Author and professional speaker, Emily Bennington presented at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) on Thursday, March 27.
Author of “Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job,” Bennington is the founder of AWAKE EXEC mindful leadership coaching for women and has led training programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Her presentation, “What Your First Boss Wants You to Know,” provided advice for students entering into the workforce and discussed topics such as building personal credibility and integrating into established work teams.
“Students can be intentional about establishing their reputation and hit the ground running from day one,” said Bennington. “We talk about how to manage the anxiety associated with transitioning into the career field and how anxiety about the future prevents us from showing up in the present.”
Bennington also asked students to identify the values they want to live by and provided advice on how to apply those values in the workplace.
“It’s about figuring out who it is that you want to be professionally and living in alignment with those values every day,” she said. “When you do that well, you’re on the fast-track. When you’re on the fast track, the sky’s the limit for your career.”
“Emily’s visit is part of our effort to offer our students career development opportunities,” said WVU Tech Dean of Students Richard Carpinelli. “This type of training will help prepare students for the workforce and ensure continued success long after their days at WVU Tech.”
Students and alumni will have an opportunity to meet with employers from West Virginia and surrounding states to discuss upcoming full-time, co-op and internship opportunities this Thursday at the Spring Campus JobFest Career Fair.
“The career fair is an important opportunity for students to hone their job hunting skills,” said WVU Tech Dean of Students Richard Carpinelli. “It prepares students by allowing them to interact one-on-one with employers, find out what companies are looking for in an ideal candidate and hear the kind of questions they may be asked in an interview.”
JobFest runs Thursday, March 27 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Tech Center Ballroom and will feature 21 employers from a variety of industries and organizations including: business, health, engineering, technology, military, West Virginia state government, psychological services, natural resources, corrections and manufacturing.
Participants should bring copies of their updated resume, be prepared to talk about themselves and dress appropriately to make a positive first impression. For more information, contact the Dean of Students at 304-442-3158 or Patty Hopkins at 304-442-3223.
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AOC Solutions, Inc.
CDI IT Solutions/Engineering
Enterprise Holdings (Rent-A-Car)
K&K Technical Group
Marathon Petroleum, LLC
New York Life
NGK Spark Plugs, Inc.
Panhandle Support Services
Toyota of WV (TMMNA)
WV Army National Guard
WV Division of Corrections
WV Division of Personnel
WV Public Broadcasting
WV State Tax Department
Last Saturday, March 22, WVU Tech hosted prospective students and their families on campus for a Blue & Gold Day Open House.
Hosted annually in the spring and fall, Blue & Gold Day provides an avenue for students to spend some time on campus and meet with current students, staff and faculty to discuss life and learning at WVU Tech. Interested students from throughout West Virginia and as far away as Florida, Texas and Missouri made the trip to Montgomery for Saturday’s gathering.
“I came to learn more about the school,” said Daniel Rakes, a Roane County, West Virginia student interested in Computer Science. “I want to know how much it costs and what the campus feels like. The people, small classes and going to a class where the teacher will know you is what I like about it.”
In all, 167 students and parents attended Saturday’s Open House where they heard from WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long, learned about financial aid and toured the school’s campus.
“Blue and Gold Day is an important opportunity to show firsthand what WVU Tech has to offer,” said WVU Tech Senior Admissions Counselor Jeretta Ford. “The open house setting allows interested students and their families to experience a day on campus and interact with students and staff. It’s an experience you can’t get from a brochure.”
The WVU Tech International Student Organization (ISO) hosted a group of local girl scouts on Sunday, March 23 in celebration of World Thinking Day. The special day introduces young scouts to cultures from around the world and offers them a chance to earn a World Thinking Day badge.
Attendees of Sunday’s event played games and created construction paper passports. The scouts then used their passports to visit a series of tables representing specific countries. At each table, international students shared interesting facts about their respective nations and “stamped” the scouts’ passports with stickers.
More than 20 international WVU Tech students participated in the event, representing countries such as Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, England, the Virgin Islands, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Venezuela.
Sunday marked the second year the ISO has hosted World Thinking Day and Resident Director Michael Sheldon said that the program is an important opportunity for participating scouts and WVU Tech students alike.
“Hosting World Thinking Day on campus offers WVU Tech students a chance to share their stories and interact with the community,” he said. “The girl scouts have a great time and they get to learn about cultures they may not get to experience outside of this event.”
For more photos from World Thinking Day, visit: http://wvute.ch/1dIcv86
It’s Spring recess at WVU Tech, and while the familiar buzz of student activity may have died down on campus this week, the buzz of sawing an hour west of Montgomery shows students still hard at work.
At a Habitat for Humanity renovation in Hurricane, West Virginia, students are spending the break hanging siding, painting, mending fences and building porches. For students like WVU Tech chemical engineering major Kevin Arguello the opportunity to give back to the community is a worthwhile way to spend some time off.
“We’re helping out with whatever is needed here and it is definitely worth sacrificing some spring break time to help those in need,” he said.
The students are at the site from Tuesday until Saturday, working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The house, which was donated by a local bank, is expected to be completed in the coming weeks and will house a family of four. Habitat representatives welcome the help as they get the place in shape for its new owners.
“I think it’s exceptional to have these young folks here to help with the renovation. Getting volunteers who roll up their sleeves and get to work is how we’re able to make these projects happen,” said Tiny Hanshaw, Construction Supervisor at Habitat for Humanity’s Kanawha and Putnam County affiliate. “We’re glad to have them here this week and hopefully we can teach them a thing or two in the process.”
WVU Tech Resident Director Michael Sheldon said that he was impressed with volunteer turnout and that, despite a week’s worth of hard work on their schedule, the students are having fun.
“It’s great to have students who are willing to take time out of their break to volunteer, especially since this is the first year we have done this,” he said.
The project’s student participants included Jerry Ortega, Kevin Arguello, Jason Brown, Ryan Boffill, Jackie Galloway, Mark Gomez and Brendon Rankou.
To find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam County, please visit www.hfhkp.org.
Photos from the Habitat Build can be found on the WVU Tech Flickr page at http://wvute.ch/1fs4qDE.
I am pleased to share that the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission have approved E. Gordon Gee as the President of West Virginia University.
With President Gee’s extensive experience and knowledge and his passion for education, youth and our great state, he is an outstanding resource for the WVU system.
I am certain that with his and your support, we can continue to see growth and success regarding our goals to recruit, retain and rebuild WVU Tech.
During his visit to WVU Tech in February, President Gee shared, “I love the spirit of this place. WVU Tech is a small institution with a big spirit and is very important to the University.”
I look forward to working with President Gee along with the faculty and staff of the entire WVU System to ensure that students continue to receive a high quality education with excellent service and support.
WVU Tech Campus President
Visit presidentgee.wvu.edu for more information.
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.