgemont and WVU Tech. Bridgemont graduates applying for transfer to WVU Tech baccalaureate programs must meet all minimum entrance requirements.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) has announced the launch of a revised Strategic Plan entitled “WVU Tech 2020” which complements the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan. The plan is specifically tailored to the campus’s unique mission in the WVU system: providing a small college, four-year baccalaureate experience with an emphasis on majors in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines in addition to majors in business, humanities, social sciences, sports studies and nursing.
The plan outlines a renewed mission and vision for the University: To provide an accessible and supportive environment in which students are guided to be active and contributing members of society by fostering intellectual and personal growth through comprehensive educational experiences. The institution’s vision is to become a nationally-recognized and preeminent regional undergraduate STEM teaching institution with well-balanced curricula across diverse academic disciplines.
“WVU Tech has entered an exciting era of revival and rededication,” said CEO Carolyn Long. “The campus is experiencing tremendous growth, and as a result, has a renewed sense of purpose and direction.”
In 2010 the University launched the 2015 Strategic Plan, which centered on seven strategic initiatives from which seven work-groups were formed each lead by a member of the WVU Tech Executive Team. The Tech Revitalization project and the launching of the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan provided Tech with new directions to explore and launched a new planning process, which flows from the Year 1 progress on the original 5-year plan. The WVU Tech 2020 Plan is being led by a steering committee with representatives from across campus.
“We encourage all alumni, faculty, staff, friends and students to share their thoughts with us,” explained Dr. Lisa Ferrara, WVU Tech professor and chair of biology and strategic planning coordinator. “Our vision will only become a reality with the input and hard work of everyone.”
The West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) campus community gathered for the annual State of Tech Address presented by CEO Carolyn Long on Friday afternoon. In Long’s State of Tech Address, she provided updates on the institution’s efforts to recruit, retain and rebuild, including an announcement that enrollment is up more than 10 percent.
In describing the University’s recruitment achievements, Long said the campus was experiencing “wonderful growing pains”. WVU Tech’s fall enrollment is 1,222 with students from 28 states and 23 nations. Residence halls are at 92 percent capacity and the dining hall is overflowing with students. In response to this growth, Long announced plans to add an additional “grab-and-go” eatery in the Engineering Building as well as the new dining options offered in the new Student Success Center.
“We are one of the few public institutions in West Virginia to see an enrollment increase this past year,” explained Long. “I am confident that with hard work and dedication we will continue to grow our enrollment.”
During her address, Long emphasized the University’s focus on retention. She highlighted the campus’ recent accomplishments in the new Student Success Center. This semester alone, the center has had over 2,300 students visits and offered more than 1,000 hours of tutoring. She challenged the campus to become a part of the commitment to student success and retention. “Our vision of a student-centered University can only be accomplished with each of us partnering together.”
Long stated that the University has been working on several key projects to rebuild campus including the completion of an outdoor basketball court, a new fire alarm system in the Baisi Athletic Center and the new Welcome Wall project funded by the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. She also highlighted several upcoming campus improvement projects including a new elevator in the engineering building and repaved parking lots.
In closing Long said, “WVU Tech is a great institution with even greater potential, and with a positive attitude toward the future this institution will continue to thrive and grow. I invite each of you to become a part of this dream.”
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be hosting an Engineering & Sciences Open House for students in grades 6-12 on Thursday, October 31. The event, which will be held on the Montgomery campus, is sponsored by The DOW Chemical Company.
“This open house event provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore careers in engineering and science related fields,” explained Dr. Z Torbica, dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences. “Our faculty, staff and students will be on hand to discuss possible careers in these academic disciplines.”
“There is a world of opportunity available for workers with skills in STEM fields,” said Tyler London, site leader of Dow’s UCC West Virginia Operations site. “Employess in STEM-related jobs are going to be critical for helping to solve the world’s biggest challenges like clean drinking water and alternative energy sources, so it’s an exciting area to be a part of and we hope lots of students come out to better understand what their future opportunities may be.”
The annual event includes guided tours and demonstrations in the engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering technology labs. Students from Kanawha, Fayette, Clay, Nicholas, Raleigh, Braxton, Boone, Roane, Cabell, Putnam, Mingo, Lincoln and Logan counties were invited to participate.
“We are expecting more than 1,000 students to participate in this year’s event. It is our hope that more and more students explore careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines,” added Torbica. “We recognize the critical need for these types of professionals in the future growth of our state and our nation.”
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be displaying a Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit featuring the spectacular murals of Diego Rivera, considered a national treasure of Mexico. The campus will enjoy the giant reproductions during the week of October 21- October 25. Featuring the beautiful “Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park,” the exhibit celebrates art, Spanish language, Mexican culture and history. The exhibit will be held in the Reserve Room of Vining Library (2nd Floor).
The exhibit also features a scene from a mural painted in the University at Chapingo in Mexico in 1926 as well as a wonderful selection, called The Flower Vendor from the series that featured calla lilies and native Mexicans.
WVU Tech is well known for its exceptional academic programs. The University was once again named to the top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The campus community includes students from 29 different countries, including Brazil, France, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Scotland, as far away as Australia, Malaysia, and India, and as close as Canada and Mexico.
As per tradition, Tech honors its international neighbors for their many contributions to the world. In this spirit of celebration and respect, the convocations committee and the Department of English, History & Creative Arts wish to invite all members of the Tech faculty, staff, students and the Greater Montgomery community to see the exhibit, which will open to the public on Monday, October 21 at 10am.
In the spring of 2014, WVU Tech anticipates hosting the next Teacher’s Discover Exhibit featuring artifacts and information about the Civil War.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will celebrate Homecoming on October 25-26. The weekend caps off a week of exciting activities on the Montgomery campus, including Spirit Week and the second annual Campus Cup competition.
On Friday afternoon the campus will gather for CEO Carolyn Long’s annual State of Tech Address. Following the campus address, guests will celebrate the 2013 Alumni of the Year recipients at a banquet in their honor. This year’s recipients include James E. Smith, Jr., ‘86 from the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences and Barry Pearson, ‘96 from the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences. Tickets for the event can be purchased from the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.442.3131.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming back generations of Golden Bears for an exciting weekend,” said Tara Hines, ‘03, WVU Tech alumni director. “We’ve got lots of family-friendly events planned and activities for all ages.”
Saturday’s activities include the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association (TGBAA) meeting, superhero tailgate and homecoming parade. The 2013 Parade Marshal is Tim O’Neal,’97. O’Neal is the production director for The Dow Chemical Company and currently serves on the TGBAA Board of Directors. The 2013 Crown Bearers are David Bubash, son of alumna Kaci Foster, ‘03 and ‘04, and Camryn Williams, daughter of alumna and current Tech employee Tina Williams, ‘99.
As WVU Tech SGA President and chemical engineering major Amy Haddix explained, “Homecoming is a time for students to show off their creativity and school spirit. The parade allows organizations to showcase their creative talents. The game unites the student body as we cheer on our Golden Bear athletes.”
The Golden Bears will hit the court in the Neal D. Baisi Athletic Center. The women’s team faces Point Park University at 2pm and the men’s team takes on University of Cincinnati Clermont at 4pm. New to this year’s homecoming activities is the alumni basketball game at 6pm. The TGBAA will be sponsoring an alumni reception during the alumni basketball game.
On Thursday, October 17, the West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) campus will be transported to early nineteenth century France as the Charleston Light Opera Guild (CLOG) presents a preview performance of the international classic musical Les MisÚrables. The dinner theatre event beginning at 6:30 pm is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and is free for the entire WVU Tech campus community.
The musical is based on the novel by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. It presents the story of Jean Valjean, a burly French peasant of abnormal strength and potentially violent nature and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child.
A French-inspired dinner will be served in the WVU Tech Ballroom prior to the event. Featured performers from the Guild will perform several numbers from the musical and will conduct a Q&A session with the audience after the performance.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this type of cultural event on our campus,” explained WVU Tech Dean of Students Richard Carpinelli. “Our students are really looking forward to the performance.”
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WVU Tech will accept donations during the event on behalf of the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Foundation for breast cancer treatment and screening.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will host an expert panel of employers during a special “Get Hired” event on Thursday, October 10, at 1:00 pm in the Student Success Center. The 13-member panel features employers from across the state with professional backgrounds representing a variety of majors including accounting, business, chemistry, health service administration, mechanical engineering, nursing and sport management.
“These professionals have graciously agreed to come to campus to provide students with insight on interviewing, resume writing and more,” explained Jen Wood Cunningham, interim director of student support services and event organizer. “We want our students to be prepared to accept their next challenge as they begin their professional careers.”
Panel representatives include: Doug Damron, CDI; Barbara Douglas, WVU Tech; , Hatch Mott McDonald; , Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLC; , WV Women’s Commission; , Chick-fil-A; , Gibbons & Kawash, A.C.; Tim Mueller, WV Power Baseball; , Dow Chemical; , WV Medical Institute; , Jacob Engineering; , Charleston Area Alliance; and Chris Zuspan, Dow Chemical.
“This is one of the many great events offered by our Student Success Programs aimed at enhancing our students’ overall college experience,” said Richard Carpinelli, dean of students. “At WVU Tech we are committed to providing our students every opportunity to succeed.”
The program will also include an informal Meet & Greet session at 12:30 pm prior to the panel discussion. All WVU Tech students are encouraged to attend. Cunningham added, “These are skills that students can also use to find an internship or co-op.”