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WVU business fraud experts requested to speak to investigative, auditing arm of Congress

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When the U.S. Government Accountability Office wanted to talk about topics related to why people commit fraud and fraud in government, it turned to the business school that is a national model for forensic accounting and fraud examination — the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University.

The GAO, known as the investigative and auditing arm of Congress, asked that Drs. Richard Rileyand Scott Fleming present to the organization in Washington, D.C., on April 10. The presentation by the two Chambers College faculty will include issues such as the fraud triangle: what drives people to commit fraud, why do they seize the opportunity to commit fraud and how do they rationalize the commission of the act. The Chambers College has completed a significant amount of research on the subject, resulting in industry and academic publications such as those recently appearing in the highly held CPA Journal and Fraud Magazine.

Jake Armstrong to swim in NCAA men’s championships this weekend

Jake Armstrong means business.

In class, the senior from Dover, Ohio, majors in entrepreneurship and innovation at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. But outside the classroom, this is a big week for Jake, who will represent West Virginia University at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 28-30 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas.

Career Studio prepares students for life after graduation

In an increasingly global job market, college students need more than classroom knowledge to compete. They need practical, real-world experience obtained through internships and leadership opportunities. At West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, thenew Career Studio provides students with the coaching they need to embark on a successful career.

Business school students here will find that the Career Studio is staffed by their fellow students — peer career coaches who have demonstrated success in their own internship or job search. These coaches are also active members in the Chambers College Career Readiness Program and know the skills and competencies that employers are seeking in early talent.

Emily Broughton

The collegiate path taken by marketing senior Emily Broughton certainly isn’t a traditional one, but it is a path that helped her launch her professional career months before she receives her diploma.

After transferring to West Virginia University from Temple University, Emily wondered what the next chapter of her college life would look like. That is, until she took a sales class in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. From the first day in that class, she said, everything clicked.

Crosno, Cui and Saldanha named endowed chairs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There are common threads that run through three West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics faculty members who have been named endowed chairs: a passion for research and using the knowledge generated from their research in the classroom. All three have also created unique, experiential learning opportunities for their students that take them outside the classroom and into the real world.  

That sense of purpose and zeal in two different, but related, areas of study have prompted a high level of engagement by their students and a continued demonstration of resourcefulness in taking on the challenges of the business world. As a result, Chambers College leadership worked with Sears Holding Company to reconfigure the company’s support to the college, converting an existing endowed chair into three endowed chairs.

BPC Spotlight: Cameron Keefe

Cameron Keefe is only a second semester freshman, but she finds herself in elite company these days. She is one of only 15 finalist teams in the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and could be the recipient of one of three $10,000 grand prizes to start her own business in West Virginia.

Cameron Keefe portrait

BPC Spotlight: Keegan Mueller and Kadee Mueller

An enthusiastic and personable mechanical engineering senior who enjoys solving problems has created an idea with a sophomore industrial engineering major. The team, from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, has made it to the finals of the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, a competition designed to encourage college students statewide to turn their ideas into real businesses.  

Portraits of Keegan Mueller and Kadee Mueller

Chambers College retention efforts increase undergraduate enrollment as universities face declining applications

Despite regional and nationwide trends of declining numbers of students graduating from high school, enrollment at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University has increased.

Actually, undergraduate enrollment has increased every year since the business school went to a four-year format in 2011, allowing business students to be directly admitted as freshmen instead of after they have met specific criteria prior to their junior years. That format also benefitted students through earlier access to advisors and increased internship opportunities.

Student Profile: Frank Kerekes

portrait of Frank Kerekes

This double-majoring sophomore in Management Information Systems and Hospitality and Tourism Management has found that his key to success is beginning early.