Experience WVU event is final chance to convince uncommitted

April 20, 2013
Dr. Alex Kurov
Dr. Alexander Kurov, right, answers questions about the College's finance major. From left: Richa Nimesh, Rohan Singh, and Sanjay Nimesh of Rockville, Md.

Students admitted to the College of Business and Economics for next fall got a chance to see what it's all about during Experience WVU, a day during which they and their parents met with faculty and staff.

Each college within West Virginia University had a designated day for the visits, which are intended to help students who have been admitted get further acquainted with programs and people.

Additionally, in the case of students who have been admitted but have not committed to coming to WVU, it is an opportunity for the University to use some persuasion to attract them to Morgantown.

The visitors got campus tours, advice on financial aid, and scholarships and tips from representatives at WVU Career Services and the Center for Civic Engagement.

At B&E, while a string quartet played in the background, faculty in each department manned welcome tables to answer questions and help students better understand the College's academic offerings and career options.

"The College of B&E had a very successful event, with over 150 guests in attendance," said Christine Giel, coordinator of undergraduate recruitment. "Our advisors and faculty interacted brilliantly with our guests."

Alexander Kurov, associate professor of finance, represented the Department of Finance. He said students and parents had lots of questions.

"Most of the questions I answered had to do with career opportunities for finance majors," he said. "I told them about various career tracks within finance, how finance compares with accounting and what kind of skills you need to do well in the finance major."

Joe Seiaman
Joe Seiaman, left, talks to Ian McCormack, right, and his father Brian of Centreville, Va., about the job market for B&E graduates and management information systems opportunities. "(Brian) wanted to know about the core curriculum, what courses were rigorous and how many programming courses are required in the core," he said.

Joe Seiaman, assistant dean and director of Undergraduate Programs and Advising, said parents and students had lots of questions about what major would be right for the student and what careers are available.  

"They wanted to know what the job market is like and what it will be like when their son or daughter graduates from college," he said. "They also wanted to know how their student could satisfy the 150-hour requirement, which is mandatory for CPA licensure in most jurisdictions. Some wanted to know about pursuing a double major or dual degree."

Giel, who is from Pittsburgh, joined the College last October after a career in pharmaceutical sales. She said admissions to the College are up about four percent compared to last year. "It's crucial to have events such as this," she said. "It's our last chance to help  students decide that WVU really is the college they want — that the College of Business and Economics is the stepping stone to their futures."

Giel said staff from the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Graduate Programs, the Business Learning Resource Center and the Center for Career Development, along with Undergraduate Programs, "disseminated valuable information encouraging the students to choose WVU over other universities." 

Many of the students who attended are coming to WVU in the fall, but a few were still undecided. "Some will tell you they are coming but aren't completely committed," Giel said. "So, that's why it's crucial to have this event, which is one final opportunity to show them why WVU is their best option."