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Finance prof enjoys forensic study

Dr. Paul Speaker

For many people, perhaps most, observing an autopsy would be something to avoid, an activity to sidestep by any means.

Philanthropy course to pass quarter million mark in spring

The 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Class presents Robert Reitman with a gift during the annual visit to Cleveland.

In 2001 Robert Reitman, a 1955 B&E graduate who became a nonprofit consultant and philanthropist, contacted the College’s dean about a novel way to teach students the importance of community involvement. 

Miracle Jeans Day raises funds for Children's Miracle Network and WVU Children's Hospital

They raised more than $700 during Miracle Jeans Day on Dec. 17, one day before the close of WVU's fall semester 2013. More than 31 people participated, including Dean Jose Sartarelli, who wore jeans although he is most often seen in a dark business suit.

Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children's Hospital, said she was pleased that the College participated in the nation-wide event.

International ties expand

The College of Business and Economics is becoming more interconnected with the world and last month played an important role in creating the first WVU alumni chapter in China, a country of 1.35 billion and an Asian economic powerhouse.

Since the late 1990s, the College has built and expanded a relationship with China through the Center for Chinese Business. With approximately 1,000 alumni in China, many in leadership positions, the College has held numerous gatherings of former students during the past two decades, but the alumni chapter, in Shanghai, is a milestone.

Witt receives award

Dr. Tom Witt has received the Thayne Robinson Award from the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER), a professional association of business and economic research organizations in public and private universities.

The Thayne Robson Award is the highest honor that AUBER awards to an individual for longtime commitment and service to the organization. To earn the award, individuals must be AUBER members for at least 15 years, be center directors, have served on the AUBER board of directors and be economic and public policy leaders in their state.

B&E Marketing students victorious in national Taziki’s Marketing Challenge

A group of top-notch B&E student marketers were awarded a $5,000 prize for their strategic marketing campaign as part of the 2nd Annual Taziki's Marketing Challenge. The final competition, held between the top five teams, took place Nov. 15 at Taziki's headquarters in Birmingham, Ala.

The WVU team, consisting of Corey Zinn, David Haak, Lizzy Howells, Danielle Ferreira and Ryan Gushue, came out on top among 32 teams from major universities in the east and southeast regions of the U.S. In addition to WVU, the qualifying teams were from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Clemson University, and two teams from last year's reigning champion, Samford University. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was also announced as a winner, with both teams earning a matching number of points. As a result, each team was awarded the first place prize.

Fund raising at half way point

A state of minds

The "A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia's University" that began its public phase in 2012 is 90 percent toward the goal of $750 million, with $683 million pledged or donated as of the end of September.