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April 2022 Department Digest and Awards

Our faculty and staff are always doing amazing things. View the latest Department Digest to see what they have been up to and catch what they’re saying in the media

GLO-BUS Software, the company that administers the simulation through its website, publishes rankings of teams from colleges across the world, based on their performance computed on multiple factors (e.g., stock price, return on equity, image rating). We are happy to report several teams of students at WVU have been ranked in the Global Top 100 at different stages of the simulation during Spring 2022. The top ranked teams (at any stage of the simulation) across different instructors are as follows: 

WVU debuts GradFest ahead of May 2022 Commencement

A celebration of nearly 4,500 West Virginia University graduates begins next week with the inaugural GradFest and culminates in commencement ceremonies planned for May 13-15.

In one of the first GradFest events, WVU President Gordon Gee will host Marco Greenberg, author of “Primitive: Tapping the Primal Drive that Powers the World’s Most Successful People,” for an in-person and virtual fireside chat Monday (April 18). In-person attendees will receive a signed copy of Greenberg’s book.

Rising West Virginia entrepreneurs own their futures during Bridging Innovation Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The next generation of innovators painted a hopeful picture for the Mountain State’s future during Bridging Innovation Week in Charleston April 4-8, demonstrating the power of West Virginia’s partnerships, people and possibilities under one roof.

The conference – which showcased the momentum and energy of West Virginia’s start-up movement - brought together established entrepreneurs and business champions to inspire and support the rising innovators who participated in the West Virginia Business Plan Competitions.

Tech Development Company, OhanaLink Technologies™, Partners with West Virginia University’s Professional Sales Accelerator Program to offer Students Hands-on Experience

West Virginia University’s (WVU) John Chambers College of Business and Economics Professional Sales Institute to offer hands-on sales training for students through the University’s Sales Accelerator program.  The Professional Sales Accelerator Program is designed to offer a unique opportunity for select WVU Sales Management students to engage in “real world” sales experience. 

According to Dr. David Brauer, Director of the Professional Sales Institute at WVU, “We are pleased to have OhanaLink Technologies on board as one of the business partners of the Sales Accelerator Program.”  Brauer explained, “The goal of the program is to partner with companies across a wide variety of markets where students can earn scholarship dollars while gaining practical hands-on experience navigating every part of the sales cycle in “real world” scenarios. 

Time for Students to Embark on their Next Journey

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for our students to embark on their internships, graduate school, or first full-time job. It’s such a rewarding time for career services professionals as we see our students realize the payoff of their hard work and dedication to their professional success.

The last two years have challenged our students who—to land an internship or job—have had to persevere in their academic and extracurricular activities in the face of a global pandemic. Despite these challenges, the CCD had record student appointments in 2021 and record attendance at the fall 2021 and spring 2022 Business Career & Internship Fair. Our alumni and employer partners have donated over 270 hours to support resume review and mock interview programs, career panels, classroom presentations, and 1:1 career coaching sessions. These numbers are a direct result of our faculty and staff elevating the importance of the CCD. You have welcomed the CCD into your classrooms, designed assignments around professional development, and created incentives for students to take an active role in their professional development.  

WVU’s fifth Day of Giving sets new records for dollars raised, gifts received

Supporters of West Virginia University donated a record $15.5 million Wednesday (March 9) during the University’s fifth Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraising event held across the University system. More than 5,600 gifts were made, also a new record. The $15.5 million figure tops 2021’s WVU Day of Giving record of $11.9 million raised from just over 5,000 gifts.

“I am very grateful for the generosity of our alumni and friends,” President Gordon Gee said. “Their support illustrates the power of West Virginia University’s purpose and our land-grant mission, which is so near and dear to my heart. These gifts will allow us to continue improving education, health care and prosperity, ultimately transforming lives in our state and our world – now and for future generations.”

Hernandez, Uqaily, elected WVU student government president, VP

The campaign for West Virginia University Student Government Association ended Wednesday evening (March 9) as the SGA Judicial Court certified Chloe Hernandez and Pareera Uqaily as president and vice president, respectively, for the 2022-23 academic year. The pair represents the first female-minority ticket to win an SGA presidential election.

Hernandez, a junior double-majoring in neuroscience and psychology from Lorton, Virginia, is the first Hispanic woman elected to the post. She currently serves as the senator-at-large with the Student Government Association, vice president of philanthropy for the Panhellenic Association and vice president of recruitment for the Professional Greek Council. Hernandez is a member of Minorities Association of Pre-Healthcare Students, Mi Gente and Delta Gamma. She also serves as a Mountaineer Guide for the WVU Visitors Centers.

March 2022 Department Digest and Awards

Our faculty and staff are always doing amazing things. View the latest Department Digest to see what they have been up to and catch what they’re saying  in the media

On Friday, March 25, the Chambers College recognized exceptional alumni who are leaders in financial information, law, technology and higher education as part of the 11th class of the  Roll of Distinguished AlumniThe inductees in the 2021 class are John Berisford, president of S&P Global Ratings; David DeCenzo, president emeritus of Coastal Carolina University; and Nanette Heide, partner at Duane Morris LLP’s corporate practice group.  Tina Bigalke, chief diversity officer of PepsiCo, was also recognized at this year’s in-person event with the 2021 class. Bigalke was inducted virtually as part of the  2020 class .

WVU Chambers College names 11th cohort of business luminaries to its Roll of Distinguished Alumni

The  West Virginia University  John Chambers College of Business and Economics will induct a new class of exceptional alumni who are leaders in financial information, law, technology and higher education as part of the 11th class of the  Roll of Distinguished Alumni.

The inductees in the 2021 class are John Berisford, president of S&P Global Ratings; David DeCenzo, president emeritus of Coastal Carolina University; and Nanette Heide, partner at Duane Morris LLP’s corporate practice group.