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Business Communication Center

The Business Communication Center, located in BE 347, offers assistance and tutoring in writing, oral communication, presentation preparation, library research, and Adobe design skills. Business students at any level, from first semester to graduate studies, may seek assistance from the Center. Our goal is to help students become effective, confident, and career-ready. We use interactive, cooperative learning techniques to meet each student’s needs. We also reach out to the WVU community of faculty, staff, and community partners by providing resources to enhance the practice of communication.

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Event Schedule for Fall 2019

*All events take place in the Business Communication Center (BE 347)

Communicating Standards for Academic Integrity

Friday, September 6 (2-3 p.m.) Azalea Hulbert, PhD, MBA, Director of Academic Integrity

This session will provide information regarding academic dishonesty policies and guidelines. Topics include plagiarism, cheating, falsification, and consequences. Strategies to helps students protect themselves from compromising situations are also discussed.

Target audience: graduate students and faculty

Presenting Well

Wednesday, September 25 (4-5 p.m.) Chas Koermer, PhD, Business Communication professor

This workshop examines how to properly format speeches and addresses steps for proper PowerPoint integration.

Target audience: everyone

An Introduction to the Literature Review Using Web of Science

Wednesday, October 5 (4-5 p.m.) Jessica Vanderhoff, MLIS, MA, WVU Business Librarian

Are you preparing a literature review for your dissertation or an upcoming professional conference paper? During this session, we will discuss the purpose of the literature review and a strategy to get you started and to keep you organized along the way.  We will explore how to best leverage Web of Science using sophisticated techniques to locate key business publications.  Participants are asked to bring their own device. Presented in partnership with WVU Libraries.

Target audience: graduate students in business disciplines and related social science fields

Teaching Across Cultures

Wednesday, October 23 (4-5 p.m.) Benson Njoroge, Ed.D., WVU Instructional Designer

The number of students and instructors from different cultures has increased over the last decade in universities. This workshop will give insight on how to successfully instruct international and American learners by exploring various studies and research on cultural learning styles. The knowledge you gain in this session will not only help you to recognize and understand learners from different cultures, but also will help you devise ways of assisting them in learning effectively. Presented in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Commons.

Target audience: graduate students and faculty; interested undergraduates

A Primer in Data Visualization

Wednesday, October 30 (4-5:15 p.m.) Jessica Vanderhoff, MLIS, MA, WVU Business Librarian

In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of Tableau Public, including how to: import data into Tableau, design simple worksheets, combine worksheets into an interactive dashboard, and share visualizations with others. Pros and cons of Tableau Public and Tableau Desktop will also be discussed.  Participants are asked to bring their own device and download  Tableau Public prior to the workshop. Session is intended for beginners with no previous knowledge of data visualization or Tableau. Presented in partnership with WVU Libraries.

Target audience: upper undergraduates/graduate students, faculty/staff

How to Apply to Graduate School

Friday, November 1 (2-3 p.m.), Panel discussion

Are you considering attending graduate school? This panel will discuss the process of applying for graduate school, including advice about personal statements, test preparation, scholarships, and more. Learn what your next steps should be so you can gain admission to graduate study.

Target audience: sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Located in Room 347 B&E
Monday – Thursday 9:30-5:00, Friday 9:30-2:00
or call 304-293-9289


Elizabeth Tomlinson

Elizabeth Tomlinson


Elizabeth Tomlinson, Ph.D. is the director of the Business Communication Center. She is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Marketing Department, and has worked at WVU since 2011. She specializes in teaching and researching business communication related topics, and particularly enjoys working with students on projects involving business clients from the community. She earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University, an MA from John Carroll University, and a Bachelors of Arts from The College of Wooster. 


Tynetta Johnson

Program Coordinator

Tynetta serves as a Program coordinator for the Business Learning Resource Center and Business Communication Center. She has been working for the University for 4 years. In this role she work with students, faculty and staff. She manages the budgets, and procedures to ensure the implementation and success of both centers.  Tynetta assist in coordinating the Neidermeyer Scholars Program and handles all of the day to day operations as well as coordinate their schedules.


Kaitlin Kerr 


My name is Kaitlin Kerr and I am excited to be working as a tutor in the Business Communication Center this semester!I am asophomoreaccounting major expected to graduate in May 2021.I am from the small town of Wardensville, WV located in the Eastern Panhandle.As a new member of the BCC, I look forward to working with fellow Mountaineersthis semester.