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Bernardes impacts supply chain management program

Ednilson Bernardes, associate professor of supply chain management, is, in part, responsible for getting the supply chain program off the ground so quickly at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University – and this month, he has another honor attached to his name.

The Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary selected Bernardes to participate in its MBA Intensive Seminar Program. The exchange took place this month, and the purpose was to provide graduate business students with an opportunity to interact and learn from professors and professionals from other countries, in particular the United States.

MBA students partner with University of Münster for virtual group presentations

MBA students partner with University of Münster for virtual group presentations

It’s no secret that the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University has made a concerted effort over the last decade to better involve its students, faculty and programs in the global marketplace through education, research, study abroad and student exchange opportunities.

B&E alum brings love of coffee to Evansdale Crossing

Tony Riffel, CEO and cofounder of Octane Coffee Company

“I grew up drinking coffee my whole life. I would have cookies and coffee as a kid. I’ve just always had that love for coffee,” said Tony Riffel, CEO and cofounder of Octane Coffee Company. 

Roger Congleton, BB&T Professor of Economics: Have laptop, will travel

Congleton wakes up and writes every day from 6:30 a.m. to noon before coming in to work at the  College of Business and Economics to teach in the early afternoon, attend committee meetings and tend to students’ needs until the evenings. With multiple simultaneous book projects on the horizon, he also takes time to write on the weekends.

“Just during weekdays, 50 hours is a light work week for me,” he said. 

Online Executive MBA program celebrates its first cohort of Camp Dawson graduates

The nationally ranked Executive MBA program will celebrate a milestone at its upcoming December 2015 Commencement ceremony, as the program will graduate a large group of military personnel from Camp Dawson, West Virginia Army National Guard. 

B&E’s December commencement will include nine Camp Dawson graduates in the online Executive MBA program at West Virginia's College of Business and Economics, a program widely known as one of the Best Online Program for Veterans by the U.S. News & World Report

Announcement of new Mylan Park complex reflects work of B&E students through Experiential Learning Center

As with any great team effort, there is usually a story behind the story. The announcement earlier this month of a $25-30 million project to plan and build a state-of-the-art aquatic and track complex at Mylan Park in Morgantown has such a story, one that has the fingerprints of WVU’s business school.

One large detail that may have been overlooked is that the initial plans for this complex came from within the walls of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Steven Outright, director of B&E’s BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, recalled how the entire process began when he got a call from Ron Justice, WVU’s state corporate and community relations specialist, in the spring of 2014.

MSIR alumna, PepsiCo VP gives back through scholarship

Tina  Bigalke

“There is this old saying, ‘Be kinder than you need to because you never know what people are carrying with them.’ And I think that is very true. You never know what burdens people are carrying with them, and so I try to follow the philosophy of being as kind as possible,” Tina Bigalke, Vice President of HR Global Operations, Global Procurement & R&D at PepsiCo, said about advice she gives gives to students today. 

MBA students form plan to revitalize Fairmont

Three MBA students

The City of Fairmont was once widely recognized as one of the best economies in the state of West Virginia. In recent years, the city has realized a decline in its economy and the job market, and recognizes the urgency to initiate a community revitalization program.