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BUSINESS COMMUNICATION CENTER

The Business Communication Center, located in BE 347, offers assistance and tutoring in writing, oral communication, presentation preparation, library research, and Adobe design skills. Business students at any level, from first semester to graduate studies, may seek assistance from the Center. Our goal is to help students become effective, confident, and career-ready. We use interactive, cooperative learning techniques to meet each student’s needs. We also reach out to the WVU community of faculty, staff, and community partners by providing resources to enhance the practice of communication.

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Event Schedule for Fall 2019

*All events take place in the Business Communication Center (BE 347)

Communicating Standards for Academic Integrity

Friday, September 6 (2-3 p.m.) Azalea Hulbert, PhD, MBA, Director of Academic Integrity

This session will provide information regarding academic dishonesty policies and guidelines. Topics include plagiarism, cheating, falsification, and consequences. Strategies to helps students protect themselves from compromising situations are also discussed.

Target audience: graduate students and faculty

Presenting Well

Wednesday, September 25 (4-5 p.m.) Chas Koermer, PhD, Business Communication professor

This workshop examines how to properly format speeches and addresses steps for proper PowerPoint integration.

Target audience: everyone

An Introduction to the Literature Review Using Web of Science

Wednesday, October 2 (4-5 p.m.) Jessica Vanderhoff, MLIS, MA, WVU Business Librarian

Are you preparing a literature review for your dissertation or an upcoming professional conference paper? During this session, we will discuss the purpose of the literature review and a strategy to get you started and to keep you organized along the way.  We will explore how to best leverage Web of Science using sophisticated techniques to locate key business publications.  Participants are asked to bring their own device. Presented in partnership with WVU Libraries.

Target audience: graduate students in business disciplines and related social science fields

Teaching Across Cultures 

Wednesday, October 23 (4-5 p.m.) Benson Njoroge, Ed.D., WVU Instructional Designer

The number of students and instructors from different cultures has increased over the last decade in universities. This workshop will give insight on how to successfully instruct international and American learners by exploring various studies and research on cultural learning styles. The knowledge you gain in this session will not only help you to recognize and understand learners from different cultures, but also will help you devise ways of assisting them in learning effectively. Presented in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Commons. 

Target audience: graduate students and faculty; interested undergraduates

A Primer in Data Visualization

Wednesday, October 30 (4-5:15 p.m.) Jessica Vanderhoff, MLIS, MA, WVU Business Librarian

In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of Tableau Public, including how to: import data into Tableau, design simple worksheets, combine worksheets into an interactive dashboard, and share visualizations with others. Pros and cons of Tableau Public and Tableau Desktop will also be discussed.  Participants are asked to bring their own device and download  Tableau Public prior to the workshop. Session is intended for beginners with no previous knowledge of data visualization or Tableau. Presented in partnership with WVU Libraries.

Target audience: upper undergraduates/graduate students, faculty/staff

How to Apply to Graduate School

Friday, November 1 (2-3 p.m.), Panel discussion

Are you considering attending graduate school? This panel will discuss the process of applying for graduate school, including advice about personal statements, test preparation, scholarships, and more. Learn what your next steps should be so you can gain admission to graduate study.

Target audience: sophomores, juniors, and seniors

 Located in Room 347 B&E
Monday – Thursday 9:30-5:00, Friday 9:30-2:00
or call 304-293-9289

MEET OUR STAFF

Tomlinson

Elizabeth Tomlinson

Director

Elizabeth Tomlinson, Ph.D. is the director of the Business Communication Center. She is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Marketing Department, and has worked at WVU since 2011. She specializes in teaching and researching business communication related topics, and particularly enjoys working with students on projects involving business clients from the community. She earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University, an MA from John Carroll University, and a Bachelors of Arts from The College of Wooster. 

Ty Johnson

Tynetta Johnson

Program Coordinator 

Tynetta serves as a Program coordinator for the Business Learning Resource Center and Business Communication Center. She has been working for the University for 4 years. In this role she work with students, faculty and staff. She manages the budgets, and procedures to ensure the implementation and success of both centers. Tynetta assist in coordinating the Neidermeyer Scholars Program and handles all of the day to day operations as well as coordinate their schedules.

Kerr

Kaitlin Kerr 

Tutor

My name is Kaitlin Kerr and I am excited to be working as a tutor in the Business Communication Center this semester! I am a sophomore accounting major expected to graduate in May 2021. I am from the small town of Wardensville, WV located in the Eastern Panhandle. As a new member of the BCC, I look forward to working with fellow Mountaineers this semester.   

Clark

Camaryn Clark

Tutor

My name is Camaryn Clark and I am from Roanoke, Virginia. I am a sophomore in the Global Supply Chain Management major and hope to also add a minor in Business and Data Analytics. This will be my first semester working in the BCC and I am excited to help my peers master the skills of business communication.   

Simon

Taylor Simon

Tutor

My name is Taylor Simon and I am from Royersford, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia. I am a Senior majoring in Global Supply Chain Management and graduating in the Spring. My first semester as a BCC Tutor was in Fall 2018, and I am currently on my second semester since in the Spring 2019 semester I studied abroad in France. I am excited to be back and I hope to help everyone have a successful and productive semester!

Berryhill

Ashley Berryhill

Tutor

My name is Ashley Berryhill. I am a senior marketing major graduating in May of 2020. I am from Martinsburg, West Virginia. I spent my summer as a marketing/external affairs intern with the Mountaineer Football Team as well as working for the Office of Global Affairs. This is my first year as a tutor/Adobe consultant and I am very excited for what it entails!

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Allee McCardle

Tutor

My name is Allee McCardle. I’m a Junior on track to graduate in May of 2021. I have a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship with an area of emphasis in professional sales. I’m a West Virginia native; I grew up in Wheeling. I’m so excited to be working in the BCC to help out and work alongside other students in the Chambers College.   

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Taylor Keiffer

Tutor

My name is Taylor Keiffer and I am from Saint Albans, WV. I graduated from WVU in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. I’m a first year MSIR graduate student and a Graduate Assistant for the BCC. I’m so excited for the new school year and really looking forward to working with B&E students! Let’s go Mountaineers!

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Riley Clay

Tutor

My name is Riley Clay and I am from Hurricane, WV. I am a senior Marketing major with an area of emphasis in Digital Marketing Promotions and a minor in Political Science. I am a member of Alpha Phi sorority here on campus where I serve as the Director of Photography. I look forward to working with you all this year!

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Eviana Barnes

Tutor

My name is Eviana Barnes. I am from Fairmont, West Virginia. I am a junior majoring in accounting and minoring in economics. In my free time, I serve as vice president of organization of Kappa Kappa Gamma and treasurer of the club tennis team. I also tutor managerial accounting for the AeSC with the Neidermeyer scholars’ program. This is my first semester as a BCC tutor and I’m excited to work with you all!

Klass

Patrick Klaas

Tutor

My name is Patrick Klaas and I will be a tutor for the Business Communication Center for the Fall 2019 semester. I am a junior, and I’m currently studying to attain my bachelor’s degree in economics. Last semester I worked with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research here at WVU. I look forward to helping whomever I can.


Adobe Workshop Schedule: Fall 2019

Date

Time

Location

Topic

Tues. 9/3

1:30

Lab B

Intro to Photoshop

Wed. 9/4

12:30

Lab B

Intro to Illustrator

Tues. 9/10

10:00

Lab A

Intro to Illustrator

Wed. 9/11

11:30

Lab A

Intro to Photoshop

Tues. 9/17

1:30

Lab B

PS Layers and Image Clipping

Wed. 9/18

12:30

Lab B

Group Work Session*

Tues. 9/24

10:00

Lab A

Designing a Logo

Wed. 9/25

11:30

Lab A

PS Layers and Image Clipping

Tues. 10/1

1:30

Lab B

Group Work Session

Wed. 10/2

12:30

Lab B

Designing a Brochure

Tues. 10/8

10:00

Lab A

PS Text Effects

Wed. 10/9

11:30

Lab A

Designing a Logo/Text Effects

Tues. 10/15

1:30

Lab B

Photo Manipulation

Wed. 10/16

12:30

Lab B

Intro to Illustrator

Tues. 10/22

10:00

Lab A

Group Work Session*

Wed. 10/23

11:30

Lab A

Designing a Postcard

Tues. 10/29

1:30

Lab B

Spooky Photoshop Tutorial

Wed. 10/30

12:30

Lab B

Spooky Illustrator Tutorial

Tues. 11/5

10:00

Lab A

Designing an Advertisement

Wed. 11/6

11:30

Lab A

PS Neon Sign Effect

Tues. 11/12

1:30

Lab B

Designing a Logo

Wed. 11/13

1:30

Lab B

Group Work Session*

Tues. 11/19

10:00

Lab A

Photo Manipulation

Wed. 11/20

11:30

Lab A

PS Layers and Image Clipping

Tues. 12/3

1:30

Lab B

Group Work Session*

Wed. 12/11

12:30

Lab B

Group Work Session*

*Group Work Sessions - work on current projects & receive helpful hints and tips