As Reynolds Hall, the new hub for business education on the campus of West Virginia University and the Morgantown waterfront comes to life, two John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumni are making a gift that will place future Mountaineers on the cutting edge of finance education.
Mike and JoAnn Ross and their family have donated $1 million in support of the WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign and the Brick Health Outreach Fund in the WVU School of Medicine.
West Virginia University’s Brickstreet Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will become the Encova Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation thanks to a generous donation from the Encova Mutual Insurance Group. The gift, which is for $2 million, is the first corporate gift made in the Building Beyond campaign, which officially launched Monday, and will provide a new home for the Encova Center within Reynolds Hall.
Several changes in approaching freshmen retention issues, plus a multi-year emphasis on keeping students at West Virginia University have resulted in an improved retention rate this semester Provost Maryanne Reed told the Board of Governors Friday.
Beginning today (Sept. 9), the College kicks off its campaign, Building Beyond, which has to date raised more than $26 million of the $40 million needed in private support to ensure that WVU has a first-class facility for business education and research. The total project cost is estimated at $100 million.
Alumni and fans who enjoy performances of the West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band have the opportunity to help it travel across the state this fall for performances in Wheeling and Charleston.
External funding for research and other sponsored programs at West Virginia University totaled $181.4 million this past fiscal year, a University record that bucks a downward trend that sees higher ed grappling with dwindling resources.
Seven students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program. Lauryn Alexander, Heather Baldwin, Elaine Christman, John Hansen, Emily Hughes, Alyssa Stonebraker and Nicholas Winch have been named to the eighth class of fellows.