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WVU Tech announces 2022 first-year student excellence award winner

WVU Tech has announced the nominees and the winner of the First Year Student Excellence Award for 2022. There were three nominees this year.

The award acknowledges one student who embodies academic excellence, outstanding leadership, involvement in their community and positively representing the university. The winner will speak at the convocation ceremony in August, which will welcome the next class of new students.

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WVU Tech to honor William Benn, Vietnam veteran, and grant posthumous degree during commencement ceremony

West Virginia Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be honoring a former student and Vietnam veteran at their commencement ceremony in May. William "Bill" Benn died while serving in Vietnam on a hiatus from his studies in civil engineering at Tech. Benn’s siblings and several family members will travel from their home in New Jersey to accept the degree on his behalf.

Benn made the journey from his hometown of Lakewood, New Jersey to Montgomery, West Virginia in the 1960s. He came to WVU Tech through the suggestion of an alumnus, Edwin Brandt, who was his physical education teacher in high school. Brandt was a former Tech football player and encouraged him to enroll at Tech. Benn came to Tech from a tight-knit, blue-collar family with five siblings. His siblings recalled him taking the train from New Jersey to rural West Virginia.

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WVU Tech to graduate first cohort of construction management program

Commencement is always a time of celebration and new beginnings. This spring, four WVU Tech graduates will be the first to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in construction management, the first and only degree of its kind in the state.

Tristen Nesmith of Shady Spring, West Virginia, Ryan Perry of Kanawha Falls, West Virginia, Lucas Berg from Petersburg, West Virginia and Joshua Staines of Strathfield, Sydney, Australia are graduating in May from the construction management program. Three of them have already accepted positions as project engineers at construction companies, while one is in talks with a construction company in Florida and expects to accept a job offer there soon.

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WVU Tech announces Presidential Leadership Award winners and shares administrative updates during Thursday campus meeting

At a campus meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2022, Campus President Carolyn Long addressed the West Virginia University Institute of Technology community.

Long introduced Dr. Cynthia Hall, associate professor of psychology and chair of the academic awards committee, who announced the nominees and winners for the Presidential Leadership Award.

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WVU Tech hosting Camp STEM this summer

Beckley, W. Va. – West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be hosting Camp STEM, southern West Virginia’s premier camp for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The camp will be June 12-17, 2022 on WVU Tech’s campus. Students will stay on campus in a residence hall and will move in on June 12 and move out June 17. Applications and deposits are due May 6, 2022 by 4:30 p.m.

This overnight camp will allow high school students to stay at WVU Tech’s campus for the week. Students will take a variety of STEM classes, conduct experiments and further explore careers in STEM. Professors from WVU Tech’s engineering, mathematics, sciences and forensic investigation will be leading the classes and demonstrations. 

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