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CWT Leader Joins WVU Hospitality Program

MORGANTOWN — Jeff Zidell has joined the faculty of West Virginia University as an adjunct professor of practice within the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

ZidellZidell is Senior Vice President and Customer Experience Officer of RoomIt by CWT (the specialist hotel distribution division of CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform). He is also the former Senior Vice President of Loyalty Marketing and Partnerships for Hyatt Hotels, where he led a global team responsible for strategy, innovation, promotions, customer communications, partnerships, training and operations for the guest loyalty experience.

CLIMB the Summit

At John Chambers College of Business and Economics, you can CLIMB– Connect, Lead, Innovate, Motivate, Belong–to the top.

College is often scary at first as you’re settling into your new home with approximately 29,000 students on campus. However, it doesn’t have to be.

Why Chambers College

At West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, we’re more than a College...we’re a family. We will help you get acquainted and get involved, so that your last day is as exciting as your first–and every day in between. 

Student Profile: Brooke Harlow

Whether this West Virginia native is cheering at sporting events or building her portfolio, Brooke Harlow knows how to keep busy.

In one of those positions, Brooke will be the Peer Career Coach with the Center for Career Development, where she will help students prepare for both their careers and their internship opportunities. In the other, she will be an intern at Fortune 500 company PepsiCo, where she will gain hands-on sales experience. 

WVU’s Financial University to ‘teach teachers’ how to prepare students for financial realities

West Virginia University is taking the lead in helping the state’s educators prepare students for life’s financial realities.  Naomi Boyd from the  John Chambers College of Business and Economics joins experts from the region to offer resources, including classroom tools and materials and online educational programming in this “teach the teachers” event.  Finance University will be held July 7-11 at the Hampton Inn and Suites at University Town Centre in Morgantown.

Naomi Boyd Lecturing

Student Profile: Amy Toscano

How would you describe Amy Toscano? Engaged in her college experience – and embracing every opportunity that comes her way. A senior in global supply chain management at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Amy has found a passion for doing whatever she can to get others engaged in the organizations in which she is active. And there are many.

Originally from East Stroudsburg, Pa., Amy chose to become a Mountaineer – and that is a decision that she still celebrates, as it was the first step in opening the door to opportunities that fit her interests and strengths.

Student Profile: Avery Gunter

He says he has a hard time saying where his home base is between North Carolina and West Virginia. That’s because Avery Gunter has found a love for his home of 10 years in Morgantown.

Avery is a senior double-major in finance and accounting, and as his life outside of college is about to begin, he finds himself busier than ever, whether it’s going to Cooper’s Rock to hike or attending on-campus lectures between classes.

Student Profile: Madelyn Oberschmidt

With her freshman year now behind her, business major Madelyn Oberschmidt has already proven that she will be an outstanding student in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics — all while being an athlete.

Madelyn Oberschmidt hails from Wilmington, Delaware, but it didn’t take her long to figure out where she fits in Morgantown, West Virginia.