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.”
West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s fifth annual Otis K. Rice Lecture Series will feature Dr. Fred Barkey on Thursday, September 26 at 6 p.m. The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, is free and open to the public. Barkey’s lecture, entitled “Here Come the Boomer ‘Talys’: Italian Immigrants and Industrial Conflict in the Upper Kanawha Valley (1903-1917),” will be held in the WVU Tech Engineering Auditorium in Montgomery, West Virginia.
Barkey, professor emeritus at the West Virginia Graduate School, earned his Ph.D. in history, with a major concentration in U.S. labor history, from the University of Pittsburgh after having earned both his M.A. and B.A. from Marshall University. He has taught history at the University of Charleston and at the Institute for Labor Studies at West Virginia University. He has also been selected as a Danforth Associate in recognition of his outstanding college teaching and knighted by the King of Belgium (Order of King Leopold II) for promoting greater awareness of the contributions of Belgian immigrant workers to the development of West Virginia and the nation. He has written extensively on topics related to labor and immigration in West Virginia and recently had his work on the Socialist Party in West Virginia, Working Class Radicals: The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920, published by WVU Press.
Dr. Barkey’s lecture will explore the influx of Italian immigrants into West Virginia during the early twentieth century. He will focus on Italian communities in Fayette County and the impact these groups had upon industrial, economic, and social development in the Upper Kanawha Valley. He will speak to the interaction of West Virginian and Italian populations, customs, and institutions as well. Barkey added, “Through this presentation, I’ll be rescuing the ofttimes anonymous immigrant from historic oblivion.”
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to share a taste of local history with our alumni, faculty and staff, students and the Upper Kanawha Valley community,” explained WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long.
The Rice Lecture Series began in 2009 in honor of noted historian Otis K. Rice, who served at WVU Institute of Technology from 1957 to 1987 and was the state’s first Historian Laureate.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the 2013 Alumni of the Year: Barry Pearson, ‘96, from the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences and James E. “Jim” Smith, ‘86, from the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences.
A West Virginia native, Pearson earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from Tech in 1996. A student athlete, he was a three-year starter for the Golden Bears football team and defensive co-captain his senior year. Pearson joined RJF International after graduation in their production control and planning division before moving on to the Imperial Electric Company as the production control manager. In 2000, he accepted a position as the production control group leader with Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia. He has spent the last 13 years with Toyota in several different leadership positions. He is now the manager of human resources responsible for team member relations, corporate strategy and development, government affairs, community relations, staffing and recruiting, training and development, and compensation and benefits.
Smith, a 1986 electrical engineering Tech graduate, has spent the last 25 years of his career serving as a recognized leader, subject matter expert and motivator for teams of engineers around the globe. As a student he was an active member of the campus community. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, co-founder of the Golden Bear’s Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity chapter and editor of the 1985 Bear Tracks yearbook. During his 23-year career with Motorola, he grew from an entry-level RF engineer to a senior engineering manager responsible for teams of engineers in multiple countries supporting a variety of telecom customers. In 2011, Smith took on a new role as a regional RAN manager for Ericsson managing more than 100 engineers in four countries supporting one of America’s largest telecom operators.
Since 1949, it has been an institutional tradition to honor the Tech Alumni of the Year during Homecoming Weekend. To be selected for this honor, alumni must have achieved recognition in their chosen profession, have strong service commitment, and have given time, talent, and treasure to Tech by serving as a role model of loyalty and service for all alumni. On Friday, October 25, 2013, Pearson and Smith will be recognized as the newest members of this distinguished group at the Alumni of the Year banquet in the Tech Center Ballroom. To purchase tickets to the banquet please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.442.3131.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s Department of Physical Education will host an athletic coaching education and sport management panel featuring two well-known West Virginia University alumni: Attorney James “Rocky” Gianola and Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins on Wednesday, September 25 at noon in the Engineering Auditorium. The presenters will discuss sport law, athletic contracts and labor issues, legal issues facing athletic associations and conferences, collegiate coaching and careers in athletics. The presentation is sponsored in part by Summit Community Bank and is free and open to the public.
The managing director of Gianola, Barnum, Wigal & London, L.C., a full service law firm in Morgantown, W.Va., with offices in Charleston and Kingwood, Gianola earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting, cum laude, in 1978. He graduated from the WVU College of Law in 1982. He is also an adjunct instructor of sport law at WVU, chairman of the Board Boston Hospitality Group, member of the American Bar Association, the West Virginia Bar Association and the Monongalia County Bar Association, American Bar Association Sections on Taxation, Real Estate, and Estates. He was a two-time letterman at WVU during his football career from 1974-78.
Huggins has been the head men’s basketball coach at WVU since 2007, leading the Mountaineers to 133 victories, the 2010 NCAA Final Four, the 2010 Big East Championship and five NCAA tournament appearances during his first six seasons in Morgantown. Prior to coaching at his alma mater, Huggins had coaching success at both Kansas State and the University of Cincinnati. A West Virginia native, Huggins was a two-time Academic All-American and graduated from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, magna cum laude, in 1977. He received his master’s in health administration from WVU in 1978. Huggins was a three-year letterman for the Mountaineers from 1975-77 and was named MVP, helping the basketball team to an 18-11 record, the team’s highest win total in nine seasons.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming these two former Mountaineer athletes to the Montgomery campus to share their professional advice and expertise,” explained WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long.