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.

19 Feb

National Resident Assistant Appreciation Day

Jennifer | February 19th, 2014

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

17 Feb

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.

To view photos from the evening of song, check out our Flickr or Facebook after the event.

17 Feb

WVU Tech Research Project Gets a Boost

Jennifer | February 17th, 2014

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.

14 Feb

Campus to Reopen at 6 a.m. on February 14

Jennifer | February 14th, 2014

WVU Tech will reopen this morning, February 14 at 6 a.m.

Faculty, staff and students are urged to use caution as roads may still be icy in some spots. Students and employees should use good judgment in deciding whether to attend classes or come to work based on the road and weather conditions in their individual locations.

Students should notify their professors, and employees their supervisors, if they are unable to come to class or work. Leave-eligible employees will be required to submit leave for hours missed.

12 Feb

WVU President Gordon Gee Visits WVU Tech Campus

Jennifer | February 12th, 2014

President Gee and WVU Tech student Cheyanna “Bo” Lusk show off their bow ties in the Student Success Center on Wednesday. Check out the Flickr set for more photos from the visit.

E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University (WVU), surprised students, faculty and staff on the campus of WVU Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) today with a visit to the Student Success Center, the popular studying spot on campus where students also receive advising and tutoring.

“We are so pleased to have President Gee visit us to meet our talented students, faculty and staff and to see the great work that happens here with the support of the WVU system and the WVU Tech community,” shared WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long.

Students had an opportunity to meet President Gee, take photos and share stories of their academic progress and Golden Bear pride. Faculty and staff were excited to meet with President Gee and discuss the ways they support students in academics and preparing for the workforce. After his visit to the Student Success Center, President Gee stopped by Dr. Andrea Kent’s state and local government class to speak with students about their career aspirations.

“I love the spirit of this place. WVU Tech is a small institution with a big spirit and is very important to the University,” said President Gee about his visit to WVU Tech.

A campus within the West Virginia University system, WVU Tech is committed to helping students discover a future of infinite possibilities. WVU Tech offers more than 30 different academic programs.

10 Feb

At the statewide women’s conference organized by the West Virginia Women’s Commission on February 11 at the Culture Center, West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) Campus Executive Officer (CEO) Carolyn Long will represent education on the advocacy panel where leaders of our state will discuss issues related to education, health care, child poverty, economic empowerment and violence against women.

“Education is important for all West Virginians and at WVU Tech we provide a variety of educational opportunities, including those in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). This conference is a great opportunity to discuss ways West Virginians can encourage young women to pursue career paths in STEM-related fields.”

During a session organized for the youth in attendance, WVU Tech junior chemical engineering student Amy Haddix will share her experiences from her pursuit of an engineering degree and the opportunities for other young women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

The advocacy panel and youth session are scheduled for 10 a.m., following the legislative breakfast and governor’s proclamation on February 11 at the Culture Center.

22 Jan

Campus to Reopen at 10am on January 22

Unknown | January 22nd, 2014

WVU Tech will reopen this morning, January 22, at 10am. Faculty, staff and students are urged to use caution as roads may still be icy in some spots. Students and employees should use good judgment in deciding whether to attend classes or come to work based on the road and weather conditions in their individual locations.

Students should notify their professors, and employees their supervisors, if they are unable to come to class or work. Leave-eligible employees will be required to submit leave for hours missed.

“I would ask that everyone be as flexible as possible in the event that a student or employee is unable to make it to campus today due to wintery conditions,” said CEO Carolyn Long.

10 Jan

WVU Tech NOT Affected by State of Emergency

Unknown | January 10th, 2014

University officials have confirmed that the Governor’s State of Emergency related to the chemical leak does NOT impact WVU Tech. The University’s water supply is located in Fayette County. All classes and University events will be held as scheduled. At this time, this situation is not expected to disrupt any University operations.

In an effort to assist members of our University community, WVU Tech will be opening the pool locker rooms and showers* (located on the second floor of Baisi) as outlined below beginning Monday, January 13, for use by faculty, staff, and students during this emergency:

7am – 8am
Noon – 1pm
6pm – 8pm

*Individuals should bring their own towels and toiletries.

Campus constituents are encouraged to sign up for Tech eAlerts to receive urgent news and emergency-related messages.

18 Dec

WVU Tech campus to go tobacco-free January 1

Unknown | December 18th, 2013

WVU Tech reminds employees, students and visitors that tobacco use will be prohibited on the Tech campus beginning Wednesday, January 1, 2014. WVU Tech Campus Executive Officer Carolyn Long approved the tobacco-free policy Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The policy will extend to all premises owned, operated, leased or occupied by WVU Tech and will include any street, road, or thoroughfare immediately adjacent to or passing through WVU Tech owned property. Signs posted at vehicular and pedestrian entryways into campus will remind everyone that the University is tobacco-free.

The recommendation for a tobacco-free policy came from a constituency-based committee comprised of faculty, staff and students. The committee provided routine updates of its work, and held public forums on campus to gather input. Before finalizing the new policy, a formal, 30-day public comment period was utilized to gain additional feedback. After reviewing all the feedback received, the committee recommended a couple of revisions to the final policy.

Cessation programs and resources will be available to employees and students. To learn about these options, visit the WVU Employee Wellness cessation section. Those programs are free for employees or are reimbursable by insurance. Students can utilize cessation programs through WELLWVU.

The new policy is available online .

CEO Carolyn Long said, “We know it will take a little time for the campus community to get used to the new policy, and we hope the entire community will cooperate during the period of adjustment. I wish to thank everyone who participated in the process of becoming a tobacco-free campus.”

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