Department of Physics and Engineering
Letter from Valerie Keefer Oldaker




Dear Dr. Popson,

Thank you for my education at West Virginia Wesleyan College education. When I entered Wesleyan, I was undecided on my major. With your encouragement, it didn't take long to claim Engineering as my chosen field. Your department's one-on-one support was exactly what I needed. I also left Wesleyan with lifelong friendships.

Wesleyan assisted with one step in my career that I wasn't anticipating -- graduate school. After Wesleyan, I was readily accepted into WVU's Mechanical Engineering program. Wesleyan's coursework provided an excellent base for my graduate studies. I graduated from WVU in May of 1998 with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Currently I am employed as a Quality Specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo, W.Va. In a typical day of work, I coordinate quality control and delivery times with suppliers. I test our engines and offer technical assistance when troubleshooting is required.

Little did I know what opportunities would await me when I first enrolled at WVWC. I now have a career that I love.

Best wishes,
Valerie Keefer Oldaker
WVWC Class of '96

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