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Supporting our students requires adaptability, creating connection in chaos

This fall, flexibility has been the name of the game. We’ve all been tasked with adapting to find success in a challenging environment. Our student support services are no exception, as providing opportunities for students to feel connected is more important than ever in these turbulent times. The Recruitment & Retention Team has increased its support in and out of the classroom to help our students navigate through the semester. While these changes were in the works before COVID, the pandemic has exacerbated the need for these investments.

This fall, we implemented the new Chambers Peer Mentorship program that places successful upperclassmen mentors in sections of our Freshman Seminar, BCOR 191. These students serve as a role model and resource to freshmen. Paired with an instructor in BCOR 191, capped at 25 students per section and taught by student support staff, often on a volunteer basis, Peer Mentors provide an additional level of support and guidance as students adjust to college life. Mentors share their insights, advice, and experiences with mentees both in class and in virtual one-on-one meetings. Through this course, freshmen are introduced to our expectations at the Chambers College and learn how to navigate the world of higher education – with a particular eye on setting the stage for business success. The addition of peer mentorship provides a valuable opportunity to improve freshmen retention while simultaneously increasing the engagement, satisfaction and leadership development of mentors. The rollout of this new program couldn’t have come at a better time given the social connection challenges reported by many students in our current environment.

December Department Digest and Awards

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The Brief: Finish Out Strong

We're closing the book on 2020 and welcoming the new year with a renewed sense of strength.

October 2020 Department Digest and Awards

May 2019 MAcc graduate Lana Latif received an offer for a position with Ernst & Young (EY) in Pittsburgh. This is a great success story, because Lana decided to return to WVU for the MAcc after living with her family in Palestine. Returning to West Virginia was not a decision she took lightly, but she really wanted to pursue securing a job with a Big 4 firm. She’s now made that dream a reality, thanks to the mentorship of Executive in Residence and MAcc coordinator Gary LeDonne .

The Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Coursera MOOC (massive open online course) is now at over 75,000 participants and growing!

WVU HIT Lab provides platform for new knowledge, skills, and innovation during and beyond COVID-19

It is easy to dwell on the negative impact of COVID-19, but positive things have emerged during the pandemic, and these things will continue to be part of our new normal. For the Chambers College, West Virginia University and West Virginia, this is a wonderful opportunity to show businesses and consumers how we are championing entrepreneurship and innovation!

This summer, our HIT Lab team explored what we can do to help to limit the spread of virus and how we can empower consumers and businesses with new tools and technologies that will help us move forward without fear.