24 Mar

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

13 Mar

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.

11 Mar

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.


Carolyn Long
WVU Tech Campus President

Visit presidentgee.wvu.edu for more information.

6 Mar

AT&T, Dow Show Support for Camp STEM

Zachary | March 6th, 2014

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.

6 Mar

Math Masters Clash in Montgomery

Zachary | March 6th, 2014

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.

3 Mar

Campus to Reopen at 6 a.m. on March 4

Jennifer | March 3rd, 2014

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.

28 Feb

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.

25 Feb

Toyota and Employees Support WVU Tech

Zachary | February 25th, 2014

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.”

20 Feb

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.

20 Feb

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.

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