The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 31, 2013

Celebrate Tech

Weekend event to highlight revitalization efforts in Montgomery

— Alumni, friends and members of the Montgomery community will gather this weekend at WVU Tech for the traditional Baisi Classic basketball games, but this year the athletic event will also help to serve as a time to celebrate revitalization efforts that have been under way across the campus.

WVU Tech President Carolyn Long is scheduled to speak to those gathered between the women’s and men’s basketball games about the changes that have taken place during her first year. While the speech may be brief, the progress and positives deserve to be highlighted.

More than $3 million in renovations have been made to Old Main, new academic programs including forensic investigation, aviation management and secondary math and science education have been established, the aquatics center and weight room at the Neil D. Baisi Athletic Center have received a facelift, a Student Success Center is on schedule to open this spring and the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences remains ranked as offering one of the best undergraduate engineering programs across the country.

Long and her administration have a plan to reverse recent trends of declining enrollment and it appears as if things are heading in the right direction at Tech.

Stacy Daniel-Fragile, a 1996 Tech graduate and member of the Alumni Association board, says there is now a prevailing attitude that the school is “moving forward” after a number of difficult years and that the challenges are being faced “head-on.”

“I think its a good sign for current and prospective students,” she added.

Tech certainly has a long and rich history; to hear the positives being accentuated is good news for this institution that has struggled mightily in the recent past.

We’re also encouraged and support those involved on this path to recovery. Bringing Tech back is crucial for Montgomery and the region.