WVU’s College of Business and Economics is host to forensic professionals from across nation

Morgantown will see an influx of forensic laboratory managers, law enforcement professionals and other forensic service providers for a week beginning April 11, as West Virginia University’s (WVU) College of Business and Economics hosts the Forensic Management Academy (FMA).

The group includes medical examiners, crime lab directors, firearms analysts and others from 27 agencies in 19 states, all participating in a program to enhance their leadership and management skills to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of forensic practices.

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Bayer CEO speaks on leadership

Greg Babe, who heads Bayer Corp. in North America, told a management class recently that it takes face-to-face interactions to make a leader and that leading by “mandate” would only make them managers, “and those are two different things.” Speaking to adjunct professor Karen Blaney’s class, Babe said teamwork is essential.

Greg Babe

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Four students take spring break in Africa

They could be soaking up the sun in Cancun, Mexico, or Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but they’ll be in South Africa for their West Virginia University spring break, helping agencies there who are dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

From March 26 through April 3, for the opportunity to visit a country dealing with disease and poverty, four students in the College of Business and Economics will be paying more than $3,000 each —more than enough for a week in Florida or Mexico, traditional haunts of college students seeking spring release on the beach.

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Mon County population growth overtakes Berkeley and Jefferson counties

Monongalia County’s population has grown the most in West Virginia, outpacing the former boom counties of Berkeley and Jefferson, according to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population of Monongalia County grew by 1.7 percent in 2009. Monongalia, Berkeley and Jefferson were the only counties in the state that have grown by more than 1 percent since 2008. Birth and death rates explain some population fluctuations, said Dr. Christiadi, a demographer at West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, but the three counties’ recent gain is due primarily to migration.

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WVU Forecast: Morgantown’s Growth Rebounds In 2010

Job growth in the Morgantown metropolitan area will rebound this year after unusually slow gains in 2009, according to a new forecast released today at the Morgantown Economic Outlook conference.

The annual conference was sponsored by the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) in the College of Business and Economics.

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Students Help with Tax Returns

Morgantown residents are already getting a tax break —way before the April 15 tax deadline.

Fifteen accounting seniors and graduate students at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics are helping prepare tax returns for people who can’t afford to pay for the service. They are getting college credit and lots of experience.  Already dozens of tax payers have taken advantage of the students’ abilities to prepare and file tax forms.

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Area's economic future to be discussed at WVU conference

The Morgantown Economic Outlook Conference, Wednesday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Waterfront Place Hotel, will examine the area’s economic performance and outlook and the future of the global economic crisis.

Morgantown has continued to grow during the past year, in contrast to huge job losses for the state and nation, but the pace of local job growth has dropped significantly. Presentations at the conference will consider the economic outlook for 2010 and beyond and contrast local prospects with forecasts for the state and nation.

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