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Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Speaker likes the finance challenge

Kevin Speaker is vice president for credit administration at United Bank in Morgantown. His principal role is managing a team of credit analysts who underwrite and analyze the bank's larger commercial loans. It's a highly regulated business sector, which makes for challenges, but for Speaker, that's OK.

"Working in a heavily regulated industry can be challenging, but facing challenges and solving problems is exciting to me," he said.

SHRM students compete in Clemson

Four student members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently returned to Morgantown after a case-study competition in Clemson, S.C. According to their faculty advisor, Suzanne Gosden Kitchen, this was the students' first attempt at competing in the SHRM Southeast Regional Case Study Competition.

They placed second among seven teams competing and won $500 each in a contest that required them to perform as HR consultants in a professional scenario.

Student Feature: Raj Tadipatri combines engineering, business

Raj Tadipatri graduated from college in India with an electronics and communications degree. Now, with 22 years of experience since then, he's expanding his business expertise through the College of Business and Economics online EMBA program.

He is a manager of process improvement and business analysis at Cabela's Inc. in Wheeling, W.Va. His job involves distribution and supply chain, process improvement, project management and change management, among other duties.

MIS students snag great jobs

Andrew Oliu, a management information systems (MIS) student, graduates next month and feels pretty good about it. He took the initiative and has, at the very least, one job already lined up.

When Vince Dobilas, who heads the database systems for a leading Wall Street firm, spoke to MIS students last fall, Oliu, of Cherry Hill, N.J., listened up. After the lecture, he contacted Doblias via email and eventually got a part-time job with the company.

Two WVU students win $10,000 first prizes in Statewide Business Plan Competition

Two students from West Virginia University’s  Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design were the top winners in the 2011-12  West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition.

Meg Grzeskiewicz, an animal and nutrition sciences major from Colden, N.Y., and Katie Workman, an agribusiness management and rural development
major from Marlinton, W.Va., each won a $10,000 prize and a package of business resources valued at $6,000.

Monongalia County remains fastest growing county in WV in 2011

Monongalia County’s growth spurt isn’t slowing down.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, it’s the fastest-growing county in the state and has been since 2008. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, Monongalia County grew by 1.80 percent in 2011, far outpacing most counties in the state.