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For West Virginia University, 2017 marks a milestone – 150 years of rugged determination and world-changing innovation.

Written by Blair Dowler | Photographed by Alex Wilson

Throughout the year, WVU and its various colleges and units commemorated the land-grant institution’s 150th anniversary. Bringing together faculty, staff, students and alumni, the WVU College of Business and Economics celebrated with a week of festivities September 11-15. 

The week of events included a gathering for cake and punch, a jumpstart breakfast for students, a giveaway booth at the B&E Career Fair and an ice cream social, all leading up to the main event – the “Tastes From B&E” Tailgate Celebration.

The “Tastes From B&E” Tailgate Celebration represented the theme of the year’s 150th Anniversary celebration – rallying the Mountaineer family. In the food festival-style event, seven local, B&E alumni-owned restaurants from the Morgantown area – Atomic Grill, Crab Shack Caribba, Fresh Hospitality’s Taziki’s and Two Birds Chicken, Mario’s Fishbowl, The Cupcakerie and Tutto Gelato – set up booths and handed out samples of their signature cuisine. Students, WVU and B&E administration, faculty, staff and alumni came out to the event to enjoy the food, play tailgate games, win prizes and network with fellow Mountaineers.

In addition to bringing the WVU community and B&E family together, the event offered a great opportunity to recognize the success of some of B&E’s pioneering alumni, connect business students to the viable food and beverage and hospitality industries and showcase the College’s dedication to entrepreneurship and small business across West Virginia and around the world.

Cookies cake

150 tailgate   

DJ Dollar Cupcakerie

Bron Kayal Crab Shack Caribba