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Undergraduate Advisors

Rachel Nieman

Director of Recruitment & Retention

Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia

What is your favorite WVU tradition?

Singing “Country Roads.” I know this is a lot of people’s favorite tradition, but I literally cry every time. And not just at the end of a game, either. I went to the beach with 12 friends this summer – just about all of us had at least one degree from WVU. On the last night of our vacation, we built a fire on the beach. We sang “Country Roads” in a circle before we put it out for the night, and I bawled.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The Rec Center

Where is your favorite place to eat in Morgantown?

Too many great choices – Black Bear, Iron Horse Tavern, Mario’s Fishbowl, Puglioni’s…. depends on how I’m feeling!

What is your favorite hobby?

Hanging out with friends/ seeing live music

Best piece of advice for new WVU B&E students:

Try to improve your ability to empathize every day. You are but one piece of the beautiful Mountaineer puzzle. And go to class.

What is your favorite movie?

Forrest Gump

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 

For calories not to count.

The best thing about working at B&E is…

Internally, it’s the support I receive from my superiors. Externally, it’s our student-centered approach.

Where is your favorite place to travel or vacation?

Chelan, WA

What’s your favorite thing to do in Morgantown?

Go on walks and watch Mountaineer sports

What’s your favorite song or band?

This is tough. Chances are if it’s grunge or funk, I’ll like it.

If your life was made into a movie, who would play you?

I have no answer for this… I don’t know any actors/actresses!

Best pizza place in Morgantown is…

I will probably get shade for this from team Al’s, but I’m team Peppebroni’s.

Give one random fact about yourself.

I love furbabies and worked in animal care for 8 years before starting my career at B&E.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

The people I love. I’m a very relationship-driven person.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Or what would you do (for a career) if you weren’t working at WVU College of B&E?

For a long time, I wanted to be a lawyer or a psychologist or a communications director. If I wasn’t working at B&E, I’d still want to be working in higher education, somewhere in the wide realm of student access, retention and success initiatives.

What is your hidden talent?

I am very good at The Wobble, but few people will ever see this talent.