The Freshman Engineering Program at West Virginia University will host EngineerFEST, a student organization fair, on Wednesday (Sept. 3), from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Atrium of the Engineering Sciences Building Annex.

The fair brings together engineering-specific groups and general organizations in an effort to expose students in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources to the opportunities they have to involve themselves in extracurricular activities.

According to Michelle Poland, academic success coordinator for the Freshman Engineering Program, every department and major has a student organization connected to it to help support students academically and prepare them professionally. In addition to these organizations, there will also general student organizations there as well as the offices of career services and international programs.

“It is important to have a specific engineering student org fair because our students have proven to be more successful academically when they build networking relationships with students in similar courses and interests,” Poland said.

“Part of being a successful engineering student is being part of organizations that enhance the educational experience,” Poland continued. “Being involved outside the classroom is a good way to help start them toward an engineering career as well. Not only do they succeed academically, but they also build strong interpersonal skills, and stronger resumes for future internships, co-ops and eventually careers.”

EngineerFEST is mandatory for ENGR 199 students and is eligible for Out of Class Experience credit. To earn the credit, students may sign in with their student IDs at the entrance of the Mineral Resources Building across from the PRT station or the entrance of the Engineering Sciences Building annex.

Free pizza and soda will be available to students who come to EngineerFEST and visit enough tables. Tables will be divided into color sections and students must visit one table from each color group to earn the free refreshments.

Students are asked to come to the fair at staggered times based on their last name. Last names beginning with A-G should arrive between 6-6:30 p.m.; H-M arrive between 6:30-7 p.m.; N-S arrive between 7-7:30 p.m.; and T-Z between 7:30-8 p.m.



CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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