German students find value in B&E degree

The College of Business and Economics formed an international relationship with the Fulda University of Applied Sciences almost a decade ago, which, by all measures, appears to be a success.

Fulda graduate students attend a semester in Germany and then WVU for eight months to earn dual degrees from the United States and Germany. Currently, five Fulda undergraduates, who usually stay one semester at WVU, and one MBA student are enrolled at the College. Approximately 15 Fulda MBA students have earned degrees since the relationship began.

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May grad has tough choices to make

Already, as the spring semester begins, he has two job offers and will likely have more before he graduates, which is certainly good news in a weak economy and job market. However, for Shaffer it's a dilemma. "I have to consider several things," he said. "Location, salary, cost of living, and my family."

Shaffer was born in Lima, Peru, and was adopted by Terri Shaffer, and brought to live in Baltimore, Md. He was raised by his mother and her parents, Thomas Shaffer, 81, and the late Edna Shaffer, life-long Baltimore residents. Phil Shaffer grew close to them all and was saddened when his grandmother died in 2010. Then his grandfather had a stroke. He'd like very much to move back to Baltimore in May to be close to his mother and grandfather.

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2007 EMBA graduate joins investment advisory firm; makes an impact on and off the field

Patrick Marlatt, a 2007 EMBA graduate, joined the independent advisory firmCAPTRUST Financial Advisors in December as vice president, financial advisor, based out of the firm's Raleigh headquarters.

A 1989 WVU College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences graduate, Marlatt is a former WVU football defensive tackle and played in the 1989 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl national championship against Notre Dame after an undefeated season for the Mountaineers.

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WVU researchers: West Virginia college graduates working in state's high-demand sectors

The majority of West Virginia public college graduates working in West Virginia in 2010 participated in areas of study that reflect changing demands of the state, according to a report issued by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics.

The comprehensive report, entitled "From Higher Education to Work in West Virginia 2010" and compiled by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), provides detailed analysis of West Virginia graduates' work participation and wages.

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Professor Fitzgerald: Social media a marketing force

Marketing theory is catching up with technology.

More than 800 million people use Facebook actively, and during the past several years businesses have taken part. Why not? Establishing a business or organization Facebook page is simple. But why do it, what should the content be, and how should businesses use the medium?

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U.S. News & World Report: WVU business school grad programs ranked

While it has been in existence less than 18 months, the online M.B.A. program at West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

"We are ecstatic that our online Master of Business Administration degree programs have been ranked in the first-ever online education rankings by U.S. News & World Report," said Dr. Jose Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean, WVU College of Business and Economics. "This comes on the heels of our #90 ranking last March in the Best Undergraduate Business Schools of 2011 by Bloomberg Businessweek, the first time the College had received a top 100 ranking in its 60-year history."

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