FOR THE GIRLS
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, or “Girl Day,” is part of National Engineers
Week. A decade ago, BridgeValley Community and Technical College started a Girl
Day program designed to reach out to areas eighth-grade girls. The program expanded
into more parts of the state this year, and
WVU Tech served as one of the host campuses
. More than 60 girls worked with
female STEM professionals to learn about engineering concepts and careers.
BECKLEY, OLYMPIC VILLAGE
The Upward Bound program has been helping West Virginia’s young people explore college
for half a century. Each summer, students from across the state gather at one
college for a day of festivities and friendly competition at
the Upward Bound Olympics.
This year’s site was WVU Tech’s campus in Beckley. Students from programs at Concord
University, Davis & Elkins College, Marshall University, Salem University,
Shepherd University, WVU and WVU Tech spent the day running, playing team sports,
competing in creative challenges, playing games and learning how powerful it can
be to realize you’re part of something so much bigger.
WVU and WVU Tech teamed up in August to serve as the educational partner of the North American Championship Spartan Race at
the Bechtel Family Summit Reserve i
n Glen Jean, West Virginia. The event brought more than 12,000 racers and spectators
to the state to experience the wild and wonderful – and our famous Mountaineer
THIS IS SPARTA
A MOVING MONUMENT
In honor of World AIDS Day, WVU Tech’s Division of Student Life and Student Health
Clinic hosted portions of the famed NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in the library. For an entire week, students were able to learn more about the project and
read just a few of the 96,000 names on the quilt – some of them from West Virginia.
WVU Tech welcomed special guests last April for a unique chance to exchange ideas
with leaders in the tech industry. Among our visitors was U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna
of California’s 17th Congressional District – which includes tech hub Silicon Valley.Congressman
Khanna, leaders from regional tech firms and representatives from the WVU system
discussed current and future efforts to modernize the Mountain State and to encourage
the growth of technological fields in the area. Visitors also got a chance
to meet with some of our students to discuss the work they’re doing in and out
of the classroom.
Author, bookstore owner and 2018 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence
Dr. Wendy Welch
visited campus to talk about her book “Fall or Fly: The Strangely
Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia.” The work details foster
care and adoption against the backdrop of the opioid crisis through interviews
with more than 60 social workers, parents and children in the system. “There has
never been a more important time for people in Southern West Virginia to understand
what is happening in foster care because of the opioid crisis. While it is not
all doom and gloom, there are serious implications for everyone. Foster care worker,
friend, neighbor, bystander: we are all in this together,” she said.
WALKING THE WALK ...
Landing that first job out of college is stressful. Being able to look the part shouldn’t
be. That’s why our Career Services department teamed up with the local JCPenney.
At regular “Suit-Up” events, students get a chance to update their job-hunting
wardrobe at a discount. Plus, they learn about proper fit, how to pick the right
items and even how to make a necktie – or bowtie – do what it’s supposed to do.
... AND TALKING THE TALK
Looking sharp is only part of making a great first impression. Career Services wanted
to give students a leg up at that awkward interview lunch as well, so they invited
a group of alumni and a professional etiquette instructor for a formal etiquette
dinner. Students dressed as if they were attending an interview, learned how to
navigate the dreaded formal table setting and spent the evening chatting about
their career goals with attending alumni.
FIELDS THAT FIT
WVU Tech is more than 120 years old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn new tricks.
The University has launched two brand new four-year degree programs designed to
fit the resources and industries of the area.
will allow students to work alongside field-experienced
professionals as they learn the skills to tackle big careers in building.
Adventure Recreation Management
will take advantage of WVU Tech’s close proximity
to world-class adventure, training graduates to run the industries that help people
connect with the great outdoors. Both programs started in the fall of 2018.
A DAY FOR DISCOVERY
The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia hosts what is arguably
one of the year’s coolest events for kids. Discover Engineering Day brings in STEM
professionals and student groups from local colleges and universities to showcase
all of the interesting things young students can do with simple engineering. From
coding to chemistry, and everything in between, it’s a truly unique day of discovery
for hundreds of youngsters.
Information systems grad Chedli Ben Hassine, ’17, opened up the first e-sports
gym in Paris last year. Now his company – BeGame – is moving into the greater gaming
space. BeGame organizes video gaming events, helps other groups establish gaming
gyms and is developing an app to help gamers find gatherings in their area.
They were even selected as the gaming partner for the Fusion Concept World Final
in Paris, one of the biggest hip-hop dance competitions in the world.
Golden Bear volunteers have been logging record numbers of service hours in an effort
to connect with the communities around us – and the newcomers are playing a big
part. This August, new students logged more than 1,000 hours during the Golden
Bears Give Back day of service. It’s the single-largest service event since we
started tracking our community service impact.
LUNCH WITH THE PREZ
We caught Dr. Gee on campus last spring during a check-in with the Beckley campus.
He spent the morning chatting with faculty and staff about how to move the University
forward in the coming years – then grabbed lunch with students in the Bears Den
to catch up on how they were doing for the semester.
There’s a little lab in WVU Tech’s Innovation Building. It’s got everything – Raspberry
Pi computers, video game consoles, 3D printers and even small-scale robots. There
are also some of the comfiest chairs you’ll find on campus. And on Saturdays, that
lab is full of youngsters who are learning new skills. It’s called the Community Transformation Project
, and it’s run by passionate volunteers who aim to change
the face of weekend learning in Southern West Virginia.