U.S. News ranks WVU Business College #5 in Best Online Business Programs for Veterans

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics (B&E) has again received national recognition for its commitment to the military.


U.S. News & World Report has ranked B&E #5 in the nation in the Best Online Programs for Veterans for its online MBA program. This national ranking comes on the heels of a #9 national ranking for B&E by Bloomberg Businessweek in April for its undergraduate return on investment (ROI), a #12 national ranking in March by Military Times in the “Best for Vets: Business Schools” list and a #29 national ranking by U.S. News in its 2013 Best Online Graduate Business Programs in January.


U.S. News ranked 153 qualifying online degree programs in the categories of bachelor’s degree, as well as master’s degree categories of business, engineering, nursing and education.


“We are very happy to be ranked so highly by U.S. News & World Report for our online MBA program for veterans,” said Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean, WVU College of Business and Economics. “This ranking reflects our commitment to the relationship we have with the military and veterans, and will only serve as a catalyst for us to do even more in the future.”


Criteria for this most recent ranking included:

·         offering at least one credit-granting course listed in the Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs;

·         belonging to an institution that is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium;

·         belonging to an institution certified for the GI Bill; and

·         belonging to an institution participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program


“The College has made a concerted effort to reach out to the veterans and military, and to provide a high quality online education to this very special group of people. It is an honor and a privilege to have veterans in our online classrooms, and U.S. military veterans throughout West Virginia and around the world will receive the top-notch business education they deserve from us,” Sartarelli said.


WVU was also ranked in the master’s degree categories of nursing (#3) and education (#5).


“WVU’s College of Business and Economics has made an indelible statement to the members of the United States Armed Forces by offering a superior online MBA program that transcends geographical boundaries and helps to shape the future of our nation’s heroes,” said Frank Vitale. Vitale, Senior Vice President with West Virginia-based Clear Mountain Bank, is a West Virginia Army National Guard veteran, chairman of the B&E MBA Advisory Board and an assistant adjunct professor at the College.


“By offering online access, veterans can take advantage of a graduate education in business from a nationally recognized program,” Vitale said. “Under the leadership of Dean Sartarelli, B&E has delivered a strong commitment to our military. As a proud military veteran and college alumnus, I salute the College of Business and Economics for this achievement.”


For further information on the WVU College of Business and Economics, please visit www.be.wvu.edu .






Contact: Patrick Gregg, WVU College of Business and Economics

                patrick.gregg@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.5131

Morgantown WV Observes New Day in Honor of Nation’s Heroes

Moment of Silence on Saturday May 18 preludes celebrations planned for later this year.
May 18, 2013 is Morgantown’s 2nd Gene Vance Jr. Day, a new day occurring annually in Morgantown during the time the nation celebrates Armed Forces Week.
Framed by Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day, it honors the legacy of the new American warrior returning home from the longest war in US history, remembers the fallen and supports the wounded in memory of Morgantown’s own national war hero, Gene A. Vance Jr. Vance, a native West Virginian and WVU alumni, was a highly skilled and decorated U.S. Special Forces (Airborne) Cryptologic Linguist citizen soldier. A proud member of the West Virginia Army National Guard who was killed in action on May 18 while leading the hunt for Bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2002.

He is credited for saving the lives of 2 fellow Americans and more than 18 Afghani soldiers.
The day symbolizes the United States of America’s leadership of the boldest global fight against terrorism in its history, one being waged daily for twelve years by brave men and  women in uniform. It was created to generate greater awareness for the critical work and challenges facing US Armed Forces leading the Global War on Terror .
Morgantown, is best known as the home of West Virginia University. In 2012, leadership representatives from the State of West Virginia, City of Morgantown, West Virginia Army National Guard, West Virginia University, The Gene Vance Jr. Foundation, businesses, groups and media together with the public at large proclaimed May 18 as Gene Vance Jr. Day.

It falls on US Armed Forces Day 2013. All Americans and their allies worldwide are invited to observe a moment of silence at 15h30 (3.30 PM EST) Saturday May 18th, 2013 in observance of the day. “Plans for celebrations later in the year are underway. My hope for the day is to catapult support and lend a voice to veterans in need everywhere” says Michael M J Minc, founder of the day.
Minc is Vance’s brother-in-law, Founder and Chairman of the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation for Catastrophically Injured War Veterans – a privately funded world class non- profit, all volunteer organization that is leading an unprecedented nationwide health care initiative dedicated to supporting military medicine’s efforts to advance medical science and help increase quality of life for the severely wounded.

What should people do to observe the day and show support for our Armed
Forces during the month of May ?

Go to www.facebook.com/GeneVanceJrDay and show your support.
Go to www.genevancejr.org and volunteer and/or donate to contribute.

Publicize Information, posters and other materials on the worldwide web, in your media and/or elsewhere.
Volunteer to work with the wounded or other military servicemen and women.
Various educational activities that teach children about the armed forces and sacrifices made throughout history.

Public or private:
Flag ceremonies and other ‘themed’ events.
Moments of Prayer, Silence and Gratitude.
Speeches and addresses in honor.
Celebrations and gatherings over meals and a host of other convenient ways can be included easily in your day to show your support every year.