July 12, 2012, IBM held its first Customer Summit meeting coordinated by Don Resnick, the global director of the IBM Academic Initiative. Resnick invited customers using IBM’s Enterprise System Technology to meet with university faculty members to discuss corporate needs in the workforce and how to infuse curricula with the desired skill sets for graduates to be immediately employable. Participants included Depository Trust Clearing Corporation, Highmark West Virginia, IBM Sales & Marketing, FBI/CJIS Fingerprinting, the Department of the Treasury/Bureau of Public Debt and PNC Bank.
Bridging the gap between higher education and industry, the IBM Academic Initiative matches graduates’ information technology skills with workforce needs. Fairmont State University is the only college or university in the state participating and is already experiencing successful outcomes.
The West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America honored Fairmont State University with three awards at its 2012 Crystal Awards Gala, which acknowledges the best work of 2011.
During the event at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston, 16 Crystal Awards and 12 honorable mentions were presented for campaign work. Thirty-nine Crystal Awards and 24 honorable mentions were given for project work. A record number of entries were received for this year’s competition. For a complete list of winners, visit www.prsawv.org.
In July, the Fairmont State University Town & Gown Summer Theatre will present the popular musical “South Pacific,” with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Continuing the longstanding tradition of high quality outdoor theatre performances at Prickett’s Fort State Park, Town & Gown Summer Theatre will honor veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces with special ticket prices and special recognition at each performance.
“Town & Gown Summer Theatre is an important educational, as well as entertaining, endeavor. The School of Fine Arts hires students from Fairmont State and other colleges and high school interns, and all learn to work as a team to bring about a successful production,” said Peter Lach, Dean of the School of Fine Arts. “Part of the University’s mission is to strengthen the educational, economic and cultural well-being of our region. The School of Fine Arts is proud to partner with Prickett’s Fort State Park to provide outdoor theatre for North Central West Virginia. We also are proud to salute our nation’s veterans through this summer’s production.”
Friday, June 8, on their shared main campus, Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College hosted the Marion County Relay for Life.
Relay for Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Community-based Relay for Life events raise funds and awareness to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
On Friday, April 27, the Fairmont State University School of Business held its annual Awards Ceremony to honor students and their accomplishments. The event also included the Delta Mu Delta induction ceremony.
On Thursday, May 10, the Fairmont State University School of Education, Health and Human Performance held its annual Awards Ceremony to honor students for their accomplishments. Attending the event were students, their families, alumni and faculty and staff of the School of Education and Health and Human Performance.
The Grand Feature Parade of the 2012 West Virginia Three Rivers Festival kicked off last evening in downtown Fairmont. Serving as honorary parade marshal was Fairmont State President Maria Rose.
With participants from around the area, the parade allowed the Fairmont community to celebrate all that makes Fairmont great.
What is today Fairmont State University was first established in 1865 as the West Virginia Normal School at Fairmont, a private institution dedicated to educating teachers. Many decades and name changes later, it was the proud teaching tradition that gave birth to “Mountain Mother Goose.”
“Mountain Mother Goose” – which this summer becomes an operetta for young audiences and in the fall will become a published collection of childlore and a curriculum for public school teachers – has been a labor of the love of folklore for a distinguished group of Fairmont State faculty members.