14 Nov
DSC_0453 Team “Sudden Old Man” took home the top prize at the WVU Tech High School Programming Competition.

On Saturday, November 12, 30 students from five regional high schools visited the Montgomery campus for the High School Programming Competition hosted by the WVU Tech department of Computer Sciences and Information Systems.

Participating teams spent the day coding solutions to ten problems in a bid to showcase their programming skills and compete for scholarships.

The “Sudden Old Man” team from George Washington High School – Jacob Harris, Sarah Snider and William Thompson – took first place, earning a $300 cash prize per team member and $3,000 renewable scholarships to WVU Tech.

George Washington’s “Tutoring After School” team took second and South Charleston High School’s “VADARS” team rounded out the leaderboard in third. Second place finishers Mitchell Nelson, Robert Hageboeck and Zayd Tolaymat won $200 cash and $2,000 WVU Tech scholarships. Joseph Clark, Alex Sanchez and Michael Blessent of team “VADARS” took home $100 each and $1,000 scholarships.

WVU Tech would like to congratulate all of the winners and thank the students who came out for the competition.

Visit the department’s Facebook page to see more photos from the competition.

14 Nov

On November 11-12, the Golden Bear community gathered in Montgomery for the university’s “Through the Decades” homecoming.

Friday’s student and alumni activities included Tech trivia, a coffee bar, a wrestling victory over Penn State Du Bois and a ‘Through the Decades’ dance and costume contest.

In the afternoon, a crowd of 80 students, faculty, staff and alumni met in the engineering auditorium for the State of Tech Address. Campus President Carolyn Long shared an update on the campus and the transition to Beckley. She reflected on the history of the institution and its outlook for the future.

30626484420_5374058457_o Students and alumni attended a decades-themed dance and costume contest on Friday evening.

“Think of how far we’ve come. We did that because we look forward. We want to celebrate the past and keep all those wonderful memories we had at Tech. That’s timeless. But we must move forward,” she said.

“Tech is not about buildings, land or a budget. It’s about faculty that prepare our students for the next stage of life. It’s about the staff and administrators that support students and each other and they move down this path. And it’s about the wonderful students who walk the halls of our campus and who will one day become alumni who talk about the good old days,” she said.

The university hosted a parade in Montgomery on Saturday morning followed by a tailgate at the Neal D. Baisi Athletic Center. Women’s and men’s basketball alumni faced off in games at 11 and noon on Saturday. At 2 p.m., the WVU Tech men’s basketball team beat Point University, 117-80.

Erin Dydland, ‘02, drove in from Charleston to attend the events. Dydland grew up in Queens, New York and came to Tech on a basketball scholarship. She went on to become one of the first graduates of the university’s athletic coaching education program and uses the skills she learned running programs at the YMCA in Charleston.

30875563541_6f0d277c63_o Monty mingles with families at the men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon.

For her, Saturday was a homecoming in the true sense of the word.

“We’re catching up with a lot of people. It’s like we never left,” she said. “The friends that I made at this school became my family. They still are. I never went back to New York because this is them. This is my family.”

Robert “Doc” Warner, ‘72, played baseball at Tech. The Pineville, West Virginia native earned an education degree and went on to teach for more than 30 years before retiring. Today, he’s an active referee and coaches golf and softball at Wyoming East High School.

“I learned a lot from Coach Baisi back in the day. He taught classes in coaching football and basketball and I learned stuff from him that I put into use in my career all the time,” he said.

Warner attended Tech during the height of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. He remembers attending concerts put on by the Tech Organization for Black Unity and making friends in the gym shooting hoops in his free time. He said that he couldn’t have been in a better place.

“Tech was incredible when I was here. The nostalgia is something. Just remembering the good times I’ve had here. I had a blast and I learned some life lessons that stuck with me,” he said.

Warner said he’s excited about the university’s future in Beckley and plans to become a season ticket holder when the basketball program moves to the new campus.

Check out photos from the weekend’s festivities on Flickr.

7 Nov

On Friday, November 4, nearly 40 community and nonprofit representatives from the Beckley region gathered on WVU Tech’s Beckley campus for a community partner open house.

The event included a networking session and a meet-and-greet with staff from WVU Tech service and student life and representatives from the WVU Center for Service and Learning office. The open house also featured a panel discussion for best practices in working with college students as volunteers and community partners were introduced to iServe, WVU’s online community service management system. That system allows these organizations to register with WVU and posts service opportunities for students in the region.

The event is part of an ongoing effort to increase engagement with the regional community. Starting this month, WVU Tech will host an AmeriCorps VISTA whose mission will be to work with the local community, WVU Tech and the WVU Center for Service and Learning to create partnerships for service opportunities.

The open house was the first critical step in the process.

For Candice Stadler, director of Career Services at WVU Tech and a service learning coordinator, the endeavor is an important part of the university’s growing relationship with the region.

“WVU Tech is laying the groundwork to become an active member of the Raleigh County community. The community benefits by learning how the college and our students can assist them in their work in a variety of social and civic issues,” she said.

In all, 20 community agencies were represented at the gathering. Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia’s Beckley office, the American Red Cross, the Piney Creek Watershed Association, the Beckley Arts Center, the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, One Voice, WV FREE and other community organizations were represented.

“In the long run, this will be an opportunity for WVU Tech to help students explore issues related to citizenship, civic duty, career development and character. We are so excited for the opportunities to work together in the future and many new partnerships are in the works,” said Stadler.

“One of our first big initiatives will be the Martin Luther King Day of Service in January. Students, faculty and staff should look for information on the event in the coming weeks.”

Stadler shared that the event was made possible by the support of WVU Tech Student Life, the WVU Center for Service and Learning and the Beckley non-profit community.

3 Nov

WVU Tech Facultivities: November 2016 Edition

Zachary | November 3rd, 2016

WVU Tech’s faculty members are dedicated to the advancement of the fields they teach. Outside of the classroom, they’re researchers, writers, presenters, go-to experts and road warriors who share their passion for learning with the world.

Here’s what our faculty members have been up to:

Dr. Cortney Barko (English) presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association conference in Chicago, October 6-9, with a paper titled “Teaching the History of Women in Art: Challenges and Breakthroughs.”

Dr. Rachel Bragg (English) also presented at the Chicago MPCA conference with a paper titled “Inked by the Author(s): Composing Tattoos and Complicating Authorship.”

Dr. Bill Clough (English) presented his paper ”’So this is the guy my dad wouldn’t shut up about?’ Tony Stark and Steve Rogers as Sibling Rivals” at the MPCA conference.

Dr. Melissa Sartore (History) also joined the group in Chicago, where she presented her paper “Drunk and Diverse: Reframing the Founding Fathers.”

Dr. Houbing Song (Electrical and Computer Engineering) collaborated on and published three peer-reviewed journal papers in Ad Hoc Networks, and the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems. Dr. Song also published one edited book, “Industrial Internet of Things: Cybermanufacturing Systems”.

1 Nov

Join WVU Tech and the Charleston Light Opera Guild on Thursday, November 10 for dinner and a preview performance of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the WVU Tech Center Ballroom. At 7 p.m., the Guild will offer a 30-minute preview performance of the upcoming show followed by a Q&A session for attendees.

The musical – which has been performed worldwide for more than 40 years – is a rock music-based storytelling experience that follows Jesus Christ’s last week from the perspective of Judas.

The event is free to students, staff and faculty at WVU Tech. Those planning to attend the dinner must register online by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7.

The Guild will present the full show at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater on November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19. Find out more on the Charleston Light Opera Guild website.

31 Oct
30659692496_fd8454a09f_o WVU Tech junior Ryan Atkins heads to the hoop in front of more than 3,000 spectators during the men’s exhibition game.

WVU Tech and WVU hosted two days packed with family events in Beckley for Gold & Blue Weekend, October 28-29.

Friday kicked off the special series with a pep rally at the King Coal Beckley AutoMall Arena. Spectators watched performances from the WVU dance team, WVU Tech cheerleaders and WVU cheerleaders. The Golden Bears and Mountaineers men’s basketball teams held open practices following the rally. After practice, attendees met with players and coaches from both teams for an autograph session.

Saturday’s events started at Word Park in uptown Beckley. The University hosted a family fun zone and street fair where families picked up giveaways, explored a fire department safety house, played games, listened to the WVU Basketball Pep Band and attended cheerleading camp.

That evening, the crowd moved back to the King Coal Beckley AutoMall Arena for the Gold & Blue men’s basketball exhibition game between WVU Tech and WVU. The sold-out event drew in more than 3,200 spectators.

30659661946_ec04d73182_o Families played games and chatted with representatives from WVU Tech and WVU at the Gold & Blue Weekend family fun zone.

Check out coverage of the pep rally and exhibition game from The Register-Herald here and here. WVNS also stopped by the family fun zone on Saturday to chat with campus president Carolyn Long.

For photos of Gold & Blue Weekend, visit WVU Tech on Flickr.

20 Oct

“What we want to do is train you to be investigators, and a good investigator is nothing more than an effective critical thinker. Someone who can solve problems.” – professor Andrew Wheeler addresses students from Independence High School.

On Wednesday, October 20, a group of nearly 60 students from Independence High School visited WVU Tech’s Beckley campus to tour the school and explore the Forensic Investigation program. The students also visited the university’s crime scene house where they examined a mock crime scene, learned about bloodstain pattern analysis and explored the science behind fingerprint and footprint investigation.

Check out local media coverage of the visit from The Register Herald and WVNS.

20 Oct

West Virginia University and WVU Tech have announced the schedule for two days of family-friendly activities for Gold & Blue Weekend on October 28 and 29, 2016. All events are free except for the men’s exhibition basketball game.

NOTE: The schedule has changed since the previous announcement. For full event details and schedule, visit goldandblueweekend.wvutech.edu.

18 Oct

Registration for spring and summer 2017 semesters is open. This is the first time students have been able to register for both upcoming semesters in the fall, so plan ahead and get the courses you need.

Visit with your advisor to ensure you’re planning your schedule in the best way possible, then access STAR through the portal (portal.wvu.edu) to get registered.

If you need help registering, visit the registrar’s website for instructions or call 304.442.3151.

10 Oct

WVU Tech Facultivities: October 2016 Edition

Zachary | October 10th, 2016

WVU Tech’s faculty members are dedicated to the advancement of the fields they teach. Outside of the classroom, they’re researchers, writers, presenters, go-to experts and road warriors who share their passion for learning with the world.

Here’s what our faculty members have been up to:

Dr. Fahad Gill (Economics) published “Earnings disadvantage of immigrants: are we comparing apples to apples?” in Migration Letters.

Dr. Houbing Song (Electrical and Computer Engineering) gave an invited talk on September 30 to graduate students in the Department of Computer Science at the George Washington University (GWU). He collaborated on and published four peer-reviewed journal papers in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Computers & Electrical Engineering and KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems. He also published a textbook entitled “Cyber-Physical Systems: Foundations, Principles and Applications.” In December, Dr. Song will serve as the technical program committee chair of the fifth IEEE CCSNA workshop in Washington D.C.

Dr. Mark Wilson (Economics) presented a paper, “West Virginia’s Nobel Laureates: Pearl Buck and John Nash,” at the Pearl Buck Gateway Conference at WVU in September.

Dr. Richard Squire (Chemistry) collaborated on an article, “The B850/B875 Photosynthetic Complex Ground and Excited State are Both Coherent,” which was recently published in the Los Alamos Archives, an extension of the Cornell University Library system.

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