The Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association has partnered with Golden Bear Athletics to become the title sponsor of online live home game broadcasts. All home games for women and men’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball are broadcast via the Golden Bear Athletics website at goldenbearathletics.com.
“This sponsorship is a way for the Association to support Tech and give back to the school that we love,” said Steve Claywell, president of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. “By providing the athletic teams with a way to broadcast their games, alumni, as well as parents of current students, can keep in touch with the campus no matter where they are located.”
To learn more about the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association visit the website at alumni.wvutech.edu. Membership is extended to all dues-paying members of New River State College, West Virginia Institute of Technology, the Community and Technical College of West Virginia Institute of Technology and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be hosting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Male Chorus from Charleston, W.Va., on Sunday, February 17, at 3pm in honor of Black History Month. The concert, which will be held in the Tech Center Ballroom, is free and open to the entire Tech campus and Greater Montgomery community.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Chorus is one of the state’s foremost Gospel chorus groups. Directed by Marshall Murray, the MLK chorus consists of 36 singers from 24 denominationally diverse congregations from Hurricane to Oak Hill, W.Va. They perform both contemporary and traditional African-American gospel music. The group has performed across West Virginia, as well as New York, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
“The MLK Chorus just recently sang at the West Virginia Governor’s inauguration. We’re looking forward to bringing such a positive group to our campus community,” explained Angelia Russell, WVU Tech associate professor of management.
The group has performed at numerous elementary and high schools, prisons, senior citizen centers, hospitals, reunions and corporate gatherings. They have used their musical gifts for philanthropic to support groups such as Keep Your Faith Corp., Tumani Children’s Home in Kenya, the Nazarene Compassionate Fund, Samaritan Inn and Manna Meal.
Montgomery, W.Va. West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be one of 23 host sites for College Goal Sunday from 1-4 pm on Sunday, February 10, in the Engineering Building ELab. Students and parents can receive assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from Tech’s financial aid staff during the free workshop.
Anyone planning to attend college next fall can participate, including graduating high school seniors, returning college students, or adult students interested in returning to school to earn a degree or certificate.
“WVU Tech in Montgomery is one of several sites throughout the state open to support all students, not just those from the immediate area or those attending Tech or Bridgemont Community and Technical College. We can provide expert assistance, reduce the common errors, and handle those tough circumstances,” explained Michael White, WVU Tech director of financial aid. “If you need assistance with the FAFSA application, we welcome you.”
College Goal Sunday is coordinated by the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV), with funding and support from the Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds. A full list of site locations, times, items families should bring, and other details is available through CFWV, the state’s college access web portal, located at www.cfwv.com.
The WVU Tech Director of Facilities Search Committee has invited four candidates to campus for interviews. The final candidates include: Floyd (Dan) Young, John Mills, Gary McKean, and Dale (Allen) Heinze.
The visitation schedules for each candidate include interviews with the Campus CEO, executive staff, search committee, faculty, staff and students. The search committee is being chaired by Kevin Lawhon and includes the following members of the WVU and WVU Tech communities: Kenneth Howell, Randy Hudak, Dan Olthaus, Alan Swiger, Robert Carter and Dr. Steve Leftwich.
About the Final Candidates:
Floyd (Dan) Young has more than 30 years of experience in facilities management and master planning. Most recently he was the director of facilities engineering at Guilford College in North Carolina.
John Mills has 28 years of facility operations management experience. With a BS in business from Coker College and an MA in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, Mills is currently the vice president of field operations at Whiteside Properties.
Gary McKean has over 40 years of experience in facilities management and planning. He is currently the senior project manager at The J. Paul Getty Trust. McKean holds a BSCE in civil engineering and a master’s degree in bioenvironmental engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Dale (Allen) Heinze has over 20 years of experience working in facilities maintenance and management. He holds a digital electronics diploma from the Morgantown Technical Center, and is currently serving as the interim director of facilities at WVU Tech.
WVU Tech and Bridgemont Community and Technical College, in partnership with the Morris Creek Watershed Association, will be holding a “Day of Service” on Monday, January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
“We will be building bird houses and bat houses, which participants may keep or donate to the Morris Creek Watershed Association to be placed throughout the watershed,” said Jeanne Smith, dean of student services at Bridgemont. “We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for all of those in the Greater Montgomery Community to come together for a service event, especially one suitable for all ages.”
WVU Tech’s Dr. Deborah Beutler, associate professor of biology, explained the role of these creatures in our community, and the importance of appropriate housing in their environment. “Bats are important to humans because they eat the insects that irritate us. For example, one little brown bat can eat 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour; they are voracious predators of insects. Bats are nocturnal so they need a place to roost during the day. In the forest, bats roost in caves and rotten, hollow trees. In human-dominated habitats, bats can also use mines and chimneys as roosts. However, humans are eliminating roosting sites for bats by removing hollow trees, closing chimneys, and closing the entrances to mines and caves.”
Beutler continued, “The bird houses will be used by birds that are also insect eaters. Traditionally, they nested in rotting trees and the cavities made by other birds. However, they are frequently outcompeted for those cavities by European Starlings, a bird species introduced to the U.S. by humans. The bird houses we are making have a small opening and provide a nest site for the native cavity nesters. The starlings are too big to fit in the opening.”
The collaborative environmental stewardship event is free and open to the public and will be held in the lobby of Davis Hall at Bridgemont Community and Technical College from 2 5 pm. For more information, please contact Jeanne Smith at 304.734.6617 or email email@example.com.
Dr. Mingyu Lu, a West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) faculty member, has been awarded a $20,000 state grant to purchase scientific instruments for teaching and research.
Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, received the award for an experimental test bed to study wireless communication in underground coalmines. The award is a 2013 Instrumentation Grant, awarded by the W.Va. Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research.
“We are extremely proud of Dr. Lu’s research and look forward to his continued scholarly contributions with this award. He is such an asset to our College,” explained Dr. Zeljko Torbica, WVU Tech dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences.
The Instrumentation Grant program purchases scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories to encourage undergraduate students in West Virginia to continue careers in science, mathematics and engineering.
Funding for the award comes from the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, which lays the foundation for many of West Virginia’s competitive grant programs. Since 2005, the state’s Research Challenge Fund has awarded more than $29.7 million for research, supporting 19 institutions across West Virginia.
For more information, visit www.wvresearch.org.
The WVU Tech Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Search Committee has invited three candidates to campus this week for interviews. The final candidates include: Darryl Borgonah, Magdalena Chonja and Dr. David Stretton.
The visitation schedules for each candidate include interviews with the Campus CEO, executive staff and the search committee made up of faculty, staff and students. The search committee is being chaired by Frank Pergolizzi and includes the following members of the WVU Tech community: Richard Carpinelli, George Lasnier, Robert Chuey, Darrell Fixx, Rana Jasir, Barbara Boyd and Ashley Clark.
About the Final Candidates:
Darryl John Borgonah earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership and information technology from Regis University and has undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Jodhpur. He is currently the director of financial affairs for information technology at Purdue University.
Magdalena Chojna holds a master’s degree in accountancy from Wright State University, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Maria Curie University in Poland. Chojna also has CPA and CFE certifications. She has eight years of financial management/auditing experience, with six years in higher education.
David Stretton received his Ph.D. in higher education administration and MBA from Ohio University (OU) and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds CPA and CMA certifications. He currently holds an assistant faculty position at OU and has more than 13 years of prior financial management experience.
The sisters of the WVU Tech Alpha Sigma Tau Gamma Mu Chapter will be sponsoring a toy drive for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Toys for Tots campaign. The students will be collecting new, unwrapped toys from December 3 7.
“We’re asking the WVU Tech campus and greater Montgomery community to donate a toy and make sure every child in our community wakes up Christmas morning with a smile,” explained Lindsay McDowall, WVU Tech AST president and junior chemical engineering major.
Toy bins will be available in classroom buildings around campus, as well as the Bear’s Den throughout next week. Toy donations will also be accepted at the David S. Long Alumni House during the parade watch party on Friday, December 7.
The donated toys will be showcased in a “toy mountain” in the Tech Center Ballroom during the University’s annual Light Up Old Main celebration next week. USMC Sergeant Arroyo will be on campus during the event to collect the donated toys, which will be distributed to children in Kanawha County.
WVU Tech is partnering with the City of Montgomery in celebration of the upcoming holiday season with special festivities on Friday, December 7. The celebration will include the annual city parade at 7:00 pm and conclude with the fourth annual WVU Tech Light Up Old Main event at 8:00 p.m. All of the events are free and open to the entire Tech campus and the greater Montgomery community.
The City of Montgomery will be hosting Santa at City Hall for pictures from 5:30 6:30 pm. WVU Tech is sponsoring a parade watch party in the David S. Long Alumni House beginning at 6:30 pm. The City’s annual parade will begin at 7:00 pm and run along Third Avenue. The WVU Tech Light Up Old Main celebration will begin at 8:00 pm, with shuttles to campus available immediately following the parade.
“Our Light Up Old Main event has quickly become a university tradition. We’re pleased to be partnering with the City in celebration of the upcoming holidays,” explained WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long.
The University’s Light Up Old Main event will feature the official lighting of Old Main, as well as many other holiday traditions such as hot cocoa, s’mores, cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa and Elf Monty in the Tech Center Ballroom. In addition, Tech will be hosting a coffeehouse highlighting talents from across the University.
The Light Up Old Main event also features a gingerbread house competition with entries on display in the Tech Ballroom. The judging panel will include individuals from on and off campus. Official results will be announced at the event. A “Peoples’ Choice” category will also be open for the general public’s feedback.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Monika Becker, WVU Tech senior graphic design student. “I love the atmosphere on campus with the holiday lights. It may be cold outside, but it’s still nice and cozy.”
The West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) Classified Staff Council, whose members include the full-time classified staff, has prepared the following fully endorsed statement:
The Staff would like to acknowledge the Revitalization Committee’s time and effort to date, as well as the valued leadership of Chairman Hendrickson, Chancellor Hill, and CEO Long.
The Staff want it to be publicly known that they appreciate and support the hard work, dedication, and commitment to WVU Tech by the Revitalization Committee and Subcommittees.
The Classified Staff Council want it to be known that we support the recommendations set forth for improving the Tech Campus by the Revitalization Committee and the Subcommittees. We believe the recommendations set forth by the Committees are in the best interest of the institution, as well as in the best interest of the faculty, staff, and our students, both present and future.
It is our belief that only through the support of all constituencies at WVU Tech can we help to revitalize WVU Tech with the goal of regaining WVU Tech’s status, once again, as an innovative student-centered institution to serve as a model for other institutions across the nation.