WVU Tech and WVU will host a Beckley Campus Kickoff on Saturday, October 3, to introduce prospective students and the community to the WVU Beckley campus, welcome the newly donated Nick Rahall Congressional Collection and help celebrate the 25th annual Beckley Chili Night.
The day’s activities will begin at 1 p.m. with an open house and campus tours for prospective students and their families. Attendees will meet with admissions and financial aid counselors to explore options for attending WVU Tech.
At 3 p.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the donation of Congressman Nick J. Rahall’s congressional papers to WVU, including 2,000 boxes of testimony, speeches, news releases and other documents from his four decades in office. The congressional collection will be housed on the WVU Beckley campus.
“Congressman Rahall served the 3rd District and the State of West Virginia very ably and faithfully for almost four decades. His papers assembled from that distinguished career constitute an incredible resource for the study of public policy and the Congress itself,” said WVU President Gordon Gee. “WVU is greatly honored to host his archives and we look forward to working with Mr. Rahall to serve the citizens of southern West Virginia for many years to come.”
The event will also include announcements regarding the opening of a WVU LaunchLab on campus and a significant scholarship endowment recently established by a Beckley-based business. WVU Tech staff will offer alumni and community members guided tours of campus and hand out t-shirts at the 25th annual Beckley Chili Night.
“This event is a perfect opportunity for students, community members and business leaders to see the potential of the WVU Beckley campus and what WVU Tech hopes to accomplish there,” said WVU Tech and WVU Beckley campus president Carolyn Long. “We’re very excited to connect with the community, highlight Congressman Rahall’s generous gift and share news about some projects and partnerships already underway.”