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WVU Alumni Association hosts Pioneer Sessions Week

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Chris Hickey, Heather Heiskell Jones, Morris Morrison, Naomi Boyd and Geah Pressgrove are the speakers during Pioneer Sessions Week at Erickson Alumni Center Oct. 2-6. 
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Pioneer Sessions Week returns to the Erickson Alumni Center, Oct. 2-6. Designed to help students and alumni gain professional life-skills development, Pioneer Sessions are focused on connecting alumni with current students to provide an opportunity to facilitate learning and networking. The sessions are sponsored by the WVU Alumni Association’s student organization, the Gold and Blue Crew.

This fall’s lineup features speakers from a variety of different fields and topics ranging from attending law school to financial planning.

Pioneer Sessions will be held in the Media Innovation Center at Evansdale Crossing as well as at the Erickson Alumni Center. All sessions will also be streamed live on WVU Alumni Association’s Facebook page and Periscope.

The week will kick off with Chris Hickey on Monday, Oct. 2, at noon at the MIC and his presentation of Freelancing: Managing Yourself and Your Business. Hickey is a social and digital media marketer and consultant from Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from WVU as an honors student majoring in marketing with a minor in Spanish.

At 5:30 p.m., at the Erickson Alumni Center, Heather Heiskell Jones will dive into a big question among graduates, Law School: Should I attend? Jones is also a graduate of WVU and her primary practice is litigation. She is experienced handling cases in the West Virginia Business Court Division.

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Morris Morrison will help students look into their future with his session Choosing Your Path: Life After College at 5:30 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. As a motivational speaker, Morrison has spoken for some of the top companies in the world including Nike, Microsoft and GE. Yet another WVU grad Morrison is also a published author.

Naomi Boyd will give everyone a lesson in finance on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center with her presentation of Financial Literacy Seminars in Financial Planning. Boyd is currently the Department Chair for the Department of Finance and an Associate Professor in the College of Business and Economics at WVU. She is also the Founding Director for the newly established Center for Financial Literacy and Education. 

Closing out Pioneer Sessions week will be Geah Pressgrove. Pressgrove will share her work on Storytelling in a Digital Age on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. She is an Assistant Professor at the Reed College of Media and a Faculty Research Affiliate at the Public Interest Communications Research Lab. Pressgrove’s published and in-progress research examines the ways in which key communications variables influence relationship paradigm primarily in the nonprofit, corporate social responsibility, community and political contexts.


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CONTACT: Allyson Cannon
Director of Marketing & Communications, WVU Alumni Association
304.293.4731; acannon2@mail.wvu.edu

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