9 Oct


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.

3 Oct

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; Gary Facemyer , Hatch Mott McDonald; Skip Lineberg , Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLC; Tara Martinez , WV Women’s Commission; Tom Minturn , Chick-fil-A; Julia Mitchell , Gibbons & Kawash, A.C.; Tim Mueller, WV Power Baseball; Tim O’Neal, Dow Chemical; Andi Reedy , WV Medical Institute; Greg Shrewsbury , Jacob Engineering; JoEllen Zacks , 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.”

17 Sep

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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.

11 Sep

2013 Alumni of the Year Recipients Announced

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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.

9 Sep

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.

9 Sep


West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) in Montgomery will be the site for a West Virginia Science and Art Fair this fall for high school and middle school students in 22 West Virginia counties. The fair will provide the students opportunities to showcase their knowledge of Biology and Physical Sciences in display projects, a symposium, Olympiad events and art projects.

The fair is being hosted by WVU Tech, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Registration is open to public, private and home-school students.

“We are pleased to be partnering with the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History on this program,” said Carolyn Long, WVU Tech Campus Executive Officer. “This program will encourage students to explore new areas of research and challenge them to develop creative projects that will illustrate what they are learning.”

Dr. Paul L. Hill, Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission, said, “For students in high school and middle school, the opportunity to exhibit their scientific work brings with it a great sense of pride—and a deepened love of learning in these essential fields. The Science and Art Fair is an exciting new venture designed to do just that, and the Commission is thrilled to work with the Division of Culture and History and WVU Tech to make it a reality.”

Students may enter several competition categories.

  • Investigatory Projects: Students are invited to perform experiments and create displays explaining their experiments
  • Display Projects: Students may present displays on topics in the Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Symposium: Oral competition open to students in the Investigatory and Display Projects
  • Olympiad Events: Open to students regardless of whether they have submitted exhibits in other categories, these events will test students’ knowledge of•• Physical and Biological Sciences in a series of exercises
  • Art Exhibits: Students may enter two- and three-dimensional art projects that have scientific themes

For more information about the West Virginia Science and Art Fair, contact Dr. Mark Jones, WVU Institute of Technology, at 304-442-3150 or Mark.Jones@mail.wvu.edu.

20 Aug

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:

  • Enjoy every moment. Four years from now you’ll realize this was the best time of your life.
  • Get to know your professors. They will be your best resources and advocates when it comes time to look for a job.
  • The best spots to study are in the math lab and Student Success Center.
  • The class of 2017 is so lucky they have more resources now than I did. USE THEM!
  • You definitely have to go to Burger Carte and get a milkshake your first year!
  • In your first year you MUST go visit Cantrell Miller in Career Services and grab a bite to eat at Benny’s!
  • It is what your make it you decide your life here so go out and decide for yourself why Tech in loved.
  • Remember it because you won’t find a better place than this one.

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!

7 Aug

Forensic Students

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.”

6 Aug

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.

22 Jul

WVU Tech to Host Google CS4HS Workshop

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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.

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