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Features - Fall 2017

Explore more of our special features from the Fall 2017 issue of Bear Tracks.

alumni biosAlumni bios

Read more about our featured alumni, including some who are making waves in their industries, our 2017 Alumni of the Year recipients and our Golden Bear Athletic Hall of Famers.

Alumni Bios


Student internsInterns at work

Students Kimberly Coleman and Matias Gandulfo spent the summer working in internships where they learned how to put their classroom learning to work in the field. Find out where they worked and what they learned in this valuable college experience.

Intern Profiles 


A spirit of service

This issue of Bear Tracks covered how WVU Tech students are getting engaged in the community like never before. From disaster relief to feeding their neighbors, Golden Bears have been rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

Read some of our coverage and see pictures from service events throughout the year.

WVU Tech Service Week

In the spring of 2017, WVU Tech launched a week of service that included nine days of volunteer activities for students, faculty and staff. Find out how they broke the week's work up into sections that allowed volunteers to discover the kind of community service that worked for them:


New Student Orientation 2017

In August of 2017, hundreds of new students on campus for New Student Orientation spent a day in the community. They helped local nonprofits, painted, cleaned and picked up, logging more than 800 service hours. 

Read about their efforts on the WVU Tech News Archive, and be sure to watch our video below:


Flood relief 2016
Watch video from our new students' flood relief efforts at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year:


The Golden Bears of Summer

You read a bit about our summer camp programs in the magazine. Now explore these programs in greater detail, hear from the professors who run them and meet some of the students who made WVU Tech their home this summer.

Camp STEM students.
Camp STEM
One week and about a billion ways to explore all things STEM. This camp puts young men in women in charge of conducting experiments, working on projects, chatting with STEM professionals and exploring STEM careers.



Forensic Investigation Summer Camp
Students analyze crime scene evidence during the first WVU Tech Forensic Investigation Summer Camp
The first-ever WVU Tech forensic investigation day camp brought in more than 100 students from West Virginia and surrounding states to explore everything from fingerprinting and tire impressions to bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene investigation.



Upward Bound
Upward Bound Students make clay bowls for a local food pantry.
Upward Bound is a yearlong program, but it really shines in the summertime. This year, students lived on campus for six weeks, stayed in residence halls, ate in the Bears Den, took college-style classes and toured colleges and universities. 



WVU Tech STEM Summer Academy for Girls
Academy students learn how to take vital signs during the nursing session.
Now in its third year, the popular Academy program brings together high school girls to explore STEM concepts and careers in an environment built with them in mind - plus they get to spend some quality time with women who have forged powerful careers in STEM fields.



Tomorrow is Mine
Students at the Tomorrow is Mine camp learn basic CPR.
The first Tomorrow is Mine camp was hosted on Tech's campus in Beckley, and it brought students from different counties in Southern West Virginia together to experience a traditional summer camp experience in a healthy, drug-free environment.