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Rotary hears from WVU official about new program

Elkins club also updated on Forest Festival events

September 25, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A West Virginia University official told Elkins Rotary Club members details Monday about the possibility that an Executive Master of Business Administration degree program may be offered at the Wood Technology Center in Elkins.

"This program would offer cutting-edge case-based learning," Elizabeth Vitullo, director of the West Virginia University Executive MBA Program, said. "What you learn one night you could use the following day to help with your job."

The program's classes would be from 6-9 p.m. two evenings per week.

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"If we started this program, it would begin next July," Vitullo said. "Usually we need one to two teams of four to five people for the program to run. Our biggest year had 12 people."

The program would take two years to complete, and students could take optional online classes during the summer. Requirements for entering the program include two years of work experience, an undergraduate degree and passing the GMAT exam.

The classes would be videotaped, so any student missing a class could stay up to date on the course.

Also at Monday's meeting, Dr. Scott Harris, the 2011 Mountain State Forest Festival executive director, updated Rotary members about events headlining this year's festival.

"One new event is the chicken wing cook-off," Harris said. "Everyone is excited about this and it will be a good evening event."

Harris said Sunday will feature kids with the Parade of Children followed by Pardi Gras.

"The last two years have been rainy and the events were held indoors," Harris said. "This year, let's all pray for good weather."

Harris said the City Park has great events for the kids next week.

"Thursday is kids' day and children in third, fourth and fifth grades will be at the park having fun and learning," Harris said. "One of the big hits there is the BMX performance. They will also perform on Saturday."

Harris said a MSFF store will be located in the building adjacent to Main Line Books on Davis Avenue. The store will sell shirts and souvenirs, as well as old MSFF programs and glasses from past Distinguished Guest Dinners.

He also said 2012 MSFF Director General Mike Karlen sent thanks and appreciation to the assistant directors, volunteers and others working to make the festival a success.

"There is lots of work behind the scenes," Harris said. "Come out and enjoy all the wonderful events the Mountain State Forest Festival has to offer."

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