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Dean Hall Named to Pittsburgh Business Time’s 20 People to Know in Higher Education list

Joshua Hall took the helm of West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics in August 2021, just in time for the opening of Reynolds Hall for the fall term. The 186,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art learning and research complex features experiential learning classrooms, a real-time stock ticker, computer labs, a 300-seat auditorium, atrium, study rooms, a cafe, green space and a fitness center. During Hall’s nine years at WVU, he has also held positions including professor, economics department chair and associate dean for research. He is also co-author of the annual Economic Freedom of the World report.

Building anything requires investment of time and teamwork. Taking a vision as grand as transforming the future of business education at WVU required partnership from our engaged alumni, internal teams in our college and across WVU. Through these synergies, we thoughtfully approached every detail to address what students and faculty needed to be successful not only on day one, but (also) to ensure we could be nimble enough to address what they needed in year 10 to stay on the cutting edge of business education.

WVU Chambers College names 12th class to Roll of Distinguished Alumni

The John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University will induct three alumni who have served as examples of lifelong leadership in the fields of energy, apparel and human resources into its 12th annual Roll of Distinguished Alumni

The 2023 class is composed of Arria Hines, CEO of Allegheny Science and Technology; Charlie Brown, vice president global sourcing & supply chain at Johnston & Murphy; and David Merriman, executive human resource business partner at PepsiCo. 

Gun violence spills into new neighborhoods as gentrification displaces drug crime, according to WVU study

Gentrification doesn’t erase drug crime and gun violence. Instead, research from West Virginia University economist Zachary Porreca shows that when one urban block becomes upwardly mobile, organized criminal activity surges outward to surrounding blocks, escalating the violence in the process.

Porreca, a WVU doctoral student in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, analyzed 2011-2020 data on shootings and real estate across various Philadelphia neighborhoods. His paper presenting the findings, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, is one of the first of its kind to study the impact of gentrification on crime displacement.

West Virginia University’s Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship receives grant from the Benedum Foundation

The West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem has received a $125,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to support the expansion and infrastructure of the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (WVEE). This funding will connect and identify opportunities for improvement in aiding entrepreneurs across West Virginia by bringing together key providers and business development resources. Additional funded partners in this effort include The EdVenture Group, Inc.,and the Robert C. Byrd Institute.

The WVEE operates as a collaborative network by conducting monthly meetings of over 75 active members, convening over 150 registered entrepreneur serving organizations (ESOs) on the state’s engagement platform, WV BusinessLink, and providing outreach and engagement to more than 700 stakeholders. WVEE also hosts Bridging Innovation Week, a weeklong symposium packed with entrepreneurial events from workshops to vendor fairs to competitions. This year’s symposium will take place in Wheeling, WV from April 17-21, 2023. To learn more about the program, click here

Service Learning at the Chambers College: Honors Students Make Difference in the Community

“Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes.” 

As a part of BCOR 199, First-year Honors students at WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics take part in a unique opportunity to utilize their academic background and individual skills while doing something that allows them to experience community needs and make a real difference.

Digital gift cards are easy to use, hard to lose – but givers still avoid them

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Most gift givers likely won’t choose a digital gift card over a physical gift card, even though many recipients would prefer the digital version.

That’s the key finding from new research by gifting expert Julian Givi, an assistant professor of marketing at West Virginia University’s Chambers College of Business and Economics. With Farnoush Reshadi and Gopal Das, Givi conducted five studies on givers’ and recipients’ reactions to scenarios involving digital and physical gift cards, analyzing the results in a paper forthcoming in Psychology and Marketing.