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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.

Virgin Hyperloop to build Hyperloop Certification Center in West Virginia

West Virginia, birth place of Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, will now be at the center of developing the next innovation in barrier-breaking transportation.

Virgin Hyperloop announced Thursday, Oct. 8, that it will locate a certification facility on nearly 800 acres of land spanning Tucker and Grant counties where it will leverage intellectual capital and resources from  West Virginia University, Marshall University and from across the state.

Fans arrive like butterflies: Pearl Jam concerts drive tourism, hotel demand, per WVU study

You could say Seattle came alive with more than an even flow of tourism dollars from a pair of highly-anticipated Pearl Jam concerts, according to rockin’ new research by West Virginia University economists.

Dubbed the “Home Shows,” two Pearl Jam concerts in August 2018 helped net the seaport city $58 million in additional hotel revenue and $9 million in hotel tax revenue. Compare that to Seattle Mariners baseball games, which generate $140,000 in additional hotel revenue on game days, and the researchers make a clear case for large, one-off events as economic boosters.

William and Patricia Sheedy commit $2.5 million to bring experiential learning to future WVU business students in Reynolds Hall

As Reynolds Hall, the new hub for business education on the campus of West Virginia University continues to build on the Morgantown waterfront, a John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumnus has given a gift that will ensure that it will build the business leaders of the future by way of experiential learning when it opens in 2022.

Visa executive and WVU alumnus William Sheedy and his wife, Patricia, are donating $2.5 million to the Chambers College for an experiential learning pavilion. 

WVU Center for Financial Literacy and Education announces strategic partnership with PRA Group to support programming for West Virginia students

West Virginia University’s Center for Financial Literacy and Education, housed in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, has partnered with PRA Group, Inc., a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, to advance financial literacy efforts as part of WVU’s land-grant mission.

PRA Group’s generous $210,000 contribution will fund two seminars on financial literacy in civics, business, and math led by the Chambers College and WVU Extension Service to maximize impact across the state. The first seminars in October 2020 include community leaders representing all 55 West Virginia counties. The second seminar will begin in February 2021 and will focus on primary and secondary educators. Both seminars are expected to positively impact more than 3,500 West Virginia students. PRA Group, Inc. will also support financial lunch and learns across the state for high school seniors preparing to go to college, college students, and adult learners.