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Four colorful houses with pictures of people as chat bubbles

Members of the Statler College were scattered across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the miles between them, they maintained a sense of connection and unity through social media. Together, the College community supported and encouraged one another to stay safe, stay strong and to keep the Mountaineer spirit alive. Messages full of inspiration and motivation were shared between faculty, staff, students and alumni, serving as a constant reminder that even though they may be alone, they are always together.

Quarantine Cam

Thorsten Wuest with his kids on the Quarantine Camera

With the semester looking a little different amongst all the changes in light of a global pandemic, faculty and staff responded with positive and creative messaging encouraging students and the Statler community to stay home, stay safe and stay connected. Many had to make the adjustment of working remotely with their families present and face new obstacles of teaching outside the traditional class room. Yet despite the challenges, faculty, staff and students rose to the occasion and embodied the Mountaineer spirit of Going First.

View the Quarantine Cam on Instagram

4 Years In A Flash

Statler College 4 Years in a flash, 1,442 pumpkins dropped from the top of the engineering sciences building

This social media campaign commemorated the memories and milestones achieved during the Class of 2020’s journey at the Statler College. While their experience was unlike any other - bringing challenges and new surprises- they were reminded that no matter what, country roads will always lead them home. A few of the milestones reached in the past four years include:

  • 1st place in the American Society of Civil Engineers concrete canoe competition
  • 31,022 cups of coffee consumed from Bits & Bytes
  • Second place finish in EcoCAR3 competition and the team was selected for EcoCAR mobility challenge
  • 101,112 hours were spent studying in the Engineering Learning Center 1,442 pumpkins were dropped from the top of the Engineering Sciences Building

View 4 Years In A Flash on Instagram

Messages From Alumni To The Class of 2020

Screencap of Gbolahan "Bugzy"Idowu on Youtube and a quote from Tawfiq Al Zamil "Dear Graduates... Today you are more mature than when you entered WVU, and with your degree you are better equipped to face life's challenges.

The graduating Class of 2020 experienced a graduation like never before having to commemorate their accomplishments remotely instead of in the Coliseum singing Country Roads. Alumni shared encouraging messages with the class congratulating them of their accomplishments and advising them to look forward as their journey was only about to begin.