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Double life: Standout WVU linebacker Reed Williams excels in academics, too

For West Virginia University standout senior linebacker Reed Williams, there is life outside of football. Don’t misunderstand. The guy who patrols the middle of the Mountaineers defense and has 57 tackles so far this season is in the crème de la crème of the student-athlete world. His dedication is unwavering, on the football field and in the classroom. 

Donation strengthens free-market research

Ken and Randy Kendrick have donated an additional $125,000 to a West Virginia University College of Business and Economics initiative they started in 2005.

The Kendricks established the Ken and Randy Kendrick Fund for Free-Market Research with a gift of $500,000 in 2005. The fund is for Business and Economics faculty and students to examine ways entrepreneurship is encouraged through lower taxes, reduced regulation, secure private property rights and personal responsibility.

They Beat Pitt!

Master of Science in Finance students in the WVU College of Business and Economics beat the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the inaugural Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup Thursday and came away with a trophy and $2,500.

Finance students

WVU prof to head national academic organization

A West Virginia University professor has been elected president of the national University Council of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Programs (UCIRHRP) in Atlanta.

Jeff Houghton

Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition finalists gather at WVU Entrepreneurship Center February 19-20 for weekend workshop

The Fourth Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition will take the next step toward finding the newest state collegiate entrepreneurs February 19-20, as 10 finalists from four different West Virginia educational institutions compete for two $10,000 prizes.
As part of the competition, the West Virginia University (WVU) Entrepreneurship Center will host a weekend workshop for the 10 finalist teams looking to transform their visions into reality when the two winning teams are announced in April. The finalists represent four statewide institutions of higher education, including Glenville State College, Marshall University, University of Charleston and West Virginia University.

The workshop affords participants the opportunity to interact with successful business professionals as well as seek their advice and guidance on their business ideas, as they work toward advancing their business plans.

Joint study on role coal plays in West Virginia economy released by WVU and Marshall University

A joint study examining the role coal plays in the state economy has been released by the West Virginia University (WVU) Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER).  The study was released publicly late last week at the West Virginia Coal Association’s annual Coal Forum in Charleston.

The report was completed by BBER, which operates in the WVU College of Business & Economics, and the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University.  Tom S. Witt, Ph.D., Director of BBER and Associate Dean for Research and Outreach at WVU’s College of Business & Economics, said that the study demonstrated a need for an unbiased evaluation of the role coal plays in West Virginia’s economy and, for that reason, only publically available data was used.

Finance graduate students to compete in Pittsburgh

Five students in the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics Master of Science in Finance program will compete in the inaugural Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup.
finance grad team

The event involves a case study designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity.  ACG is a group for business leaders founded in 1954 with 12,000 members in 54 chapters throughout North America, Europe and Asia. 

The students advanced to the final competition after a preliminary round in Morgantown—a scenario of a family-owned business that a corporation is offering to buy. The teams had one week to prepare and, first, were required to sell their mock financial advising firm’s services to the business and then to give advice on whether to accept or reject the corporation’s offer.  The WVU team will compete against the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Feb. 18 in Pittsburgh.

“This competition builds on what our students learn in the classroom and validates it by applying it to real world situations,” commented finance professor Frank DeGeorge. “The preliminary round was a very good opportunity for professionals to see WVU students and our graduate program.  What they saw impressed them.”

From the students’ viewpoint, the work was worth the experience. “In my opinion, mergers and acquisitions are the most interesting topics in finance; so it was no problem spending the night with the team in the library,” said Matt Anstey of Canberra, Australia, one of the student competitors. “I learned a great deal from the experience, which will hopefully help me in my studies and when I go to the job market. In particular, we got experience in how a real investment bank would approach a private company acquisition and some of the issues that arise in these complex deals.”

Accounting prof cited for service

In early February, Dr. Presha Neidermeyer, associate professor of accounting, along with 276 WVU students, was recognized for public service at the President’s Volunteer Service Award ceremony.

Dr. Presha Neidermeyer

WVU students meet energy experts

Students from West Virginia University’s MBA and Executive MBA classes learned about the energy market from the experts recently at a seminar sponsored by Allegheny Energy.

This was WVU’s first time at the seminar, which was held at Allegheny’s corporate headquarters in Greensburg, Pa.  Seventeen WVU students joined others from Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Morris University and Pennsylvania State University.