During Orientation Weekend, we asked our upperclassmen and alumni to share tips and advice with new students using Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #wvutech2017. The overwhelming responses included:
The incoming freshman also got involved by tweeting and posting pictures of their new dorm rooms and the friends they have made.
This social media campaign was a way for the new faces on campus to get to know their fellow Golden Bears and to become involved on campus. For first time college students, making the transition can be hard. At WVU Tech, we want to do all we can to make the college experience a great one.
It was wonderful to see all the excitement happening on campus this weekend and we are looking forward to seeing what this first week holds for all of the students at WVU Tech!
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) has permanently added Forensic Investigation to its academic program offerings. The new program was officially approved during a special meeting of the West Virginia University Board of Governors on August 7.
The Forensic Investigation program at WVU Tech emphasizes problem-based learning. The curriculum covers theory and best practices, and then immerses students in real-world scenarios in the University’s Forensics Crime House allowing them to discover the tools needed to solve the problem. Andrew Wheeler, visiting associate professor, explained, “Our program is focused on preparing field investigators who can manage an incident from the initial response to the court room.”
Wheeler added, “In addition to foundational science courses, the psychological and social aspects of the investigative process are deeply integrated within the program. The program couples real investigative work, including interviewing, evidence collection and incident analysis with standard forensic techniques to create investigators who are flexible problem solvers.”
“This program is a welcome addition to the College and it complements several of our existing academic offerings including psychology and criminal justice,” said Dr. Stephen Brown, dean of the WVU Tech College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences. “We’ve already seen immense interest in our Forensic Investigation program, both inside and outside of the state of West Virginia.”
The Office of the Provost at West Virginia University is now accepting nominations for candidates to be awarded honorary doctoral degrees at the 2014 commencement exercises, both on the main campus in Morgantown and on the divisional campuses in Montgomery (WVU Tech) and Keyser (Potomac State College).
The honorary degree is the highest honor that WVU bestows. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of one or more of the following criteria: * Having attained national/international pre-eminence in their field. * Having provided distinguished and pre-eminent leadership in society. * Having a sustained record of extraordinary philanthropy to West Virginia University, and/or having supported the University substantially in various ways.
More information about the nomination process, as well as nomination forms and guidelines to any member of the WVU community faculty, staff, student, alumnus who wishes to prepare a nomination can be found at http://honorarydegrees.wvu.edu.
The provost’s office encourages all in the campus community to take part in this process of recognizing extraordinary individuals. Nominations of exceptional women and minorities are especially encouraged. Nominations from members of the divisional campus communities must be received in the appropriate divisional office by September 6, 2013.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will host the first computer science for high school (CS4HS) workshop in the state of West Virginia on the Montgomery campus July 25-26. The workshop is funded with Google’s CS4HS grant, which provides high school teachers with computer science knowledge and tools to implement in their own classrooms.
The two-day workshop will feature general computer science sessions, as well as hands-on sessions in areas like robotics, game programming, Alice, operating systems, computer forensics and web development. WVU Tech faculty and current students will be teaching each of the sessions. The high school teachers participating in the workshop represent 15 different high schools across the state.
“Our objective is to promote computer science education in West Virginia high schools,” explained Dr. Afrin Naz, WVU Tech assistant professor of computer science and workshop director.
CS4HS is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science and computational thinking in high school and middle school curriculum. These programs bring individuals together for a summer workshop with the goal of invigorating them about computer science and computational thinking, and to provide them with tools and networking opportunities to help them in the classroom.
Montgomery, W.Va. The Office of Relations & Communications at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) received four Crystal Awards and one Honorable Mention Award at the Public Relations Society of American (PRSA) West Virginia awards banquet held at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston, W.Va., on Wednesday, June 19.
The University received Crystal Awards for their Integrated Marketing Communications Recruitment Campaign in the Integrated Communications campaign category and their Recipe for Success submission in the Holiday Card project category. The Relations & Communications team included Katrina Baker, Tara Hines, Adrienne King, Bok Kwee Toh, Christina Williams and student Angel Thompson.
WVU Tech was also awarded two Crystal Awards in the student category for their Homecoming Invitation and Light Up Old Main Poster submissions, and an Honorable Mention for their Homecoming Poster all created by WVU Tech alumna Monika Becker. A May 2013 graduate, Becker worked as a student intern in the WVU Tech Office of Relations & Communications during her senior year developing multiple promotional campaigns.
Becker received special recognition from the PRSA WV organization for her “Light Up Old Poster” submission, which was the only submission in the state this year campaign and project, professional and student to receive a perfect score from the judging panel. PRSA WV noted, “That’s a tribute to her graphics training, to her mentors in the Office of Relations & Communications, and to her talent.”
PRSA is the nation’s largest community of public relations and communications professionals. Chartered on November 10, 1979, the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA is in its 30th year of service to public relations professionals in West Virginia.
The West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) campus will be the host site for a special College Summit workshop featuring the Yale Alumni Service Corps. Forty-two Yale alumni will be volunteering as college and writing coaches for College Summit WV on WVU Tech’s campus Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30.
More than 130 students from West Virginia high schools are expected to attend the workshop at WVU Tech, including students from Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, Webster, Putnam, Greenbrier and Mingo Counties. “We are very pleased that students from all over West Virginia will have the opportunity to work with volunteers from the Yale Alumni Service Corps,” explained Jon Charles, Executive Director of College Summit West Virginia. “This is an invaluable opportunity for our students to work with writing and college coaches who have come from all across the country, and various parts of the world, to share their expertise and experiences.”
The Yale Alumni Service Corps program officially begins on Wednesday evening with a welcome reception and dinner at the Charleston Marriott. On Thursday, they will be touring Southern West Virginia with a West Virginia-themed luncheon hosted by WVU Tech and College Summit WV in the Tech Ballroom. The luncheon will include keynote speaker West Virginia Delegate Doug Skaff and special guest J. B. Schramm, College Summit Founder and CEO. A native of West Virginia, Skaff represents Kanawha County in the State’s House of Delegates and holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from West Virginia University. Schramm, a graduate of Denver Public Schools, Yale University and Harvard Divinity School, founded College Summit in 1993 while directing a teen center in the basement of a low-income housing project in Washington, D.C.
“We’re excited to once again be partnering with College Summit WV in an effort to increase the number of college-going students in our state,” said WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long. “It’s an honor to host this College Summit workshop and its participants on our campus. We look forward to sharing a glimpse of our beloved state with our special guests while we work together to show these students a future of infinite possibilities.”
During the weekend’s workshop, participants will have an opportunity to develop an essay for college and scholarship applications, as well as explore possible post-secondary options based on their educational interests. Since 2001, College Summit West Virginia has served more than 37,000 students. These students have attended a variety of two-year and four-year institutions of higher education, as well as post-secondary options such as technical training programs and the military. The organization’s partner schools have raised their school-wide college enrollment rates on average more than 15 percent.
“Our College Summit team is thrilled to be back on the campus of WVU Tech this summer. We are grateful to the wonderful administration and staff for once again opening their doors to accommodate what has become the largest College Summit workshop we have had in the history of our program here in West Virginia,” explained Charles. “Together we are working to strengthen the college-going culture and college enrollment rates all across the state.”
College Summit is a national nonprofit that partners with educators, parents, and community leaders to create a school culture of expectations – a culture in which all students are prepared to succeed in college, career and technical training, military, or whatever best fits their future goals.
By Hank Wright, ‘68
Twenty four Tech alumni and their spouses along with members of the WVU Tech administration came together at an event on May 31, 2013 in Cary, North Carolina. The alumni gathering was organized by Hank Wright, ‘68 and Richard “Dick” Hart, ‘62.
Throughout the evening old friends reconnected and new friendships were formed. Steve Claywell, ‘74, president of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association encouraged people to get involved with the alumni association and help support the school. WVU Tech CEO, Carolyn Long, spoke about the great things that are happening on campus. Other representatives from WVU Tech who attended the event were Tara Hines, ‘03, alumni relations coordinator; Z. Torbica, dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences; and Frank Pergolizzi, Golden Bear athletics director.
The main goal of the event was to establish a new Tech alumni chapter in the area where people can network with one another, support the efforts of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association and spread the word about the bright future that lies ahead for WVU Tech. By the end of the night several alumni volunteered to lead this new group including Hank Wright as the interim chapter president; Ken Barker, ‘65; Tim Bennett, ‘82; Jack Harvey, ‘66; and Paula Miller, ‘80.
This was a great first step toward organizing the NC Chapter and giving alumni in central North Carolina a place to stay in touch with our school. Anyone interested in joining the group can e-mail TechAlumniAssoc@mail.wvu.edu.
Camp STEM is designed to inspire high school students to study engineering and science by giving them a chance to take hands-on classes in STEM fields such as computer science, chemistry and engineering. “Thanks to AT&T’s generous sponsorship, we were able to offer scholarships to 40 percent of our students and increase the number of seats by 50 percent over last year,” explained Dr. Kimberlyn Gray, WVU Tech’s First Year Coordinator for the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences.
“The Charleston Area Alliance supports the work of Camp STEM at WVU Tech and thanks AT&T for
its support of this critical initiative for West Virginia,” said Matthew Ballard, President & CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance. “The students who will experience Camp STEM will receive real-world, hands on training so they can be prepared for college and to enter our workforce.
This year’s camp includes courses such as biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer animations, environmental chemistry, renewable energy technologies and robotics. WVU Tech faculty teach all of the courses, with assistance from upperclass students majoring in one or more of Tech’s many STEM majors. In addition to classes, campers learn about possible careers in the STEM disciplines.
“When it comes to our children, we have a shared responsibility to make sure that they receive the best education possible to provide them the skills they need to succeed at good-paying jobs. Improving our STEM programs will open doors for our students and is critical for West Virginia to remain competitive in the global marketplace,” explained Senator Joe Manchin. “West Virginia University Institute of Technology has embraced this shared responsibility and provided such a valuable resource to our youth over the past nine years through Camp STEM. I applaud their efforts and wish them continued success.”
“AT&T is thrilled to support the Camp STEM program at West Virginia University Institute of Technology,” said Andy Feeney, Regional Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T. “An educated workforce for the future is not only critical to the success of our nation, and our state, but to the success of our company as well, and the students enrolled at Camp STEM are working hard to prepare for the economy of tomorrow.”
The Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association (TGBAA) has officially begun its inaugural fundraising efforts for a new Welcome Wall at the campus entrance of West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech).
“We have taken on this project because we see this as a way to create a legacy for all of us that love Tech,” said Steve Claywell, ‘74, TGBAA President. “With this project, our names will forever be linked with Tech through a one-time donation to the school that taught us so much.”
The Welcome Wall will be placed on the former site of the CoEd residence hall greeting visitors as they cross the bridge into Montgomery, W.Va. Alumni and friends can preserve their memories and leave a legacy for future generations at WVU Tech by purchasing a 4”x8” paver to construct the Welcome Wall. For $100, individuals can purchase a paver engraved with their message to support the project.
Tech alumni John Jarrett, ‘84, of Jarrett Construction and Ed Robinson, ‘69, of E.L. Robinson Engineering have partnered with the TGBAA to create conceptual renderings of the Wall. Jarrett has also volunteered to oversee construction of the project.
Claywell added, “CoEd gave us memories that are still with us today. It was the place where we made lifelong friends, fell in love (maybe even fell out of love), pulled all-nighters and relaxed after long classes and activities. What better way to honor those memories than through this project.”
For more information on the project, or to purchase a brick paver, please call 304.442.3131. Online ordering is also available.
By Gordon Billheimer, ‘45, ‘04
Robert L. Breeden, born in Montgomery, W.Va., and reared in Smithers, a former Vice President of the National Geographic Society, died at his home in MacLean, Virginia on March 15, 2013. He was 87. Breeden was a graduate of WV Tech and was named the 1962 Alumnus of the Year. He received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri. He was a senior vice president for the publications and educational materials and a Trustee of the National Geographic Society Emeritus, retiring in 1991.
However, Breeden was best known when he was chosen by Melville Grosvenor, the president of the Society, to create the White House’s first official guidebook which was an idea of the First Lady Jackie Kennedy. The book, which then cost $1.00, was an immediate best seller which sold 250,000 copies within 90 days. The text had over 20 editions and raised funds for the White House Historical Society, selling millions of copies.
Breeden was preceded in death by his wife Hilda Breeden, also a graduate of WV Tech. They had a daughter Cindy Scudder and two granddaughters. Although Breeden became the president of the White House Historical Society and president of the Capitol Historical Society, he was particularly proud of being a West Virginian. While living in Smithers, attending Montgomery High School from which he graduated, he established a printing business.
Breeden loved to tell the story of being called by Denver Brown, then mayor of Montgomery and democratic chairman, who said that President Harry Truman, campaigning for another term, was having his train stop in Montgomery around 10pm the next day. In those days we had only the newspapers and radio which would not be available on such short notice.
Breeden printed two thousand handbills announcing the visit of the President, which were distributed over the Valley. David McCullough in his Biography of President Truman, told the story of a turnout of an estimated 2,000 people even at that late hour. Truman asked the photographers to turn their cameras on the large crowd, saying that they deserved the credit for coming at such a late hour. Breeden donated one of those handbills to the Truman Library.
As a preface to a book about Appalachia, published by Breeden, he paid tribute to his coal miner father and West Virginia. Breeden’s death was published by press releases from the National Geographic, the White House and Capitol Historical Societies and obituaries in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Breeden established a scholarship fund in nursing at Tech in memory of his mother Lala Breeden.
When Breeden announced his retirement in 1991 after 36 years as a writer, editor, senior executive and trustee, Gilbert Grosvenor, president of the Society, said “I can think of no one in the last quarter of the century who has contributed more to the success of this institution than Bob Breeden.”