DEAR ALUMNI, FRIENDS, & STUDENTS,
There is something truly special about Homecoming on a college campus. That feeling of "connection" to your school by a number of different groups, including students, faculty, staff and those who live in or around a college town.
But there is no group more connected to Homecoming than alumni, and I believe that emotional tie is abundantly strong at WVU. That is why it is fitting that we honor new inductees into the B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni during this Homecoming Week, with the official induction ceremony the day before WVU's inaugural Big 12 football game. Now in its second year, inductees continue to demonstrate significant achievement and provide shining examples of potential for existing students.
This year's inductees include:
- W. Marston Becker, President and CEO of Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd. and Chairman of West Virginia Media Holdings
- John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems Inc.
- Karen S. Evans, former Presidential Appointee as Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget for the Executive Office of the President
- William F. "Bill" Kennedy, former Executive Vice President of U.B.S., Switzerland's largest bank
- Parry Petroplus, President of Petroplus and Associates, Inc.
- Douglas Van Scoy, former Deputy Director and Senior Executive Vice President of Smith Barney, and owner and partner of Pit Partners, a hospitality business in South Carolina
- Henry C. "Hank" Wagner III, former President and CEO of Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services, in Louisville, Ky.
It is also fitting that John Chambers kicked off Friday with an appearance in the B&E Distinguished Speaker Series, addressing a capacity crowd in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
Perhaps most important in this entire picture is that our beloved B&E is right at the center of this whole cycle -- welcoming talented, young students as freshmen, educating and preparing them for the global marketplace, launching them into the world upon graduation, and welcoming them back as highly successful alumni. We also periodically call upon our alumni to give of their "time, talent and treasure" for the betterment of B&E, so that we may constantly improve this business school.
Welcome to our alumni who are here for Homecoming events, and a special welcome to all of our graduates who have the Homecoming connection in their hearts.
Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean
Sarah Beth Yoder, JD/EMBA student, has received awards for earning the highest grade in three business-related law classes, which she attributes in part to knowledge gained through the EMBA program.
This year, Catharine Thieme, an academic advisor for undergraduate students, realized a goal she has had since she was a student herself: she has recorded a professional music CD.
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