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Marketing Student and Coca-Cola Ambassador

Mason Harp is not only a marketing junior at Chambers College, but he is also West Virginia University’s Coca-Cola Ambassador! In fact, he is currently ranked 31st on the leaderboard for Coca-Cola Campus Ambassadors. 

So, what is a Coca-Cola Ambassador

WVU researcher develops copper-infused mask for hospitality and tourism industry

With the delta variant on the rise, the lambda variant taking hold and an upswing in COVID-19 cases, the hospitality business is seeing staffing issues as people weigh their personal safety against their employment as the pandemic rages on.

Masking up is one safe precaution. But it’s also an uncomfortable gesture, as some masks may inflict wear and tear on the face or not provide an adequate level of protection for the worker, explained Ajay Aluri, founding director of the Hospitality Innovation and Technology Lab at West Virginia University.

Recognizing our Professional Sales Competition Winners

It’s the start of the fall semester and, as students and faculty begin to settle into our new routines, we inevitably start looking forward. For some of us at West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, that means preparing for upcoming sales competitions.

For years, members of our College’s Professional Sales Competition Team have put their skills to the test by participating in a variety of events, including: the WVU Sales Competition, the Steel City Sales Competition at Duquesne University, the International Collegiate Sales Competition and many more. Victoria McDonald, a 2020 graduate and first place winner of last year’s WVU Sales Competition, thought that being a part of the competition was already special. 

Hall prepares for new academic year with new leaders, associate dean team reorganization

Josh Hall is preparing for a new academic year that will signal the official start of his deanship by strategically aligning his leadership team to provide focus to core operational areas: graduate programs, undergraduate programs, outreach and innovation and research.

Hall was announced as the next Milan Puskar Dean June 16 when Javier Reyes was named as the next provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Reyes begins his next chapter at UIC Aug. 16, the same day that Hall will assume his role as dean. Reyes and Hall are working closely together to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

Mountain State money moves: WVU’s Finance University spreads financial literacy statewide

MORGANTOWN, W.VA—Young people entering college or the workforce are navigating an increasingly complex economic landscape. Beyond the basics of money management, they must understand fintech, alternative investments and entrepreneurship. To address this need, West Virginia University will host its 19th annual Finance University for primary and secondary teachers so they can bring advanced financial literacy skills back to their classrooms.

From July 18 to 22, educators in West Virginia and neighboring counties who teach math, business and civics will visit Morgantown for this immersive professional development conference organized by the John Chambers College of Business and EconomicsCenter for Financial Literacy and Education, directed by Amy Pridemore.

If you can’t find it, create it: WVU student starts braked dog leash company

After West Virginia University student Anthony Garber’s friend’s dog accidentally received a hard pull on the neck from a retractable leash, Garber began searching the dog leash market for a product that wouldn’t yank so harshly. When he couldn’t find a leash that fit his idea, he began brainstorming.

That brainstorming led to The Easy Leash, a braked dog leash Garber is in the process of creating. Garber, a senior industrial engineering student in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, explained that this leash functions similar to a standard bike brake.

New leaders named in John Chambers College of Business and Economics and Start-up West Virginia as Reyes departs for new role at UIC

Two experienced  West Virginia University administrators will take the lead in the key areas of business education and innovation for the University, following today’s (June 16)  announcement that Milan Puskar Dean of the  John Chambers College of Business and Economics and Vice President for Start-up West Virginia  Javier Reyes will become provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Reyes’ appointment begins Aug. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Message from Dean Reyes: A new journey begins

Chambers College alumni and friends:

Five years ago, I was welcomed to West Virginia as I began my journey as Milan Puskar Dean of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

DataRobot to partner with WVU, open office on Morgantown campus

Gov. Jim Justice joined leaders with DataRobot, the leader in Augmented Intelligence, at a ceremony today to announce that the company is opening an office in Vantage Ventures in Morgantown. The new office will further the company’s mission to democratize AI through expanded hiring in software engineering, professional services, and customer support.

In addition to opening office space and hiring locally, DataRobot and  West Virginia University are beginning to work together on the formation of a national center, based in West Virginia, that will provide technologically-focused solutions on critical pandemic and emergency response and preparedness and rural health.