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Tomorrow is what you dream about

The namesakes for Reynolds Hall are driven to push West Virginia and its flagship university over the cusp of transformation

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From the Hall

Steering the Ship to Shore and Beyond

When I came to study for my doctorate at West Virginia University in the mid-2000s as a tall, lanky dark-haired kid with a knack for Pearl Jam (which persists), I never imagined I’d be here more than 15 years later – as the leader of the very college where I earned my stripes. 

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Alumni Spotlight

How Sweet it is... to be a WVU Business Alumna

It is 2015 and a young woman sits in her high school classroom in Willoughby, Ohio, thinking about her college plans. Friends to her left talk about Case Western Reserve University, while friends to her right chat about the University of Cincinnati. It’s almost Halloween and she reaches in her pocket for a mini–Almond Joy candy bar. She eats it and thinks, “maybe biomedical engineering and a career in prosthetics” would do. With scholarship aid, she soon discovered that her college career would take her over the mountain to West Virginia University. 

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Word to the Wise

What do you Bring to the Table?

Much like our business students, our faculty and staff have overcome many challenges during the last two years. 

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Faculty Focus

Leading with Empathy

A nation is engulfed in a mental health crisis yet few people are talking about it in the workplace; a pattern that one Chambers College professor is hoping to change.

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Student Spotlight

Going the Distance

Olufunmilayo “Fumi” Odeniyi thought she was leaving Lagos, Nigeria and heading to the western part of Virginia for college. However, where she landed instead was Almost Heaven.

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Alumni Spotlight

Numbers + People = Success

Growing up in Charleston, West Virginia, Rob Painter (B.S. Finance, '93) flipped through the local paper to check the stock prices. 

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Faculty Focus

Wisdom from the Trenches

Ann Marie Hibbert, associate professor and finance Ph.D. program coordinator, looks at the world of finance through a different lens — one tinted by psychology as much as math. 

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The Ticker

Read our rapid fire short stories in the 2022 edition of The Ticker.

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Embodying the Mountaineer Spirit

Congratulations to marketing student Madison Bowers, who was named a Mountaineer of Distinction this fall. The award was presented during WVU’s Mountaineer Week in October 2021 and recognizes exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. Way to go, Madison! “As someone who is from a tiny town in Coal County, West Virginia, winning this award meant the world to me. I firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a kid and I am endlessly thankful to my family, friends, community, and Chambers College family, for their help along the way. Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer.” 

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I Scream, You Scream

Move over cones and milkshakes, there is a new way to enjoy ice cream – rolled! Marketing student and Morgantown native Tyler Lalka is bringing rolled ice cream to the hills of Morgantown and nearby cities with his business Rolling Hills Ice Cream. Lalka originally saw the concept being done in larger cities and thought to himself, “Mountaineers need this,” and opened his ice cream truck in April 2021. Not only is the ice cream mixed with toppings on top of a negative-five degree plate and rolled into pieces, but his truck also allows him to roll to birthday parties, weddings, farmer’s markets, fairs, office gatherings and more. “It was a dream of mine to bring this to Morgantown and I decided to go mobile because it would give me the opportunity to meet my customers where they are,” he said. The signature menu (which ice cream lovers can get any time) includes salted caramel pretzel, Oreo, peanut butter cup, s'mores and Nutella banana. On top of those flavors, individuals can add other sweet or savory ingredients. Lalka will graduate with a degree in marketing in December 2022. 

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Outstanding!

Each spring, the University honors selected faculty members with the WVU Foundation Awards for Outstanding Teaching. Jody Crosno, the Joseph E. Antonini Chair and professor in marketing, was one of five faculty to receive the 2021 award. The committee was impressed by her seamless incorporation of experiential learning and technology into the classroom, exceptional student engagement, and innovative classroom assignments that require her students to engage with customers and clients, such as Camp Virgil Tate, to gain real-world experience.

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