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Egg drop exercise shows students value of resources

College courses are not what they once were. They are not solely driven by lectures or presenting concepts. They are driven by engagement. They are driven by experiment, by doing. And the faculty at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics are at the forefront of this revolution, providing WVU business students with an innovative education and learning experiences they can apply in their careers.

Take, for example, Assistant Professor of Management Dr. Olga Bruyaka. Throughout the Fall 2017 semester, if you were to peek into her senior level Contemporary Business Strategy class, you would not have often seen students sitting at desks taking notes, looking at their smart phones or staring at the clock. In fact, you would have witnessed students participating in live auctions and negotiations, building prototypes and then testing those prototypes through an egg drop exercise.

WVU finance students conquer the Big Apple

West Virginia University College of Business and Economics finance students are in an Empire State of Mind after a weeklong, immersive trip to one of the major financial centers of the world – New York City.

Student analysts in Dr. Naomi Boyd’s Applied Investment Management course, who are involved with the WVU Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), recently traveled to New York City, to meet with investment bankers and valuation experts connected to Wall Street. The Flying WV flag could be spotted all over the city throughout the week, as the 12 current students, accompanied by Boyd and three former SMIF student analysts, attended site visits at prestigious businesses and financial organizations in the area, like Ares Management L.P., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UGG Australia and TIAA and also met with the director of commodities research at Societe Generale.

WV Business Hall of Fame nominations open until November 30

Charles T. Jones, president and CEO of Amherst Industries, is pictured during his induction into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame at The Greenbrier earlier this year.

On the heels of a successful transformation into a marquis event, the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame has announced that its nomination process for 2018 inductees is open until November 30.

B&E alum returns to WVU as accounting department executive-in-residence

When it comes to the Mountain State and West Virginia University, you could say Gary LeDonne has come full circle. Growing up in Fairmont, West Virginia, he earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Fairmont State University and then went on to earn his Master of Professional Accountancy (now known as the Master of Accountancy or MAcc) in 1985 at the WVU College of Business and Economics.

After graduation, he stepped out of West Virginia and into a 30-year-long career with one of the Big Four accounting firms, then Ernst & Whinney (which became Ernst & Young and eventually its current name of EY), which took him to many different areas of the country.

B&E family comes together to celebrate WVU’s 150th anniversary

Bringing together faculty, staff, students and alumni, the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics celebrated WVU’s 150th Anniversary September 11-15.

The week of events included a gathering for cake and punch, a jumpstart breakfast for students, a giveaway booth at the B&E Career Fair and an ice cream social, all leading up to the main event – the “Tastes From B&E” Tailgate Celebration.

Bakalarski is final member of B&E Distinguished Alumni to be inducted in October

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has confirmed the fifth and final inductee into its renowned B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni during WVU Homecoming Weekend. A total of five WVU business school graduates will be inducted during a ceremony and celebratory luncheon on Friday, October 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.

Lee Bakalarski, a financial expert in the area of risk advisory and assurance, will be among the new class of inductees. A 1974 accounting graduate of B&E, he lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

Inaugural Summer Youth Business Camp preps high school students for future college life

4H Business Camp at WVU B&ELast month, the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics partnered with WVU’s Extension Service 4-H unit to host 20 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from around the West Virginia and the local region at the inaugural Summer Youth Business Camp.

Throughout the week-long camp, the future business leaders had the full college experience. They resided in WVU dorms, made new friends and participated in local on- and off-campus activities.

B&E’s 2017 new freshman enrollment sees significant jump over last year

In a time when national trends have seen dips in college-going students, universities and colleges — and business schools — across the country have felt that shockwave.

But thanks to an assertive philosophy and some changes in undergraduate recruiting policies, the WVU College of Business and Economics experienced a substantial uptick in new freshmen for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

Marketing professor’s research efforts transform our e-commerce consumer world

WVU College of B&E marketing professor Stephen He

Stephen He’s childhood dream was to be a scientist and today, as an assistant professor of marketing at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, he has made that dream come true. As a researcher with work in top marketing journals in the marketing field, He is pushing the boundaries of the field with his cutting-edge research and creating value for human knowledge.