Mrs. Keffer has finally learned how to transfer the copy from the GSE blog to the website, but it's starting with Day 13. She will catch up later.
Day 13 After some morning energizers led by RAs Shy Mickley and Levi Goddard, the group settled in to receive a talk on "the state of the state" from Dr. John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The students then discussed community problems and what could be done to solve them. Facilitator Anna Carrier expanded on this concept by sharing her own story about creating Morgantown's staple cupcake bakery, The Cupcakerie. Even our snacks were West Virginia themed on Day 13! We took a brief break for some pepperoni rolls and flying WV cookies before hearing from Dana Coester, a professor in the Reed College of Media and founder of the 100 Days in Appalachia project. She spoke to the students about sustainable journalism - which is rooted in innovation.
We took a brief break for lunch before returning to BrickStreet to hear from Dr. Erienne Olesh about intellectual property. The students then conversed in their teams about what in their projects needed to be patented, copyrighted, and/or trademarked. Their knowledge of entrepreneurship is really starting to flourish as they delve into deeper learning! Immediately following this activity, WV Forward's Josh Cook spoke about the program and the outlook for the state of West Virginia.
Lastly, Anna Carrier separated students into groups based on the region in which they live. Each group was asked the same question - "how would you improve your community?" This exercise builds on the original concept of a "bug list" from Day 2, when students were asked to analyze WVU's downtown campus and offer solutions to problems they saw! Each group prepared a list of improvements which they presented to the others.
After a long day of learning and expanding on their knowledge, the group headed to the Rec Center and made a quick run to Sheetz! Today was a day that really brought out our passion for West Virginia!