The College of Business and Economics welcomed 400 first-time freshmen and 75 first-time transfers to First Year Academy (FYA) on August 15 to kick off the fall semester.
First Year Academy, a subset of Welcome Week at West Virginia University, is a mandatory program held prior to the start of classes in which students are introduced to campus, their academic departments and their fellow classmates, and is designed to assist them in learning the culture and values of the University.
The incoming B&E students gained some on-site knowledge of the college’s resources, met with faculty and staff members, and engaged in activities with their classmates.
Students received B&E T-shirts, passports for the B&E scavenger hunt, information on academic resources available to them and a list of student organizations to consider joining in the fall semester.
Speakers for FYA included Graham Peace, associate dean; Genifer Snipes, staff librarian; Susan Lantz, director of the Business Learning Resources Center (BLRC); Jennifer Bellucci, director of the Center for Career Development; Susan Maczko, developmental advising specialist and assistant director of the BLRC; and a welcome from Interim Dean Nancy Mclntyre.
The students embarked on an “elevator pitch world tour,” in which students moved around the B&E building, visiting classrooms where faculty members would introduce the seven undergraduate majors. They also answered questions on their passports based on the information given to them during the elevator pitches portion of FYA.
Freshman Aaron Whitlock, general business major from Charleston, West Virginia, was most curious to hear from the accounting department during the “world tour.”
“I know that I already want to major in accounting, since I come from a line of accountants in my family,” Whitlock said. “I love business, but I am also very good with numbers. My mother was an accountant for the better part of a decade, and my grandmother was an accountant before that – I believe that’s where I get it.”
Brian Chang, coordinator of the Freshman Year Experience at B&E’s Undergraduate Advising Center, said the atmosphere at First Year Academy had the hundreds of students ready to begin taking classes at B&E.
“The incoming freshmen at B&E are most definitely eager and excited to begin the next chapter of their lives,” Chang said. “Many of our faculty and staff that participated in FYA mentioned that this year’s class seemed very respectful and genuinely interested in what the speakers had to say.”
Something new for the fall 2015 incoming class is that these students are the first to have the opportunity for direct admittance into their majors, based upon eligible GPAs, ACT and SAT scores.
Whitlock is looking forward to his BCOR 199 (Introduction to Business) course with Professor Lantz, as well as his future business courses to come.
“The overall welcome to WVU and B&E at First Year Academy truly made me excited to go forward with my education. I know that it’s early, but I hope to make many new, constructive, memorable relationships with the people at B&E in the months to come.”