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First Year Academy Brings Warm Welcome to New Students

430 join first year academy

As you might imagine, the Saturday before classes start is a busy time in Morgantown. Thousands of new freshmen disperse throughout campus to visit their respective college and department, and the new B&E freshmen were no exception.

Approximately 430 fresh faces were welcomed at B&E’s First Year Academy, an effort to thrust students into a successful academic transition. B&E’s Office of Academic Programs and Advising spearheaded the initiative, making it a
wonderful opportunity for academic advisors to begin building relationships with the class of 2018. 

B&E Student Ambassadors were on deck to guide new students through the check-in process, where they received a “passport.”

This passport needed to be “stamped” with facts about B&E that students learned throughout the afternoon. By the end of the event, the newcomers learned several facts, including the difference between MIS and computer science, not to confuse marketing with advertising, that the  Business Learning Resource Center (BLRC) offers tutoring in five subject areas, and that the biggest thing that moves stock prices are people’s expectations. Students turned in their passports at the end of the day to be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini. 

The new students heard from Dean Sartarelli, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Karen Donovan, as well as representatives from the Business Learning Resource Center, B&E  Center for Career Development,  B&E Student Organizations and the WVU Library. Representatives from each academic department were also on hand to greet students and answer questions about classes and potential careers.

“This is a great way for them to meet those they’ll encounter in their classrooms and it’s a good way of getting a quick idea of what all B&E has to offer,” said  Brian Chang, Coordinator of the Freshman Year Experience.