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Winter 2010 Helping Halliehurst

New Career Management Center

Chocolate! And Other Winter Term Delights

Technology Brings Lectures to Life

Madden-Robbins Fitness Center Dedication Homecoming Highlights


’ve always loved D&E. But I’ve never been more proud of her than I am today.” – Bill Robbins, ’56 I wanted to know more, so I called him back today and asked him to unpack why he feels that way. This is what he said: “First off, the students are glad they’re there. You can see it in their eyes. They’re enthusiastic. They’re eager to learn. They love their teachers. They’re good kids.

These were Bill Robbins’ parting words to Joni and me on the (hands-free!) phone yesterday as we drove down I-95 on our way to spend a delightful Sunday with Howard and Claudine Wolfe (Howard, who celebrated his 95th birthday on December 26, graduated from the College in 1936, and later served with distinction on the Board of Trustees.) Bill knows D&E as few others do. He and fellow Trustee Debbie (Madden) have driven the 705 mile round-trip from their homes in Wilkes Barre, Pa., to Elkins sometimes monthly in order to show their support for students on a sports team. Or explore with faculty what they may need to better “prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.” Their latest project: refurbishing classrooms in Liberal Arts and Albert Halls. There isn’t a corner of the campus or the life of a single student or faculty member that Bill Robbins hasn’t touched – and always for good. So, when he says “I’ve never been more proud of her than I am today,” it’s no idle comment.

“Secondly, the campus has never been more beautiful. I first came to D&E in 1952. Memorial Gym was brand new. Otherwise, the campus was mostly the older buildings. The new lighting of Liberal Arts and Albert Halls now brings out a beauty we never saw before. I don’t know how Ron Selders and his small crew of maintenance staff and groundskeepers can keep all the present buildings and 170-acre campus so beautifully maintained. “Finally, I can’t get over how everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – wants to be part of the ‘new day’ at D&E. We went downtown to C.J. Maggie’s for lunch the other day. The waitress broke into a big smile when she realized we were from the College. ‘Y’all sure are doing a great job up there. Everybody’s talkin’ about it.’ “And look at the giving: annual support is up four times in one year! And enrollment: the largest entering class since 1947, an increase of more than 50 percent in one year! I just learned applications for admission are up another 44 percent for next year. It’s a wonderful time to be part of D&E.” Well, there you have it. Directly, from one of the most knowledgeable, engaged,

and, yes – generous – friends this wonderful little College has ever had. In the pages that follow, Editor Carol Schuler has captured further evidence of what Bill speaks. But there’s more to unfold in the months ahead. We invite you – in fact, we need you – to follow Bill’s example. How? Here’s a list of 3 things for starters: 1. Think about D&E at least once each day. Specifically, consider how the College has made a difference in your personal and/or professional life. 2. Tell a friend. Find a way to mention to at least one new person each day how D&E has touched your life. Imagine the cumulative effect if 10,000 alumni and friends did this every day! 3. Follow your thoughts and words with Action. Recommend the College to a prospective student. Pick up the phone and renew an old friendship. Make a gift – at whatever level – to The D&E Fund. Thoughts. Words. Action. Pretty simple. But what a difference they – and you – can make! Just like Bill Robbins does. Best wishes,

G. T. “Buck” Smith President

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Around Campus

The Robbins-Madden Fitness Center


Exciting New Facility Pumps Up Campus Energy

Campus News D&E On the Cover of Chronicle of Higher Education


Moudry Finalist for WV Professor of the Year


New Look for Maintenance, Security Amy Goddard Leads Career Management Center

Homecoming Photo Album


Alumni Award Winners Featuring Inglee, ’59, Marstiller, ’80, Rasor, ’02, Cecil, ’80, and Moser, ’50

Alumni Survey Seeks Your Input


Athletics News


Fall Sports Wrap-Ups

Divine Intervention Drake Dowler, ’69, brings helping hand to Halliehurst


Alumni News



New Technology Brings Lectures to Life

Greetings from the National Alumni Council



Chocolate! And Other Winter Term Delights

Alumni Notes

Our unique January experience continues to expand student horizons on campus and off – including a trip to Peru!

In Memoriam


Fulbright Scholars, Virtual Learning Expand Language Offerings


Winter Term nursing students Courtney Streets and Katie Russell helped deliver a ¡Bien gordita! baby girl at the Naolinca (Mexico) Hospital. Associate Professor of Nursing Denise Reece was also on hand to assist.

On the Cover: It’s been a snowy winter in Elkins, full of beauty, sledding, and other coldweather pursuits. See more photos on our Flickr photo-sharing site on

About the Magazine Forward magazine is published 2x each year by the Office of College Advancement and edited by Carol Schuler, Director of Communications and Marketing. To subscribe or to submit your news, please send an email to or write to Carol Schuler, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241.

About the College Davis & Elkins College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will practice equal opportunity in all aspects of its operation. Davis & Elkins College is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, family status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1991, the West Virginia Human Rights Act, and other applicable statutes. Inquiries concerning Title IX compliance should be referred to the College Title IX Coordinator. Inquiries concerning Section 504 compliance should be referred to the Dean of Students. Inquiries concerning equal opportunity in personnel practices should be referred to the Director of Human Resources. ©2010 Davis & Elkins College

Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees Paul S. Stirrup, '60, Chair Wendell M. Cramer, '59, Vice Chair Karen H. Berner, Secretary Charles E. Hill, Treasurer Joyce B. Allen Brian D. Ball, '84 James Bialek, '74 Phillip Bussey, '63 Peter H. Dougherty, '75 Nancy Evans-Bennett, '66 David A. Faris, M.D. Kimberly M. Farry, M.D., '85


Woodstock Era Reunion Survey

Jerome A. Halperin Richard M. Hughes, III Melissa H. Luce, '83 Rudy G. Luzzatto, '56 Deborah J. Madden James S. McDonnell, III William S. Moyer Cliff J. Neese, Jr., '83 Eric J. Nilsen, '82 Gary W. North, '62 Reginald Owens, Sr., '83 Donald M. Robbins William S. Robbins, '56 Sherman S. Robinson, M.D., '53 Ronald A. Rollins, M.D., '57

Thomas R. Ross, II David A. Rutherford G.T. “Buck” Smith James W. Spears Henry W. Steinbrecher, '71 William H. Sudbrink, '59 Life Trustees Carter Giltinan John H. Harling, '53 Thomas J. “Jack” Martin, D.D.S., '50 Chair Emeriti Henry M. Moore L. Newton Thomas, Jr. Leonard J. Timms, Jr. Joseph M. Wells, III

The Mission of Davis & Elkins College:

To prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.

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Around Campus


A Splendid Table. Members of the Women’s Soccer Team enjoy the Orientation Weekend picnic, including (left side, front to back) Jessica Coleman, Allison Dant, Jackie Krum, a visiting friend (right side, front to back) Cate Smith, Meredith Greives, Julia Rivers and Luci Legaspi. They went on to a 10-0 winning regular conference season. Service First. Freshmen learned the value of service during orientation. This group, including Casey Phillips, Houston Darling, and Kelsey Billings, helps paint the information booth for the Mountain State Forest Festival. A second group visited Davis Memorial Hospital.

Around Campus The momentum continues at Davis & Elkins College. This year, we welcomed the largest incoming class in 60 years. And they’ve helped us usher in a new Mission: “To prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.”

Be Prepared. A series of vaccination clinics against H1N1 flu were held on campus. Here, Campus Nurse Diana Burke-Ross gives the nasal mist vaccine to student Erin Young.

Making a Statement. Freshmen Brenna Tillman and Luci Legaspi show off their new D&E Orientation Weekend T-Shirts. The new College mission is printed on the back. Building Up. Bill Witzemann and his crew of masons rebuilt one of the original gateposts to the Halliehurst estate during the Fall Semester. Maintenance improvements continue to revitalize our campus.

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Our Global Community. International students at D&E benefit from ties with the greater Elkins Community. A dinner hosted by President Buck and Joni Smith on Founders Day brought together students and host families, including Gordon Blackley, Madhulika Mazumdar (India), Michael Kline, Maryna Razakhatskaya (Brest, Belarus), and Becky Blackley.


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Phipps Lecture. The annual Phipps Lectureship hosted Dr. Charles Mathewes of the University of Virginia for a talk titled, “Why Do We Want to Save the World?” The Phipps family gathered in Halliehurst for a photo with members of the campus organizing committee. Shown here are Martha Ann Phipps, Dr. William Phipps, Charles Phipps, Andy Johanson, ’64, Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Joe Roidt, Reference Librarian Kathy Doig, Dr. Mathewes, Joni Smith, Professor of English Dr. Bob McCutcheon, Vice President for College Advancement Patricia Schumann, and President Smith. Behind the camera, committee member and Director of Communications and Marketing Carol Schuler.

Inspiration. Retired Coach Jack Lengyel, whose story inspired the movie, “We Are Marshall,” was our Orientation Weekend guest and speaker. Here: Lengyel chats with members of the D&E Women’s Volleyball team.

Passing It On. Victoria Gustitis, foreground, and other members of the Women’s Soccer team work with area youth soccer players during a free clinic we hosted at the D&E fields.

Cleaning Up. Members of Alpha Phi Omega honorary fraternity help keep litter at bay. Kneeling, front row: Jessica Reep, Ivea Christensen; Standing, l-r: Emilee Goodman, Carissa Schriener, Samantha Morse, Tabitha Winske, Ethan Sellick, and Elizabeth Hatfield.

Keep track of what’s happening at D&E. Go to and be sure to check out our Facebook fan page and Flickr photo sharing site.

Looking Forward. We celebrated Founders Day with special guest Dr. Pierre Radja, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, D&E Provost and Dean of Faculty Dr. Victor Thacker, President Smith, Dr. Radja, the Rev. Dr. Peter Vial, pastor of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Professor of Education Dr. Steve Creasey before the ceremonies. Dr. Radja was awarded the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. The Winner! Ann Baird, ’88, receives the Canon printer she won through a drawing by Students in Free Enterprise. Baird, left, receives her prize from SIFE President Joel Richardson and Cheerleader Kelsey Gilbert at a Senator basketball game.

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D&E on Front of The Chronicle of Higher Education


avis & Elkins College was featured as the lead story in the November 20 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the world’s leading news publication on colleges and universities.

The story, headlined, “Turnaround President Makes the Most of His College’s Small Size,” focuses on D&E President Smith and the remarkable turnaround at D&E. Written by senior writer Scott Carlson, the article runs to three pages, chronicling Smith’s leadership, the increase in enrollment and the renewed energy on campus. Students and faculty, as well as national higher education leaders, were also interviewed for the story. “It’s a great tribute for Davis & Elkins to be recognized in this way,” says President Smith. “Especially as we affirm the ideals of a small Liberal Arts college that prepares and inspires students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.” For D&E the article is apparently the result of an investment Smith made last year, when the College ran a full-page ad in US Airways magazine as part of a 34-page feature on West Virginia. The

Alumnus and D&E Trustee Cliff Neese, ’83, supplied our maintenance and security teams with some new, easily identifiable jackets to help them brave the cold. All feature the D&E logo and the name of their department. Modeling here are (l-r) Derek Stemple, Dale Jackson, Mark Chenoweth, Zack Kyle, Jason Blaha, Kenny Pomp, Rocky Simmons, Clay Everson, Mike Jordan, and Jake Gooden.

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ad, written by D&E Director of Communications and Marketing Carol Schuler and featuring a panoramic view of our mountains, carried the headline, “If Our Views Don’t Impress You, Talk to Our President.” It went on to list D&E’s special qualities as well as Smith’s personal cell phone number and email address, with an invitation to find out more about the College. Earlier this fall, Smith received a call from Carlson. “We were looking for a small college we could profile,” said Carlson, “one that had an interesting personality associated with it. Another reporter happened to see the ad, tore it out of the magazine and brought it back to me. We thought Buck looked interesting. And it turns out there are a lot of interesting people at the College.” Carlson visited campus for nearly a week. Smith said his goal was to be “totally transparent,” giving Carlson unfettered access to the people and information he was interested in. “We wanted him to see what’s happening, how energized our students and faculty are, and let them say for themselves what makes Davis & Elkins such a special place.” The full story may be accessed on the D&E website,

Lisa, Brian and Olivia Moudry.

Moudry Finalist for WV Professor of the Year Each year the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. D&E Professor of Mathematics and Physics Dr. Brian Moudry is among the five finalists for the 2009 award and the only one representing a private college or university. Winners will be announced March 3 in Charleston following a reception at the Governor's mansion. The Faculty Merit Foundation was created in 1984 to provide a means to recognize and reward innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Through the Professor of the Year program, the outstanding achievements of those individuals are brought to the attention of the general public. A $10,000 cash award is given to the candidate selected as Professor of the Year, with smaller awards to the other finalists.


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Amy Goddard Named Director of New Career Management Center


avis & Elkins College alumna Amy Spencer Goddard, Class of 1999, has been named Director of the new Career Management Center, a position designed to help students prepare fully for their entrance into today’s competitive job market.

A familiar face to students thanks to her connection with Dean of Students and husband Scott Goddard, Amy says she is eager to launch the opportunities the new Center will create for D&E students. “It’s a challenging time in the job market just now, but what we’re creating will help give D&E students an advantage and, I hope, a better idea of the great opportunities

before them once they graduate,” Amy says. “We’ll set up a plan for each student from the time he or she arrives, which will include internship opportunities as well as developing ultimate career goals. By starting in the freshman year, this becomes an integral part of the college experience. In addition, we’ll also work on resumes and interviewing skills, both through seminars and one-on-one coaching.” Commenting on the appointment, President Smith noted: “We looked for over a year at possible candidates for the job, some with national and international experience. Then discovered Amy Goddard right here in our own backyard. We are delighted she was open to the opportunity.” Goddard comes to D&E from Appalachian Mental Health Center, where she was supervisor of the day program. She says the listening and relationship building skills she developed during her 10 years in the counseling field will be helpful in her new role.

Amy Spencer Goddard, ’99, has been named Director of the new Career Management Center at Davis & Elkins College.

Calling All Alumni: Tell us about yourself A new day has dawned at Davis and Elkins College, and we really would like you to be a part of it. Soon, you will be asked to complete a survey about how

Smith added: “We are very intentional in naming this the Career Management Center. It’s not only about getting one’s first job right out of college. It’s about discovering how to manage one’s career. With a strong liberal arts foundation, we’re committed to helping prepare students not only for their first job, but for careers that may not now exist. The new

well D&E prepared you for life after college, your professional accomplishments, and how your relationship with your alma mater might be more meaningful. Your response will help the College achieve three goals: • Provide accurate information for the self study the College is doing as part of its reaccreditation with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. • Tell prospective students, and their parents, about the accomplishments of our graduates. There is no more compelling case for enrolling at D&E.

Career Management Center is a key element in that effort.” “One of the most exciting things I’m looking forward to is getting to know each student’s hopes and career aspirations,” said Goddard. “I think my counseling experience will help with that.” Goddard also notes that reaching out to alumni will be a special emphasis. “As an alumna, I know first-hand the passion D&E alumni have for the College, and their willingness to help today’s students. We’ll reach out to alumni, and also to local and regional employers, and to graduate schools, to help build connections and experiences that will last a lifetime.” The new Career Management Center is centrally located in the heart of Madden Student Center. To contact Goddard about opportunities you may have for today’s D&E students, please call her at (304) 637-1313 or email

• Help the current generation of D&E students by partnering with the Career Management Center. So please, watch for an invitation to complete this survey, and spend five minutes to tell us about yourself. In the meantime, if you have questions about the survey, please contact Pat Schumann at (304) 637-1340 or pschuman@

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} Drake Dowler, class of 1969, the owner of DraChrom, Inc., a chemical equipment company, says being a carpenter at Halliehurst during his fall vacation was nothing short of “divine intervention.”

Divine Intervention


In a Monday letter last fall, Buck mentioned that Halliehurst was suffering from a number of years of deferred maintenance. In fact, it was at risk: the paint was peeling. The roof was leaking. And, on a particularly blustery day, the balcony railings above the porch, outside Buck’s office window, had simply – blown away!

cabinet makers, to help. Ron Selders, executive director of D&E’s physical plant, sent Drake an inventory and photos of work that needed to be done. Drake zeroed in on what he and the Michaels could finish within a week.

The historic building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, clearly needed a helping hand. And when Drake Dowler ’69, read Buck’s message, it inspired him and pointed the way to a difference he could make for D&E. “We’ve attempted to make financial contributions [to the College] over the years, but what was needed here was something hands on, something my friends and I could provide,” says Drake. “This was a secular mission trip for us.” Drake called Buck and arranged to bring two friends, Jimmy Michael and Joe Michael, father- and-son

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very week, President Buck Smith sends out his “Monday Letter.” It’s a preview of the week ahead, a summary of issues and opportunities, and it sometimes includes an anecdote or two about life on campus.

“It has been a labor of love,” says Dowler. “It’s a small form of repayment for me.” When Drake, Jimmy and Joe arrived with a trailer of tools and power equipment they immediately set to work, building new railings, replacing rotted porch flooring, opening drains that were clogged, installing new ceiling decking, and taking care of other skilled carpentry needs. “Jimmy is a consummate craftsman,” says Drake. “He does this professionally, and I’m a good ‘fetch and carrier.’ He loves to fish and I thought I would bribe him with a fishing trip, but he fell in love with Halliehurst before he ever got here. This building, the woodwork and the carpentry, are exciting to him. He’s already volunteered to come back.” According to Drake, he and the Michaels have done this kind of service work for their church in Greensboro for years. Bringing that mission to D&E seemed natural. And, it’s something Drake is sure other alumni would like to do. “If others knew of needs on campus, I have no doubt they would respond. I can’t necessarily do the work that Jimmy is donating to the College, but I can

facilitate it. Many alumni may also have the ability to help D&E through their personal and professional relationships. These are gifts that really can make a difference.” Drake and the Michaels have already volunteered to come back this spring. That’s good news for one of our national treasures. But other needs still exist. If you would like to know what you can do, please call President Smith on his cell phone at (304) 830-3900. You may find you have exactly the right gift to fill an urgent need at D&E.


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D&E Chief Technology Officer Matt Tarbett shows faculty how the Intellislate wireless device interfaces with the Intelliboard system.

New Technology Brings Lectures to Life


avis & Elkins College has upgraded its classrooms with new “Smart Board” technology. A combination projector, computer screen, blackboard and note pad, D&E’s new interactive white board systems help bring lectures to life. According to Matt Tarbett, D&E’s Chief Technology Officer, the Intelliboard technology is an essential upgrade for today’s teaching environment. “Teachers need to be able to interact with their computers and their students from anywhere in the classroom. This technology lets them do that. Plus they can add content to lectures on the fly.”

Creasey adds that smart board technology is already standard in some public school systems and many students are already accustomed to it. This, he says, makes it especially useful for D&E students in the education program.

For example, professors can take a standard PowerPoint presentation and instantly go to a Web page during a lecture. And they can write notes directly onto their slides, word documents, photos, Web sites or other material. Lectures can be fully integrated and changed to fit the class and the question at hand. Amazingly, notes written on the board can be saved and used again later.

According to the Intelliboard Web site, studies at Harvard, Columbia, the University of Wisconsin and the Wharton School of Business reveal that visual aids in the classroom improve learning and retention and reduce the time needed to explain complex subjects. In the Wisconsin study, learning improved up to 200%. Those studies indicate the direct benefit to students this technology offers. Tarbett says the College currently has four systems in place and plans to add upgrades to five or six more classrooms this spring, as funding allows.

Tarbett notes that about 15 D&E professors have been trained on how to use the equipment, including faculty in Education; Psychology; History; Biology; Math, Physics and Computer Science; and Nursing. Dr. Steve Creasey, chair of the Education Department, says the technology enhances instructional strategies. “Our students are very computer savvy,” Creasey says. “The Intelliboards facilitate discussions and help students focus more on the concepts being taught.”

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Chocolate! And other Winter Term Delights


inter Term is a distinctive program at D&E. And each year, our faculty creates new and even more exciting courses to broaden and enhance our students’ education.

This year, we added three new courses focusing on Appalachia: Flat Foot Dancing and Clogging, String Band, and White Oak Basketry. Nursing and Psychology classes travelled to Mexico – where students attended the delivery of a ¡Bien gordita! baby girl. Environmental Science and Writing classes travelled to the peaks of Peru. And here on campus, in addition to many other courses offered, 17 students studied the History and Production of Chocolate. Yum.

ingredients from chemists David and Deborah Miller. Erin's past experience includes serving as executive pastry chef at the famous Boar’s Head Inn located in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she also gave cooking classes. She now oversees or makes all the new homemade desserts at D&E’s Graceland Inn and supervises the restaurant operations. The Chocolate class allowed her to share her expertise with students and launch a business experiment for the College.

Winter Term Students “Unplug” in Peru

“The goal for the class is to produce six varieties of hand-made chocolate,” says Erin. “We have studied decorating, fillings, and the properties of chocolate. We made more than 1800 pieces of chocolate by the end of the class.”

by Bill King, Professor of English and Director of the D&E Writers’ Series

Erin White, Adjunct Instructor in Hospitality who trained at the New England Culinary Institute, developed the class thanks to a gift of chocolate making equipment and

Understanding chocolate goes far beyond choosing between dark, milk, and white chocolate, According to Erin, “Chocolate has a lot of rules.

Students Chris Dillon and Dani Fegan (foreground) package chocolates during their class, “The History and Production of Chocolate.”

“It’s hard knowing how to work with sugar,” Erin says. “You have to stir just the right way. And white chocolate breaks really easily. Temperature is critical,” she adds. “And you can’t get water anywhere near it. Chocolate is a fat. It has to stay emulsified or it breaks. It’s all about chemistry.” Each class day includes two hours of cooking and 45 minutes of cleanup. The process includes making the chocolate, decorating the molds, melting the chocolate using specially designed machines which keep the chocolate at 120 degrees, pouring the molds, making the fillings, filling the chocolates, and adding the bottoms. It’s artful. And it’s noisy, as molds are banged over pans to remove the excess chocolate. The class made caramel, and Earl Grey, coffee, white chocolate orange, and milk chocolate Bailey’s ganache fillings. Some were sprinkled with silver and gold. Others feature painted swirls that look like marbles. All of them look – and taste – delicious. The final step in the class is packaging. Small silver boxes are carefully filled with two chocolates each and tied with a delicate ribbon. These gift-sized treats will be used for special events. In addition, Erin hopes that individual chocolates will be offered for sale by the piece at the Graceland Inn, which could be the start of a new enterprise for D&E.

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This past January, my winter term Travel Writing class read David Quammen’s “Trinket from Aru” before leaving for the Andean mountains of central Peru with Professor Russ McClain and his Natural History of the Peruvian Andes students. Quammen writes of the Paradisaea apoda, the greater bird of paradise, and about the paradox that “saving” wild places requires large numbers of folks to fall in love with that place, which in turn requires much potentially destructive observation and handling. Therefore, once the twelve of us landed in Lima, travelled 8 hours north by bus, and then, finally, hiked into the traditional mountain village of Vicos in the foothills (10,000 feet) of the Andes, we still had these questions on our minds: How light would our tread be? Why were we here? What, exactly, should we bring back, not so much in our suitcases, but in our heads? Armed with crash courses in cultural and natural history designed by each student, yellow “Rite in the Rain” all-weather journals, and several number two pencils, the students stepped into Peru with the simplest of goals:


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} Our group in Peru hikes the Inca Trail. Pictured are (first row) Tillman Ellis, Becky Hill, Dr. Bill King, Megan Gyongyosi, Susan Krakoff, Julianna Warner, (second row) Guide Alfredo Domingez, Adam Williams, Dustin Talton, Peter Hatchett, Charles Cole, Russ McClain and Seth Pratt.

to unplug themselves from 21st century messaging and thus open themselves up to what acclaimed environmental and bioethics writer Bill McKibben calls the “subtle and vital information” of a particular place. Here, in Vicos and then, later, along the Inca Trail, we had only to leave iPods, phones, and laptops behind, slow down, listen, and record. What did we find out? To be honest, that is hard to say. As I write this, preparations for a public group presentation—as well as work on natural history posters and travel essays—are in their final, challenging stages. As one of my students put it in a Facebook post this weekend, “Why is putting Peru into words so hard?” Regardless of which words and images are chosen, I feel sure some of the following experiences have made their marks: making bread in Vicos with host families; hiking to a mistcovered glacial lake above 15,000 feet; visiting the home of Donato the weaver, who told, in his native Quechua, of a recurring spiritual dream that led him, always, to a section of river still shaded by native trees; eating, dancing, and offering coca leaves invested with our hopes to “Panchamanca” (Mother Earth) at a local festival; studying the architecture and stone carvings of the Inca in the ancient

city of Huánuco, which sits high above the nearest town on an impossibly vast, high plane; listening to senior biology major, Adam Williams, describe his surprise sighting of a rare Andean condor while sitting in the papas field of Julio Evavisto Pascual; or, perhaps, playing soccer on a tilted field along the Inca Trail with the parents and children of Isco, a town of some 15 families on Taparaco River. They had just come down the mountain after a day in the high fields—hoeing potatoes, tending sheep, or running cows—and beat us in their boots! That putting Peru into words is “so hard” does not surprise me; but precisely because these students are laboring so, I know that they will not only transform their weathered yellow journals into finished products but that they, also, will be transformed somehow by the effort. So, how should I, at the last, “put Peru into words”? We were 10 English and environmental science students and 2 professors from opposite sides of the campus who resolved to leave, essentially, not only our well-defined “lives” but our well-informed 21st century perspectives behind. We came to understand, I think, that too often, as Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it, a person is shackled by the dictates of her own mind—not by others. “Why should you keep your head over your shoulder? Why drag about this monstrous corpse of your memory?” he asks in his famous

essay “Self-Reliance.” If this trip has revealed any one truth to me it is this: not all education happens in the classroom or is channeled through a wire. Study abroad and interdisciplinary opportunities are transformative— they are untraditional, experiential opportunities that challenge personal and world views and, therefore, are essential to the mission and sustainability of any liberal arts college of excellence.

First-year student Susan Krakoff reads from her journal while her host brother, Pablo Sanchez, looks on.

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Fulbright Scholars Expand D&E's Language Offerings


avis & Elkins College has expanded its foreign language curriculum with the addition of two Fulbright Foreign Language Teachers.

Md Saifur Rahman, a native of Bangladesh, is serving as adjunct professor of Bengali, and Sulaman Almohawes, a native of Saudi Arabia, is adjunct professor of Arabic. Both are enjoying their new experiences, not only as first time visitors to the United States, but also as new residents in the Mountain State. Davis & Elkins College is home to two Fulbright scholars this year who are teaching on campus. Sulaman Almohawes (left) is from Saudi Arabia and Md Saifur Rahman is from Bangladesh. Their languages, Arabic and Bengali, are two of the most spoken languages in the world.

Rahman learned he would be teaching at Davis & Elkins College just 15 days before he arrived in the United States. “I said I wanted to teach on a rural campus and that is how I came here,” says Rahman. “I visited the D&E Web site and saw the beautiful mountains. I thought it would be nice to represent Bangladesh to people in this area.” Almohawes had a similar experience, learning one month before his arrival that his teaching assignment would be at Davis & Elkins. Coming from Riyadh, a city of 6.5 million people, he notes that it’s very quiet in Elkins. “It’s completely different,” Almohawes says. “I hadn’t seen snow in my life. And American culture is not like the movies.” He also notes that he likes the banjo, which he encountered upon arriving at D&E, when the Augusta Heritage Center summer session was in full swing. Both instructors were recruited to Davis & Elkins through the efforts of Dr. Chandana Chakrabarti of the College’s Center for Spirituality, Ethics, and Global Awareness, which has launched several initiatives to globalize D&E’s curriculum. They have taught introductory classes during the Fall semester and will continue into the Spring. Their native languages are two of the most widely used languages in the world. Yet their lessons extend beyond language to culture to an alphabet that is unfamiliar to most D&E students. More than 20 students, including

Virtual Language Studies Offers Russian, Chinese D&E is now offering courses in Russian and Chinese thanks to an innovative Virtual Language Studies program offered through Drake University. Students meet with instructors online using Skype and other tools to create a virtual classroom. Cameras 10 | Davis & Elkins College Forward

and needed headphones are supplied to students, so they can participate from any wireless location. Part of a national experiment, the program is being underwritten by the Department of Defense to teach underrepresented languages. Equipment at D&E has been provided through a Globalizing the Curriculum grant from the Mellon Foundation. Student Adam Posey, right, is currently enrolled in the Russian language class.

adult learners from off-campus, are studying the two languages. As Fulbright scholars, both instructors passed through a rigorous selection process in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.


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} Members of Bill and Debbie’s families visited campus for the Dedication of the new William S. Robbins and Deborah J. Madden Fitness Center in August. Shown here are friend Judy Bebb, Bill’s sons Robby and Don Robbins, Don’s wife Liz Robbins, Debbie’s sister Marcie Padavan and President Smith.

The Exciting New William S. Robbins – Deborah J. Madden Fitness Center


hen students arrived in August, they helped celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the new William S. Robbins – Deborah J. Madden Fitness Center. Trustees helped with the “unveiling” and mounds of bright red and white balloons greeted the crowd. Members of Bill’s and Debbie’s families were present to celebrate. And since it’s opening, the new fitness center has proven popular with students and community members, who can purchase a membership. In October, during homecoming, a second ceremony was held for alumni and friends with special guests of honor Bill Robbins and Debbie Madden. D&E health, sport and movement science classes held a mini-wellness fair where alumni and others could measure their overall fitness. Joyce Nestor, D&E Director of Business Enterprises, oversaw the development of the Center and worked with Dave Lapcevic, Regional Manager of Gym Source Inc., to acquire equipment and expertise. Located on the first floor of D&E’s Hermanson Campus Center, the Robbins – Madden Center features all new resistance training equipment, treadmills, elliptical trainers and other machines designed to enhance overall fitness and strength. Three large television screens are mounted around the room, furthering improving the user experience. Senior Admission Counselor Katie Bright comments: “Every prospective student we take to the new

In October, Bill and Debbie enjoyed the mini-wellness fair in the new fitness center during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

Fitness Center just loves it. It’s bright and exciting. And I’ve noticed that when I go there, many more of our current students are using the center, which makes it a fun part of our campus community.”

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Encore Performance. The Hybrids, a D&E alumni band, provided music for the Homecoming Ball. Shown here are members Sandy Edwards, ’88, Karl "Bert" Hilbert, ’89, and Robert "Flipper" Avondo, ’88. Director of Advancement Operations and Stewardship Karen Wilmoth presents the Travelling Loving Cup to Paul Stirrup, Class of 1960 and Chairman of the D&E Board of Trustees. The cup is awarded each year to the class with the highest number of donors to D&E.

Homecoming 2009 Homecoming and Family Weekend welcomed more than 500 alumni and student families to campus for three days of fun events and fellowship. You can see more photos on our Website at

Family Ties. Kristi Aylor’s mother Sue Aylor, and sister, Kaitlin Aylor, enjoy lunch under the homecoming tent. Homecoming Court. Members include: (front row) Miss D&E Larissa Fowler, Mr. Senator Seth Dempsey, Junior Class Princess Kathryn Barnett, Junior Class Escort Tillman Ellis, (second row) Sophomore Class Escort Bryant Wallace, Sophomore Class Princess Mary Rathell, Senior Class Princess Brandie Ward, and Freshman Class Princess Silvia Hernandez. Not pictured are Senior Class Escort Josh Lopez and Freshman Class Escort Alex Torres.

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Tedford Choir Reunion. First Row L-R: Trish Bethany, ’61, Judy Newbery Thompson, ’60, Sue Hillick Colussy, ’67, Mary “Maggie” Carmona Heaney, ’69, Jennifer Klasan Dowler, ’72, Sidney Tedford, Joanne Person Bendy, ’66, Virginia Prichard Dansby, ’69, Ruth Cattelle Fotheringham, ’69, and Sara Showalter Rodgers, ’72; Second Row L-R: Bonnie Cook Krum, ’70, Nancy Walker Caparulo, ’66, Judy Shelton, ’65, Peggy Rice Horisk, ’70, Pat Taggart Konhaus, ’69, Judy Mewha Jack, ’62, Barbara Frank Warren, ’63, and Elizabeth “Liz” Reed Branch, ’61; Third Row L-R: Gary Baer, ’63, Charles Best, ’69, Bill Ballinger, ’71, Charles Clevert, ’69, Charles Thompson, ’61, Giles Wright, ’68, Fred Konhaus, ’68, Phil Holt, ’71, and Drake Dowler, ’69.


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Honoring Dr. Ross. T.R. Ross accepts the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, awarded posthumously to his father, Dr. Thomas Richard Ross, during the Ross Society meeting held as part of Homecoming Weekend. Read more about Dr. Ross on page 28.

Loyal Fans. Alumni, parents and friends brave the rain to support the D&E Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams.

Having a Ball. Students enjoy the annual Homecoming Ball, which was held in Memorial Gym this year.

Red Shirts. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Martin gives alumnus Miles Runner, ’59, a new red D&E shirt during the team’s “Midnight Madness” event.

50 Year Class Dinner. The class of 1959 enjoyed their reunion over dinner at President Buck and Joni Smith’s House. Those in attendance included, First row, seated: Ruth Herbert Gnagey, Priscilla Weaver DiMario, Grayson “Frankie” Schick, Rolf Hammer, Mariwyn McClain Smith; Second Row: Betty Faulkner Heldman, Christine Hester Hinzman, Ken Deegan, Bob Back, Phil Inglee; and Third Row: Art Heldman, Bob Gregory, Michael Dakes, Bill Sudbrink, Miles Runner, and Dave Vandenberg.

True Grit. The men’s soccer team defeated the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown 3-0 despite rain and muddy playing conditions. Shown here are midfielder Elvis Hedji, center, and forward Michael Perez.

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President Smith and Distinguished Alumnus Phil Inglee, ’59.

Alumni Award Winners Phil Inglee, ’59 Distinguished Alumnus As a student, Phil Inglee was a leader in Sigma Phi Epsilon, and active in Beta Alpha Beta business honorary, Play Crafters, and Sigma Tau Delta English honorary. He played varsity football and was manager of the varsity baseball team. Phil graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and, upon graduating, entered the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. After completing his service, he entered a banking career with Beneficial Management Corporation. By 1969, Phil was a vice president with Coast Bank. He then joined Barclays Bank where, in 1973, he was named Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Southern California; then sent to New York and London to develop international banking opportunities. Upon returning to the United States, Phil was assigned to San Francisco. He was also elected President of the Bank Marketing Association, West Coast, and served on its national board. Phil’s success continued as he joined other institutions, finally serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty National Bank until his retirement in 1997. At this time, he also served on the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees, from 1988 – 1994. Throughout his career, Phil remained active in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was promoted to full Colonel in 1981. He received numerous awards and decorations from the USMC, including the Meritorious Service Award in 1996.

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Following retirement, Phil served on two bank boards, as Chairman of the Huntington Beach Community Clinic, Foreman of the Orange County Grand Jury, member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee, and the Governor’s appointed Commissioner to the State of California’s Board of Parole. For his distinguished service, he has received the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and was named Humanitarian of the Year by Huntington Beach Community Health Centers. He has organized several D&E Alumni events in California, and has served as a member of the National Alumni Council in recent years. Most recently, Phil served as President of the Davis & Elkins College Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association.

Cliff Marstiller, ’80 Tower Award Cliff Marstiller graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Davis & Elkins College in 1980. He was Salutatorian of his class and named Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major in 1979. The recipient of many academic awards, he was active in Alpha Chi, Chi Beta Phi, and Sigma Delta Pi honorary fraternities. Cliff began a career in financial services in 1985, obtaining his first securities license as well as life and health insurance licenses. In 1991, he established Innovative Investments, Inc., a financial planning firm, which he still co-owns and operates today. Cliff is a Certified Financial Planner and an NASD arbitrator, a former president of the Tygart Valley Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and former Board Member of the West Virginia Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Cliff has served his community as a member of the Elkins Planning Commission, as Chair of March of Dimes Walk America, Assistant Director for the Mountain State Forest Festival and Director General of the 2007 Forest Festival as well as on the Board of Directors of the Mountain State Forest Festival. An Elkins resident, Cliff volunteered for many years for the Randolph County Scholarship Fund, serving as co-chair in 2002. A member of the National Alumni Council since 2003, he has served on the Finance and Alumni Engagement committees, and on the ad hoc committee to review and refine the committee structure

of the council. In 2007, he represented the NAC during the College’s Commencement Ceremonies. He was a Merit Award winner of Beta Alpha Beta fraternity in 2008 and was inducted to Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity in 2002. Cliff has participated in several D&E Theatre productions, helping with set construction and lighting. He often helps with the Business Department’s “Evening With Business,” and participates as a judge for class presentations as well as a member of panel discussions and seminars on business. A tireless volunteer, Cliff continues to make a difference in the life of his College.

Gail Rasor, ’02 Outstanding Young Alumna Gail Rasor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2002. An active student, Gail played basketball, ran cross country, served as a Resident Assistant, and was a Sportswriter for “The Senator” during her college years. Gail participated in the Honors Program all four years at D&E and graduated Salutatorian of her class. She was D&E’s Women’s Athlete of the Year in 2002 as well as the Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, was CoCaptain of her basketball team and named to the 2002 WVIAC All-Academic Team. Since 2004, Gail has been a member of the United States Air Force, currently assigned to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Gail has held several positions at the Air Force Academy, beginning as a gate guard and serving as a Patrolman and Armorer, a Desk Sergeant, and currently, as the Resource Protection Program Manager. She served two overseas assignments: the first in Iraq from August 2006 to March 2007, and the second in Kuwait as a Base Defense Operations Center Controller from July to December

National Alumni Council Maribeth Robenolt, ’82, and Tower Award Honoree Cliff Marstiller, ’80.


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Buck Cecil, Jr. ’80 Athletic Hall of Fame

Dr. Tom Chadwick and Outstanding Young Alumna Gail Rasor, ’02.

2008. An honor graduate of the Security Forces Technical School, Gail has received several awards, including the 886th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airman of the Month; the 2007 10th Security Forces Squadron Airman of the Year; the Army Commendation Medal; the John L. Leviton Award, Most Distinguished Graduate from Peterson AFB Airman Leadership School; and the Air Force Commendation Medal in 2009. Gail also is active in community service, having served as the Community Center Chapel Children’s Church Teacher and Vacation Bible School Volunteer and helping with a clean-up the Garden of the Gods park. In addition, she has carried the Colorado Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch for four years, from 2005 through 2008.


Vance Edward “Buck” Cecil, Jr., ’80, was a champion baseball player while a student at Davis & Elkins College. Since graduating, he has continued to enjoy baseball, turning his talents to coaching and helping numerous young athletes achieve their dreams of becoming champions. Buck spent two years at Allegheny Community College before arriving at D&E, then spent his two years as a Senator setting records. As a junior, he set the school record for stolen bases, reaching 21 in all, and he was named All Conference. As a senior, Buck stole an amazing 31 bases, setting a D&E record and ranking second in the nation by the NAIA. Again, he was named All Conference as well as Team MVP. With a batting average of .396 his senior year, Buck received the Conference “Hitter of the Year” award and was named All Region and received All American Honorable Mention honors. The Senator Baseball program also excelled while Buck was a player, winning the WVIAC Northern Division Championship in 1979 and 1980. Also, during 1979, the team was runner-up in NAIA District 28; but in 1980, it won the NAIA District 28 Championship. D&E’s record during Buck’s two years on the team was 22 – 10 in 1979 and 21 – 8 in 1980.

Athletic Director Dr. Greg Myers, Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Buck Cecil, Jr., ’80, and D&E Trustee Jim Bialek, ’74.

Buck started coaching during college, working at several baseball camps. With his degree in Elementary Education, Buck began his career teaching 5th grade at Beverly Elementary School, and quickly took up coaching in area youth leagues. His teams have consistently been winners. For five years, his Coalton Baseball team won its Sectional Championship. In basketball, he took the Tygarts Valley Varsity Girls team to 10 Sectional Championships and 5 Regional Championships. And, in 19971998, he was named Coach of the Year by the Potomac Valley Conference. Other coaching experience includes serving as an Assistant Coach for Elkins High School Varsity Basketball for three years and Head Coach for the Davis Trust Team in Elkins Babe Ruth League for 18 years. Still the competitor, Buck earned the 2007 Handicap Tournament Championship in golf at Canaan Valley Resort.

In Memoriam: 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee John Moser, 1926 - 2009 It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Moser, one of our 2009 Inductees to the Davis & Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame. John died on December 14.

John Moser served as head cheerleader at Davis & Elkins College from 1946 – 1950. Serving with teammates Emma Mae Stalnaker, Mary Lou Lang, Danny Mays, Denny Mays, LeMoyne Hamilton, Louise Hanson, Christine Wilcox, and Peggy Talbott, John enjoyed a fun and successful experience. John had a strong philosophy about cheering. “We started our support before the games began,” he wrote in a statement. “We continued our support without stopping during the game. We never stopped cheering. We cheered for our team

after the game was over. Even in defeat, we cheered for our teams.” In accepting his award in October, John remembered winning the NCIAA National Championship in basketball in Kansas City. He was proud, he said, to have been a part of that and gave credit to the fans as well as the team for the victories he was able to be a part of. John’s enthusiasm continued beyond his D&E graduation. In addition to his successful career with the U.S. Forest Service, John was an active volunteer in his community. He received many awards for his dedicated service, including the “Lion of the Year,” the prestigious “Silver Beaver” award from the Boy Scouts of America, elected President of

the All Sports Booster Club for Cleveland, TN, High School, received the Tennessee Governor’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” from Governor Winfield Dunn (1974), selected a 2008 Kentucky Colonel, served as chapter president for both the Cleveland and Spring Hill, Florida, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and named a lifetime member of the Masons. In 1983, John received the distinctive honor from Mayor Harry Dethro of Cleveland, Tennessee, of having January 4, 1983, named “John Moser Day,” through proclamation.

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Megan Beal, center, was named second team All American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Fall Sports Wrap-Up Women's Soccer The women’s soccer team went undefeated in conference play (10-0), won the WVIAC Regular Season Championship, and finished with an overall record of 14-5. They finished third in the nation in scoring offense at 3.63 goals per game, and senior midfielder Megan Beal was named second team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She was joined on the AllAtlantic Region first squad by freshman Allison Dant and junior Cole Dant.

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Senior goalkeeper Jackie Krum and freshman forward Kim Brown were named to the third team. Beal also made the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region first team and sisters Allison and Cole Dant were named to the second team. At the conference level D&E placed a leaguehigh six players on the first team squad and were represented by goalkeeper Jackie Krum, forwards Cole Dant and Kim Brown, midfielders Megan Beal and Alexa McCartney, and defender Allison Dant. Junior forward Bonnie Little was named to the second team and freshman defender Victoria Gustitus received honorable mention All-WVIAC. Coach Raul Ovalle will lose Jackie Krum and Megan Beal to graduation but returns a strong nucleus of players for the 2010 season.

Men's Soccer The men’s soccer team enjoyed a nearperfect season as legendary coach Greg Myers returned to the D&E sidelines and led the team to a 9-1 conference record and 13-6-1 overall. The only blemish in the conference regular season

was a hard fought 1-0 loss at Charleston in double overtime. The two teams met again in the WVIAC Tournament Championship and Charleston prevailed and went on to advance to the NCAA Final Four. After the season the men’s soccer program was also recognized by the WVIAC as the Sportsmanship Champion. This award recognizes teams that support a positive game environment and good sportsmanship. It is decided by conference head coaches and contest officials. Senior defender James Kpainay had an outstanding season and was named first team All-Atlantic Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and fellow seniors Brett Keatley and Daniel “Parker” Kwafo were named second team all-region picks. Daniel “Parker” Kwafo made the WVIAC AllConference first team for the third year in a row and was joined on the first team by James Kpainay, Brett Keatley, and junior Bediako Swan. Senior Zach Fayer and junior Kuda Mabiza were named to the second team and senior goalkeeper Tim O’Toole received honorable mention AllWVIAC.

The 2009-2010 men’s soccer team included First Row: Michael Knox, Brett Keatley, Drew Howell, James Kpainay, Justin Logan, Zach Fayer, Jammer Allison, Max Smidinger, Tim Bugge, Cole Johnson, DJ Upson, Bediako Swan, Sean Kelly, Greg Myers. Second Row: Logan Bowling, Dustin Talton, John-Carlo Rock, Chris Roberts, Corey Woody, Aliou Sow, Louis Stalnaker, Alex Torres, Elvis Heidji. Third Row: Ryan Grant, Ryan Baker, Thomas Philibin, Craig Marshal, Tim O’Toole, Joel Richardson, Frank Hail, Kuda Mabiza, Tristan Wierbonski. Not pictured: Michael Perez.




Volleyball The volleyball team under the direction of head coach Latonia Allen continues to improve and won 20 contests for the second year in a row, finishing 20-17 overall and 7-7 in the conference. At one point during the season the volleyball team won 11 matches in a row and again advanced to the WVIAC Tournament Quarterfinals for the second year in a row. Senior Haley Snyder was named second team All-WVIAC and junior Jessica Raffa and sophomore Jana Lowe were named honorable mention All-WVIAC. The volleyball team also displayed great sportsmanship and finished second in the WVIAC Sportsmanship Champion voting. Haley Snyder and Ashley Uberty will graduate, but expectations are high for 2010 as 13 letterwinners will return.

Cross Country The men’s cross country team finished 6th and the women finished 11th at the WVIAC Championships this year, but coach Will Shaw continues to build for the future. Freshman Kris Gorbea led the men at the WVIAC meet as

The Women’s Volleyball Team prepares for another round of competition on Think Pink night.

he finished 11th to gain second team All-WVIAC honors. Joe Altobelli, Anthony Hancock, Ryan Lichtner, Dustin Mathers, Derek Sparks and Mike Will all finished in the Top 55 at the conference meet. The women’s cross country team was led by sophomore Megan Gyongyosi who placed 36th at the WVIAC Championships and fellow sophomore Amber Kocella was close behind at 38th. Victoria Fearey, Barbara “Bob” Fellenstein, Marie Friend, and Julianna Warner all placed in the Top 72 for the Senators. The men will lose seniors Joe Altobelli and Ryan Lichtner and will miss their solid racing and leadership, but the women will return their entire team.

Members of the 2009-2010 golf team are (kneeling) Colin Sutherland, Alasdair Forsythe, Jacob Palm, Samuel Oliver, Fred Roby, (standing) Daniel Richardson, Ricardo Soler, David Shields, Cory Dillinger, Robert McCleneghen, and Coach Scott Goddard.

Golf The Senator Golf program finished third in the WVIAC Championship this fall and Head Coach Scott Goddard was happy with the outcome, “All and all, I’m pleased with the fall run of tournaments and, based on where we were picked in the coaches poll, we performed better than expected. Six Scottish freshmen joined the team and had to adjust to life in the United States, life at Davis & Elkins College, college golf, etc. I am truly proud of these young men.” Senior Cory Dillinger placed sixth at the WVIAC Championships to pace the Senators, followed by sophomore Alasdair Forsythe (11th), freshman David Shields (23rd), and freshman Robert McCleneghen (40th). Ricardo Soler and Dillinger will graduate but the Senators hope to build off their third place finish in the future.

Tennis This fall saw the return of women’s tennis as an intercollegiate sport at Davis & Elkins under the leadership of former Senator tennis player Otis Cutshaw. D&E defeated Concord University 4-3 this fall and will look to build on that victory next fall. This year’s team consisted of senior Ayesha Mazumbar, junior Katrina Tiedeman, and freshmen Kristen Justice, Amanda McClelland, Rachel Schramm, and Kerri Windell. Athletics | 17


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Events for Alumni and Friends Alumni, parents, and friends are encouraged to attend D&E events—on campus and beyond. For information on any of the events listed below, please contact the Office of College Advancement at (304) 637-1341 or, or visit the college web site at

Creating aLegacy at Making a Bequest or Planned Gift to Davis & Elkins College To include Davis & Elkins College in a bequest, simply state that the gift is to go to Davis & Elkins College for the purpose you choose. Suggested Donations • Endowed Scholarship Fund • The Preservation Fund for Hallihurst • The Preservation Fund for Graceland • The Library Gifts Fund • Unrestricted Gift (to be used where needed most) For further information: Patricia J. Schumann Vice President for College Advancement Davis & Elkins College 100 Campus Drive Elkins, WV 26241 (304) 637-1340

For more than a century, Davis & Elkins College has been able to provide a quality, liberal arts education to students, largely because of the generosity and thoughtful planning of alumni, friends, and community leaders who included a gift to Davis & Elkins College as part of their personal and estate planning. James K. Marstiller graduated from Davis & Elkins College in 1940 with a degree in mathematics and physics. He went on to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from M.I.T, and had a distinguished career as an aeronautical engineer, designing aircraft during WWII, pioneering the space program, and facilitating international relations in N.A.T.O. aviation programs. Still, he remained proud of his West Virginia roots, his degree from Davis & Elkins College, and his family legacy which dates nearly to the College’s founding. James’s father, Clare Harding Marstiller, attended D&E in 1908-1909; James’s uncle, Dr. Charles E. Albert, served as professor of physics and civil engineering and as Dean almost continuously from 1911 to 1958. James and his wife Jane supported D&E throughout their lifetimes; they also provided for a more substantial future gift to come to the College through a charitable trust. James Marstiller died in 2002, and Jane in 2007, but because of their thoughtful planning, D&E students continue to benefit from their generosity.

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April 9-10 Senator Baseball Parent/Alumni Weekend Come cheer on the Senators against St. Augustine’s College at Harpertown Fields. April 9-10 National Alumni Council Meeting Davis & Elkins College Featuring the Second Annual Almost Alumni Reception for Graduating Seniors. April 16-17 West Virginia Sustainable Fair Hosted by the Center for Sustainability Studies at Davis & Elkins College. April 17 Theater Alumni Reunion The Fantastics Spring Musical Production Alumni are encouraged to attend this final production under the direction of Theatre Professor Terry Hayes before he retires after thirty years on the faculty. Hayes will play the part of Mortimer (“the man who dies”). Lonnie Martin, ’02, will return to play the role of Henry Albertson (the “old actor”). April 24 D&E Reception hosted by Dr. & Mrs. William E. Phipps Richmond, VA Alumni and friends are invited to join Bill and Martha Ann Phipps for a reception in their home in Richmond. April 30-May 2 Friends of Senator Soccer 50th Reunion Davis & Elkins College (See back cover for details).

Mark your calendars for... October 1-3 Family Weekend 2010 October 15-17 Homecoming 2010


D&E Alumni Officially Form Virginia Alumni Chapter By Flint Engleman, ’90, President & Founder It’s official! The Virginia Alumni Chapter of the Davis & Elkins College Alumni Association has been formed. On October 18, 2009, an organizational meeting of D&E alumni from Virginia was held on campus during homecoming to launch the Chapter. The Chapter was formed to nurture fellowship among D&E alumni in Virginia, rekindle friendships and memories of the College, sponsor unique social events, and connect alumni with progress of the College. The Chapter’s short term goal is to grow its membership and to organize its first event in Virginia in 2010. The following chapter officers have been elected: President & Founder Flint Engleman, ’90, of Ruckersville; Vice-President of Alumni Relations Gary Horvath, ’62, of Nellysford; VicePresident of Events Debbie Payne-Fragale, ’81, of Moseley; and Administrative Controller Bill Turner, ’72, of Arlington. Any individual who graduated from or attended Davis and Elkins College is welcome to join the Virginia Alumni Chapter. There are two levels of membership available. Charter Membership: Open to Virginia residents. Supporting Membership: Open to those

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who live outside Virginia. As a member you will enjoy: Regular communications of Virginia Alumni Chapter news, exclusive invitations to Virginia Chapter events, electronic updates of news from D&E, the opportunity to connect with fellow D&E alumni from Virginia, and much more! For membership information, contact Flint Engleman at (434) 981-3014 or at Additionally, alumni can learn more about the Virginia Chapter on the web. The Chapter’s official website is www. The Chapter also has a new group site on Facebook and welcomes your support.

New York Metro Alumni Chapter Offers Variety of Activities

New York Metro Area Alumni Chapter River Lady Luncheon and Cruise – Susan Rhymer Plantier, ’83, Tom Plantier, ’83, Pam Fuss Widdoes, ’86, Chuck Zmirch, Dave Blaszczak, ’75, Lorraine Blaszczak, Dana Gunter, Jay Gunter, Eileen Eschbach Monastersky, ’80, Bruce Monastersky, Alex Monastersky, Maribeth Headley Robenolt, ’82, Scott Robenolt, Ted Henry, ’81, Casey Wilkinson Zahn, ’81, Linda Vance, ’81, Laura Constantine, ’81, Jo Anne Vaccaro Cerven, ’78, Kay Kirby Jeter, ’78, Pam Boyd-Petroski, ’78, Shirley Oorlog Childs, ’78, Vickie Lunde Rodriguez, ’78, Noel Rodriquez, Frank Mele, ’58, June Mele, Bill Sudbrink, ’59, Kathryn Howard, Nancy Evans-Bennett, ’66, Suzanne Jackson Bye, ’66, and Dennis Bye, ’65.

they ventured to Glen Cove to attend a luncheon at the Page One Restaurant. In September, more than 30 alumni, family and friends attended a luncheon cruise aboard the River Lady paddlewheel riverboat as it cruised the Toms River and Barnegat Bay of Toms River in New Jersey. The New York Metro Area Alumni Chapter is currently planning the next event — a tour of West Point — that will take place this spring. If you are interested in attending this event or future events, please refer to the Chapter website that can be accessed through the Alumni & Friends drop down menu of the D&E website, or contact Laura Constantine at Also, refer to the Past Events page of the Chapter website to find out what events have taken place and to see photos taken of alumni attending these events. Flint Engleman, ’90 and Bill Turner, ’72 at the Virginia Alumni Chapter meeting during Homecoming.

By Laura Constantine, ’81, Founder The New York Metro Area Alumni Chapter has been active since September 2006, with nine successful events held in the tri-state (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) area. Chapter founder Laura Constantine, ’81, and her committee have developed a variety of events which take members to locations throughout the tristate area. In April 2009, the group conducted its first event on Long Island. Alumni, family and friends participated in a tour of Theodore Roosevelt's summer home (Sagamore Hill) in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Afterward, Alumni News | 19


Greetings from your National Alumni Council!


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Your Alumni Council. Members of the National Alumni Council met in the Byrd Conference Center during Homecoming. Those present included: First Row L-R: Rob Beckwith, ’67, Beth Guye Kittle, ’47, Rachel Halperin Montgomery, ’91, Bill Turner, ’72, Fred Fincken, ’62, Charles Potter, ’68; Second Row: Vicki Lunde Rodriguez, ’78, Robin White Rybczynski, ’78, Jamie Hicks, ’02, Patti Bennett, ’85, Laura Constantine, ’81, Christine Hanna, ’04, Catherine Garnett Engleman, ’92, and Larry Hunt, ’67; Third Row: Flint Engleman, ’90, Richard Berman, ’75, Maribeth Headley Robenolt, ’82, Dave Blaszczak, ’74, Greg Brown, ’81, Cliff Marstiller, ’80, Stu Hendler, ’57, Tharon Jack, ’61, and Blaine Steensland, ’72. Members not pictured: Nathaniel Bonnell, ’03, Carolynn Chlada, ’00, Drake Dowler, ’69, Jay Hancock, ’70, Neil Keenan, ’92, Susan Beekman LaMora, ’73, Eileen Eschbach Monastersky, ’80, Rob Murphy, ’79, and Catherine “Casey” Wilkinson Zahn, ’81.

t was great to visit with so many alumni during the annual Fall Homecoming and Family Weekend this past October.

Those who were returning to the campus after a number of years had comments like… how great the campus looked... a new “gym” and new fitness center... the Madden Center addition to Benedum Hall. Perhaps most important was the abundant good spirit in evidence by the faculty, staff and students regarding the progress of our alma mater. If you haven’t been able to return for a visit recently, make a resolution for 2010 to do so! Preceding Homecoming is the fall meeting of your National Alumni Council, during which this dedicated group of volunteers focuses on how to better engage alumni in support of the College and its mission. You should be pleased to know that the Council formally adopted a Strategic Plan covering 2009-2013. This plan addresses the following areas: • Identifying alumni who can offer internships and professional opportunities to help current students in their career development • Expanding alumni support in attracting potential students • Expanding efforts to bring more alumni into an active and sustained relationship with the College

Blaine Steensland NAC President

help the College serve its current and future students. Let us know how we can do a better job by contacting us. You may reach me at (610) 670-7609 or bes2@psu. edu. For a complete list of NAC members and information about our activities, please visit our web site at alumni/nac.cfm. Keep in touch and best wishes from your National Alumni Council!

• Increasing the NAC Scholarship endowment • Strengthening the NAC through its nomination, membership and committee processes If you have thoughts on how you might be of assistance with any of these key areas, please do let us know. Members of the NAC welcome your comments and suggestions. We all share in this responsibility to 20 | Davis & Elkins College Forward

Blaine E. Steensland, ’72 President


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June Gallaher Eyzaguirre, Houston, TX, attended D&E in 1940 during her freshman year. Although June loved every moment while at D&E, she returned to her hometown of Huntington, WV, and graduated from Marshall in 1943.

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1949 Frederick D. "Showboat" Ware, Manchester, CT, graduated Cum Laude with a major in Physical Education. He was prompted by the 2009 summer issue of Forward magazine and note from Michel and Lucylle Chambers Debaets, ’49, Hilton Head Island, SC, to share a coincidence that he has with them. Fred and his wife, Vivian Larsen, were married at the Belington Presbyterian Church, in Belington, WV, on the same day Michel and Lucylle were married in Elkins – Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1947. Fred and Vivian were thankful and happy to have each other until the passing of Vivian in 1999. Frederick “Showboat” Ware, ’49. See 1949.


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Eugenia "Jeanne" Yarbrough Hanson, Salem, VA, has chronic degenerative arthritis but is still fairly active.

1956 Dr. Sheldon C. Downes, Greenville, NC, attended D&E for only one year (19521953) and states that he learned more in that one year than he learned in any year before or since.

1957 Francisco "Frank" DelValle and his wife, Mercedes, live in Carolina, Puerto Rico. They have one son, two daughters, two grandsons and three granddaughters. Frank's health hasn't been too good lately, however, he writes, “he is still here and breathing!” Alumni Notes | 21


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the future and enjoys receiving and reading President Buck's letters.

1958 Neil L. Irons, Mechanicsburg, PA, was recently elected to the position of Executive Secretary for the United Methodist Council of Bishops with responsibility for the Bishop's Office in Washington, DC.

1959 David H. and Della Mae Pope Semendinger, ’60. See 1960.

Garret K. "Gerry" Lockwood, Franklin Lakes, NJ, is thrilled to learn about so many positive and exciting events happening on and around D&E campus. After 52 years, he "still loves the place." Since losing his wife, Kate, to breast cancer in February 2008, Gerry reports life is very different. At 74, he has been blessed with good health and has been further blessed with a loving and supportive family. His two wonderful children, Brent and Amanda, and their families remain his primary interest. Gerry recently returned from a trip to San Francisco, CA, where Amanda's husband, Shaun, was honored by the San Francisco Philharmonic and was featured for a classical composition he submitted. Brent recently returned from a trip to Australia that he had earned for achieving a wine sales record for a supplier in the Madison, WI, region. Gerry asks friends to "be well and keep the good news coming." Robert E. Hullstrung and his wife, Flora, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August with their children and grandchildren. They sold their home in Florida and are once again full time residents of Grand Isle, VT. During the summer, Robert and Richard "Dick" Libby, ’57, a classmate and friend, who resides just minutes away from their son Russell's home in Connecticut, were able to enjoy a day together, and they hope to see each other again soon. Robert is pleased with the fine strides D&E is making into 22 | Davis & Elkins College Forward

W. Miles Runner's, Elkins, WV, one year old great grandson is a 4th generation "Miles Runner," aka Ichiro Miles Runner.

1960 David H. and Della Mae Pope Semendinger, Fairfax, VA, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV, over the Labor Day weekend. Kenneth D. Gibson, Manahawkin, NJ, is glad to hear D&E is moving in the right direction. He writes, "Whenever I lift my eyes unto the hills, I think of my days at D&E."

1961 Sharon L. Jack McQuain's niece, Rachel Schramm, is a member of the 2009 freshman class. Sharon resides in Elkins, WV.

1962 Robert R. and Judy McColly Reich, ’63, continue to enjoy their retirement in Avon Lake, OH, where their three Michael, ’62, and Betsy Forsha Maiden, ’65, and Toni James Formichella, ’65. See 1965.

children and eight grandchildren all live within 90 minutes. Most of their volunteer time is given to the Avon Lake United Church of Christ where Bob is a Licensed Lay Minister, involved mostly in chairing the Membership Board and teaching adult classes. Judy is on the staff as director of the Bell Choir. In addition she sings in one of the choirs, is a member of the Music Committee, serves as substitute receptionist, and is involved with two programs for the homeless and Stephen's Ministry for care giving. Judy was asked by the local group to be a trainer of new Stephen's Ministers and while in Pittsburgh for the training, she was able to connect with her "old" roommate, the Rev. Dr. Jean Humason Henderson, ’64. One highlight of the year for Bob and Judy was returning to D&E to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They stayed in Bob's old room in Graceland and had dinner with Sidney and Barbara Tedford. Good D&E memories were also shared with Carolyn Roberts Smoes, ’63, Baltimore, MD, and Barbara Frank Warren, ’63, Woodsville, NH, when they stopped in for a visit. Bob and Judy can be reached at

1963 Leonard and Sandra-Jo Moore Rudnick, Tuscon, AZ, celebrated their 46th anniversary on November 11, 2009 – they eloped during their senior year to Oakland, MD. Their newest grandchild, Brennan Barrett Fankhauser, born 12 weeks early – 2 lbs., 7", is now almost two years old, bright, healthy and happy.

1964 Kent W. Mason, Rockville, MD, is a photographer and volunteer for The Nature Conservancy and was recently featured in a web article for The Nature Conservancy. "[Kent's] images embody the heart and soul of the land, and pay homage to its splendor." The full article can be viewed at www.nature. org/wherewework/northamerica/states/ westvirginia/volunteer/art29056html

1965 Michael, ’62, and Betsy Forsha Maiden, Los Angeles, CA, get together frequently with Toni James Formichella, ’65, Santa Monica, CA.


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The Gribble Girls, Janice Kemp Hutchison, ’70, Susanne McCutcheon King, ’70, Martha "Marti" Chase Brown, ’72, Mary Vine Langley, ’70, Susie Beamer Scott, ’70, Karen Freshour Chiochanyont, ’71, and Ellen L. Moore, ’70. See 1970.

Chiochanyont, ’71, Hendersonville, TN; and Ellen L. Moore, Branchburg, NJ, reunited this summer for the 11th year in a row. This year they decided to come back home to D&E where it all started – Great Times and Great Friends.


1968 Phyllis Glass Morris and her husband, John, North Port, FL, met in graduate school at the University of Arkansas. After that they more or less became itinerant teachers. They taught either part time or as visiting professors in West Virginia – John at D&E and at AldersonBroaddus, Phyllis at Fairmont State, then both for six years at WVU. They lived and taught for a year in Yuma, AZ. And they spent two years in Clarksville, AR, where John headed the writing program at the College (now University) of the Ozarks and Phyllis taught English to Iranian students in a private language school. From there, they moved to the Middle East, teaching English full time at universities in Riyadh for two years and Jeddah for four years. Later moving from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf, John and Phyllis lived from 1998-2007 in Doha, Qatar, where John taught at Qatar University and Phyllis devoted her time to writing. They spent summers with family at home, and in England, Wales, and Paris. They now enjoy living and writing in Florida. John is a published/publishing poet and the winner of several awards. Phyllis's publications include a chapbook of poetry, Time to Close the Cottage (Mill Mountain Press, 1975), and a romance/ adventure titled Ardith (Avalon, 1995) set in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Phyllis recently finished writing a literary novel called Waltzing set in West Virginia and an amateur sleuth mystery called Mooder set in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. She is now writing a second mystery set in Wales called A Friendly Murder. If anyone has an

Christopher E. Spade, Cuba, NM, has been the principal of Tsé Yí Gai High School for four years. He now has five grandchildren, three boys and two girls. "in" with an agent, please let her know at Phyllis writes, "I'm grateful for every minute I spent at Davis & Elkins College."

1970 Sharon Schnebly Cappeluti, Damascus, MD, retired last year and is having fun traveling, horseback riding, and rock climbing. No grandchildren on her side, just a granddog – but, two on her husband's side and one more on the way! Steven P. Andreasen and Rev. James S. Spencer, ’73, get together every Sunday morning at 7:00. Steve is retired and Jim is with St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church. They both live in New Smyrna Beach, FL. The Gribble Girls, Janice Kemp Hutchison, Harrisburg, PA; Susanne McCutcheon King, Stockton, NJ; Martha "Marti" Chase Brown, ’72, Spring Grove, PA; Mary Vine Langley, Hedgesville, WV; Susie Beamer Scott, Westminster, MD; Karen Freshour Phyllis Glass Morris, ’68, her husband, John, and their family. See 1968.

D&E TKE alumni Frank, ’73, and Sally McCauley Miller, ’75, Tom Allen, ’72, Steve Andreasen, ’70, Rev. Jim Spencer, ’72, and Jeff Pfeifer, ’72, in New Smyrna Beach, FL. See 1973.

1972 John L. Caracciolo, Yerevan, Armenia, has accepted a permanent appointment with the London based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as Regional Head of Programs in the Southern Caucasus. He will be based in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and be responsible for the EBRD's operations in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The EBRD is an international financial institution that supports projects in 30 countries from central Europe to central Asia. It invests in the private sector, promoting entrepreneurship and fostering transition towards open and democratic market economies in the countries of the former Soviet Union. The Bank also works with publicly-owned companies to support privatization, restructuring of Alumni Notes | 23


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Rich Cresson, ’79, Lisa Bernzott Etter, ’79, Mary Henry Saldana, ’81, and Jeffery Gray, ’79, at the High Falls of Cheat. See 1979.

state-owned firms and improvement of municipal services. The EBRD is owned by its member/shareholder countries, the European Community and the European Investment Bank.

1973 While vacationing in New Smyrna Beach, FL, Tom Allen, ’72, his wife, Carol, Manhasset, NY, and Jeff Pfeifer, ’72, and his wife, Maureen, Pittsburgh, PA, got together for a TKE reunion with Frank, ’73, and Sally McCauley Miller, ’75, DeBary, FL, Steve Andreasen, ’70, New Smyrna Beach, FL, and Rev. Jim Spencer, ’72, New Smyrna Beach, FL.

1975 Joanne Dempsey Glaser, Clarksburg, WV, graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in May 2009. She is now serving three churches in the Elkins area – Belington Presbyterian Church, Beverly Presbyterian Church and Tygarts Valley Presbyterian Church. Her son, Ben, and her daughter, Elizabeth Glaser Troyer, ’05, also graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and are currently seeking pastoral calls.

1977 Bradley E. Armentrout and his wife, Joy, live in McKinney, TX, with their four children, Clara, Paul, Jenna and John. This summer, Brad and the two older children, Clara and Paul visited D&E. They enjoyed a golf cart tour of campus, "brought back a lot of memories – it was great!"

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WV, and Roy F. Simms, Elkins, WV, after a Snowshoe Foundation event and golf outing in Snowshoe, WV.

During Homecoming, Rich Cresson, ’79, Swarthmore, PA, Lisa Bernzott Etter, ’79, Farmingville, NY, Mary Henry Saldana, ’81, Tarrytown, NY, and Jeffery Gray, ’79, New York, NY, enjoyed the scenic train ride aboard the New Tygart Flyer to the High Falls of Cheat.

1980 Nick Blanton, Shepherdstown, WV, is president of the Rumseian Society of Shepherdstown. He is an authority on James Rumsey's quest to build a steamboat and Benjamin Franklin's endeavors to finance the quest. By trade, Blanton is a musical instrument maker. After obtaining his BA in History from Davis & Elkins College, he worked as a gunsmith in Colonial Williamsburg for several years before moving to Shepherdstown in 1985. With the move, Blanton joined the effort to build a replica of James Rumsey's steamboat, the Rumseian Experiment, where he also served as mechanic, patternmaker, historian and crew member. The Rumseian Society is a non-profit organization. For more information, visit the website, Mary Ann DeLuca, ’80, Elkins, WV, enjoyed getting together with Chris Keelips, ’82, Rowayton, CT, John "Aldo" Little, ’82, Cleveland, OH, Martin Allen, ’83, Sylvania, OH, Debbie Payne Fragale, ’81, Moseley, VA, Laura Billups Santmyer, ’79, Elkins, WV, Bill Walwik, ’82, Mocksville, NC, Dave Camp, ’82, Parkersburg, WV, Ian Allen, ’14 (son of Martin Allen), Steve Wamsley, ’83, Valley Bend, WV, Lisa Tennant Wamsley, ’92, Valley Bend, WV, Lori Grimes Gray, ’95, Elkins,

Arlene K. Glascoe-Jones, ’81, has developed two new lines of self-esteem fashion called Phrilly Girlz, for teens, and Phrilly Girlz II, for ladies of all ages. See 1981.

1981 Arlene K. Glascoe-Jones, Culpeper, VA, has developed two new lines of self-esteem fashion called Phrilly Girlz, for teens, and Phrilly Girlz II, for ladies of all ages. As artist and fashion designer, Arlene is beginning Phrilly Girlz as a blouse and T-Shirt line that will include art that address a variety of subjects ranging from inner to outer beauty, focusing more on true spirit of the authentic girl while cherishing, preserving, respecting and protecting her individual and invaluable qualities. For more information or an e-catalogue, Arlene invites you to contact her at with S.E.W. (self-esteem wear) in the subject line. Chris Keelips, ’82, Mary Ann DeLuca, ’80, John "Aldo" Little, ’82, Martin Allen, ’83, Debbie Payne Fragale, ’81, Laura Billups Santmyer, ’79, Bill Walwik, ’82, Dave Camp, ’82, Ian Allen, ’14 (son of Martin Allen), Steve Wamsley, ’83, Lisa Tennant Wamsley, ’92, and Lori Grimes Gray, ’95. See 1980.

Jayne M. Wood Harris, Beverly, WV, and Dr. Gloria Payne, ’43, Elkins, WV, often see each other in the community. "Gloria made me realize it is important to always give 100% of your talents toward your goals."

1983 Glenn A. Davis, Spring,TX, was inducted into the Houston Dynamo's inaugural class of the Orange Blazer Club on November 8, 2009. The Orange Blazer Club, named in honor of Dynamo President Oliver Luck's orange jacket, honors individuals who have made a major contribution to the Houston soccer community. Glenn played soccer for D&E, earning NAIA All-American honors, and later went on to play for the original Houston Dynamos in 1984. He has been involved with youth soccer clubs throughout his life. After his playing career, Glenn helped form the Houston Hurricanes Youth Soccer Club. He is a play-by-play broadcaster for ESPN, the radio host of 790 The Sports Animal's weekly “Dynamo All-Access with Glenn Davis” show, the television host of FOX Sports “Houston's Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis” show, and color analyst for Dynamo television broadcasts on FOX Sports Houston and KHOU 11.2. Glenn is a nationally recognized broadcaster and has called two World Cups for ESPN and the Olympics on NBC.

1984 Mary Kanaskie Kolle is a first grade teacher at Candlewood Elementary in Derwood, MD.

1990 Phi Sigma Theta celebrated its 25th anniversary during Homecoming weekend where members enjoyed a slide show created by Vange Smith Quinn, ’90, Lorton, VA.

1993 Douglas A. Homer, Falls Church, VA, was recognized as the 2009 Coach of the Year by the United States Adult Soccer Association for helping lead the Aegean Hawks to the national championship last summer. Doug holds a USSF “B” Coaching license which he attained in 2003. He is the Head Coach of the


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US Maccabi Men’s National Team, a team he has coached since early 2007. He developed a strategic plan for the identification, selection and development of an 18-person Senior National team that finished fourth out of twelve national teams at the 2007 Maccabi Games in Rome, Italy. Doug and his wife, Caroline, have two children, Elias and Isabel.

1995 Jason M. Oliver is the owner and head brewmaster of the Devils Backbone Brewing company near Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Virginia. In its first year of operation the brewpub has won several national medals for its beers. See the company’s web site at www.

1996 David Hayes, an IT specialist at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, completed the Chicago Marathon, a 26.2 mile run on October 11. He lives in Perrysburg, OH, with his wife, Emily, and their three children, Noelle, Matthew, & Isabel. Matthew B. Smith, Portsmouth, VA, was promoted to Petty Officer First Class on July 17, 2009. He spent 18 months in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa with the Navy Reserve, returning on October 16, 2008. Matt has been a member of the military since 1992. Djibouti was his third

David Hayes, ’96, completed the 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2009. See 1996.

Matthew B. Smith, ’96, was promoted to Petty Officer First Class on July 17, 2009. See 1996.

deployment. His prior deployments were to Fort Knox, KY and Indian Head, MD.

1997 Michael A. Potts was promoted to Director of Wheeling Park Operations at Oglebay Park in March, 2009, and on August 8, he and Jenny Andreas were married. They reside in Wheeling, WV.

1998 Erin Smulski Wolling and her husband, Zach, Bethel Park, PA, welcomed their newest daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Wolling, on August 17, 2009. Morgan joins big sister Allison, who will be 3 years old in December. Erin works from home as a proposal writer for the Regulus Group and Zach is a Recreation Specialist with Pittsburgh Job Corps. Marguerite L. "Margot" Gilmore Kubichek, Elkins, WV, joined halfmillion other walkers across the country by taking part in the 2009 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 12, 2009, in Pittsburgh, PA. Margot was part of team “Big Ben’s Battle.” The 2009 goal was to raise $105 million to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. You can visit Margot's Walk Web page at walker.cfm?id=87353261 Alumni Notes | 25


Morgan Elizabeth Wolling, daughter of Erin Smulski Wolling, ’98, and her husband, Zach, was born on August 17, 2009. See 1998.

2000 Kenneth A. Maxwell, II, Naples, FL, would like to say hello to all of his old friends at D&E. He has been married to his wife, Michelle, for 11 years and they have one little girl in the first grade. Ken is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the HME Division of Sunshine Medical and Michelle is a fulltime mom. Ken would love to hear from anyone who was at D&E from 1996-2000, Larisa Draeger Swartz, Walnut Creek, CA, and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of their daughter, Shannen.

2002 Kirk and Amanda B. Yeargan Monroe, Midlothian, VA, celebrated their fourth anniversary by going to Chincoteague on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They stayed at Miss Molly’s Inn, where Margaret Henry wrote the book Misty of Chincoteague. While there, Amanda and Kirk visited The Pony Center, where Misty and her foal, Stormy, are preserved, and Bebe Ranch, the setting of the book. During their last night there, they took a cruise around the island, where they saw wild ponies, the wildlife, and the Assateague light house. Amanda hopes her classmates are doing well. She can be reached at

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out to the bagpipe recessional “Highland Cathedral” and then celebrated the rest of the evening on top of Keystone’s Timber Ridge Lodge. The couple resides in Westminster, Colorado. The groom is attending school and the bride is a substitute teacher for Boulder County and recently started a wedding consulting business—Something Blue Colorado Planning and Design.

2004 Casey McNiesh Wilson, Elkins, WV, and her husband, M. Nick Wilson, ’02, are expecting their first baby, a boy, in February 2010. J. Alex Olson, Moseley, VA, is employed by Hunt Investments, LLC, a commercial real estate development company that has completed more than 15 historic renovations in the Richmond area.

2006 Marcea Copeland married Mark Rodden on September 6, 2009, on top of Keystone Mountain in Colorado. The wedding party walked in to “Bluebells of Scotland” played by bagpiper Matt Taylor, ’05. The couple’s dog Anakin was the ring bearer. Kate Dillon, ’04, was the Maid of Honor and Mark Novak of Annandale was the Best Man. The wedding party walked

Larisa Draeger Swartz, ’00, and her husband, James, at the Fresenius Medical Care Holiday Party 2009. See 2000.

Marcea Copeland, ’06, married Mark Rodden on September 6, 2009, on top of Keystone Mountain in Colorado. See 2006.

2007 Jessica Grady defended her thesis in October and graduated from Marshall University with a Master of Arts in history on December 5, 2009. Her thesis is titled, "Power, Courtly Love, and a Lack of Heirs: Guinevere and Medieval Queens." She will be going into grants administration at Marshall. Correction – Photo of Larisa Draeger Swartz, ’00, in the summer issue of Forward was mistakenly identified as Larisa, James and Shannen. Correct identification should have been Larisa, her daughter Shannen, and Kirk Monroe.


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he individuals listed below include members of the D&E family whose passing we have learned about within the last six months. Although some left us years ago, we wanted to remember them here on behalf of all alumni and friends of Davis & Elkins College. 1924 Owena Sanderson Cromwell, December 25, 1999 1928 Ernest L. See, February 1, 1985 1928 Charlotte Pittman Waldron, April 23, 1997 1929 Eleanor King Wade, December 17, 1988 1930 Hans Lineweaver, June 11, 2009 1930 Dorothy Chenoweth Smith, October 28, 1996 1931 Lois McLaughlin Woodford, November 30, 1989 1932 Henrietta P. Johnson, September 1, 1970 1932 Martha C. Townshend Littleton, September 21, 1997 1932 Virginia Kratzer Painter, August 10, 2009 1932 Oid D. Shreve, July 16, 1998 1932 Phyllis L. Chipley Warder, January 1, 2009 1933 Laurence B. Peirce, August 30, 2009 1933 Arthur H. Teed, March 1, 1976 1933 Wallace G. Walker, October 1, 1981 1933 Nelson A. Williams, June 1, 1975 1935 Winifred Neale Danitz, July 1, 1992 1935 Mildred E. Raikes Goldberg, August 3, 2009 1935 Regina A. Steel McDonald, June 10, 2005 1935 Hilda M. Siska Powers, November 22, 1993 1935 Mary Wegman Swiger, July 29, 2001 1935 John H. Wheeler, December 28, 2003 1936 Myrtle L. Wanless Campolio, February 6, 1999 1936 Dorothy E. Cox Prouty, December 31, 1995 1936 Elma F. Grimes Weese, September 5, 2009 1936 Margaret K. Parsons Zader, June 15, 2009 1937 Marijane A. Corrick Baker, August 1, 1994 1937 Twila Carr Digman, November 1, 1980 1937 Jo Ann Adamson Garvin, July 16, 2009 1938 Vie Ferguson Brown, January 8, 1991 1938 Mary N. Moomau Clark, April 1, 2003 1938 Albert G. Levy, December 1, 1988 1938 Eileen L. King Lewis 1938 Grayce H. Chenoweth Wise, October 1, 1985 1939 Alice S. Garrison Bebee, January 7, 2000 1939 Lilly Wilmoth Moore, July 1, 1993 1939 Michael A. Pinto, February 20, 2003 1939 Medora E. Vanscoy, August 1, 1985 1940 James F. Carchidi, July 1, 1985 1940 Gertrude Parsons Stalnaker, June 24, 1995 1940 Arthur B. Tebor, August 28, 2004 1941 Keith W. Burge, March 16, 1998 1941 Thomas O. McVaney, Jr., January 15, 2001 1942 Guy J. Barrow, September 29, 2009 1943 Charles Setar, December 28, 2002 1944 Edward A. Moore, November 16, 2009 1946 Olin C. Compton, June 8, 2009 1946 Mary F. Baker Ritter, August 7, 2009

1947 1948 1948 1948 1948 1948 1948 1949 1949 1949 1949 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1950 1951 1951 1951 1951 1951 1951 1951 1951 1951 1951 1951 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952

Hazel T. Chapman Salisbury Barbara B. Cudworth, July 25, 2008 Carl Hinkle, January 21, 2009 Phyllis A. Jones Hinkle, June 7, 2001 Mary C. Meador MacVean, October 16, 2009 Reva L. Wylie Michael, March 9, 2008 Dollie T. Enevoldsen Wiseman, November 22, 2009 Eileen P. Rennix Gillis, November 29, 2002 Barbara J. Pollitz Robinson, September 19, 2009 Betty R. Callison Whiting, July 18, 2009 Clarence R. Wilmoth, March 11, 2003 Robert H. Arrasmith, September 6, 1998 Bernard D. Chenoweth, August 19, 2009 Raymond C. Cody, August 20, 1997 Dorothea L. Niman Denison, June 20, 1999 Stelio V. Liggio, July 15, 1997 Herbert M. Lippincott, August 11, 2004 Lloyd G. Mass, November 14, 1993 Ernest G. Moon, July 30, 2008 John W. Moser, December 14, 2009 Inez M. Smith, October 26, 1989 Frankie Woods Tanner, January 31, 2006 John I. Teasley, January 14, 2002 Frona Flynn Williams, April 12, 1991 Rita Rice Wilson, June 20, 2009 Elizabeth A. Pennington Wood, February 18, 1991 Donald L. Carroll, July 9, 2009 Robert W. Dailey, IV, October 27, 2001 Wayne A. Gerhardt, October 30, 2006 Francis E. Haselberger, June 24, 2003 William C. Hayes, July 18, 2009 Neil W. Hill, May 26, 2001 Charles F. Leonard, January 9, 1995 Hope H. Mallow, August 25, 1997 Julian E. McCarley, September 18, 2007 Thomas Vris, February 16, 1992 Stanton M. Williams, October 6, 2003 Wendell M. Baker, December 1, 1998 Dorothy Parker Cocco Carroll J. Giles, Jr., September 10, 2005 Lyndon W. Haigh, September 15, 1987 Ray R. Hanson, Jr., July 11, 1989 Nina E. Harman, January 1, 1989 Juanita Grimes Hawley, November 30, 2009 Harold R. Hinchman, August 5, 1998 Kenneth R. King, November 20, 2009 Brinton A. Mullins, March 7, 2008 Eileen Arbogast Shanabarger, August 5, 2007

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Irving P. Wendling, April 10, 2008 Albert A. Calisti, January 29, 2002 William M. McKillop, III, July 15, 1997 Joe H. Orrison, June 12, 2008 Harold Teplitz, September 20, 2008 Wallace L. Butts, October 21, 2007 Mary R. Kegley, November 22, 2004 Troy Waybright, April 8, 2002 Phillip Lefkowitz, August 8, 2003 Robert W. Tull, December 6, 2009 Leslie B. Brand, August 20, 1996 Carl O. Rundberg, February 8, 2007 Robert H. Simmons, December 28, 1996 Herbert F. Wegweiser, April 18, 1992 Dennis M. Wadler, April 28, 2007 Ruben D. Torres, May 23, 2007 David H. Ahlstrom, August 30, 2005 Everett D. Fansler, September 16, 2000 Samuel P. Wetherill, April 14, 2001 Mc Neer K. Dolly, November 24, 2005 Donald A. Morgan, April 20, 2006 Donald J. Skala, August 27, 2008 Paul D. Cure, May 30, 2009 William W. Harris, January 20, 2001 John A. Catlin, July 25, 2007 Dennis T. Bujas, June 6, 2001 Michael L. Harris, October 9, 2001 Barbara B. Habel Stirling, January 18, 2007 Robert L. Copeland, May 22, 2003 Pamela R. Matters Deemer, April 1, 2001 Rexford A. Fliess, November 7, 2009 Gregg G. Johnson, September 22, 2007 Roberta D. Peters Wheeland, January 21, 2000 David R. Staack, December 18, 1998 Nancy J. Ising Koontz, December 21, 2007 William G. Carr, October 1, 2009 Cecil B. "Chris" Jackson, Jr., July 15, 2009 J. Ronald Blake, November 29, 2009 Norma N. Hardy Hiser, June 11, 2009 Dean W. Colliton, November 4, 2002 Nancy F. Chenoweth Rogers, September 3, 2009 Jeffrey G. Kelley, June 24, 2009 Martha J. Schoonover Phillips, June 25, 2009 James W. Piper, November 12, 2009 Shirley T. Hester, November 28, 2009 Jon McCullough, November 23, 2009

Audrey W. Poe Allen, March 30, 2005 Former Student

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Dr. Ross with family members during the Installation of the Thomas Richard Ross Chair in History and the Humanities in Booth Library in the spring of 2008.

Remembering Dr. Thomas R. Ross “Dick Ross was no ordinary man. He was one of those rare persons who, when you were in his presence – even in a crowded room – gave you the sense that you were the most important person in the world to him. The irony of course is, we were. In this, he showed us the ultimate imperative in life, that we must take what we have come to know and believe – and even care about – and live it with heart-felt love for every person we are privileged to encounter along the way. It is indeed his capacity to love that we most remember.” – President G.T. “Buck” Smith Reflections on the Man, delivered during services at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, October 7, 2009 Dr. Thomas Richard Ross, ’90, Professor of History, Emeritus, and Dean of the Faculty, Emeritus, died at Davis Memorial Hospital on October 1, 2009. Remembered fondly by alumni and friends, he left an indelible mark on Davis & Elkins College, shaping its students, its academic program, and, ultimately the legacy its alumni leave today. Dr. Ross was born in 1919 at Carthage, Missouri, a son of pioneer families in southwestern Missouri. He was reared on a farm which his great-grandfather had settled in the 1830s. He received his elementary education in a one-room country school, was graduated with honors from the Carthage High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Park College, where he served as president of the student body and was an honor graduate of the class of 1940. Following graduation from college, he taught in the Carthage public schools and was serving as principal of the Mark Twain Junior High School when he entered military service in 1942. Dr. Ross served in combat intelligence in the Fifth Air Force in the Far East 28 | Davis & Elkins College Forward

during World War II and was awarded five battle stars and various commendations. In 1946, Dr. Ross married the former Jean McCorkle of Leavenworth, Kansas, who preceded him in death in 2001. Shortly after his marriage, he entered Harvard University, where he earned master’s and PhD degrees in history. He and Jean had two children – Elkins attorney and D&E Trustee T.R. Ross and Laurie Ross Taylor. In 1949, Dr. Ross joined Davis & Elkins College as an associate professor of history. He was later promoted to professor of history and appointed chairman of the Department of History and Political Science. He served as academic dean from 1959 to 1970 and again from 1986 to 1987, after having retired in 1985. He also served as visiting professor of Unites States History at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, while on Sabbatical leave from 1970 to 1971. Dr. Ross was the first West Virginia professor to be a awarded a Danforth Foundation Teacher Study Grant and the first D&E faculty member to receive the Lois Latham Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1960, he was one of 20 academic deans in the United States to be invited to participate in an Intellectual Life conference sponsored by the Association of American Colleges. At the invitation of President Gerald Ford, he attended a White House Conference on Education, Economics and Environmental Problems in 1974. He was a senior associate of the Danforth Foundation and a member of the American Historical Association, the American Association of University Professors, Phi Alpha Theta, the West Virginia

Association of Academic Deans, the Randolph County Historical Society and other scholarly, civic and philanthropic organizations. Since 1997, he had been a trustee advisor at Davis & Elkins College. Dr. Ross was the author of several books, including The Biography of Henry Gassaway Davis, The Diamond Jubilee History of Davis & Elkins College, A History of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church and A History of the Elkins Rotary Club. He had been editor of the Davis & Elkins Historical Magazine and associate editor of the Presbyterian Outlook. He wrote two articles for The West Virginia Encyclopedia, published in 2006. Among numerous honors awarded to him, he was especially proud of the Thomas Richard Ross Endowed Chair in History, which family and friends established at Davis & Elkins College, that Park College had given him the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1975, and of the Beta Alpha Beta MERIT Award for Community Service in 1988. The College posthumously awarded Dr. Ross the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa during Homecoming 2009.

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Celebrate 50 Years of Senator Soccer Excellence! April 30 – May 2 With the Friends of Senator Soccer (FOSS) at D&E Don’t miss these Golden Opportunities! • Friday afternoon golf outing with proceeds to benefit the D&E soccer programs • Friday night welcome reception with President Buck & Joni Smith followed by a night at the Icehouse • Saturday afternoon picnic kicks off the outdoor activities followed by a series of games, inflatable play stations and fun activities for children and families • Alumni soccer games – short-sided as well as full-field against the D&E men’s and women's teams • Glenn Davis (’83) will serve as emcee of the 50th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday evening in The McDonnell Center, honoring the Best XI All-Time in D&E men’s and women's soccer. Plus, we will induct graduating players from the class of 2010 into FOSS and present the FOSS A.C.E., Parent Volunteer of the Year, and Leadership Awards. Information about the event, including how to vote for the BEST XI, Top 10 Moments and registration, is on the FOSS website Or register via email to Vincent Rooney at

Forward - Winter 2010  
Forward - Winter 2010  

The Winter edition of D&E's magazine, Forward, featuring news and information about Davis & Elkins College.