A Look at Our Students
Written by Blair Dowler | Photographed by Alex Wilson
First-year Master of Business Administration
Agbemadon, better known as DJ Dollar, is a familiar face and sound on campus, as he is the DJ for WVU and WVU Athletics. With a passion for music and a pioneering spirit, DJ Dollar brings fans to their feet and gets the WVU men’s basketball team hyped during the DJ Dollar Pre-Game Show.
“I listened to a lot of hip-hop growing up, and at some point I realized that there’s someone behind the artist performing on stage — there’s a DJ. I started watching more videos and listening to more DJs and thought, ‘I want to be a DJ,’” he said. “I finally got the chance to touch a turntable in 2006 and that was it. It was such a great feeling.”
Agbemadon, a native of Accra, Ghana, says his entrepreneurial aspirations do not end with DJ Dollar LLC.
“Ultimately, I want to see where my two degrees will take me. I’m open to the corporate world. If I can still DJ, that would be awesome,” he said. “At some point, I want to take the sports business, specifically basketball, back home and build a more organized league. That’s my main goal.”
Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination
“I’ve always had an interest in law enforcement. In high school, I discovered I was good at debating and analyzing things that are not obvious to the normal eye. That’s when I knew I wanted to do something in law, whether it was being a lawyer or a detective,” Kyles said.
Kyles, who lives in Lancaster, Texas, majored in accounting at Sam Houston State University to hone those critical and analytical skills for a career in forensic and fraud examination.
“I want to be a solution to non-violent offenders. We only hear news about violent offenders, but there are many non-violent offenders out there robbing from innocent people,” she said. “So, I realized I wanted to combat white collar crime.”
Kyles earned her undergraduate degree in 2015 and is currently a medical support assistant at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital. While it’s not an accounting role, she says she is honored to advocate for veterans.
“No one wants to be at the hospital, and a lot of these patients are there every day because of how sick they are. So, you get to know them personally. You make friends with these veterans, who have a lot of stories and advice to share,” she said.
In her spare time, Kyles plays in a women’s soccer league in Dallas and coaches jiu-jitsu.
Senior Dual Economics/Management Major
A native of Allegany, New York, the jet setter united her passion for travel with her interests in economics and international business as a transfer pricing intern in KPMG’s Economic and Valuations Services practice in the Washington, D.C., metro area. She was one in a group of 24 out of 1,700 interns to receive the global internship. So, she trekked off to Paris, France, for the third time — but this time for work.
“Each time I was in Paris prior to this summer, I was only there for three days. When you’re there for such a short time, you only see the surface things like the Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles.” Lyter said. “Living there, I was able to wander around and get lost, and I really enjoyed it. I really did fall in love with Paris.”
Now back in Morgantown, Lyter is working tirelessly to leave her mark on WVU and around the world. She is a B&E Student Ambassador, a conversation partner for the WVU World Language Department and a member of Delta Sigma Pi. The future economist has also launched a new student organization, the B&E Consulting Club.
“I did economic consulting during my internship with KPMG, and realized we needed that kind of presence on campus. Right now, we are working on a marketing brand initiative project for the WVU School of Public Health.”
Junior Finance and Management Major
Khufu Edwards, a junior double-major in finance and management, is a catalyst for change on the WVU campus. Recently named the Student Government Association Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, the Washington, D.C., native is determined to ensure we are One WVU.
“We need a multicultural center on campus. We have students of different backgrounds, races, sexual orientations and religions. And, we have students with different levels of accessibility. So, I want to work with all of them to see what I can do to make sure their needs are being met,” he said.
But that’s just one goal for Edwards. He is also making effective changes on campus through his extensive involvement. He is a B&E Student Ambassador, a member of the Successful M.A.L.E. Initiative and a peer advisor for the Freshman Leadership program. He has also served as vice president, financial secretary and social media chair for his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.
The student leader is working to make an impact on people’s livelihood. Edwards, who hopes to work in personal finance one day, stressed the need for financial literacy.
“It is so common for people to put their finances on the back burner, but financial literacy is so important. At best, it should be required in high school, but really, we should be talking about it in elementary and middle school,” he said. “You have to teach these skills early.”