When it comes to getting students interested in STEM fields, there’s no better experience than attending Camp STEM at WVU Tech. A week-long residential program, Camp STEM brings high-school students to campus to learn about everything from civil engineering to forensic science.
“This program is a huge benefit for us and Camp STEM students,” said WVU Tech First Year Programs Coordinator and Camp STEM organizer Kimberlyn Gray, Ph.D. “It helps students determine early on what their interests are so they can begin to take college courses in that track.”
AT&T and the Dow Chemical Company, both leading companies in their respective industries, understand the value of STEM education, and have pledged financial support for the program. AT&T has approved $15,000 in program funding and Dow has pledged $10,000. Dow employees will also attend this year’s camp to provide interactive presentations and experiments.
These generous donations will allow WVU Tech to expand Camp STEM to 60 students and provide 30 scholarships for those who may not otherwise be able to attend.
WVU Tech would like to thank both AT&T and Dow for their support of Camp STEM and the spirit of curiosity and learning it fosters in young West Virginians.
On Friday, March 7, students from ten West Virginia counties will come to Montgomery to participate in two regional Math Field Day competitions, testing their mathematical mettle and vying for a spot at the state level.
In all, around 180 students from grades 4-12 will take individual and team-based math exams to test their abilities. Students in grades 4-9 compete within their own grades while students in grades 10-12 compete against each other. The top finishers in each Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) region will receive an award and qualify for the state competition. The top county team also receives an award.
The WVU Tech Mathematics Department creates and grades exams for students in grades 10-12 and the top ten competitors from those grades are offered scholarships to attend WVU Tech in addition to a spot in the state competition. Top finishers at the state competition can move on to compete at the national level in the American Regions Mathematics League.
RESA 3 students from grades 4-12 will compete in the engineering building and labs. RESA 3 represents Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam counties. Students in grades 10-12 from RESA 4, which covers Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties, will meet in Orndorff Hall.
WVU Tech will resume classes and normal operations at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 4.
Faculty, staff and students are urged to use caution when traveling to campus tomorrow as roads may still be icy, particularly during early morning hours.
Students should notify their professors, and employees their supervisors, if they are unable to come to class or report for work due to inclement road or weather conditions. Faculty are urged to be understanding with students whose class attendance is hampered by road or weather conditions.
Employees should notify their supervisors of any difficulties they may have in returning to work due to road conditions. Leave-eligible employees will be required to submit leave for time missed. Supervisors are asked to grant leave in cases where road conditions hinder employees’ ability to report for work.
While normal operations are anticipated for Tuesday (March 4), students, faculty and staff should stay tuned to local broadcast stations, the WVU Tech website and WVU Tech’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information.
WVU Tech will host the American Civil War Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit from March 3-7.
The exhibition features fabric prints depicting stories, personal letters and striking photographs from the era.
The large-scale works one of which is 17 feet long allow viewers to examine snippets of wartime life through a Navy recruiting poster or a telegraph announcing the surrender of Fort Sumter in 1861.
“The selected letters and photographs in these artworks show the emotion of the period,” said WVU Tech History Professor Dr. Melissa Sartore. “It’s a powerful visual supplement that offers a learning opportunity visitors may not otherwise be able to experience.”
Students of Dr. Paul Rakes’ Civil War and Reconstruction course will find particular interest in the display. “Students will be able to see the conflict as conveyed to them from the level of the common soldier,” said Dr. Rakes.
The exhibit is open to the public through the efforts of the Department of English, History and Creative Arts and with the support of the WVU Tech Convocations Committee. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend this beautiful and thought-provoking display of American history.
The exhibit opens Monday in the Vining Library Reserve Room. Library hours are Monday Thursday, 8:00a.m. 9:00p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Toyota Manufacturing of West Virginia in Buffalo, W.Va. has a tradition of giving back to its local community. The internationally-owned company is a proud supporter of WVU Tech in a number of ways, including internships, financial gifts and employment for graduates.
In 2013, WVU Tech administrators visited the Buffalo facility for a plant tour and to reconnect with dozens of alumni who are employed at the manufacturing facility. Administrators were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the site, while learning the impact the school has on Toyota’s operations. More than two dozen Tech alumni are employed at Toyota and the employer visits Tech’s campus each year for career fairs and board meetings to meet prospective employees. In addition to hiring WVU Tech graduates, Toyota has employed students as interns while they continue their studies.
One such alumnus that WVU Tech was proud to honor in 2013 is Barry Pearson. Pearson was named as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year for the College of Business, Health and Social Science and is the manager of human resources at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia. In this position, he is responsible for team member relations, corporate strategy and development, government affairs, community relations, staffing and recruiting, training and development and compensation and benefits. The West Virginia operation employs 1,300 people and ships Toyota and Lexus brand powertrain products to plants in North American while exporting to Canada and Japan.
A West Virginia native, Pearson graduated from Point Pleasant High School in 1992 before earning a BS in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1996. While at Tech, he was a three year starter for the Tech football team and defensive co-captain his senior year.
Earlier this year, Toyota announced financial support for WVU Tech in the form of a grant to support a summer camp at Buffalo High School. Toyota awarded $13,895 for WVU Tech Engineering professors to hold Camp STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Putnam County students. The program will focus on the STEM disciplines and provide interactive lessons to encourage students to study these subjects and explore these areas for careers.
“WVU Tech is fortunate to have industries in the Kanawha Valley that both recognize and value the quality education and training students receive,” said Carolyn Long, CEO. “We appreciate their support and look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”
Today, more than 200 girls from seven West Virginia counties participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the Columbia Gas Transmission Auditorium in Charleston.
Hosted by Bridgemont Community and Technical College, the annual event is part of National Engineers Week and is more commonly known as “Girl Day.” Girl Day teams 8th grade girls up with female engineers to celebrate the accomplishments of women in engineering, tackle interesting experiments and learn about the field.
“We’re getting middle-school girls here to explore careers in engineering and technology,” said Dr. Beverly Jo Harris, President of Bridgemont Community and Technical College. “Conducting experiments with women engineering professionals may be a turning point in their thoughts about the types of careers available to them.”
And it’s an effective program. Dr. Harris told the story of a young lady who attended the very first Girl Day hosted by Bridgemont. More than half a decade later, that same student is pursuing a career in engineering.
“She said Girl Day made a lasting impact. It’s exciting to hear that firsthand,” she said.
Check out photos from this year’s Girl Day on Flickr.
Marshmallow bridges? Robots? Eggs falling from the sky? It sounds like a fantasy world, but this Saturday, February 22, the Clay Center will host Discover Engineering Family Fun Day, where raining eggs and candy bridges will be the norm.
In celebration of National Engineers Week, WVU Tech students and faculty will be hosting eight activity booths covering everything from biology to electrical engineering.
“It’s an exciting week for WVU Tech as we promote this essential field and show young students that there are untold possibilities in engineering,” said WVU Tech First Year Programs Coordinator Kimberlyn Gray, Ph.D.
Participants can stop by the biology booth to take an electrocardiogram (EKG) test to record the electrical activity taking place in their hearts, or visit with chemical engineering students to see how fruit can function like a battery. The electrical engineering booth will light up the day as students build simple circuits to power light bulbs while the Society of Automotive Engineers shows off its custom-built Baja racing buggy.
The civil and mechanical engineering departments will be teaming up for marshmallow bridges and the popular egg drop, allowing participants to build and test a device that protects a falling egg. It’s no easy feat out of 600 eggs dropped last year, only 20 survived.
And then there are robots. The Engineering Technology Organization and Association of Computing Machinery will be displaying programmable robots, human-powered robots, and even a self-piloting mini-truck.
Girl Scouts will participate in the day’s festivities from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. The event opens to the general public from 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Today is National Resident Assistant Appreciation Day and at WVU Tech, we would like to acknowledge thirteen Golden Bears who go above and beyond to make living on campus an experience worth remembering.
Our resident assistants (RAs) wear a lot of hats. Trained in conflict resolution, diversity and safety, they keep residence halls running smoothly. Beyond their residence hall duties, they serve as wellness coordinators, hall council representatives, community service organizers, tour guides and team-builders.
“Being an RA has become a competitive and prestigious opportunity on campus,” said Resident Director Michael Sheldon. “It’s a learning opportunity and a chance to contribute to campus culture.”
Resident Director Emily Sands said that Tech RAs have become role models on campus, promoting a diverse and active campus community while leading by example.
“The resident assistants are out there improving campus culture and experiences for all students on campus every day,” she said.
Balancing RA duties with athletics, student organizations, volunteerism and a social life, they boast a combined 3.2 GPA a fine example indeed.
So, if you see an RA on campus today, let them know how important they are to the life we’ve come to love here at WVU Tech.
Maclin Resident Assistants:
Haley Pauley Health Services Administration
Rami Shamout Civil Engineering
Tyler Fabian History and Government
Tavon Johnson Mechanical Engineering
Alex Moore Athletic Coaching Education
Taylor Miltenberger Pre-Medicine
Edson Borja Mechanical Engineering
Ratliff Resident Assistants:
Dan Eisenberg Criminal Justice
Breigh Renner Chemical Engineering
Summer Stokley Criminal Justice
Neal Edwards Biology
Juan Suarez Mechanical Engineering
Zachary Carnahan Civil Engineering
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will host the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Male Chorus on Thursday, February 20 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in celebration of Black History Month. The free concert will be held in the Tech Center Ballroom and is open to the Tech community and the general public.
Directed by Marshall Murray, the MLK Chorus offers contemporary and traditional African-American gospel music performed by 36 singers from 24 denominationally diverse congregations in southern West Virginia.
“We’re excited to once again host the MLK Jr. Male Chorus in honor of Black History Month,” said WVU Tech Dean of Students Richard Carpinelli. “The Chorus’ uplifting performance is a great way for members of WVU Tech to celebrate all that is good about being a part of a caring campus community.”
The award-winning chorus has appeared in venues throughout the U.S., performing at the memorial service for Senator Robert C. Byrd, the U.S. Postal Service’s ceremony honoring NFL star Randy Moss, and the Inauguration of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The group also uses its musical talents to raise philanthropic support for charities from Charleston to Kenya.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of West Virginia’s foremost gospel chorus groups as they honor the legacy of Dr. King.
This January, the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Day showcased the efforts of eleven WVU Tech students, allowing legislators a firsthand look at some of the STEM research underway in Montgomery. But students weren’t the only ones showing off the cutting-edge at the Capitol.
At the Culture Center, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) recognized faculty that were awarded scientific research grants in 2013. WVU Tech faculty members from the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Horng-Jyh Yang (Tigra) and Dr. Brian Dickman, were recognized with the FY 2014 Instrumentation Award for the research project “Introduce the Refraction Microtremor (ReMi) Shear Wave Technique to Civil and Electrical Engineering Students at WVU Tech.”
The project will use the $20,000 award to cover the purchase of new refraction microtremor (ReMi) seismic equipment, boosting geotechnical research opportunities at WVU Tech and affording engineering students a chance to work with the kind of state-of-the-art equipment used in a variety of industries.
“West Virginia needs updated technology to be ready for preventing natural disasters,” said Dr. Yang. “ReMi technique can be used in landslide monitoring, mine safety investigation, sinkhole detection and soil compaction control. WVU Tech’s Civil Engineering department will now be able to offer this new technique to the state.”
WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long; Dr. Z. Torbica, dean of the WVU Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences; and West Virginia University (WVU) Provost Michele Wheatly attended the day’s events to express their support for research activities at WVU Tech.
*Want to see more? *Head over to Flickr to see photos from Undergraduate Research Day.