Bear Tracks - The WVU Tech Magazine Spring 2013
Bear Tracks is published semi-annually by the WVU Tech Office of Relations & Communications for alumni, friends and supporters of the University.
THE WVU TECH MAGAZINE TRACKS Focusing on Student Success Celebrating 60 Years of Engineering ’3 SPRING 0 4 Greetings from Montgomery! As I celebrate my first full year at WVU Tech, I am honored to work alongside such wonderful alumni, faculty, staff and students in our collective efforts to revitalize WVU Tech. Allow me to share a few of the great things we’ve accomplished in the past few months focusing on our three Rs: Recruit. Retain. Rebuild. We’ve expanded our recruitment territories to include targeted areas in California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. We’ve completed renovations on the new Student Success Center that will provide advising, tutoring and other student services critical to the retention of our current students. We recently completed a three million dollar renovation to Old Main, expanded our Wi-Fi offerings on campus, and thanks to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, repaved the roads on campus. As you can see, great things are happening at Tech, but there’s still work to do. We are creating a new Alumni Recruitment Network to assist in our recruitment efforts, developing a campus-wide retention plan and exploring options for the former CoEd site. We’re working on permanently adding new academic offerings to our curriculum including aviation management, forensic investigation and secondary math and science education. This issue of Bear Tracks highlights campus updates, the sixtieth anniversary of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences, our new Student Success Center and upcoming events. I’d like to invite you to reacquaint yourself with WVU Tech. Join the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, come back for a campus visit and consider supporting the University’s annual fund. Most importantly, show your Golden Bear pride by wearing your WVU Tech gear and sharing the news about the great things happening at Tech! Warmest Wishes, WVU TECH CEO 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T R AC K S letter from the contents 2 Letter from the WVU Tech CEO 4 Campus Updates 8 Homecoming 2012 Focusing on Student Success 2 A Worthwhile Investment 4 Sixtieth Anniversary of Engineering 8 Transforming Campus 2 Class Notes 2 In Memoriam 22 Alumni Q&A 24 Upcoming Events West Virginia University Institute of Technology Campus Executive Officer Carolyn Long Editor Adrienne King Design Web Katrina Baker Bok Kwee Toh Contributors ON THE COVER: WVU Tech faculty, staff and students gather for a group photo on College Colors Day. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed October 5, 2012, “College Colors Day” in honor of College Application and Exploration Week. Dr. Ronald Alexander, ’64 Rachelle Beckner Jason Hendrix Tara Hines, ’03 Dr. Ernest Nester Dr. Zeljko Torbica Photographers Katrina Baker James Holloway Rick Lee Bok Kwee Toh Paulette Wright Office of Relations & Communications Old Main 201 Montgomery, WV 25136 wvutech.edu Tech-Relations-Communications@mail.wvu.edu Change of Address WVU Foundation PO Box 1650 Morgantown, WV 26504-1650 email@example.com Class Notes WVU Institute of Technology Office of Alumni Relations 304.442.3131 Tech-Alumni@mail.wvu.edu alumni.wvutech.edu West Virginia University Institute of Technology is governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. WVU Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. 04 08 2 8 wvutech.edu S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 CAMPUS UPDATES TGBAA hosted Almost Alumni luncheon The Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association hosted the Class of 2012 for a special “Almost Alumni” luncheon on Friday, May 4. WVU TECH CELEBRATED 113TH COMMENCEMENT WVU Tech celebrated the Class of 2012 during the 113th Commencement on the Montgomery campus on Saturday, May 5. This year’s ceremony recognized 178 graduates. THE L AST HURRAH ALUMNI GATHERING Over 100 Tech alumni gathered in Beckley the first weekend in May for “The Last Hurrah” celebrating years of friendship and Golden Bear spirit. Upward Bound received $1.8 million in funding Golden Bears hosted Statewide UB Olympics WVU Tech was selected to receive more than $1.8 million to fund the Upward Bound program on campus. A TRIO program, UB provides support for high school participants in their precollege performance, and ultimately, in their higher education pursuits. Tech hosted the statewide Upward Bound Olympics on Wednesday, July 11. Nine Upward Bound programs consisting of more than 500 participants from across the state came to Montgomery for the day’s activities including events such as flag football, moon ball, tennis, basketball, mathletics and chess. 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S Camp STEM inspires high school students 2012 Hall of Fame Class Inducted Held in Montgomery every summer, Camp STEM teaches high school students about science, technology, engineering and math – through hands-on application. The 2012 Camp’s 46 attendees had an opportunity to select from classes such as renewable energy, computer science and forensics. The WVU Tech athletics department inducted six new members into the Hall of Fame on Friday, August 24. The 2012 class included Mike Bell, ’60; Pete Cosby, ’85; Don Davis, ’66; Ken Dillo, ’64; Don Thompson, ’56; and Ken Zigmond, ’72. College Application and Exploration Week Tech partnered with Riverside High School on Wednesday, October 3, to celebrate the state’s third annual “College Application and Exploration Week.” Tech officials were available on the RHS campus to assist high school students with their college applications and answer questions about financial aid options. Golden Bear Family Day at Coonskin Park Dr. Zeljko “Z” Torbica named Dean Dr. “Z” assumed his new role at WVU Tech on Wednesday, August 1. Prior to his position at Tech, he was the program director and associate clinical professor of construction management at Drexel University. He has 13 years of higher education experience in both public and private universities, in addition to his international private-sector business record. Nursing program reports 93% NCLEX passage rate The entire WVU Tech community gathered for an old-fashioned potluck lunch on Sunday, October 21, in celebration of the Golden Bear men’s soccer team. The team defeated Southern State Community College 12-1. REGIONAL ROSIES: RICE LECTURE FEATURED DR. PAMELA EDWARDS WVU Tech’s Department of Nursing announced that 93 percent of the 2012 class of nursing students successfully passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on their first attempt. The fourth annual Otis K. Rice Lecture Series featured Dr. Pamela Edwards, part-time professor of history at Shepherd University, on Thursday, October 25. The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, City of Montgomery and the Montgomery Historical Committee, was entitled “Regional Rosies: Appalachian Women in World War II.” * Appalachian Women in World War II S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 CAMPUS UPDATES National Chemistry Seminar In honor of National Chemistry Week, WVU Tech hosted Dr. Kenneth O’Connor from Marshall University for a special seminar on Thursday, October 25. State of Tech Address Golden Bears receive USCAA Academic All-American Honors 202 ALUMNI OF THE YEAR On Friday, October 26, the WVU Tech community honored the 2012 Alumni of the Year recipients at the annual banquet: Dr. Scott Glenn, ’99, from the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences and Gene Morgan, ’91, from the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences. Tech names Director of Development Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends gathered on the WVU Tech campus during homecoming weekend to hear the annual State of Tech Address presented by CEO Carolyn Long. In Long’s first-ever State of Tech Address, she reported on the University’s work towards the three Rs: Recruit. Retain. Rebuild. Eight of our student-athletes received Academic All-American honors for Fall 2012 (GPA of 3.5 or higher): Monika Becker, Zach Carnahan, Katie Harper, Casey Orndorff, Haley Pauley, Mario Paz, Michael Perrow and Kylie Whitney. AST Sorority Leads “Toys for Tots” Drive The sisters of the WVU Tech Alpha Sigma Tau Gamma Mu Chapter sponsored a toy drive for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Toys for Tots campaign. Holiday Open House CEO Carolyn Long hosted a Holiday Open House for faculty and staff on Thursday, December 6, at the University’s Robinson House. Students were invited to celebrate the holidays with a pizza party that evening at the President’s House. GOLDEN BEAR SOCCER TEAM IS NATIONAL RUNNER-UP RUNNER-UP IN THE USCAA. THE 18-2-1 GOLDEN BEARS POWERED THROUGH A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE WHERE THEIR RECORD HAD THEM RANKED EITHER #1 OR #2 THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SEASON. Rachelle Beckner joined the University as the new director of development on Wednesday, November 14. Prior to her appointment at WVU Tech, she was a senior development officer at the CAMC Foundation in Charleston, W.Va. 48th Annual ASCE Fall Technical Conference T HE MEN’S SOCCER TEAM PRODUCED ONE OF THE BEST STORY LINES OF ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE UNIVERSITY’S HISTORY, FINISHING AS THE NATIONAL The WVU Tech American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter sponsored the 48th Annual ASCE Fall Technical Conference on Thursday, November 15, on the Montgomery campus. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T R AC K S LIGHT UP OLD MAIN FESTIVITIES WVU Tech partnered with the City of Montgomery to celebrate the holiday season with special festivities on Friday, December 7. The celebration included the annual city parade at 7:00 pm and concluded with the fourth annual WVU Tech Light Up Old Main event at 8:00 pm. Tech’s national championship dreams ended when Cinderella-story Briarcliffe College defeated the Golden Bears in front of a packed crowd at the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex in Asheville, N.C. However, the team had many accomplishments individually, and as a whole, throughout the season. The Golden Bears set a total of 85 individual and team records this season. Junior forward Joe Jackson set the single-season (11) and individual career mark (22) for assists, while freshman Rodrigo Manzanares set the single season records for shots (76), points (50), and goals (20). Captain and goalkeeper John Dunn left his mark on WVU Tech Athletics leaving the university as the most decorated student-athlete in men's soccer while holding every record for which a goalkeeper is eligible. “I am very proud of our team’s commitment, hard work and dedication on and off the field,” commended head coach Luis Cortell. S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 By Adrienne King H O M ECO M I N G H 2012 OMECOMING 202 WAS A WEEKLONG CELEBRATION LEADING UP TO THE OPENING OF THE WVU TECH WOMEN’S AND MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASONS. THE WEEK’S EVENTS INCLUDED TWO NEW CAMPUS TRADITIONS: SPIRIT WEEK AND CAMPUS CUP. THE WINNERS OF THE FIRST CAMPUS CUP COMPETITION INCLUDED THE “ALCHEMISTS,” “TECH SOCCER” AND “PHI KAPPA TAU” TEAMS. 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S 4 2 3 5 6  7 8 9 Alumnus of the Year Dr. Scott Glenn, ’99, enjoys the homecoming tailgate.  Seniors Monika Becker and Jordan Brooksher were crowned homecoming king and queen. WVU Tech alumnus Ed Robinson, ’69, was honored as the parade marshal.  Senior David Rawlinson heads towards the basket.  Lady Golden Bears come together as a team before the start of the game.  Phi Kappa Tau participates in the annual homecoming parade.  Alumnus of the Year Gene Morgan, ’91, poses for a photo with his family.  WVU Tech students cheer on their Golden Bears.  Delta Kappa Theta ladies pose for a quick picture before the homecoming parade.  her first ever State of Tech Address to alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University. Her address included the presentation of the On Friday, October 26, CEO Carolyn Long presented Hopkins is the daughter of Sharon and Paul Hopkins. Her father is a 1997 Tech graduate and her mother is a current Tech student in the nursing program. Weese is the son of Rodney and April Weese, ’99. Crown bearers were Sarah Hopkins and Logan Weese. homecoming video contest submissions. The celebration continued Friday evening with the annual Alumni of the Year Banquet. This year’s recipients included Saturday’s festivities included the annual Dr. Scott Glenn, ’99, and Gene Morgan, ’91. Alumni Association meeting, Homecoming played before a packed house of Golden Bear The women’s and men’s basketball teams fans, winning both games. The homecoming court was recognized at half-time during the men’s basketball game. Seniors Monika Becker and Jordan Brooksher were crowned homecoming queen and king. Parade and the Wild West Tailgate. Alumnus th Ed Robinson, ’69, was honored as the parade of the WVU Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences. marshal in recognition of the 60 anniversary Homecoming t-shirt artwork created by senior Monika Becker who is majoring in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in graphic design and marketing. IN CELEBRATION OF HOMECOMING 2012 WVU TECH SPONSORED A VIDEO CONTEST. STUDENTS WERE ASKED TO ILLUSTRATE WHY WVU TECH IS THEIR “HOME, HOME IN THE HILLS”. FIRST PLACE ($500): THIRD PLACE ($100 PRIZE) TIE: “Home in the Hills” by Phi Kappa Tau SECOND PLACE ($250): “Living Life Like It’s Golden” by Monika Becker & Angel Thompson “Tech Softball Spirit” by the Tech Softball Team “WVU Tech: My Home” by Vincent Nealen VIEW THE STUDENTS’ VIDEO SUBMISSIONS S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 By Adrienne King G 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S Student Success WVU Tech students have a new location to hang out and study. enerations of Golden Bears will remember the blue and gold paw prints painted on the road leading visitors throughout the campus. This year, the paw prints lead to a new destination — West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s new Student students in their educational success, the center houses offices for academic advisors and tutors, along with individual and group study spaces and a café lounge. Success Center. Offering a wide-range of programs and services aimed at assisting Focusing on initiatives to fulfill CEO Carolyn Long’s mission to Recruit. Retain. Rebuild. “Our number one priority is student success,” explained CEO Long. “They are the present and The Student Success Center is one of Tech’s newest future of Tech.” Dean of Students Richard Carpinelli commented, “The center is a high-tech, comfortable place for our students to study, have access to educational resources, including one-on-one advising, tutoring services and educational Our number one priority is student success,” explained CEO Long. “They are the present and future of Tech. enrichment programs.” demic advising will be coordinated through All first-year aca- the center, as well as workshops covering skills and time mancomputer lab will topics such as study agement. The center’s include computers and as well as laptop computers for use in the library. The success programs and advising services for students. specialized software, center’s staff will be available to provide ongoing academic “Our goal for the center is to provide ongoing support for our students from the time they enter, to the time they graduate,” said Kelly Hudgins, WVU Tech’s new director of the Student Success Center. Hudgins joined the University in February to lead the center’s programming, oversee freshmen advising and peer tutoring. Hudgins has successfully led similar programs at Southern Oregon heart for students with ambition and goals, but just need a little bit of assistance.” University and Austin College. “I have a special place in my funded by the West Virginia Legislature upon approval The project, totaling more than $400,000, was from the Higher Education Policy Commission in May third floor of the Vining Library, began last summer. The spring for the new facility. 2012. Renovations for the center, which is housed on the Top: WVU Tech’s APO organization paints the blue and gold paw prints that lead to the new Student Success Center. Above: Engineering students Craige Willoughby and Joseph Caudill discuss an upcoming assignment. University is planning a grand opening celebration this S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 By Rachelle Beckner Investment: A Worthwhile Providing Opportunities for Future Golden Bears on these memories of struggles as a Even though Diana reflects fondly would one day work in the medical field as well. “My parents always encourBut with four siblings, there wasn’t college student at Tech, she doesn’t want iana Ball Haskett, ’81, knows the difficulties of juggling a full load of college classes and a full-time job. To save money her freshman year, she lived at home with her parents in East Bank. “When they went to work in the mornings, I went with them other students to have the same hardaged me to go to college,” Diana recalled. money to attend college. Her parents financial aid. Fortunately for Diana, she ships.The Hasketts recently included a $200,000 gift in their wills to support scholarship for future Golden Bears. WVU Tech by providing a nursing “I remember working as a student made too much money for her to receive grew up in Montgomery – the home of a two-year nursing program. and waited at Montgomery General Hospital until it was time to go to my classes,” she recalled recently. “After my classes were finished, I would go back to the hospital and study until they went home for the day.” and it was hard,” Diana said. “The WVU Tech, which at the time, offered “[Tech] was so close because my With no financial aid and no hospital assisted me throughout school.” children of their own, a gift in their For the Hasketts, who have no parents lived there,” she said. her high school sweetheart, Joe. “We lived in an apartment in East Bank Her sophomore year, she married wills to support Tech was the best use Joe said. “It’s investing in the future.” of their wealth. “It’s money well spent,” “It’s a good feeling to invest in somemoney for college, she worked as a attending Tech. “I remember going to nice to have a scholarship,” she said. nursing assistant at the hospital while college and thinking that it would be The Hasketts moved to Virginia for six months and then moved to I walked to my classes or used my husband’s Camaro,” she said. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S Joseph and Diana Haskett, ’81, chose to invest in the education of future Golden Bears with a planned gift to the University. Montgomery to live near the hospital. one’s future; to know that I’ve helped a child go to college,” Diana agreed. With parents who worked as re- spiratory therapists, Diana knew she in 1988, but are still loyal to their hometown and state. “We’re West It’s money well spent,” Joe said. “It’s investing in the future. Diana Haskett received her nursing degree from Tech in 1981. Va. Diana works as an endoscopy regCenter in Salem, Va. The couple makes istered nurse at LewisGale Medical a good living, but hasn’t accumulated to Tech. For them, a bequest made We can help! Thinking of making a gift to benefit WVU Tech through your will, living trust, IRA or other manner? If so, the proper wording is important to ensure that your gift fulfills the purpose you intended. Make sure your attorney uses this wording, “To the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. (FEIN 55-6017181) for the benefit of WVU Institute of Technology.” To direct your gift to a specific purpose or program, additional wording is appropriate. Good choices are student scholarships, faculty support, library resources, technology funds or unrestricted. For assistance with the process, please contact Rachelle Beckner, director of development, at 304.442.1078 or Tech-Development@mail.wvu.edu. *In June 2011, WVU Tech entered into a partnership with the WVU Foundation to provide fundraising support for the institution. Donors who make a gift to support WVU Tech will receive a gift receipt for tax purposes from the WVU Foundation. Expenditures from WVU Foundation accounts for the benefit of Tech require the approval of the WVU Tech Campus Executive Officer or his/her designee. the wealth to make an immediate gift sense, and with the help of develop- ment officers at the West Virginia University Foundation*, the gift was easy to establish. The staff at the WVU Founda- tion provided information for the Hasketts and they took it to their lawyer to include in their wills. “Ev- Diana Haskett remembers her time at Tech fondly, especially the nursing pinning ceremony. erything was written out like I wanted it,” Diana said. The WVU Foundation guided the Hasketts through the process with Virginia people by heart,” Diana said. “We’d rather help people back home. I know people back home need assistance. We want to ensure that they have such ease that they encourage other their alma mater. They are proud of the impact their gift will have on future Tech alumni to consider giving to money there to go to school at Tech.” for Cobham Defense in Blacksburg, Joe works as a semi-conductor Tech nursing students. “Tech gave me a great education and it was a reasonable sure that someone else can go there.” price,” Diana said. “I wanted to make S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 By Adrienne King Dr. Gifty Osei-Prempeh, assistant professor of chemical engineering, works with students in the lab. L 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S ONG KNOWN FOR ITS ACADEMIC PRESTIGE IN ENGINEERING, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY FIRST RECEIVED AUTHORIZATION FROM THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO OFFER A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING IN 1952. SINCE THEN TECH HAS BEEN AN INNOVATOR IN THE VARIOUS FIELDS OF ENGINEERING, ESTABLISHING ITS REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE STATE’S LEADING UNDERGRADUATE STEM INSTITUTIONS. college of ENGINEERING in electrical engineering in 1955. The class of five were the first-ever Tech engineering graduates. “Enrolling at Tech and in the electrical engineering program changed my life forever,” explained Tom Dressler, ’55. “I would have never had the opportunities I was given The first engineering degrees awarded by Tech were during my 40 year career without the engineering program and my degree from Tech,” Dressler said. In 1956 then-president Dr. William Axtell hired Dr. Leonard C. Nelson as Tech’s first director of engineering. “At the time I was working as an associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at North Carolina State,” Nelson explained. Nelson first heard about the From the drafting tables of the past to today’s cutting-edge technology, Tech’s engineering students graduate prepared for industry. job at Tech from a Tech faculty member who passed his name along to the president. President Axtell had written to Nelson: “A further reason which makes this position a and dean from 1972–85. Under Blackwell’s leadership, the the addition of computer science in Dr. Lyle Blackwell served as the director from 1966–72 challenge, and which might very well interest you, is that it is a young program and the potential for developing a top-notch engineering program is great.” After accepting the position, Nelson realized indeed 1970s were full of continued growth for the College, with 1970 and a master’s degree program in discontinued. Chemical engineering was accredited by ECPD in 1972. engineering in 1979, which was later just how much potential lie in the program, despite “Our challenge was to establish the various engineering its embryonic state. He described the first few years, departments and strengthen them so that they could pass of Engineering degree in 1981 to civil engineering graduate Raymond Kettlewell, ’71. The electronic engineer- Tech awarded the first Master accreditation.” At the time, Tech had three engineering 60 YEARS t h e f u t u r e AND A GLIMPSE AT departments: electrical, mechanical and chemical. “I attribute our success to the people I hired. We had good department heads. I simply orchestrated their efforts.” and served until 1987. Lloyd Ritchey replaced Nelson as director in 1962 and served as the engineering director engineering to its curriculum offerings. for the next three years, during which Tech added civil The current engineering building was completed in 1967, In 1961 Nelson became the institution’s fifth president ing, which was discontinued in 2007. A r e f l e cti o n o n th e pa s t I would have never had the opportunities I was given during my 40 year career without the engineering program and my degree from Tech. - Tom Dressler, ’55 ing technology program received ABET accreditation in 1982, and a 23,000 sq. ft. addition to ELab was completed in 1983. Dr. Robert Gillespie served as dean in 1985, prior Dr. Ernest Nester assumed the role of dean in 1986 and served in that capacity until 1994. During Nester’s tenure Tech added a master’s degree in control systems engineerIn honor of President Nelson’s service to Tech, the to his role as the University president from 1986–1992. which allowed all of the engineering programs to be housed under one roof. Nelson’s accreditation objective was successful College was officially renamed the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering in 1986. “I believe the naming gave us an identity,” explained Nelson. when, in 1968, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering became accredited by the American Engineers’ Council for Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Professional Development (ECPD), today’s Accreditation campus of West Virginia University, and became a full S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 the next two decades. In 1996, Tech became a regional The University saw tremendous changes during Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences division in 2007. After a legislative mandate in 2009, all West Virginia community & technical colleges were separated from their four-year counterparts. WVU Tech continues to share its campus with Bridgemont Community on issues such as facilities maintenance and general education courses. & Technical College, and the two institutions collaborate Degrees awarded through December 2012 BS Chemical Engineering BS Civil Engineering BS Computer Science BS Computer Engineering BS Electrical Engineering BS Mechanical Engineering BS Engineering Technology BS Electronic Engineering Technology BS Engineering Technology Civil Emphasis BS Engineering Technology Environmental Emphasis BS Engineering Technology Mechanical Emphasis BS Industrial Technology TOTAL BS MS in Engineering MS in Control Systems Engineering TOTAL MS 622 1348 377 48 1743 1150 52 67 49 1 31 7 TOTAL academic offerings, including the introduction of a 2+2 aerospace engineering program in 1999 in collaboration with WVU. Both the civil and mechanical engineering As industrial needs have evolved, so too have Tech’s technology emphases received ABET accreditation in started in 2005 and accredited in 2007. 2001. A separate computer engineering program was Dr. Zeljko “Z” Torbica was named dean in 2012. With more than 13 years of higher education experience international private-sector business record, Torbica will lead the College through its next phase of challenges and opportunities for growth. “A ‘tectonic shift’ is taking place States, and West Virginia is no exception. We need to adapt to these changes by becoming less dependent on state funding by finding in both public and private universities, in addition to his 5495 86 22 in the funding of public higher education in the United 108 5603 alternative sources of revenue, such as increased enrollment, funded research, fundraising and market,” stated Torbica. offering more revenue-generating services to the “One of our proudest legacies has been our strong TIMELINE 1952 BS in engineering authorized 1955 First degrees in electrical engineering 1956 First deg al engineering rees in mechanical and chemic Tech Accredits Colleges ed blish esta r e t d hap dde ent c ga stud n E i g r E IE ee rin 1957 gin ee n n e i g ild ivil en bu r 0C ivil o cto 196 t c t a s in an re gr ile ree g s e e np td giv o irs n arb F o i c 3 iss 196 m m Co gy r e En ic m o At traditional engineering curriculum with a practical orientation. This approach has served our programs and reputation well,” he explained. Torbica sees the future of engineering in integration, with many engineering and science subdisciplines converging. “I also believe that in order to produce top-notch engineers of tomorrow, our ciation of ntral Asso e C h rt o N curriculum needs to be carefully balanced lis ech let anic ed al e acc n g red i n e ited e by E ring CPD 1970 Co mpute r Scien ce add ed es t ab co mp he d W.Va. Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi chartered 196 7E 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S 1968 C ivil, elec tric al a nd m 5 196 1981 First master’s degree awarded to civil engineering student Raymond Kettlewell 1975 First degrees in computer science 1979 Final approval to start Master of 1972 Chemical engineering 1974 Zeta Omicron Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu authorized Engineering program ng ine er ing accredited by ECPD Ch ap te r nt AS CE St u de bu ild ing to emphasize the development of both ‘how to produce’ and ‘what to produce’ capabilities.” Shae Shamblen, senior chemical engineering major, explained, “WVU Tech was my college choice for several reasons: the accredited engineering program, smaller atmosphere given from students and staff. I hope to gain a the education and experiences that I obtain.” classroom setting which enhances my learning and friendly lifetime of opportunities, including a successful career, with When asked about Tech’s role in the future of engineering, Nelson commented, “there is no question that there is, and will continue to be, a need for quality engineering graduates to provide innovation and product development now and in the future.” Torbica added, “Educating top-notch engineers, technologists, scientists and mathematicians who can go out into the world and have a positive impact on peoples’ lives takes a lot of hard work and resources. I’m confident that with the support of our alumni and friends, Tech is up to the challenge.” Research contributions by Dr. Ronald Alexander, ’64; Tara Hines, ’03; Dr. Ernest Nester and Dr. Z. Torbica. “One of our proudest legacies has been our strong traditional engineering curriculum with a practical orientation.” - Dr. Z. Torbica 1982 Electronic engineering technology 1983 A two-story addition (23,000 ft²) 2001 Civil engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology programs accredited by ABET program accredited by ABET to the ELab completed systems engineering offered 2005 BS in computer engineering offered 1991 Master of Science in control 1992 Master of Engineering program discontinued accredited by ABET Master of Science in control system engineering discontinued 2007 Computer engineering 1999 BS in aerospace engineering (2+2) offered Top Right: Dr. Bernhard Bettig, associate professor of mechanical engineering, works with a student on his computer drafting assignment. Above Left: Prospective students tour the robotics lab during an open house event. Above Right: Mechanical engineering students Don Raymond, ’86, Scott Minor, ’86, Debbie Cashdollar Wadell, ’87, and Kevin Welch, ’85, put the finishing touches on their baja buggy. S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 By Tara Hines, ’ 03 CAMPUS W ciation (SGA) student forum this past to think about how they envisioned At a Student Government Assofall, Long asked those in attendance the space. The top responses were to turn the former dorm site into a court and either a picnic pavilion, a and cornhole games. recreational space with a basketball volleyball court or a pit for horseshoe The SGA partnered with the TRANSFORMING VU Tech’s campus landscape is changing, bringing with it new opportunities to create a vibrant and thriving atmosphere. As part of the Revitalization Plan the CoEd dormitory was razed to create additional green space. The idea was to create a space with the students’ wants and needs in mind. Tech CEO Carolyn Long explained, “It is important for us to give the students a place to utilize and to call their own.” “Every year I encourage my students to pick a project that benefits Tech or the community. This is a project that Tech campus.” on campus were polled in order to develop the idea for the project. On December 5, 2012, the is very important to the students and Under Leftwich’s direction, senior seniors presented their final project “Replacing CoEd” to the WVU Tech civil engineering faculty and civil engineering students Randall Ashworth, Randal Blankenship and Katie Harper got to work. Immediately after the deconstruction of the CoEd dorm they surveyed the area members of the administration. All three options presented included a basketball court on the lower level of the property, benches and greenery on the upper area and a welcome survey results showed that of the three options provided, 49% liked the picnic pavillion, 27% favored the sand integrated civil engineering class as they took on the space redesign as part of their senior project. Civil engineering and then asked Tech students how Based on the options presented at the they wanted to utilize the space. student forum, 100 random students wall to the far left. The student professor Dr. Steve Leftwich, ’75, said, 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S volleyball court and 24% liked the idea of a horseshoe and cornhole area. given WVU Tech $50,000 to help Long’s plan is to put in the basketball court first because it was the most West Virginia University has with the redesign of the green space. popular among students. After the installation of the basketball court the plan is to look at putting in a picnic shelter with the remaining funds. Long has even suggested the idea of trying to raise additional funds in order to Once the final bids for the project are received the University will begin the site redesign process. Tech alumni John Jarrett of Jarrett Construction and Ed Robinson of E.L. Robinson Engineering partnered with the TGBAA to create conceptual drawings for the wall project. They have donated their time and resources to give WVU Tech a landscape design and a cost estimate summary for each phase of the project. be able to put in a larger picnic area. has been a home away from home for Since its opening in 1969, CoEd many alumni. When the plans to raze the former dorm were announced last year, the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association (TGBAA), in partnerwent to work planning a fundraising the purchase of a brick that will become part of the welcome wall. For You can leave your legacy with $100, you can have a brick engraved ship with WVU Tech, immediately campaign to build a permanent sign tions of Golden Bears. with a commemorative message. Brick sales will be open to all alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. The Association’s campaign is expected to launch by Commencement in May. on the site to welcome future genera- fundraising goal is $30,000 and the Steve Claywell, “Our names will forever be linked with Tech through a one-time donation to the school that taught us so much. ’74 This is a project that is very important to the students and Tech campus.” Dr. Steve because we see this as a way to create “We have taken on this project a legacy for all of us that love Tech,” said Steve Claywell, ’74, TGBAA president. “With this project, our names will forever be linked with the school that taught us so much.” Tech through a one-time donation to For an additional $50 donation many of us memories that are still Claywell added, “CoEd gave with us today. It was the place where we made lifelong friends, fell in love pulled all-nighters and relaxed after (and maybe even fell out of love), long days of classes and activities. What better way to honor those memories than through this project.” The CoEd site project promises to the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association you can own a piece of the bricks that were saved from CoEd. Those interested in assisting the TGBAA can e-mail or check the alumni website at alumni.wvutech.edu for updates. to bring new potential to WVU alive. Students and alumni collaborating for Tech’s future illustrates the pride that all Golden Bears share for our University. Tech while keeping its history TechAlumniAssoc@mail.wvu.edu Leftwich, S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 CLASS NOTES 950s Calvin J. McMillion, ’50, was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on October 18, 2012. Helen Fitzwater Lodge, ’57, was elected to the House of Delegates of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Virginia based civil engineering firms ever to be included. 970s 960s AEP and was transferred to their corporate office in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Charles Patrick, ’82, was named chief academic officer and professor of engineering at Penn State Worthington Scranton. Robert Stark, ’82, is a partner with ProTech in Monroeville, Pa. Linda Torre, ’83, received the 2012 “Because of You” Women in Mining award. Bill Keaton, ’88, was hired by The Chazen Cos. as the senior director of multiple engineering. J. Wallace “Wally” Grant, (above), ’65, was conferred the “Kevin P. Granata Faculty Fellow Emeritus of Engineering Science and Mechanics” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Dr. Richard McCormick, (above), ’71, was named as the first recipient of the Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year Award by the West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Dennis Bone, ’73, retired as the president of Verizon’s New Jersey area after 12 years and after 34 years with the company. B. Stephen Claywell, ’73, was named president of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. Garth Thomas, ’73, was named treasurer of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. Valori Bond Ranson, ’78, was named vice president of the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. 990s Thomas Thompson, ’92, was hired as a senior software engineer at Blizzard Entertainment in Los Angeles, Calif. Anthony Mampilly, ’94, works as a management consultant for large scale organization transformation projects. Michael Herald, ’95, joined Heartland of Charleston as an administrator. Stacey Daniel-Fragile, ’96, was named chapter liaison for the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. Amelia Yates McClure, ’98, started her own business, Hope Engineering, PLLC. Dr. Scott Glenn, ’99, is authoring a new book titled “American Christianity: Truth or Tradition? A Personal Perspective”. Glenn was also the keynote speaker at the 2012 WVU Tech fall convocation ceremony. 980s Virgil R. Hazelett, (above), ’67, retired as the Henrico county manager in Virginia on January 16 after serving 20 years in the position. Matilda Bailey Webb, ’68, published a book titled “0% Chance of Survival” after the birth of the first grandson. Edward Robinson, ’69, announced that his company, E.L. Robinson Engineering, was inducted into the 2012 edition of the Engineering News-Records 500 at number 485, one of the few West 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR Dave Hardy, ’80, opened his own law firm, Hardy Pence PLLC. Hardy also serves as the Kanawha County Commissioner in W.Va. Elaine Davis, ’81, was elected to the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ernest “Randy” Spradling, ’81, was elected to continue serving as the secretary for the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. Fredrick Friend, ’82, was promoted to manager of distribution standards for 2000s Jennifer Wood Cunningham, ’01, married Adam Cunningham on October 18, 2012. Ara Hopkins, ’01, was elected to the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ronald Keith Hatfield, ’02, was elected to the Tech Golden Bear Association Board of Directors. Danny Scalise, II, ’02, was hired as the chief executive officer for EnAct. T RAC K S In Memoriam 950s Daniel Wood, ’55, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va., passed away July 28, 2012. 960s Justin Hines, ’03, and Tara Thomas Hines, ’03, welcomed their second son, Eli Morgan, (above), on May 24, 2012. James “Anthony” Pratt, ’03, was elected to the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association Board of Directors. Eric Smith, ’03, and his wife Krystal welcomed their first child, Hunter Gregory. Jason Smith, ’08, was inducted as the president of the Gauley Bridge Lions Club. Arlin D. Jividen, ’60, of Moundsville, W.Va., passed away Sept. 3, 2012. 970s James Lawrence Ware, ’74, of Lexington, S.C., passed away April 19, 2012. Bobby Stone, ’79, of Lizemores, W.Va., passed away June 5, 2012. Stone was an academic lab manager for Tech in the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering. 980s Benjamin Lloyd Huff, ’86, of Cottageville, W.Va., passed away July 18, 2012. Robert P. “Bob” Simile of Pratt, W.Va., passed away May 18, 2012. Simile taught ceramics, painting and art appreciation for 26 years at Tech where he touched the lives of many students. Simile also started the wrestling program at Tech, serving as the head coach for three years. The ceramic letters that are currently displayed on the front of the David S. Long Alumni Center were handmade by Simile and one of his students. On June 12, 2012, 25 former students and colleagues gathered at Conley Hall to complete the pottery that was started by Simile. Jessica Durst, (above), ’09, married Ryan Bailey, ’10, on May 12, 2012. 200s Joshua Cook, ’12, was elected to the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association Board of Directors. TO SUBMIT CLASS NOTES, PLEASE E-MAIL US AT TECH-ALUMNI@MAIL.WVU.EDU. S PR I N G 2 01 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Coach Baisi Q& WHICH FACULTY/STAFF PERSON HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOU? alumniA Richard “Dick” Hart, ’62 Major: Accounting Job: Adjunct instructor/counselor at Wake Technical Community College City: Holly Springs, N.C. Name: VIEW MORE ALUMNI Q&A. Describe your experience at Tech in five words. What do you miss most about Tech? A giant step towards life. Beating Morris Harvey and becoming SGA president What was your favorite meal in the dining hall? What was your most memorable moment at Tech? Athletics and the fun times Sunday lunch or maybe mystery meat ’62 Diane Frisby Beard, ’86 Major: Social Studies Job: Teacher at Fayette County Schools City: Dixie, W.Va. Name: Challenging, enjoyable, frustrating, engaging and [home] Where was your favorite place to study at Tech? Describe your experience at Tech in five words. WHAT WAS You have the opportunity to receive a great education, plus the chance to help Tech grow. Which faculty/staff person had the greatest impact on you? What was your favorite class? What advice would you give to current students? Third floor Vining Library Dr. Ron Alexander. He was amazingly insightful. Psychology of Learning 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B E AR T RAC K S Derick Meadows, ’95 Engineering Job: Customer quality assurance manager at Axiall, LLC City: Houston, Texas Name: Major: Chemical NEW TECH GOLDEN BEAR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION James E. Ball, ’62 William Bone, ’72 Charles Butcher, ’93 Dr. Mayy Deadrick, ’86 Michael Deadrick, ’87 Stacey Daniel-Fragile, ’96 Douglass Hirneisen, ’70 lifetime members Describe your experience at Tech in five words. Fantastic education for the money. Where was your favorite place to study at Tech? Library, second floor, or in later years, one of my ChemE classmates’ apartment What advice would you give to current students? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT TECH? The camaraderie of my Phi Kappa Tau fraternity brothers and my fellow ChemE classmates. What do you wish you knew then that you know now? Challenge yourself to learn as much as possible, build relationships with your peers, participate in student government/organizations and give yourself as much as you can. That my time at Tech would pass much too quickly. Phillip “Flip” Dempsey, ’04 Major: Business Management Job: General adjuster at Engle, Martin and Association City: Charlotte, N.C. 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VISIT US ON FACEBOOK AT GOLDEN BEAR ALUMNI 405 Fayette Pike Montgomery, WV 25136 304.442.3131 TechAlumniAssoc@mail.wvu.edu There are several that left a lasting impression on me: Mr. Amin and Mrs. McCormick to name a couple, but the one that made the biggest impact on my life was Mrs. Angelia Russell. What was your favorite class? Marketing. To this day I can still hear Mrs. Russell asking the students to identify the four “P’s” of marketing. 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