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Hospitality & Tourism Management program upgraded to 'area of emphasis'

A curriculum designed to meet the demands of West Virginia's second-largest industry has advanced to the next stage, as the Hospitality & Tourism Management program at West Virginia University's business school has been upgraded to an "area of emphasis."

When the WVU's College of Business and Economics (B&E) dove into the development of a Hospitality & Tourism Management program, it did not come about on a whim. In fact, the program is based upon years of discussion and planning.

Economic forecast for West Virginia: Sluggish growth in 2012

West Virginia is expected to post modest job growth in 2012, according to the latest forecast from the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. The forecast was released at the 18th Annual West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference in Charleston.

"The state's continued growth will be a big improvement over the huge job losses during the 2009 recession," said Dr. George Hammond, associate director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the College.

Seven inducted into first-ever Roll of Distinguished Alumni

A group of highly successful alumni of West Virginia University's business school were recognized at the inaugural Roll of Distinguished Alumni induction ceremony in Morgantown Friday afternoon. WVU's College of Business and Economics (B&E) inducted seven alumni at the ceremony, which was held as part of the school's 60th Anniversary Celebration.

Seven inducted into Roll of Distinguished Alumni

Economic report: West Virginia public college graduates come through downturn with higher employment numbers

More West Virginia public college graduates found work in the state in 2010, according to the report "West Virginia Higher Education Graduate Employment And Wage Trends: 2003-2010," issued by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics.

"Of graduates with at most nine years of experience, 48.1 percent worked at establishments located in West Virginia in 2010," said George W. Hammond, associate director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research. "That is up from 48.0 percent in 2009 and 47.9 percent in 2008," Hammond said. "Overall, public college graduates came through the downturn in much better shape than residents with less education," Hammond said.

VISA executive included in B&E at 60 Speaker Series

William M. Sheedy, Visa Group President, Americas, is the latest confirmed speaker in the 60th Anniversary Celebration lecture series for the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics (B&E). He will address the university community and the general public on November 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Waterfront Place Hotel.

Sheedy, who earned his B.S. degree in finance at WVU's business school, oversees the company's client relationships with card issuers, merchants, merchant acquirers and third-party processors in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Remembering 9/11: Mountaineers changed forever

West Virginia University wasn’t shielded from the terror that shattered the nation 10 years ago.

Two WVU alumni – Chris S. Gray and Jim K. Samuel Jr. – went to work in the World Trade Center the morning of Sept. 11 and were among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks.

From Brazil, Around the World and to WVU

The secret to running a top-ranked business school is engrained in working on a farm, growing and picking tomatoes and watching cows be milked.

Jose V. "Zito" Sartarelli

West Virginia Business Hall of Fame induction part of B&E's 60th Anniversary celebration in November

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics (B&E) will welcome new members of the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame in November ceremonies that will be held in conjunction with the College's 60th Anniversary celebration.

The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame event, hosted by B&E, has recognized over 40 businesspeople who have established a record of distinction in their fields and who have a clear West Virginia connection. Inductees have excelled in national and international business, state-based enterprises, and entrepreneurial and family businesses, and all provide a role model for business students and the business world alike.