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WVU Tech, Active Southern WV to partner for race series

West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) is the educational partner for the 2023 Wild and Wonderful Race Series. The running race series consists of seven races across West Virginia in the New River Gorge, Canaan Valley, Elk River Rail Trail and the Greenbrier River Trail areas. Active Southern West Virginia (Active SWV), in partnership with Canaan Valley Running Company, Appalachian Timing Company, and Greenbrier River Trail Marathon, are bringing high-quality race events together in a series. 

The Wild and Wonderful Race Series kicks off on April 8, 2023, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve with the Run the Summit races; 5K, 10K and half marathon.

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From Lab Partners to Life Partners: How One Couple’s 25-year Marriage Began With a Chance Meeting in Physics Class

“I pick her.” That’s the first conversation Eric Bess ‘96 had with Missy Wymer ’94 when he picked her as his lab partner in College Physics II, taught by Dr. Carlson at WVU Tech in Montgomery in fall of 1993. Normally shy, Eric immediately felt comfortable around Missy. Their first date was attending a church Christmas play together that year. The couple got engaged in Myrtle Beach in 1997 and married in 1998.

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WVU Tech Announces Homecoming 2023 Schedule

Beckley, W. Va. – West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) has announced its full schedule of homecoming events, many free and open to the public. The homecoming theme is “There’s no place like Tech” and will run February 6 through 12.  WVU Tech’s homecoming is sponsored this year by WVNS 59 News and the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association.

There will be three days of spirit activities that encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to participate and share your WVU Tech spirit on social media. Wednesday, February 8 is costume day, Thursday, February 9 is Anything but a Backpack day and Friday, February 10 is WVU Tech Spirit Day, encouraging everyone to wear their best gold and blue.

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WV Hive, WVU Tech Launch Lab Call for Business Pitch Applications by Feb. 27

New Pitch Southern West Virginia Business Idea Competition Round on March 30

The West Virginia Hive, in partnership with the West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) Launch Lab, will host a new Pitch Southern West Virginia business idea competition round on March 30 on the WVU Tech campus. Applications to pitch business ideas are due at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

Diana Woods, director of the WVU Tech Launch Lab who is serving as coordinator of the event, said a panel of judges will select three top entries, with the first-place winner earning a $2,000 prize. The three top business presenters will receive awards in the competition, with an additional prize awarded to the best presentation by a WVU Tech student or team of students.

“We hope entrepreneurs will get as excited about these competitions as we do and take advantage of this great opportunity,” said Judy Moore, executive director of the WV Hive and deputy director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority. “The cash prizes aren’t the only benefit of participating. Entrepreneurs who participate gain tremendous experience through the entire process of applying, preparing the pitch presentation, and pitching in front of an audience. And, there is also a ton of feedback provided during the process from our panel of expert judges, which includes successful entrepreneurs, business professionals, educators, and investors.”

Those eligible to participate include WVU Tech students, faculty and staff, and entrepreneurs and businesses of the southern West Virginia counties of Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Mercer, Wyoming, McDowell, Logan and Mingo.

The business idea competition is limited to entrepreneurs of new start-ups and businesses in operation for less than three years. The best proposals submitted will be invited to give five-minute, in-person pitches of their business ideas before the reviewers. The reviewers will engage in a question-and-answer session with each presenter.

The deadline to submit an application is 8 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27.  Proposals for business pitches and questions about the competition should be emailed to Diana Woods at

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WVU Tech announces dean’s and president’s lists for fall 2022

West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) has released its Spring 2022 Dean’s and President’s lists.

A total of 295 students earned honors during the spring semester.

In all, 178 students were named to the Dean’s list, having earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. The University’s President’s list included 117 students who earned a 4.0 GPA.

The President’s and Dean’s list for both the Leonard C. Nelson School of Engineering and Sciences and the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences can be found here.

Students majoring in nursing or pre-nursing will be listed under the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences lists.

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WVU Tech announces 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Beckley, W.Va. - West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) has announced Robert “Bob” Fletcher Arritt, Joseph Craffey and David Kidd as the 2023 class of inductees into the Golden Bear Athletic Hall of Fame. 

WVU Tech's homecoming is February 6-11, 2023. Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Reception and Awards at The Resort at Glade Springs on Friday, February 10, 2023. The reception is being sponsored by the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. They will also be featured in the homecoming parade, beginning at 11:00 a.m., and during the basketball games at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Raleigh County Convention Center on Saturday, February 11. 

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