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December Department Digest and Awards

December Department Digest and Awards

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Professor Christian Schaupp teamed up with WSU Carson College of Business researchers on a national survey that demonstrates where voters get their information affects trust in voting methods and election results. They surveyed 680 people in the U.S. to study how partisan and non-credible affects trust in the election process, believability of election results and if the method in which people vote affects whether they believe their vote will be counted. Key findings included insights that voters, regardless of political affiliation, trust in-person voting more than mail-in voting, and people who vote in-person tend to have higher overall trust their will be counted. This was consistent among both conservative and liberal voters. The team plans to author a paper on the study for publication.

Business Law

The WVU College of Law was named a 2021 Top Law School for Business Law by prelaw Magazine. The publication awarded the college’s business law program a grade of A- based on opportunities for students, including courses, clinics, externships and co-curricular activities. Those opportunities include a J.D./Online MBA dual degree offered in collaboration with our College. 


Fourteen state colleges and universities will be represented in the 2020- 2021 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition semifinals, with a total of 24 teams moving onto the next stage of the competition from 14 West Virginia schools and colleges. Based on the vote from the BPC Oversight Committee last year, the top 15 scores from each category were moved onto the semifinals and the additional teams were the top scores from institutions that were not represented. The goal of this was to be more inclusive and provide better representation from across the state.

Supported by Silicon Valley CEO Ray Zinn, the first ZinnStarter Pitch Competition, hosted by the LaunchLab , gave aspiring collegiate entrepreneurs an opportunity to win cash to build their ideas into the next groundbreaking product or business. Read more about the competition and the winners here.


Kelly Nix, Teaching Associate Professor of Management, had her research paper, “Using Playbooks to Guide Leadership Transitions in Voluntary Groups and Community Organizations” accepted for publication in the Journal of Extension.


WVU senior Victoria McDonald took first place in this year’s virtual Sales Competition. WVU and the University of Dayton were tied for top overall school. Thanks to Emily Tanner, Suzanne Bal and David Brauer for bringing this to life, and Derek Brown from BEIT for ensuring the technology worked smoothly.

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