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WVU’s story is your story Add your pivotal moments to WVU’s living history


Visiting Professor Patricia Lee became a Mountaineer the first day she traded her high heels for boots.


Assistant Professor Kasi Jackson says every day she makes the decision to be a Mountaineer.


Robbie Loehr’s Mountaineer moment came when he put on the WVU cycling team uniform for the first time and rolled to the starting line.

But when did you become a Mountaineer? Tell us by uploading your Mountaineer moments on Facebook and YouTube. Find us on Facebook at West Virginia University Mountaineers, on Twitter @WestVirginiaU, on YouTube at West VirginiaU and by checking in on FourSquare.



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Our Story Our story is the collection of every voice and

Behind every great place is a

every memory. Now and for generations to come, Mountaineers can share and witness the story of WVU, told year by year, story by story, memory by memory, person by person. That story begins with you.

great story.

Share your story at

And a great story is worth exploring. WVU has made it easier for you to experience its history through an interactive timeline.


Want to know what inspired the University’s founders?


How did the University cope during war and hardship?


How did we band together in loss and victory? You’ll find answers at

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ear Readers,

The Life of a University is built in moments. Some are personal moments—the dream of a first-generation student, or a quiet moment of triumph in the classroom. Some are grand public moments—the launch of a new academic program or research initiative, breaking ground on a state-of-the-art classroom building, or cheering for our Mountaineer student-athletes in their pursuit of championships. All of these moments matter in the life of a thriving campus community. The centerpiece of this issue is a timeline that takes a fresh look at the history of WVU and its pivotal moments. We’ve produced timelines before, but this is the first time we’ve really looked at our history as a living journey—one that has brought our university to the threshold of national prominence, and recognizing fully that this is a journey that includes you. “When you became a part of WVU’s story, they became your moments.” The timeline in the print version of the magazine is just a snapshot of WVU’s living timeline online ( The interactive timeline allows you to search and sort the moments that make up WVU’s dynamic history—and invites you to submit your own pivotal moments, historic photos, and memories and events to our official timeline. We also feature the launch of the WVU Heritage Project, at, where you can share and explore the memories of fellow alums and become part of a larger oral history, the legacy and story of every Mountaineer. And as this issue’s cover reveals—we are all Mountaineers. In “Moments that Form Mountaineers?” (p. 20), some of our readers answer the question: What Makes You a Mountaineer? To add your thoughts on what makes you a Mountaineer, visit mountaineermoments.

We’ve also asked our Mountaineer family to help us tackle some tough questions as WVU is poised for a competitive future. In “Leaders Speak Out on the Future of Higher Education” (p. 27), former WVU president Gordon Gee leads a discussion among fellow Mountaineers about challenges facing higher ed in a shifting economic landscape for American universities. In some way or another, every story in this issue asks you to consider: What moments make you a Mountaineer? We hope you’ll join us online and share your thoughts, memories, and moments.

Dana Coester Executive Editor


West Virginia University is a studentcentered lear ning community meeting the changing needs of West Virginia and the nation through teaching, research, service, and technology. Copyright © 2011 by West Virginia University. Brief excerpts of articles in this publication may be preprinted without a request for permission if West Virginia University Alumni Magazine is acknowledged in print as the source. Contact the editor for permission to reprint entire articles. West Virginia University Alumni Magazine is an integral part of the teaching, research, and service mission of West Virginia University. The magazine seeks to nurture the intellectual, social, and economic development of its readers in West Virginia and beyond. The opinions of authors expressed in articles in the magazine are not necessarily those of WVU or of the editors, however. Printed in the USA on recycled paper. ®

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The pivotal moments in WVU’s history are highlighted in this beautifully illustrated timeline—from the Morrill Act of 1862 establishing land-grant colleges to today’s Strategic Framework for the Future, which defines our goals through 2020 and beyond.

20 What Makes Us—Moments that Form Mountaineers Join us as we recount the moments when some special people realized that they are part of the WVU family. An online video brings more stories to life; you can also describe the moment when you became a Mountaineer.

26 Land Grant 2.0 at a Time of Pivotal Change Notable alumni along with state and national higher education leaders join former WVU President E. Gordon Gee, current president at The Ohio State University, with their reflections on the challenges and possibilities facing higher education.

30 Women in STEM “Advance” at WVU at a Pivotal Time A sneak peek at the diverse WVU women making their mark in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. COMING IN THE NEXT ISSUE: How these WVU women are raising the University’s profile as successful scientists, teachers, role models, innovators, and leaders.

33 Welcome Home Alumni Students from the Class of 1961 (and earlier) met to reminisce and share the stories of their lives.

34 Global Outreach: Creating a Worldwide Experience at WVU As students from around the globe enroll here, the WVU community benefits from different cultural experiences. See what WVU is doing to make sure that all students feel at home.

36 From Sea to Shining Sea: WVU Students Engage in Study Abroad Experiences Travel abroad is an important part of the college experience. Learn about how traveling to Great Britain and Uganda changed two students’ lives.

39 WVU—A Worldwide Community of Caring Giving back to those in need is something Mountaineers do, whether it’s in Morgantown, New Orleans, Haiti, or anywhere in between.

42 Supporting Home Gifts of property, enhancements to endowed faculty positions, and donations that benefit research efforts are helping WVU thrive. Learn what inspires community members and alumni to support this dynamic University.

44 Research Briefs Research at WVU reaches from the depths of a coal mine to the surface of the moon.

46 Honored with Technology Award: Charles M. Vest Alumnus Charles Vest is recognized internationally for his distinguished service to science and technology.

47 From Grateful Hearts Tom and Sue Tatterson thank WVU for his education by giving back.

48 Irvin Stewart Society 49 A West Virginia Yankee in Mexico’s Royal Court Artist, author, and soldier David Hunter Strother sent home remarkable reports on nineteenthcentury Mexico—rediscover this unique West Virginian in a new book.

50 The Patient’s Story There’s usually more to a patient than his medical history. A WVU physician reminisces about one very special patient and alumnus—Fred Schaus.

52 National Honor is Ultimate for Furfari

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WVU grad Andrew Scritchfield loves his job as a cameraman for NBC News.


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If you follow WVU sports, you’ve likely read more than a few stories written by WVU alumnus Mickey Furfari, a recent inductee into the US Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame.

55 From Gold and Blue to the Blue Room 56 Class Chatter On the Cover: A collage of Mountaineers—all of whom, no doubt, have a story about what it means to be a Mountaineer.

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ear Alumni and Friends: West Virginia University is facing a pivotal moment—an exciting new chapter in its long history as West Virginia’s flagship, land-grant university. You, our alumni and supporters, have built a strong, solid foundation of success. That success now offers the opportunity for a limitless future. That future will, however, come with challenges. Rapid changes with global impact are affecting every aspect of our lives as we craft a strategic plan for the coming decade. To fulfill our mandate as a twenty-first century land-grant university, we know we must excel in academics, innovate in research, foster unparalleled diversity, advance global engagement, and serve our citizens like never before. As a community, we have developed a strategic framework that will harness our enormous potential in these key areas to become bigger, better, and stronger in our impact on the state, the nation, and the world. This issue of the magazine includes comments from some of our nation’s most knowledgeable leaders about the challenges facing higher education. Fulfilling our goals and meeting these challenges will be an enormous undertaking, but we will seize this pivotal moment as our predecessors seized theirs. In this magazine, you will read about other moments that changed the course of this University’s destiny—from the decision to open our doors to women students to the growth of our health sciences enterprise to the purchase of our first computer. Each decade has brought progress, and each advance laid the foundation for the University that we are now—and the University that we will become. Over the past 144 years, WVU has not only faced and exploited pivotal moments—it has created them in the lives of the people we serve, and in the lives of Mountaineers everywhere. WVU has grown and transformed since its earliest days, and it has transformed the lives of so many in the process. Many voices in this magazine articulate what it means to be a Mountaineer and how becoming a Mountaineer changes lives for the better. We recently celebrated our 142nd Commencement, and once again, our graduates told their own stories of dreams realized and hopes launched. This year’s graduates included Justin Heydon, a mechanical engineering major who was partially paralyzed by a diving accident in 2009. He could have let that moment derail his plans for the future, but he didn’t. Instead, he showed true Mountaineer strength and determination by completing his education and securing a job with Swanson Industries in Morgantown. Our graduates also included Joanna Adkins, who came to WVU as a first-generation student and who will return to her Wyoming County, West Virginia, hometown as a doctor of family medicine. While studying in Morgantown, she worked with the MUSHROOM project to help meet the health care needs of the underserved and local homeless populations. When she returns to her hometown, she will fulfill her dream of providing health care in southern West Virginia. Justin, Joanna, and thousands of other new graduates are following in the footsteps of our alumni, who harnessed the opportunities for transformation at WVU to create lives of limitless possibilities. With the help of our alumni, West Virginia University will become stronger than ever in the years ahead. We will meet society’s twenty-first century needs, and we will carry on our legacy of changing lives—one pivotal moment at a time.

James P. Clements, President West Virginia University

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William Price was a member of the Wheeling Convention and a West Virginia State Senator from Monongalia County, 1869-1873. Unidentified Price family members are standing on the front porch of their home.

Mountaineers, our journey began

in the nineteenth century. Our first steps to becoming West Virginia’s flagship University came when legislators proposed building a new college in the Mountain State. At the urging of State Sen. William Price, they chose Morgantown as the location in 1867. Price offered the properties of the Monongalia Academy and

WVU’s first classes were held in this building, the Monongalia Academy. The Academy was established in 1814 to educate boys and opened a companion school for girls in 1839.

Woodburn Seminary for what would soon become WVU. Every beginning has an end, but not for WVU. With the whole state behind us, West Virginia’s university prospered and grew.

WVU’s oldest building, Martin Hall, was completed in 1870 and stands beside Woodburn Seminary.



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Senator William Price of Monongalia County introduces a bill offering properties of Monongalia Academy and Woodburn Seminary for a new college.

State Legislature votes to put college in Morgantown. The Rev. Alexander Martin is first president.

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Even should the present generation fail to appreciate, improve, and increase its power, it will still live, and coming ages shall build on the foundation which here, with faith and prayer, we lay a fabric whose majestic proportions may exceed our most sanguine expectations.­

—Alexander Martin inaugural remarks—June 27, 1867

Geology students pose with their professor, Israel Charles White (standing, left), in the 1880s.

The attempt to govern young men in attendance upon a state university by laws conceived in the same spirit as those which obtain in the conduct of reform schools and inebriate asylums is foredoomed to miserable failure.

—President John R. Thompson, 1877 report to Regents

Legislature gives its first contribution to WVU from its own budget: $10,000 for endowment and $6,000 for current expenses.

Marmaduke Herbert Dent becomes the first graduate; University Hall—today’s Martin Hall—opens.

Legislature levies a tax of 5 cents on every $100 of taxable property to raise money to replace College Hall (Old Woodburn), which had burned down. WVU Alumni Association is founded. Marmaduke Dent is first president.

Central part of New Hall— later called New Hall and then Woodburn Hall in 1901 —completed at a cost of $41,000.




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its roots firmly planted, the

University blossomed in many directions. This era saw many firsts—the first female students, the first football team, and the first fraternity. The first library opened in what is today Stewart Hall, and the College of Law was established as WVU’s first professional school. Our firsts were not limited to Morgantown; the University grew to inclue campuses at Keyser and Montgomery. The door to WVU, and its paths to the world, were open wide. Commencement Hall, Stewart Hall on the left, and Purinton House on the right, c. 1905-1925.

Harriet E. Lyon was WVU’s first woman graduate. The only woman in the 14-member Class of 1891, she won the honor of being valedictorian. She raised four children and was active as a musician, singer, composer, and community leader.

College of Law established as WVU’s first professional school; Dr. Hugh W. Brock teaches first medical courses.

Levi Holland, an African-American living in Morgantown, is refused entrance into the Law School because WVU is racially segregated.

Nine years after first being proposed, the Board of Regents votes to admit women to all but the “Preparatory Department,” and first 10 women arrive to study with 198 men. The first Agricultural Experiment station becomes active.

Members of the Columbian Literary Society become charter members of Phi Kappa Psi, the first permanent fraternity on campus.

Harriet E. Lyon is WVU’s first woman graduate—and she is first in the class. WVU’s first football team is organized, and is beaten 72-0 by Washington and Jefferson College.

Football team loses to Washington and Jefferson 58-0, but defeats Mount Pleasant Institute (12-0) and the Uniontown Independents (12-2).

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Coed music class.

Since the collegiate department has been opened to ladies, the increase of lady students has not been what was expected. The reason is obvious: ladies are excluded from the preparatory department of the University, and there is no school in the state that does especially prepare young ladies for the collegiate department. . . If coeducation is desirable, for what reason should we deny ladies the benefit of the preparatory department? This needless discrimination is unfair. . .

—University Daily, June 15, 1893

The first football team (with an elliptical-shaped football) in 1891.

Med students in 1896 showed a macabre sense of humor.

Our life as ‘co-eds’ (a term always entirely distasteful to me) in those early days was very different from what I imagine the girls experience now. Some cordial, friendly treatment I recall, but a number of professors and male students treated us as if we were intruders or aliens.

—Harriet E. Lyon, WVU’s first female graduate (1891), reminiscing in the 1936 Alumni Magazine.


In 1899, a student’s room looked like this; with a bicycle and a rifle flanking his dresser and pinups on the wall.


Students protest compulsory attendance by stamping their feet during chapel resulting in faculty warning that “any student who is found guilty of creating disorder in chapel shall be dismissed from the West Virginia University.”

Women allowed to enter all departments and schools, except military. WVU preparatory school opens at Montgomery, later becoming WVU Institute of Technology.

First separate library building opens in what is today Stewart Hall; twoyear School of Medicine established and a prep school opened in Keyser—later becoming Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke graduates at age 18 and is a member of the first group of Rhodes Scholars from around the world. See all 25 WVU Rhodes Scholars: http://wvuhistory. scholars/.

School of Medicine becomes department within Arts and Sciences.

Mining Extension starts, becoming the first in the nation to train miners; first instruction in pharmacy; College of Law joins Association of American Law Schools; and enrollment exceeds 1,000.






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and hardship. Yet we marched through the

West Virginia University’s part in the war has been no mean part. Turn through the pages of this War Department of the Monticola and read our honor roll of students at the front . . . go about our University buildings and see our numerous service flags bearing mute but glorious testimony of the bravery of West Virginia University men . . . when you turn these pages, it can be known and remembered with pride that “our boys” did not fail the call.

uncertainty by launching our first graduate

—Monticola, 1919


Mountaineer spirit

arose during World War I and the Great Depression. WVU lost some of its most precious assets when students heeded the call to war; and the University had to make many cuts during a time of want

programs in industrial, biological and social

sciences, and education. In the face of these trials, we continued to excel in research and innovative curriculum. Mine Safety Day at Jackson’s Mill, 1936.

A young boy doing crafts at Boys 4-H Camp, Jackson’s Mill, 1932.

Women with rugs and quilts at 4-H Camp, 1932.


WVU Extension serves one in five West Virginia youths.

With Legislature considering whether to move WVU from Morgantown, President Frank Trotter notes that the town has no saloons, a long history of educational support and a “classical atmosphere.”

With war in Europe and a draft established, many students enlist and remaining students protest taking finals; Reserve Officer Training Corps organized. The next year students continue to try to persuade faculty to “rescind its customary testing.”

Oglebay Hall completed for College of Agriculture.

Engineering Experiment Station and Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp, the first in the nation, established.

Law Building, later Colson Hall, completed and College of Law accredited by the American Bar Association.

Old Mountaineer Field completed where current Life Sciences Building stands. Remained in use until 1980 when new Milan Puskar Stadium at Mountaineer Field opened.

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The main lobby of Wise Library sometime between 1930 and 1940.

It would pay West Virginia to get an educator of at least national, if not worldwide, reputation and prominence for president —even if he cost twenty thousand dollars a year.

—State Journal, July 24, 1914, during a WVU presidential search

The problem of improving traffic conditions through the University campus is one that can’t be postponed indefinitely. Relief is needed for motorists and students. Hundreds of students cross Unversity Avenue between classes, traffic is slowed and it’s dangerous for students crossing.

—Morgantown Post, March 8, 1930

, 1932.


Coeds enjoying a ride in a convertible in the early 1900s. College of Education becomes independent.

School of Physical Education established.

Graduate Council created and work begins to organize a graduate school, which opened the next year in six fellowship programs.

What is now Wise Library is dedicated.

Graduate School organized into Industrial Science, Biological Science, Social Science, and Education; the school is charged with pursuing research to address the problems of the state and to train students for graduate degrees.

The Athenaeum, which debuted as a literary magazine in 1887, becomes The Daily Athenaeum newspaper.






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breakthroughs led us to emerge as a national

powerhouse in degree programs, sports, and medicine in the mid-1900s. Expansion continued and WVU doubled. We flourished as the state’s medical epicenter with the creation of the University Hospital. The first open heart surgery in the state was performed at WVU. In sports, the legendary Jerry West took the basketball team to the NCAA Championship game. The College of Business and Economics and the state’s first community college also

Governor Clarence Meadows

opened. These successes pushed us all to face

Photo courtesy of West Virginia State Archives

new challenges. Jack Hodge, the first black graduate of WVU (journalism, ’54), in a Woodburn Hall newsroom. The other students are Robert Rine, ’52, and Margaret Wayt, ’51.


Two students display their paintings, c. 1962.

The College of Business and Economics has been ranked as number 90 in the Best Undergraduate Business Schools of 2011, in Bloomberg Businessweek. College of Agriculture and Forestry creates four-year forestry program.

School of Social Work established, and Journalism School becomes independent.

Land for Evansdale campus is purchased; Core Arboretum established; student enrollment reaches 8,069.

WVU selected as site of the state’s new medical center.

College of Business and Economics established.

WVU Foundation established. Jack Hodge, from McDowell County, is the first black undergraduate to receive a degree from WVU, which had immediately desegregated after Brown v. Board of Education decision from US Supreme Court.

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e Momentum Right: Jerry West was a two-time All-American who graduated with a 24.8 scoring average and became the Lakers’ first pick in the 1960 draft. He is known as one of the greatest players in NBA history. His silhouette is on the official NBA logo.

(WVU) should be THE University both in theory and fact.

—Governor Clarence Meadows, January 9, 1947


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Brain surgery at WVU Hospital, c. 1960-1964.

I was truly surprised to learn that a small town is just as good a location as a large metropolitan area . . . What the usual state metropolis can offer in the way of hospitals and the economy of using them becomes less impressive when it is pointed out that a medical school must build its own teaching hospitals to supplement existing facilities, regardless of where it is located. The quality and value of a medical school vary more with the quality of the faculty than with the size of the town in any event.

—Governor Okey Patteson in a highly anticipated report announcing his support for locating WVU’s medical, dental, and nursing programs in Morgantown rather than Charleston, June, 30, 1951


WVU is one of only 11 schools in the country that are land-grant, doctoral research universities with a comprehensive medical school.

New medical center’s Basic Sciences Building opens and School of Dentistry is created, with School of Pharmacy moving in the next year; Annette ChandlerBroome of Morgantown is the first black female undergraduate to receive a degree.

Jerry West leads basketball team to the NCAA Championship, where it loses to California 71-70.

University Hospital opens, and School of Nursing and Department of Pediatrics established.

School of Dentistry awards first degrees, and the nation’s first fouryear dental hygiene program is created.

Parkersburg Center of WVU, the state’s first community college and later WVU-Parkersburg, was established. First open heart surgery in the state is performed by Dr. Herbert Warden at the School of Medicine.

President Paul Miller says his role in “presiding over the land-grant education movement recognized that all work was dignified and worthy of improvement by institutions and that citizens should have educational opportunities commensurate with their abilities, regardless of income or social position.”






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a feverish pace, our momentum

pushed WVU well into the future. And along that path to tomorrow, a few historic campus icons took shape: the Creative Arts Center, the Coliseum, Mountaineer Field, Ruby Memorial

Hospital, the Personal Rapid Transit System (PRT), and the new Mountainlair. Decades later, these landmarks still define and serve our Mountaineer family. Women continued to march to the foreground, as the first women joined The Pride of West Virginia marching band, and WVU celebrated its first female Rhodes Scholar. Our icons helped to define us, and our advances opened our doors—and

Thirty-two years ago, when Dean Edward J. Van Liere became a member of the staff of West Virginia University’s School of Medicine, faculty and students were already envisioning a medical center which would provide the state with the most expertly trained members of the medical profession in its history. Today that dream is fast becoming a reality—a reality far beyond the greatest expectations of those first doctors and medical students.

our successes—to the world.

—Monticola, 1954

Known as “Towers,” the Evansdale Residential Complex is a group of four connected residence halls: Bennett, Braxton, Brooke, and Lyon. The first two towers opened in 1965.

The Coliseum under construction. Built in 1970 at a cost of $10.4 million, the Coliseum is the home of the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and much of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The Mountainlair, c. 1960.

The Law Center was completed in 1974.

WVU Press established; first computer, an IBM, installed.

Forestry Building, later renamed Percival Hall; first two towers at Evansdale Residential Complex open; and College of Human Resources and Education organized.

Creative Arts Center, new Mountainlair and two more ERC towers are completed.

A year after a CBS reporter called WVU “a football and fraternity campus” of “obedient children,” Kent State tragedy sparks demonstrations that shut down University Avenue and State Police use tear gas to restore order. Coliseum opens.

Women allowed to join WVU marching band for the first time.

Law Center completed.

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State Police clear demonstrators against the Vietnam War who blocked streets in the Grumbein’s Island area in the spring of 1970.

1966 was a record year in giving to WVU as the total voluntary giving topped one million dollars for the first time, showing a 70% increase over 1965.

— Monticola, 1967

Dedication of the Mountaineer statue in front of the Mountainlair in 1971.

First female Rhodes Scholar, Barbara Schamberger.

The Board of Governors has recently announced a decision to purchase a major second-generation computer, the IBM 360-75, which will be delivered to the campus some time early next spring. The large computer, a central University resource, has become as indispensable to modern investigative work as the library itself, and the 1968 decision of the Board of Governors to invest in a major computer installation ranks with the decision of earlier boards to undertake general graduate training, to develop the library itself, and to establish a modern medical center.

—President James Harlow

at his inauguration, September 14, 1968


For every dollar the State appropriates to WVU and its affiliate organizations, $40 is returned into the state economy.


Ruby Memorial Hospital, 1989.

The Evansdale Library. Personal Rapid Transit, begun in 1970, is completed between downtown and the Medical Center.

50,000-seat Mountaineer Field opens; just six years later more seats were added to hold 63,175 fans.

Evansdale Library opens; E. Gordon Gee, former law dean, is named president.

Hazel Ruby McQuain donates $8 million toward the construction of Ruby Memorial Hospital; WVU Hospitals becomes a private corporation. WVU’s Georgeann Wells is the first woman to dunk a basketball in a game.

Barbara Schamberger becomes WVU’s first female Rhodes Scholar.

Ruby Memorial Hospital opens; football team goes undefeated in regular season but loses 34-21 to Notre Dame in national championship game after quarterback Major Harris was injured early.






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leapt into the new millennium,

with a determination to lead the way to the future, not follow in others’ footsteps. We carved out new paths with new research initiatives. WVU is ranked as a Research University (High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. We excelled in health and science research, defining new frontiers with the opening of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, and the awarding of our first forensic identification degrees. Our programs in physics and the School of Medicine were ranked among the best in the nation.

Natalie Tennant, WVU’s first female Mountaineer and West Virginia’s current Secretary of State.

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The Blanchette Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) at WVUtoisWest the only research center the world dedicated the study of human Bus, a mobile digital mammography unit, travels Virginia counties thatinhave the worst breastto cancer mortality rates.memory. > Bonnie’sRockefeller The College of Mineral and Energy Resources opens new building on Evansdale campus; Natalie Tennant is the first female Mountaineer mascot.

Construction begins on National Research Center for Coal and Energy; Mountaineer Doctor Television founded to link WVU physicians with patients in rural areas.

Resident Faculty Leaders Program established as RFLs move into new houses beside residence halls.

Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute at WVU launched.

WVU designated Doctoral/Research University-Extensive by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; first Crime Scene House opens in WVU’s budding forensics program.

World-class Student Recreation Center opens; first forensic identification degrees awarded; College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Services renamed Davis College in recognition of Morgantown’s Davis sisters’ $18.4 million gift.

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The world looks on, awaiting our reaction to the tragedy we have experienced. Our national character is again being tested. Our response must be a clarion call for justice. For this reason, if no other, we must now summon all the determination our generation can muster in defense of the freedoms we enjoy. We have no choice if we are to truly honor those who have died as a result of terrorist activities within our country and beyond its borders.

­—President David C. Hardesty, campus memorial service, September 14, 2001

Now we face the moments ahead. With a map in hand in the form of the 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future, WVU is continuing its journey forward. Our destination is to become a University of the highest research activity filled with double the number of nationally ranked programs, and students who are ready and well-equipped to begin their careers. We Close to 5,000 people attended a candlelight vigil in Woodburn Circle on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.


are building on the past that has molded our identity. We are still the same, yet with clearer vision, as we continue on to each moment.

Employers ranked WVU as the 23rd best school for engineering graduates in a Wall Street Journal survey (September 2010).

WVU receives $24.4 million from State for health science research, especially cancer and neurosciences.

WVU Alumni Association Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund surpasses $10 million; President George Bush delivers Fourth of July message at WVU.

WVU College of Engineering opens state’s first nanofabrication “clean room”; Rural medicine program ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report; National Science Foundation ranks Physics Department among top 100 programs.

WVU joins Pitt and Carnegie Mellon in $26 million research to design cleaner, more efficient uses of fossil fuels; School of Medicine ranked in top 10 for rural medicine; WVU Biomedical Research Center dedicated; new Erickson Alumni Center opens.

WV Nano researchers at WVU attract $2.4 million for work in energy, bio-nanotechnology; WVU part of consortium of universities with $465 million in contracts to provide services to National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Renovation begins of White Hall, which opened in 1942 as Mineral Industries Building. The renovated building, to open late fall 2011, will be a first-class home to the Department of Physics.






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future N ow


have already cemented ourselves as a top-tier university. Now we’re just continuing our journey by latching onto new pivotal moments and riding them into tomorrow. As we walk the newest steps of our history, our journey, we have a new map—the 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future—to guide us. Our destination is to become a university of the highest research activity, while serving as a model for diversity and inclusion. We want to redefine the land-grant mission for the twenty-first century, while holding firm to our land-grant roots.

> WVU this year ranked in the top 20 “Best Places to Work in Academia” by The Scientist magazine—one of only two land-grant institutions and just four comprehensive universities. WVU and its affiliated organizations, in fiscal year 2009, resulted in: • 45,500 jobs • $8.28 billion in business volume • $1.8 billion in employee compensation • $69 million in assorted state taxes

WVU faculty members generate $177.7 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants. Alumni and friends contributed a record $96.3 million in private donations to the WVU Foundation in fiscal year 2011.

The total number of WVU Fulbright Scholars is 54, including 18 in the past ten years.

WVU has made the most progress of any of the nation’s flagship universities in providing access for low-income and underrepresented minority students, according to a report from The Education Trust.

WVU has earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, joining only 6% of all universities.

WVU ranks nationally for scholarships: • 25 Rhodes Scholars • 33 Goldwater Scholars • 21 Truman Scholars • 8 Boren Scholars • 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (11 academic team honorees) • 5 Gilman Scholars • 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars • 2 British Marshall Scholars • 2 Morris K. Udall Scholars

> WVU is one of only three institutions that offer a joint petroleum and natural gas engineering ABET-accredited major. We will further enhance our academic excellence, teach our students to be innovators and leaders, build the future with our global partners, and—with every endeavor—improve the quality of life for the people of West Virginia. Our roadmap points the way to new chapters in our history. But the past that has molded our identity is our compass. We are true and tested Mountaineers, crafted by our history, and guided by a vision for the future that will redefine us and WVU for centuries to come.



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Moments that form


Written by Kathy deweese Contributors Tara Curtis, Colleen DeHart, and Bill Nevin Photographs by M. G. Ellis and Brian persinger

What does it mean to be a


Is it a passion for gold and blue? Is it watching your favorite football player score against Pitt? Does it mean you will always remember seeing a basketball go through the hoop to beat the buzzer in a must-win game? Do you become a Mountaineer when you apply to WVU, or when you receive your acceptance notice, first step on campus, or proudly accept your degree? Does being a Mountaineer simply mean that you are a native West Virginian, or that you attended WVU? Or is it more? Does the word Mountaineer stand for a state of mind, a sense of pride in accomplishment, respect for tradition, or shared memories? What is that elusive something that transforms people into Mountaineers? To find out, we asked various members of the WVU family to share moments from their lives that will help illustrate the wonderful, shared state-of-being known as being a Mountaineer.



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Hoppy shores ’54 BA; served as a Kanawha County Commissioner for 43 years. I followed the Mountaineers my whole life. The football team and the school were always number-one in my heart. Wherever I go I am a Mountaineer, and everyone knows it.

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Kay Getsinger

Christa Lamp Hodges ’02 BS

I think I was born a WVU Mountaineer. My My WVU education was a time of personal

father, Gus Comuntzis, was head cheer-

I was actually raised as a Marshall fan, and

renaissance. I came of age, and through

leader at WVU, and my grandparents’ home

in 1997 (my freshman year at Marshall),

terrific professors and hard work, became a

was directly behind the old Law School on

I came to the WVU-Marshall game in

successful student. I learned that the rigor-

Hough Street. I couldn’t imagine being any-

Morgantown. I absolutely fell in love with

ous academic discipline of preparation at

thing but a Mountaineer. I officially became

the place and felt that it was where I was

WVU and business preparation are cut from

one in August 1963. All of my life, WVU has

supposed to be. I finished that semester at

the same cloth.

just simply been a “family member.” I guess

Marshall and transferred to WVU and became

I’ve always felt that there was no separation

a Mountaineer. I later went on to work at

between my family and WVU.

the WVU Visitors Center giving tours of the

Carolyn Eberly Blaney ’46 BA, ’98 Honorary PhD West Virginia University means so much to my husband and me. We hope that it will

University. It was great to get paid to tell everyone how much I loved it there! Kathy Hall-de graff ’86 BS

continue to grow and to produce outstand-

WVU for me was a double blessing since

ing scholars.

I grew up in Morgantown and had many

DAN and Betsy brown Dan, ’59 BSBA, and Betsy Brown, ’59 BS We both have a great love for the University. We don’t donate for publicity; we do it because we love the University. We feel passionate about projects that give students a real-life, hands-on experience. Our hearts are, and always will be, with WVU.

Colleen McMullen-Smith ’93 BA

connections with the University through

I remember when Horace Belmear, the

family, friends, and personal experience. It

former assistant dean of Admissions and

was a tremendous opportunity and I took

Records, made personal contact with my

full advantage of it, but I didn’t realize until

parents, who had no idea about the college

I lived in other places what a unique and

experience. He came to my home and

vibrant community WVU really is. At some

talked about this place called WVU and the

point it occurred to me that it was more

people there. When I got to campus many

than just an alma mater. It is an institution

people made it a home-away-from-home.

that I would like to see thrive, and is an

I knew I was a Mountaineer when those

institution with tremendous value to the

people wrapped their arms around me and

people of Morgantown and to the state of

let know it was going to be OK.

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Shelly Belt ’93 BS in secondary math education; is a title insurance underwriter for United Bank and has been with the bank in various positions for 17 years. She has two boys (9 and 11) who are die-hard Mountaineer fans. I grew up in a very rural area. We didn’t have cable, and I had never been exposed to Mountaineer sports of any kind. My senior year, it became time to pick a college. I really didn’t get what all the fuss over WVU was about. Then, my best friend, Tara Curtis, took me to a Mountaineer football game. I wasn’t crazy about the traffic and

was too

young for

tailgating, and

we stood in a

seriously long line to get into the stadium. I wasn’t

impressed. But once we got into the stadium, what can I say? Between the awesome marching band and the enthusiasm of the fans, I was blown away. It was then that I knew I had to be a Mountaineer. I went to WVU the following fall and have bled gold and blue ever since. West Virginia University Alumni Magazine

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David L. Smith

Karen Vannoy Smittle

’79 BA

’66 BSPE

Craig Underwood ’80 BA

I grew up as a Mountaineer. My father was

I became a Mountaineer the first fall

I think there were several moments when

superintendent of the WVU Poultry Farm.

Saturday sometime in the 1950s when my

I really understood what it meant to be a

WVU provided our house on the farm

father took me to the top of Blair Mountain

Mountaineer. Being born in West Virginia

where I lived from birth until going into the

to listen to a WVU football game. Living in

and having a great love and passion for the

Army in 1963. My mother and father had

Logan, West Virginia, you could not always

state from a very early stage and loving the

degrees from WVU along with four aunts.

get reception of the games and being on

mountains and loving the outdoors, loving

My grandfather, Edgar Andrews, had been a

top of the mountain helped. My dad was

all that West Virginia stands for—on one

professor of poultry science and my uncle,

a cheerleader with Gus Comuntzis and

hand I was born a Mountaineer.

Marlyn Lugar, was a law professor. As a

taught me all the cheers while listening to

When I was in high school, I would come to

kid, I watched the University grow with the

the game. I graduated in 1966 and have

football games with my sister who was at

new Evansdale campus. We could see the

returned to retire in Morgantown with my

the University and started to feel a little bit

construction of the Medical Center from

husband, who also graduated in 1966. We

more like a Mountaineer with a capital M.

our house. Sometimes I would ride with my

are looking at a fifth-generation Vannoy

dad, delivering eggs to the dorms.

family member to attend.

Having pride in my state and school never hit me until I enlisted in the Army. Before

I really understood that it’s not an individual; it’s not a singular thing. To me it’s plural.

J.T. Thomas ’00 BS

leaving for basic training, the recruiting

I think it was when I started school here that

station in Fairmont took us to a local eatery. As we were leaving, the waitress told us

Returning to WVU for the second time and

that no matter where we went in the world,

earning my degree was my pivotal moment.

don’t forget you are from West Virginia. That

I was able to graduate, get a great job, and

stuck, and made a big impression on me.

bring my whole family up here. And I have

I came back and got my degree in art in

only grown as a person because of it.

1972. WVU has always been a major part of my life.

It’s about the community of Mountaineers. I found that everything I did at WVU— whether in the classroom, working with professors, working with students and study groups, or in student organizations or working in the community—being a Mountaineer is a collaborative effort. The true value, the true strength, and the true joy of being a Mountaineer is working with other people who share that love and share that passion. To me, that is what it means to be a Mountaineer. Share your story at: 24


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Jerry Carr Jr. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he is a doctoral student in physics who was invited to attend the 60th annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and students in June 2010. The main thing I enjoy the about the concept of being a Mountaineer is that it includes people from completely different walks of life. What we have in common is that none of us are scared of hard work.

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Land Grant 2.0 at a Time of Pivotal Change


n the midst of a national debate about the value and quality of a college education, the modern land-grant university stands out in its mission, its

outreach and its dedication to the people it serves. Indeed, public higher education continues to play a pivotal role in improving the quality of life—not just for students and their families, but for the entire local, national, and international communities. As America prepares to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Land-Grant Act of 1862, notable alumni, national and state leaders, and higher education officials —including former WVU President and current President of The Ohio State University E. Gordon Gee—reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the twenty-first century global economy—from cost, access, and responsibility—to technology, relevance, and innovation. While many experts offer many opinions, all agree that public higher education is at a pivotal juncture. The future of West Virginia, of America, and of their role in the world, hangs in the balance. Public higher education does matter, and it should matter to everyone. Read on . . .


Key Issues Facing H igher Ed


Tuition for Lowest-Income Families Percent of Income

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Lifetime Earnings Over High School Grads Bachelor’s Degree:

+ 60%

Master’s Degree: + 100-300% Doctoral Degree: + 100-300%


Is College More Important Than High School?

68% Somewhat Agree: 19%

Strongly Agree:


77% say

that getting a college education today is more important than it was ten years ago


Of Those Who Did Not Attend College . . .

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Leaders Speak Out

On the Future of Higher Education


James P. Clements President, West Virginia University

“At this pivotal time in the history of American higher education, WVU—through its Strategic Framework for the Future—is committed to maintaining and growing the importance and relevance

Gaston Caperton

Past President, The College Board

“The United States is facing an alarming education deficit that threatens our global competitiveness and economic future.” ­­

Jay cole

WVU Chief of Staff

of public higher education to our state, our nation, and the world. Our 2020 Strategic Plan is grounded in our land-grant mandate, and inspired by all of

“It is a particularly good time to look ahead to the next 150 years.”

the possibilities and aspirations of that mission

donald Hall

Faculty, WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

in the twenty-first century. As we near the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, the land-grant mission has never been more important. As we move forward, WVU will expand and enhance its research footprint and its influence; will excel in

“State-supported institutions cannot rely solely or even significantly on budget support from our state governments.”

President, Coastal Carolina University

academic achievement; will share innovation and discovery to build economic growth, health care, and quality of life; will promote diversity, inclusion, and equity; and will open West Virginia to the world and the world to West Virginia.”

donald decenzo

“Diminishing resources are not new or unique to colleges and universities.”

Adriane Williams

Faculty, WVU College of Law

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Leaders speak out on the future of Higher Education (continued from page 27) Gaston Caperton: Educational Attainment and National Competitiveness Past President of the College Board, former Governor of West Virginia, and the first F. Duke Perry Professor of Leadership Studies in the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

It is critical that all high school students—regardless of race, background, or means—have the opportunity to continue their studies and earn a college degree or certificate if they are motivated to do so. In the twenty-first century’s global economy, it is not just an education but postsecondary education that is required to compete and succeed. Jay cole: Reimagining the Land-Grant Mission ’94 BA, Truman Scholar, WVU Chief of Staff

In 2012, America will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the 1862 Land-Grant Act. “Celebrate” is the right word because the land-grant idea has been a driver of the evolution of American higher education during the last 150 years. Like any good idea, the land-grant idea can and should be continuously revisited and reimagined for the sake of improvement. As we look back on the last 150 years of the land-grant idea, it is a particularly good time to look ahead to the next 150 years and reimagine the ways the land-grant idea will continue to evolve and shape American higher education and WVU. Donald Hall: Changing Faculty Roles Jackson Family Distinguished Chair in WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

I think we all have to grapple with several aspects of twenty-first century academic life that differ significantly from the job expectations of our predecessors. In serving our tech-savvy students, faculty will inevitably need to think about how to use the latest technology in course delivery. It is also clear that we at “state-supported institutions” cannot rely solely or even significantly on budget support from our state governments. Many of us will be expected to learn the intricacies of grant-writing and fund-raising if we wish to launch new initiatives or even maintain our current projects. David DeCenzo: Accountability ’79 MA, ’81 PhD, President of Coastal Carolina University

Diminishing resources are not new or unique to colleges and universities, public or private . . . While managing budget woes at the state level has, unfortunately, become an unsettling way of life, we must be creative and seek opportunities that are yet to be imagined. Our goals are twofold: to seek greater efficiencies at every level of the University to reduce costs, and to increase revenue streams without compromising student access through exorbitant tuition increases or limiting critical student services. While uncomfortable, tough decisions are sometimes necessary. Adriane Williams: Support Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Foundations/Education Policy Studies in the WVU College of Human Resources and Education

Children develop a predisposition for postsecondary study because of their environments. College-graduate parents talk about where their children are going to college before they are born. Of course almost all parents say they want their children to go to college, but non-college graduates often lack the knowledge and skills to put their children on the right path and guide them along the way. The primary institutions capable of filling that gap are schools. State and school leaders interested in addressing the socioeconomic disparities in college-going rates need to first address the organization of schools and the investment in school personnel. In addition to well-prepared, highly skilled teachers, schools with high proportions of low-income populations need at least four types of counselors with specific and differentiated responsibilities —school counselors, social workers, college counselors, and psychologists. Rosemary M. Thomas: Identity ’07 EdD, Vice President for University Advancement; Executive Director, Salisbury University Foundation

I really think campus buy in is the key. In today’s world, everyone is a desktop publisher and everyone can have T-shirts made for a reasonable price. We have to buy into the identity as a campus, as a community, before we can go out and “sell it” to the general public. We need to be sure to let our “true colors” show through at all times. We owe it to our institutions to be advocates and ambassadors. 28


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Land-grant Universities: Now more Than Ever Written by E. Gordon Gee

President, The Ohio State University and Former President, West Virginia University (1981–85)

When I look at America’s land-grant universities, I see the essence of this nation. I see the recognition of

completely on educated citizens capable of governing them-

the intrinsic value of all people. I see this nation’s collective

this bold, new system of public higher education in reuniting

strength, built from the mosaic of individual difference. I see

and remaking the nation once the cannons and rifles of the

the expansion of opportunity through greater and greater ac-

Civil War were finally and mercifully silenced. When that

cess to higher education that has served as the very foundation

day came, establishing land-grant institutions in every state

for the world’s oldest democracy, largest economy, and great-

proved critical in extending educational opportunity beyond

est experiment in guiding a people toward its better angels.

the wealthy and the well-connected.

selves. And he clearly understood the pragmatic necessity of

Today, as public higher education faces a climate of un-

Our founding story is more than fodder for marble statuary or

certainty amid costs that escalate and funding that dwindles, I

bronze plaques. Ours is a living legacy. Ours is both the history and

believe we can find wisdom, direction, and even hope from our

future of human progress. This, however, is our critical moment.

legacy as land-grant institutions. Rather than wandering lost

Because for all of the institutional challenges we face, a national

in a fog of confusion and need, we must seek higher ground

imperative demands our attention.

by returning to first principles. We must connect and extend

In the percentage of the population with college degrees,

the original ideals of our land-grant institutions to the modern

the United States now ranks twelfth among 36 developed

era. And then we must argue—firmly, with one voice—for a

countries. We are sliding down that list, even as President

new national commitment to the land-grant mission.

Obama has called for our country to reclaim its place at the

Born in the Age of Enlightenment, this country is firmly

top. On an individual level, a student from the lowest-income

rooted in radical notions about freedom, self-governance, and

family is now eight times less likely to earn a bachelor’s degree

opportunity. The realization of these ideals rests wholly and

than his or her highest-income peers. Those trends are more

completely on education.

than troubling; they threaten to undermine the very principles

Our founders knew this. They understood that the full ex-

upon which this country was built.

pression of the American mind and spirit could only be realized

These are national calamities that land-grant universities

through a new kind of education. They understood that if the

are uniquely equipped to right. As institutions, we must as-

authority of this new democracy were to truly rest in its people,

sume leadership in guiding our nation once again toward

then the people needed the skills to think, to reason, to debate,

its founding ideals. We must sow the seeds of a new Age of

and to act in noblest pursuit of the common good. Simply put:

Enlightenment, reclaiming the great promise and purpose of

they understood that public education is what makes us free.

our nation from the social and political chaos that will surely

Almost a century after the colonies begat a nation, crisis

loom if the ladder of opportunity is extended only to some.

and leadership gave birth to a new commitment to public

Let us unite in calling for a reauthorization of the

higher education, and with it, a new covenant to fulfill our

Land-Grant Colleges Act. Nothing short of a full-scale re-

founding ideals.

commitment to our system of public higher education can

When President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, creat-

serve the future and sufficiently respect our past. Together,

ing land-grant universities across America, he saw a means

West Virginia University, Ohio State University, and our land-

to make good on the promise of human equality set forth

grant brethren can create a new epoch in this country, where

in the Declaration of Independence. He well knew that the

the mind and imagination flourish, where promises are kept,

democratic dream of “We, the People” depended utterly and

and dreams realized across this land—and for all its people. West Virginia University Alumni Magazine

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science•technology•engineering•mathemati matics•science•technology•engineering•mat g•mathematics•science•technology•engineer •mathematics •science•technology gineering WOMEN in STEM technology engineering mathematics•science •s •technology•engineering•mathem “ADVANCE” cs•science •technology•engineering•m hematics at WVU•science at a Pivotal Time ng•mathematics•science•technology•engine gineering•mathematics•science•technology ogy•engineering•mathematics•science•techn •mathematics•science chnology Women•engineering are making their mark at WVU •mathematics•s and in the world as successful•engineering scientists, nce•technology teachers, role models, innovators, and leaders. •technology •engineering•mathem cs•science On these pages, you will get a sampling of •science •technology •engineering•m hematics the diverse and talented women playing an “ •science •technology•engine ng•mathematics important role in the science, technology, •mathematics •science•technology gineering engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disci•mathematics •science•techn ogy•engineering they are plines, but more importantly, how •mathematics•science paving the way•for other female professionals chnology engineering ” to excel and thrive. •engineering •mathematics •s nce•technology “ •technology •engineering•mathem awarded National Through a competitively cs•science Science Foundation grant called ADVANCE, •science •technology•engineering•m hematics WVU is transforming its institutional culture •science •technology•engine ng•mathematics to be more supportive and nurturing of these •mathematics•science•technology gineering faculty members as they pursue their full •mathematics•science•techn ogy•engineering potential with optimal work-life conditions. ” •science •engineering •mathematics chnology With confidence, strength, curiosity, and • to raise •mathematics•s nce•technology good humor, they are helpingengineering •engineering•mathem cs•science the University’s•technology research profile—one of •science the primary goals of WVU’s new•Strategic hematics technology•engineering•m Framework for the Future—our•2020 plan. •technology•engine ng•mathematics science •mathematics •science•technology gineering COMING IN THE NEXT ISSUE: Watch for •mathematics •science•techn their personal stories—in print and online— ogy•engineering told in their voices, with their images, and in •engineering •mathematics•scienc echnology various multimedia formats—in the next •technology•engineering•mathematics ienceissue “ of the WVU Alumni Magazine. •technology •engineering •mathe tics•science “ athematics•science•technology•engineering •engin ” ring•mathematics•science•technology •technolog ngineering•mathematics•science ” logy•engineering•mathematics•science•tech echnology•engineering•mathematics•scienc ience•technology•engineering•mathematics tics•science•technology•engineering•mathe athematics•science•technology•engineering ring•mathematics•science•technology•engin Cerasela Dinu

Assistant Professor Department of chemical engineering

Research: Bionanotechnology, biometrics, smart materials

In today’s society, there is a need to protect people from exposure to pathogens and threats that affect health and well-being. My research offers a self-sustainable decontamination platform that is safe, and easy to apply while reducing logistical burden.

Kasi Jackson

Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies

adjunct assistant professor in Department of Biology Interim Assistant Director of WVU ADVANCE

Research: Representation of female mad scientists in film and the application of feminist science studies to nanotechnology. Enhancing science and engineering education by linking science content to popular culture, as well as societal and ethical issues

I am interested in how feminism, with its emphasis on social justice, can inform the equitable development of nanotechnology research by a thorough consideration of how nanotechnologies will interact with local environments and local economies; particularly, by encouraging researchers to attend to the concerns of those directly affected by their work.

Ann Oberhauser

Professor or geography and director, Center for Women’s Studies

Research: Interests include feminist geography, Appalachian development, gender and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa, and feminist pedagogy We need to break the stereotypes that impede women’s progress in academia. We also need to set up more formal and institutionalized mentoring networks to assist junior colleagues as they make their way through the academic maze.



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Meranda Reed

Assistant Professor Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology

Research: The interactions among Alzheimer’s disease, aging, and metabolic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity The most fulfilling part of my job is knowing that my work will impact people, whether it’s students in the classroom or those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Geology

Research: Field-based studies of metamorphism and metamorphic rocks

I am happiest when I am collecting, compiling, analyzing and interpreting data—actually doing the science. I don’t spend enough of my time doing that, but it’s what I like most. It’s great if I have students who are sharing in that process.

Melissa Latimer

Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies Interim Director, WVU ADVANCE

Research: Focuses on the major ways in which gender, race, and class inequality are constructed and reconstructed through labor market processes and welfare policies.

Tracy Morris

Maura McLaughlin

Assistant Professor Department of physics

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology

Research: Studies neutron stars and their environments through radio, X-ray, and gamma-ray observations

I think that science will die if we don’t get enough young people interested in it. And in order to get them interested in it, we need to be able to explain what we’re doing.

West Virginia University is poised for significant changes, funneled by new leadership that is committed to equity and diversity. Strong campus-level support for increasing STEM diversity and improving the worklife conditions for all WVU faculty was evidenced throughout the ADVANCE proposal development process.

Daneesh Simien

Assistant Professor Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Research: Highly characterized single-walled carbon nanotubes, and their application to transparent conductive thin films, and “smart material” nanocomposites. She plans to expand her research to applications in transparent flexible electronics and the development of sensory materials from graphitic and nanotube-based composites.

Frances VanScoy

Associate Professor Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Associate Professor College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Research: Information assurance and dissemination, virtual environments. Developed a workshop to turn teens on to high-performance computing and communications through animation applications.

I study parallel graph algorithms out of a love for ‘truth and beauty.’ I find pleasure in finding an elegant and efficient way of doing something regardless of whether it has immediate application to a ‘real-world’ problem.

Research:Researches the developmental psychopathology, with a special interest in social anxiety disorder, focusing primarily on social behavior including the influence of parenting and peerrelations on the development, maintenance, and expression of anxiety and depression Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the incidence of anxiety disorders, which currently are the most pressing mental health concerns in the US.

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Michelle Withers

Assistant Professor Department of Biology and science education researcher

Associate Professor of Sociology

Research: Improving science education; science/biology education research I first knew I was a scientist or scholar when I presented my first poster at a national meeting as a graduate student, probably around 25-26 years of age. It was that moment that I first felt the pride of presenting something that no one else knew because I had discovered it.

Research:Focus on neighborhood crime and disorder, neighborhood redevelopment, and racial/ethnic differences in residential outcomes

I am most happy with the aspects of my job that encourage the autonomy and environment needed for me to continue to grow in all of my roles: scholar, teacher, and well-rounded human being.

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Home, Alumni

Written by Diana Mazzella


that the Mountaineers play football in a green bowl behind the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Imagine a student body of about 6,000 who pass through a smaller version of the Mountainlair. There’s no Evansdale campus to speak of, and the Health Sciences campus is just getting started. The WVU graduates of 1961 don’t have to imagine it. They were there. On nearly every front, WVU was facing change along with the nation. John F. Kennedy had just been elected president; his brother Bobby had represented JFK the year before at WVU’s mock Democratic Convention, though in WVU’s convention, JFK lost the nomination. Now 50 years after they went their separate ways, members of the class of 1961 (along with alumni from years before) returned in May to remember the way it was. WVU graduates who have already reconnected and attended previous reunions coordinated the 2011 Emeritus Reunion, just like the first 50-year alums who decided it would be a good idea to get together. An Emeritus Club began accepting members in 1951 and was founded by 20 alums who graduated before 1901, around when cadavers were first regularly being used in the medical school for dissections, and Stewart Hall opened as a library. More than 2,000 alumni have been inducted as emeritus graduates, and of course thousands more have been eligible. Al Ware, a 1950 alumnus who chaired the 2011 reunion committee, estimates there are more than 13,000 WVU alumni still living who graduated 50 or more years ago. The benefits of an enduring relationship to both WVU and these graduates grow stronger as both age, Ware said. The graduates serve as high-level links between WVU and their career fields and as generous supporters. In return, the University remains a strong emotional home. “The returning graduates were honored by WVU, met the president, Jim Clements, and the University leadership, and engaged in dialogue with faculty on the strategy and action now under way in growing WVU nationally and internationally,” Ware said of the reunion. The goal of the reunions is to give graduates a good picture of the research, education, diversity, international activity, and overall development of their alma mater, while allowing the University to draw in a group of major stakeholders at a critical time in WVU’s history. Graduates can become involved in the development of a University that developed them long after they’ve turned their tassels, taken their first

Emily Jones and Bob and Amy Mead (left) and Forest “Jack” Bowman with Ellie and Ed Flowers at an Emeritus Weekend reception at Blaney House.

jobs, and raised families. After all, it was WVU alumni who successfully petitioned the state’s governor to bring a medical center—now Ruby Hospital and nearby facilities—to Morgantown. Forest “Jack” Bowman, WVU student body president from 195960 and retired professor emeritus at the College of Law, enjoyed his 50th reunion last year. He has no doubts about the role that alumni, through their financial generosity and influence, can play in driving their University forward. To those who need an invitation to future reunions, even if their 50th year has come and gone, Bowman states, “I would just say come back and see how this University is growing and blossoming, and get reconnected with old friends.” Dee Brown, a 1960 alumna and former WVU administrator, remembers fondly a close-knit campus that cheered on Jerry West and Willie Akers. Students knew most of the faces around them. It is that reconnection that she finds to be so special at reunions. But to get that, everyone has to be there. “If you don’t come, it’s not a reunion” has been Brown’s selling point as she reaches out to alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. “I’m sure alums are very interested to know how the University is interacting in the greater world,” Brown said. “From my perspective what I enjoyed watching is the growth in the student body, not necessarily in size but in their aptitudes and their interests and the University taking on a more student-centered attitude.” Graduates can see not just new buildings, but what the University has accomplished through education, research, and service when they make the trip home for the reunion. Although the weekends include a variety of activities, both social and serious, they’re perhaps most of all a time to reminisce. This year’s class discussed the midpoint of their four years when Jerry West led the team to compete for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, the opening of the hospital, and the mock Democratic convention. Who knows? In a couple years, classes might be sitting on the terrace at The Erickson Alumni Center recalling the first open-heart surgery in West Virginia (performed by a team of School of Medicine doctors), or the first days of the PRT. You’ll only know what the talk will be if you show up. For more information about Emeritus Reunions, visit http://emeritus.wvu. edu/ or contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731. Plans are underway for the next reunion in fall 2012.

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From Australia to Venezuela and many points in between, WVU’s students come from all around the globe. Every year more international students become part of the Mountaineer family—they root for the Mountaineers, don the gold and blue, and share their cultures with others on campus. There are currently 1,403 international students enrolled at WVU, an increase of 4.9 percent since 2009, representing more than 100 countries. WVU is focused on continuing to increase the number enrolled international students, while retaining the ones who are already here. “We want to expand the international presence on campus so that every student who attends WVU can have a global experience,” said Michael Wilhelm, director of the WVU Office of International Students and Scholars.



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Bringing them here

In order to encourage international enrollment, Wilhelm and other WVU representatives regularly travel abroad to visit high schools, attend education fairs, and meet with higher education officials. They also work closely with embassies in Washington, D.C. Although most international students are responsible for funding their own education, some scholarships are available. WVU also offers an International Graduate Student Fellowship Program—a cost-share graduate program that pays two-thirds of federally sponsored students’ tuition. “These sponsoring programs are incredibly competitive internationally, and they bring in only the best and the brightest,” Wilhelm said. “The hope is that with this program we will be able to recruit more of these top students, more scholars doing research, and more students from around the world.”

Keeping them

Once international students arrive on campus, they bring their cultures with them to share with the WVU community. Festivals and events on campus celebrate these different cultures and include the International Festival, International Dinner, Peruvian Festival, a celebration of China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, and a Mini-World Cup. “Each new group of international students provides an opportunity for the Morgantown community to offer help, hospitality, and friendship. The international experience is a two-way street. The students learn about American culture while the community benefits from exposure to many different types of music, movies, dress, and ideas,” said Liz Finklea, community outreach coordinator for WVU’s Office of International Students and Scholars. The University works hard to make sure the students feel at home. WVU recently received a $6,000 grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy

Commission to offer a mentoring program that connects incoming international students to students already here. “Students are coming from far and wide and generally they leave every piece of support they had and are faced with setting up a whole new life here,” said Grace Atebe, assistant director of the Office of International Students and Scholars. “We thought what better way is there to help a student coming from abroad to adjust than to connect that student to a peer who can help them find their way and be a support system.” Other programs that help students acclimate to their new surroundings include the Friends of International Students, a program that pairs international students and community members. The community members serve as the student’s host family. “It gives them the family life they are missing at home,” Atebe said. To help make the move to Morgantown smoother, the University started the International HomeStart Closet. The closet provides students with basic home necessities; items (linens, pots and pans, microwaves, clothing, and more) are donated by community members and given to students free of cost. After attending classes for a year, international students are eligible for the Tuition Merit Scholarship. It is awarded to six students each year based on GPA, their community and academic involvement, and their work experience. A big part of keeping international students on campus, Atebe said, is knowing what obstacles the students are facing and what they think of the initiatives currently offered by the University. That is why WVU started the Council of International Organization Presidents. “We bring them together to get feedback on what is going on with the students: what they need, what is working for them, and the issues they are faced with,” Atebe said. “It is very helpful in identifying what programs we need to work on.”

Full circle

Making sure international students feel welcome when on campus ultimately helps bring more international students to Morgantown. “I have noticed from a lot of students that when I ask them why they decided to come to WVU, more often than not they say ‘my parents, friend, or sibling went here,’” Atebe stated. To help keep international alumni connected, the WVU Alumni Association started the Mountaineer Ambassador Program. Programs have been established in Japan (which has over 1,000 WVU alumni), Malaysia, and the Gulf states. In the future University officials hope to establish programs in Thailand, Korea, and Africa. The ambassador programs help the bond between the University and these countries become even stronger. Alumni meet several times a year for dinner, drinks, and friendly conversation. “Once students return to their home countries after graduating from WVU, the alumni in these programs help those students to find jobs and get reacquainted with their culture,” said Tom Sloane, senior associate dean of students at WVU. Interaction with WVU alumni in her home country of Malaysia, caused Manja Lara Zaaba to enroll in WVU to earn her master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages. “If it wasn’t for the alumni program in Malaysia, I wouldn’t have thought of coming here to complete my master’s degree,” Zaaba said. For more information on the WVU Office of International Students and Scholars, visit For more information on the first overseas chapter of the WVU Alumni Association in Malaysia, visit n/2010/10/18/mountaineers-in-malaysiaenhance-wvu-s-global-presence.

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Rhiannon Elms spent two years in Uganda, Africa.

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WVU students engage in study abroad experiences

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In today’s global economy, more Americans are getting jobs overseas, and the need for international experiences is more important than ever before. At West Virginia University, students have the opportunity to study abroad. Students don’t have to pay more than they are paying in WVU tuition to study in another country, and courses are matched so students get usable credits for major requirements. “These programs are vital in today’s twenty-first century,” said Michael Lastinger, associate provost in the WVU Office of International Programs. “The ability to understand the world is going to be critical to successful operation in that world—to create a career, to create a life.” WVU alumni like Justin Dunleavy and Rhiannon Elms attribute their experiences in WVU’s study abroad programs to their success in establishing global careers. 36


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Jason Dunleavy listens to a presentation by the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, England.

Rhiannon Elms poses with her neighbor, Annet, after she gave birth.

“Life changing” Justin Dunleavy, ’04, spent five years working and living in Great Britain. He worked as a parliamentary researcher for a member of Parliament at the British House of Commons in London Dunleavy, originally from Harpers Ferry, obtained his position through an Eberly College of Arts and Sciences funded fellowship, arranged through the WVU Department of History. He wrote speeches, answered constituent correspondence, and worked with several high-profile politicians. “It was completely life changing,” he said. “It presented opportunities I never would have had on my own.” After the fellowship ended, Dunleavy was hired as a full-time staffer, and later attended the University of Nottingham, England, to obtain his master’s degree in public administration. He then relocated back to London, where he spent a year working as a policy officer at a major British not-for-profit organization. He has since returned to the United States, where he now works for the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and continues to use the skills he obtained from WVU and his time in London on a daily basis. “The opportunities I had both in terms of study abroad and being sent to London on a fully-funded fellowship, all of it contributed to where I am today. I have been able to compete in very competitive job markets. I believe the opportunities I had at WVU have made me more successful.”

Rhiannon Elms traveled to Uganda with the Peace Corps and stayed for two years.

“Eye opening” A native of Martinsburg with a passion for international affairs, Rhiannon Elms, ’06, spent her entire junior year abroad in England, where she studied at the University of Hertfordshire and took classes on witchcraft and propaganda in war. “My study abroad experience was eye opening,” she said. “It was my introduction to traveling and international life. It piqued my interest in different cultures and learning about different places, and it helped to make the idea of relocating to another country less daunting.” After graduation, Elms knew her next step in life had to involve travel—so, she joined the Peace Corps. She was sent to Uganda, Africa, for two years. “Study abroad was definitely the most important part of my undergrad experience,” she stated. “It is very easy for students to become comfortable in their own country and not be aware of what is going on in other places. It is really

important to experience another culture, understand how that country works, how the people there approach things and— perhaps, most importantly—how they view Americans.” While living in Uganda, Elms served as a community health volunteer. Her job involved promoting HIV/ AIDS and other disease awareness and prevention, as well as postnatal care for mothers, including nutrition advice. “My international experience at WVU helped me to learn how to adapt and change. It can be very difficult at first, but in the end it is a really great and rewarding experience,” she added. Elms has since returned to the United States, where she is working on her master’s degree in international affairs at Columbia University. Her next goal is to work for the US Foreign Service.

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The benefits In addition to its eye-opening and soulgratifying qualities, research shows that study abroad is becoming a key factor in helping graduates find and excel in their careers. “There is demonstrated research that when employers know a student has an international skills set, they are more likely to hire that student,” Lastinger said. In particular, employers value students’ ability to adapt. “It is kind of cliché to say this, but there are ways of thinking and ways of doing that you don’t think of and you can’t even conceive unless you have lived the experience, ” he said. “If you have experienced these things, then you understand the human experience in the broader world.”

The programs

Rhiannon Elms makes friends with a giraffe while in Nairobi.



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WVU has a variety of programs to satisfy the needs of any student interested in studying abroad. The programs fall under three general categories: faculty-led, institutional exchange partners, and third-party affiliates. Students can take part over a summer, semester, year, or University break. “We specialize in programs that fit directly into our academic programs at WVU,” Lastinger said. The WVU in Vendee Program is a faculty-led program. It gives advanced French students the opportunity to study in the Vendee region of France. “It is a fishing community, so for one of the trips we go to the fishing port and watch as the boats come in and then talk to the fishermen and the market people as they purchase the fish,” Lastinger said. The students also produce video podcasts as they explore different aspects of the culture and language. The podcasts are then used in lower-level French classes on WVU’s main campus. The University’s most common form

of study abroad is through its institutional exchange partners. WVU has more than 50 institutional exchange partners, and more are added each semester. The University works with each partner on curriculum. “We create an advising sheet that outlines the course requirements of a particular program and finds the equivalent at one of our institutional partners,” Lastinger said. “So, a student can seamlessly work an international experience into their academic career.” When students from WVU attend the exchange institution, students currently enrolled at that institution also come to WVU. “Our campus is internationalized two-fold that way, and it helps students who do not study abroad to also have a global experience,” Lastinger stated. There are exchange partners for students in almost every major at WVU, and include more than 35 countries such as China, Italy, Brazil, Canada, France, Denmark, Vietnam, Taiwan, Estonia, India, Australia, and Ghana. If WVU does not have a faculty-led or institution exchange partner that fits a student’s need, the University works with a third-party affiliate to find something that will work. WVU also offers service-learning abroad opportunities. These trips are organized through the global service-learning organization Amizade. Through this organization, students can volunteer to help build schools or run an at-risk youth campus, among other things. Many of these trips are held during University breaks, but longer trips are available. For more information on WVU’s study abroad opportunities, visit the Office of International Programs’ website at or call 304-293-6957.

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WVU A Worldwide Community


Written by Laura Spitznogle Photographs by M.G. Ellis and Brian Persinger

WVU’s influence is felt around the world.

Volunteer efforts are a big part of the reconstruction of New Orleans. WVU grad Julie Whiteman and some industrious WVU students are helping out there.

Our students give of their service at home and abroad. Our people work to educate children, heal illness, grow research, give legal aid, and guard history. And the world has taken notice. We are in the six percent of universities in the nation who have been recognized for community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. West Virginia University graduate Julie Whiteman is one of the reasons why—she works her audience into a frenzy as she leads crowds (mostly women, both young and old) in a fast-paced workout. Her smile spans from ear to ear and is contagious to the audience, even though they are huffing and puffing. In an effort to bring community members

New Orleans continues to rebuild, thanks to volunteers like WVU graduate Julie Whiteman.

together in fellowship, and just to be a good neighbor, Julie teaches Zumba classes several nights a week—in New Orleans. It was a spring break relief trip in 2006 that piqued Julie’s interest in the New Orleans area. “There is something magical about New Orleans that sucks you in! It’s hard to explain if you’ve never been here. It’s almost like New Orleans is one big family that sticks together and stands up for each other, even if we are all very different. They embrace

differences here and celebrate whoever it is that you are.” While a student at WVU, Julie took other service-related trips to Mexico and Atlanta. But it was New Orleans that talked to Julie and called her to return. After graduation in 2008, Julie bounced around at a couple of jobs, including one as a temp at Ruby Memorial Hospital filing and answering phones. “I felt like my job at the hospital was helping people in an indirect way, but I West Virginia University Alumni Magazine

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Mountaineers lend a hand in New Orleans.

needed more.” That’s when she decided to make the Big Easy her new home. She’s been in New Orleans for three years now. Her new community was hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina and is still rebuilding. Julie spends her days working for Crossroads Missions doing a myriad of duties including cooking, sanding drywall, working with children and the homeless, and anything else that needs to be done. Every year, Julie sees more WVU students land in New Orleans for service-related spring break trips. “I look forward to this all year, and all week long while they are here I will yell out ‘LET’S GOOO!’ And it feels so good to hear them yell back, ‘MOUNTAINEERS!’” The students who see Julie in New Orleans are not the only Mountaineers lending a helping hand. During the spring 2010 semester, over 2,000 WVU faculty, staff, and students donated 33,747 hours of community service. And that’s just one semester of work. There are countless ways for Mountaineers to provide service. Raising money for hurricane, tornado, and earthquake victims across the United States and in Haiti, providing health care in rural areas, offering free legal advice, sprucing

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up neighborhoods, and engaging high school students with engineering and science are just a few current initiatives. Serving All 55 Counties The familiar four-leafed logo of 4-H represents “Head, Heart, Health, and Hands.” It is seen across our state in every corner of West Virginia—there are WVU 4-H Extension faculty in all 55 counties. A national organization, 4-H is for kids and teens and focuses on developing life skills, building self-esteem, teaching healthy habits, and fostering active citizenship and service. The WVU Collegiate 4-H Club provides nutrition and literacy help to underprivileged children and is building networks for military youths during their parents’ deployment. In recognition of these and other projects,

the WVU 4-H Club was named the 2011 National Collegiate 4-H Club of the Year. National Recognition Because of this University-wide devotion to helping others, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized WVU with a 2010 Community Engagement Classification. This puts WVU in the six percent of higher education institutions that Carnegie recognizes for engagement. Dr. Brian Noland, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, congratulated the University on its achievement. “This classification speaks volumes about West Virginia University’s commitment to the communities it touches—and thanks to the University’s extended efforts, those communities are increasingly vast,” Noland said. “The role of higher education goes far beyond the classroom, and I applaud WVU for its growing loyalty to this vitally important mission.” Whether Mountaineers are lending a hand in Morgantown, New Orleans, Haiti, or Alabama, their caring hearts and hands are waiting to serve somewhere.

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Whether reading to children or building a home for a needy family, the Mountaineer family cares about others.

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Former Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne with Al and Dolores Ware at the Ware Jamison Gateway entrance park dedication.

Stuart and Joyce Robbins created the Center for Global Business and Strategy 20/21 and the Distinguished Professorship in Epidemiology.

The family foundation created by Cisco Systems CEO and WVU alumnus John Chambers is establishing an endowed chair in cancer research at WVU.

Joan and Judge Frederick Stamp made a significant donation to a cancer research endowment at WVU.

The University has never been as confident

And because of the generosity of a community

as it is now at this turning point in its history. Just as

benefactor, graduate students can keep the state’s

confident are its donors. In one year’s time, supporters

research engine humming, bringing economic develop-

of WVU have given generously of their resources,

ment and important scientific advances.

allowing the University to grow. As the University

People give back when they see the healing, growth,

is poised to launch a comprehensive campaign, the

and innovation that comes from West Virginia University.

gifts continue, serving as a testament to the love,

They take an interest. They give through campaigns.

trust, and devotion between a University and its

They notice need, and they don’t wait for someone else


to make a difference.

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Throughout its history, the University has had many generous donors. In 2011 particularly, WVU saw record giving of $96.3 million, $10 million more than the previous record of $86 million given in 2007.

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What inspires these donors? Hazel Ruby McQuain died in 2002 at the age of 93. Yet, she ing that we have received over these many years,” he said. “We planned so well for the community she supported in life that al- love this place and are delighted that we have the opportunity most a decade after her passing, WVU has received $4.6 million to give back.” Alums take their own success and return it to WVU, like from her trust, the largest gift to support graduate fellowships Stuart M. Robbins, who had a successful Wall Street career ever donated to the University. “The Trust’s financial support will enable the WVU Ruby with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrettte. Robbins and his wife, Joyce N. Robbins, recently donated Scholars Graduate Research Fellows to commit themselves to $3 million dollars to create the Center for Global Business expanding their talents and using those talents to benefit the people of West Virginia, present and future, as well as the nation and Strategy 20/21 within the College of Business and and world,” said Stephen B. Farmer, member of the McQuain Economics and the Distinguished Professorship in Epidemiology, the first endowed position within the new School Trust board of trustees. of Public Health. With the foresight of the West Virginia Legislature, the “We just want to be some small part of helping WVU McQuain gift to establish graduate fellowships for research is doubled through the Research Trust Fund, which includes a $35 achieve its goals and deserved recognition,” he said. “We million pool of matching funds for private research giving to WVU. wanted to do something transformational.” Cancer research at WVU has particularly benefitted That’s almost $10 million to grow the University’s research stature, to help talented graduate students launch careers, recently. The family foundation created by Cisco Systems CEO and to enrich the world with new knowledge. So far, WVU has benefitted from approximately $38 mil- and West Virginia University alumnus John T. Chambers lion in private giving and matching funds from the Research donated $750,000 to establish an endowed chair in cancer research at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The Trust Fund since the fund was created in 2008. And the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust isn’t the John T. and June R. Chambers Chair of Oncology Research is named for his parents, who both graduated from WVU and only recent major donor. had successful careers in the medical profession. Mike Ross, a former West Virginia legislator, donated “My parents were doctors and they taught us from an early $1 million to WVU Children’s Hospital and the WVU Department of Pediatrics to assist in treatment, education, age that education and giving back to the community were two and research for pediatric diabetes, with $400,000 of that very important parts of life,” said John Chambers. “We are honored to support the University’s work in cancer research. gift going toward research. “Diabetes has touched nearly every family in West We believe continuing cancer research is not only important to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Virginia, including my own family,” Ross but to the future of science for our country.” said. “With this gift, I challenge all West The endowment will allow the chair Virginians to join me in the fight against holder to conduct substantial research in this disease.” biological, biotechnical, and biomedical Many of the gifts to WVU affect sciences. places other than the balance sheet, like Frederick and Joan Stamp ’73 of the gift from Dolores “Dee” Jamison Wheeling donated funds to increase supWare and Alfred “Al” F. Ware. port to a cancer research endowment The retired Morgantown couple they established in 2008. The endowment donated land at the corner of University provides funds to specifically support and Beechurst avenues in Morgantown advances in biological, biotechnological, to form the University’s first formal and biomedical sciences. campus gateway. They also created “The Cancer Center is enormously an enhancement fund for the park site. grateful for the continued generosity “This is a gift of love to my University of Joan and Judge Stamp,” said Scot and my hometown,” said Dee Jamison Remick, MD, director of the WVU Mary Ware. The Ware Jamison Gateway Plaza Monument. Babb Randolph Cancer Center. “This Al Ware believes this permanent support will enable our center to provide access to state-ofsite expresses their affection for the University. “Both Dee and I are proud graduates of WVU and we are the-art cancer therapies through innovative and life-saving indebted to this University for our education and the mentor- clinical trials.”

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Research Briefs WVU made $177 million go a long way during 2010. In its biggest year for research funding ever—$26 million more than the previous year—nationally significant projects continued to grow at WVU. Here are just a few of them.

Golden Eagles in West Virginia

The New M o o n Race

Earl Scime, chair of WVU’s Department of Physics, and a team of students are embarking on an experiment that is part of a larger quest to develop hydrogen fusion energy—a quest that’s on the level of the moon race, he says. If they are successful, WVU gets a chance to take a role in developing this energy. His group will build an ultraviolet laser experiment that is intended to measure fuel inside the chamber of the largest fusion experiment in the United States, located in La Jolla, California.

Thanks to WVU research, we know the Mountain State is the winter home to one of the largest groups of golden eagles east of the Mississippi. Todd Katzner, a wildlife and fisheries resources research assistant professor, is helping to ensure their continued survival by charting the path and flight elevation of the eagles’ migration. The area they call home in winter is now in the midst of a windenergy boom, so Katzner hopes to mitigate the risk the eagles face from deadly encounters with wind turbine blades. “The goal is to develop a risk map, which would be able to predict high- and low-risk spots for building wind turbines,” Katzner said.

To the


In an explosion, the hopes of miners may rest on an angel sent from WVU. Hota GangaRao, director of the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources’ Constructed Facilities Center, and his WVU colleagues tested the Guardian Angel safety shelter designed to protect coal miners in a blast. They began developing the shelter after the 2006 Sago mine disaster that killed 12. “Without question, this will help save lives,” GangaRao said. 44


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The Power of



goes there At WVU, night vision is more than being able to see in the dark. University researchers want the technology to use data from facial recognition and gait to identify people in the dark. “Automated facial recognition at a long distance and in both bright daylight and at night is critical to fixing the identity of individuals who may pose a threat,” said Nathan Kalka, a doctoral student in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and a member of the Center for Identification Technology Research’s Night Biometrics Team.

• A team in the WVU Depart-

ment of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is using dataintensive science to optimize gas production by applying the latest technology to reservoir modeling. • Paul Ziemkiewicz, director

of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU, proposes to treat tainted water produced from drilling to allow it to be reused, resulting in no offsite discharge and a reduction in the need for surface water.


Using a polymer composite that’s basically a wet glass fabric coated in resin, WVU researchers can wrap up and preserve aging railroad structures. “Refurbishing wooden bridges through this type of technology will go a long way to not only maintaining a safe system, but increasing longevity,” says engineering professor Hota GangaRao.

Under Pressure High blood pressure is increasing in children and teens, putting them at risk for early heart attacks, strokes, and other serious illnesses.


Hypertension is a factor, but so are genetics and rare medical problems, which act as triggers, say WVU researchers. William A. Neal, pediatric cardiologist at WVU and director of a screening project in West Virginia public schools, says, “When you tell parents their child’s heart has thickened somewhat because of hypertension, that gets their attention.”


When lung cancer strikes, the outcome is often grim. Researchers at the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center led by Lan Guo, PhD, have identified a gene pattern associated with lung cancer patients who are at high risk for recurrence of the disease.

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WVU research shows that people who sleep less than five hours a night had twice the expected death rate. If you sleep less than six hours a night, expect weight gain, a higher rate of infections, an increase in coronary calcification, and poor learning.

What could be one of the largest known natural gas fields in the world lies beneath West Virginia and surrounding states. WVU is on the front line of making the natural gas production on the Marcellus Shale as successful as possible while keeping workers safe.

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with Honored Technology Award

Charles M. Vest


n the shining firmament of WVU

A Morgantown native, Vest went

alums, it’s hard to see a brighter star

on from WVU to pursue a master’s

than Charles M. Vest.

degree in software engineering and

Vest, who graduated from WVU

PhD in mechanical engineering

in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in

from the University of Michigan.

mechanical engineering, has headed

He joined the faculty at the Univer-

the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-

sity of Michigan in 1968, where he

nology and served as a director of

later became dean of the College

IBM and DuPont. And he’s advised

of Engineering, and provost and

multiple US administrations and is

vice president for Academic Affairs. Vest began his time as president

now president of the National Acad-

of MIT in 1990. At the end of his 14

emy of Engineering. For his career in research and

years on the job, he authored Pursuing

science policy he’s received honorary

the Endless Frontier: Essays on MIT and

doctorates from 14 universities and

the Role of the Research University and

the National Medal of Technology,

later The American Research University

presented by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Charles M. Vest, BS ’63

His latest honor is the 2011


from World War II to World Wide Web. When he wasn’t steering higher education, he conducted his own

Vannevar Bush Award for his distinguished public service lead-

research, becoming one of the world’s experts on holography.

ership in science and technology, presented by a policy group

His work is contained in more than 50 scholarly papers and his

that advises the US President and directs the National Science

highly regarded book, Holographic Interferometry.

Foundation. The National Science Board annually gives the

Vest was a director of DuPont for 14 years and of IBM for

Vannevar Bush Award to someone who has made an outstanding

13 years, vice chairman of the US Council on Competitiveness

“contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the nation”

and served on various federal committees and commissions,

through public service in science and technology.

including the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science

“Charles Vest has been a dynamic force in science policy

and Technology during the Clinton and Bush administrations,

for a number of years, and we’re very pleased to honor him

the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United

with the Vannevar Bush award,” said National Science Board

States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the

Chairman Ray Bowen. “He joins a long list of distinguished

Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher

citizens to be honored by this award.”

Education, among others.

The National Science Board is the 25-member policymak-

He currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit

ing body for the National Science Foundation and advisory body

organizations and foundations devoted to education, science

to the President and Congress on science and engineering issues.

and technology, including WVU’s Board of Governors.


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From Grateful Hearts Written by Deb Miller


hen you’re raised on a farm, growing things is in your blood. “Both of my older brothers attended WVU,” said Tom Tatterson ’55, ’61. “For many reasons, they were my heroes, and they were in agriculture also.” Tatterson, a Fairmont native, chose horticulture as his field. Over his 36-year career, he worked for the WVU Extension Service, a division of Bayer Corporation, and Abbott Labs. At Abbott, he rose to the head of sales and marketing of agricultural products in the Western Hemisphere and forestry products worldwide. “Without WVU, things in my life wouldn’t have worked out as well as they did,” he said. “The contacts I made and the career options that opened up for me made other good things happen.” Sue, his wife and a nursing graduate of the Fairmont General Hospital School of Nursing, agrees that their educations have played a big role in their lives. “To this day, Tom has an apple orchard he tends. I know that he thought a lot about how to help WVU and give something back,” she said. “We decided to set up a gift with the WVU Foundation

Sue and Tom Tatterson

that pays retirement income to us,” Tom said. “I knew that the income was guaranteed, and this way to help WVU could happen now and wouldn’t need to be handled through our estates.” Sue agreed. “Income for both of us made it attractive. Plus it’s up to us to decide how the remaining funds will be used when the payments end.” An avid Mountaineer sports fan, Tom recalls players from years ago and quotes stats like a pro. Working for Abbott Labs runs in the family. Their daughter has worked for the company for almost as long as Tom did. Their son lives in the same area they do, and they have three grandchildren to make them smile. “While at Abbott, I had the opportunity to work with the World Health Organization in efforts to eradicate the African black fly, which causes river blindness,” Tom said. “Looking back, I know that many things in my career came from what I learned at WVU, and it was more than just from books. I learned how to present myself and to persuade others. So now, I feel very fortunate to be able to help others at WVU too.”

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All in the Family

When you “bleed gold and blue,” you think of WVU as a member of the family. That’s why Mike ’88 and Daphne Scordato included gifts in their wills to help future generations of the WVU family. “Even though we live in Florida, once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer,” says Mike, who is in the automotive sales industry. “We’re supporting Athletics and the College of Business and Economics through our wills because WVU means so much to us.” Daphne, a patient care services executive, agrees, “We took our daughter, Anna, to a WVU football game before she was a year old, and she already sings ‘Country Roads’ to us.”

Mike and Daphne Scordato

800-847-3856 The Irvin Stewart Society is composed of individuals who have included gift provisions in their wills or revocable trusts, created income-producing gifts, designated retirement account funds, donated life insurance or created real estate remainder gifts to benefit West Virginia University, Potomac State College of WVU, the Mountaineer Athletic Club, or West Virginia 4-H in the future. We’re proud to add these newest members who have joined since June 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011: John W. T. Barker ’70, ’71 Burkey Lilly ’54, ’62 LaFayette, NY Morgantown, WV

William D. Reppy ’78 Port St. Lucie, FL

John A. Canfield ’63 Charleston, WV

Barrett L. Shrout ’61, ’62 Seaford, VA

In Memoriam

John C. Alberico ’52 Arthur E. Belton ’43 Ruth Bonnett Harry J. Bryan ’41 Randall Coyner ’65 Dennis D. Loughman Nancy S. Shrout Martha Codagnone Danville, CA North Fort Myers, FL Seaford, VA Lucile P. Davis Richard L. Feir ’72 Gary Marcus, MD ’70 Mary (Scottie) Clyde N. English Albany, NY Beaver Falls, PA Sneckenberger ’67 Philip T. Flach ’59 Morgantown, WV John E. Gay, EdD ’74 Karen J. Marcus Stanley E. Friedman ’49 Howey-in-the-Hills, FL Beaver Falls, PA Stephen Sterling H. Milton Harr ’39 Jack M. Hartman ’57, ’59 Katrina Gay Diana J. Mason, PhD ’70 Clarksburg, WV Howey-in-the-Hills, FL New York, NY Tommy L. Stuchell, JD ’87 Roberta Wildman Hill ’50, ’51 San Antonio, TX Charles A. Gerardi ’75 Ilene Milovich Helen W. Johnson Russell, PA Pursglove, WV Cedric B. Thomas ’81 Carolyn Lawless Mahan Homestead, PA David C. Hardesty, Jr., Bradley P. Nicklin ’91 ’61 JD ’67 Broadlands, VA Helen S. Tyree Patricia L. Mall Morgantown, WV Alice Parsons May ’38 Kelly S. McCrory Nicklin Louisville, KY James R. McCartney ’41 Susan Brown Hardesty ’92, ’98 Jack M. Tyree ’40, ’47 David Z. Morgan, MD ’67, ’74 Broadlands, VA Louisville, KY ’48, ’50 Morgantown, WV Arthur Paletti ’62 Jean M. Woloshuk, EdD Betty Ann Morton David D. Horst ’80 Bethesda, MD ’76, ’77, ’88 Robert L. Robinson, PhD Milton, WV Morgantown, WV Guy H. Peterson ’43 Rachel Simon ’49, ’52 John A. Kasuba ’70 Santa Barbara, CA Eugene M. Zvolensky ’70 Barbara Dunbar Stewart Freeport, PA Apollo Beach, FL C. Carl Tully, Sr., MD ’45 Eleanor Joy Peterson Nancy Watson Martha Anne Poland Lee Santa Barbara, CA + 4 Anonymous Leo W. Yochum ’51 ’68 Members Fairfax, VA



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The West Virginia University Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1954 to generate, administer, invest, and disburse contributed funds and properties in support of West Virginia University and its nonprofit affiliates. The Foundation is governed by the Board of Directors, elected by its members. All serve without compensation. The Foundation’s operating budget is financed entirely with private resources; no University or state funds are used. The Foundation provides the central development and endowment management functions for the University at no cost to the University. If you would like information on making a contribution, please contact the Foundation by telephone (800-847-3856) or e-mail (info@wvuf. org), or visit our website at Thinking of making a gift to benefit WVU, Potomac State College of WVU, the Mountaineer Athletic Club, or West Virginia 4-H in your will, living trust, IRA, or other manner? If so, the proper wording is very important in getting your gift to work out the way you intended. Please be sure to include the legal name, “West Virginia University Foundation, Inc.” and add the Foundation’s tax identification number: 55-6017181. To direct your gift to a specific college, school, or unit, the wording must be “to the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. for the benefit of . . .” For sample bequest language, contact the Foundation by telephone (800-8473856) or e-mail (, or visit our website at

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A West Virginia Yankee in Mexico’s Royal Court Written by John cuthbert

There are few figures in West Virginia history more intriguing and multifaceted than the remarkable David Hunter Strother (1816–1888). A native of Martinsburg, Strother soared to national fame during the 1850s as the most popular contributor to America’s leading periodical, Harper’s Monthly. Writing under the pen name Porte Crayon, Strother’s humorous and insightful travel narratives transported readers across the highways and byways of America, introducing them to scenic splendors, occupations and industries, and iconic figures ranging from Southern planters to Yankee peddlers. Strother’s literary gifts were complemented by the equally impressive artistic skills he drew upon in preparing his own illustrations for his colorful travelogues. In the eyes of contemporary art critic John Durand, he was no less than the “best draughtsman the country possesses.”

that set the stage for the entry of Consul General Strother.

conditions in Mexico, the nation’s economy and monetary system, leading industries, and the relationship between church and state are thorough, frank, and highly insightful. Published in the official Reports of the Consuls (and reprinted in the appendix of the present volume), they were no doubt of much assistance to American government and industry in sizing up a developing nation that had only recently gained its independence.

These are the skills—artist, author, and soldier —that Strother brought to Mexico upon his appointment as US Consul General in 1879.

The Consul’s official writings, however, are dwarfed in scope, scale, and content by his personal diary. Preserved by his descendants, his diary was placed in the WVU Libraries’ West Virginia and Regional History Collection during the mid-1980s, and there it has remained, known only to a few until the release of John E. Stealey III’s edition by Kent State University Press in 2006.

Strother’s official dispatches and reports are undoubtedly among the best composed and most useful received from any consulate. His extended reports on such matters as living

The book begins with a scholarly introduction that offers a biography of Strother, an overview of his service and experiences in Mexico, and notes on nineteenth-century Mexican history

When the Civil War erupted Strother joined the Union army and rose to the rank of colonel. His experiences earned him a keen knowledge of the military and its role in government, politics, and diplomacy.

The diary is divided into 34 chapters. It is immediately clear that this is no ordinary diary. Strother’s entries are chock-full of information and often uncanny in their depth and detail. His observations of people he met and observed are particularly fascinating. In an entry made upon the ship’s arrival at Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (May 12, 1879) he describes “Toltec or Maya” boatmen “cleanly clad with white Panama hats, breeches rolled up,” and a group of native girls “comely, healthy, broad hipped, and cheerful mannered like our Mountaineers at home.” One can only imagine John Stealey’s frustration in trying to condense this colossal work into a book-length manuscript. At well over a thousand pages, the present volume pushes the limits in that respect. Yet, the strength of the diary lies in its incredible breadth and meticulous detail. In addition to its profound value to studying American-Mexican relations during this critical era, the diary is a sweeping and penetrating commentary on Mexico, its land and its people, its economy, folkways, architecture, history, botany, art, music, you name it. It is also a window into the life and mind of one of the most interesting figures in West Virginia history.

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Patient’s Story

Written by Lud Gutmann Hazel Ruby McQuain Professor of Neurology,

West Virginia University

The early evening dusk

Dr. Gutmann is the Hazel Ruby McQuain Professor of Neurology at WVU and the author of The Immobile Man, a collection of medical short stories about his patients. He is an enthusiastic WVU sports fan and a longtime admirer of Fred Schaus.

The late Fred Schaus . . . one of the greatest sports figures in West Virginia

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spread gently across West Virginia University’s campus, enveloping cars on the roadway. A few pale embers of orange sunlight clung to the distant hills overlooking the Monongahela River, allowing the Coliseum to be barely visible. I leaned back in my chair waiting as a medical student finished seeing my last patient of the afternoon. The window light was dimming when he emerged from the clinic room. “I just finished seeing your patient,” he said, bright and full of enthusiasm. “Sit down and tell me about him,” I said, swiveling my chair around toward the student. “He’s an elderly gentleman—82 to be precise—you’ve been seeing him for about 20 years,” he began. He gave a quick synopsis of the patient’s history before arriving at this latest visit. “Since his last visit with you his course has been quite stable. He may even be a little better.” “That’s a nice summary,” I said. “By the way,” I added, “do you know who he is?” “Only that he seems to be a nice, retired, elderly gentleman.” I was familiar with the phrase “elderly gentleman”; a euphemism for every older man. It was politically correct, but in this case, it didn’t describe the man’s concealed greatness. Yes, I thought, Fred was a gentleman. I smiled to myself. But there was more of the man behind his mask of creases and furrows. Like every patient, his was a story worth knowing. The student and I walked into the patient’s room together. “Nice to see you, Fred,” I said. Fred slowly arose from his chair, as he always did, to shake hands. The spring in his step that I remembered from years ago had long ago left. He nodded and gave me a soft smile. At full height, he filled the small exam room with his presence—towering over us,

seeming even larger than his substantial size and girth. The medical student, a tall, athletic-looking young man, was dwarfed by Fred. Everything about Fred was extralarge—his wide shoulders, ample chest, and stocky arms and legs. His broad face, with its sea of wrinkles, was still handsome. His huge hand engulfed mine. We talked about their various concerns, and I examined Fred. Nearing the end of the visit, I turned to the student and asked, “Have you ever seen an NBA championship ring?” The student looked confused, unaware of a connection between basketball and medicine. The gentle chuckle of Fred’s wife, Barbara, filled the silence. Fred, still standing, held out his hand, smiling broadly. The student gaped at the heavy gold icon encircling Fred’s finger. Fred spoke slowly: “1972. I was the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Former WVU player, coach, athletic director, and LA Lakers Coach Fred Schaus.

I lost the championship series four times as their coach, all against the Celtics, before we finally won it against the Knicks.” He was self-effacing, almost apologetic that he hadn’t won the championship as the Lakers’ coach. It was a modest declaration by one of the greatest sports figures in West Virginia University history. “You must have coached Jerry West,” the student said with respect.

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Fred with his sons (Jim on the left and John on the right) in 2009, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1959 national runner-up basketball team. Below from left: Fred Schaus with WVU great Jerry West, admiring new uniforms with equipment manager Carl Roberts and the Mountaineer, and interacting with coaches and students.

“He did,” Barbara said leaning forward in her chair, “and he coached him here at West Virginia University, too.” The student looked as overwhelmed as a defending ballplayer having a furious dunk scored over his head. As coach, Fred Schaus led the WVU team, featuring West, to the NCAA championship game, losing it to California by one point in 1959. “Fred was a pretty good basketball player himself,” I said, “he was a third-team,

All-American at WVU and played in the NBA for the Fort Wayne Pistons.” Fred had done it all. Student body president his senior year at WVU, he became a standout basketball player and coach at both the college and professional levels, and went on to serve as athletic director at his alma mater and as a member of the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee before retiring in 1989. I turned to the student who stood quietly watching Fred. He had reverted to childhood, faced with his first big-time basketball star.

The patient was no longer just “an elderly gentleman.” In his farewell speech to Congress, General Douglas McArthur said, “Old solders never die, they just fade away.” Military leaders, champion athletic figures, they all fade from the spotlight in time as new and younger faces replace them. Now, for a moment, Fred had regained the lost luster of decades past. Note: Mr. Schaus passed away in February 2010.

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National H onor is

Ultimate for

Furfari Written by Mickey furfari

eing inducted into the US Basketball Writers Association’s Hall of Fame during the NCAA men’s Final Four was the ultimate for me. It was even greater than a dream-come-true. I say this because you just don’t dream of a national honor when you lived and worked most of your time in West Virginia. So this certainly was special for me. I am most grateful and proud to be the first West Virginia writer to enter that shrine, and I consider it even more significant that I happened to be a unanimous selection. A longtime friend, Steve Guback, made it all possible. He’s a retired sports writer with The Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Washington Star. He also served on the President’s Commission after retiring from sports writing. Steve, now residing in Virginia, nominated me for this Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1984 in Seattle and is a veteran member of the selection panel. Steve Guback and I first met in 1955 when West Virginia was in the Southern Conference, and the Mountaineers won the tournament championship six straight seasons, thanks to Hot Rod Hundley and Jerry West. Fred Schaus was the head coach and still is the school’s winningest ever. I would be remiss if I didn’t also publicly thank Joe Mitch, the executive director of the US Basketball Writers Association. He arranged for our hotel accommodations in Houston, Texas, and provided three tickets in the handicap area of the spacious arena for the semi-final and championship games. Houston’s huge Reliant Stadium, seating more that 75,000 spectators, Mickey Furfari with former Coach Don Nehlen. is the largest indoor facility in which I’ve ever watched any sports event. For the two nights, the NCAA set an all-time record with a combined 142,000plus total attendance. My son-in-law, Bruce Stofferahn, did a wonderful job presenting me for induction. My daughter, Jane Stofferahn, attended that function as well as the games. The two of them escorted me on the long air trip and also helped me get around during our seven enjoyable days in Houston, which is much larger than it was in 1984 when I covered West Virginia’s upset of TCU in the Bluebonnet Bowl. We’re also grateful to the Houston chapter of the WVU Alumni Association and secretary Nancy DiPaolo for a most enjoyable luncheon honoring Oliver Luck, WVU President Jim Clements and WVU First Lady Beth Clements. Steve Douglas, the Alumni Association’s CEO, also spoke, with over 150 members in attendance. Luck, WVU’s new athletic director, also showed up for my Hall of Fame induction and I want to thank him publicly for that. All in all, it was a most remarkable weeklong observance for a guy who has been so blessed with family, friends, and readers.

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CLASSCHATTER From Gold and Blue to the Blue Room

NBC cameraman and WVU graduate Andrew Scritchfield at the White House with President Obama and Matt Lauer.

Andrew Scritchfield knew he was going to be

Mountaineer from the time he was in high school. What he didn’t know was that his Mountaineer ties would land him the job he has come to love so much. Born in Morgantown, Andrew grew up in Bridgeport, but knew he wanted to return to his hometown for his college education. “I was always into Mountaineer sports and went to all the journalism camps, so I knew WVU had a good journalism program,” Andrew says. During his four years at WVU, Andrew worked at the WVU radio station, U92, as a sports deejay. After college Andrew worked as a broadcast reporter for WBOY, and then for a CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. Unsure of what his true passion really was, he ventured from television for a little while and went to work for a company. But when he realized being behind the camera and shooting was his first love, he and a friend started a small production company. The success and work of this company caught the eye of fellow Mountaineer Jason Neal, who worked at NBC, and Andrew was offered a job.

Being a cameraman for NBC News has given Andrew many memorable experiences. One story took him near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he covered US military relief efforts. “We did a story about a Marine we met during foot patrol,” Andrew says. “We heard him speaking Creole to some of the people, and found out he was born and lived in Haiti until he was six or seven. He moved to New York, went to school, learned English, and joined the Marines to thank our country for taking him in. We found out later, because of the story we did, he was flown to the White House to meet President Obama.” Andrew has also met the President and has shot five interviews with him. “It’s a surreal experience the first time,” he says. “Each time after that it becomes more and more normal. Well, as normal as it can be when you’re setting up in the Blue Room of the White House.” As someone who thought he knew exactly what he wanted to do, Andrew advises young graduates to keep an open mind: “Never be afraid to take a job that may not be the perfect one for you at that time. If you can see it as a stepping stone to where you want to get, don’t be afraid to take that job.” West Virginia University Alumni Magazine

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Kenneth R. Gosnell, BS, Charleston, WV, is still hanging in at 92. . .Vivian “Dee Dee” Dillon Martin, BS, and Allan “Ike” Martin, BS, ’51 MS, Springfield, VA, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2009.


Carl R. Abrams, BA, ’52 JD, Washington, DC, completed a 28-year military career in 1980, serving as chief judge, USAF. He is a bicycle enthusiast and has logged over 59,000 miles, 28,000 of which are on a tandem bicycle with his wife of 57 years.


Raymond M. Van Camp, BS, ’53 MS, Columbia, SC, has been retired for 15 years and is healthy and active at age of 81. . .Arthur Garrison Phillips, BA, New York, NY, is a retired actor and senior volunteer. . .John P. Russell, BA, Mill Creek, WV, is a longtime WVU Alumni Association member. . . Renna Thayer Shaver, AB, Keyser, WV, is retired . . .John F. Skinner, BS, Clarksburg, WV, is 91 years old and in the process of writing his memoir . . .Torrence “Tod” Trent, BS, and wife, Irma Trent, ’50 MS, Uniontown, PA, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in 2009.


Billy Baer, JD, Baltimore, MD, still practices law in Baltimore City. . .Mary Ellen Brown, BS, Fairview Heights, IL, retired in 2009. . .George Esper, BS, Morgantown, WV, celebrated his 10th year as the Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism. . .Jack L. Garrison, BS, Sherwood, AR, is retired. . .Mary Margaret Hastings Miller, BS, ’54 MS, Morgantown, WV, retired from teaching in Union County, OH, and returned to WV. . .Mausby “Bill” W. Rogers, BA, and Patricia Rogers, ’68 MA, Keyser, WV, have been married for 54 years.


Eileen Ficks Schoen, BS, Denver, CO, is retired and still enjoys working part-time as the backup proofreader at Heinrich Marketing. . .Irving Seager, MA, Little Rock, AR, is a retired high school science department chairman. . .Robert J. Shipman, BA, Caledonia, MI, is retired and has five grandchildren. . .Earl J. Synder, BS, Dover, DE, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force.


Joseph Sokol, BS, Hagerstown, MD, has been married 56 years and has four grandchildren. He enjoys retirement after working 36 years in teaching and 22 years of service with the National Guard . . .Jack H. Smith, BS, Aiken, SC, is proud to say that his two daughters and son-in-laws are all WVU grads. . .Donald L. Wadsworth, BS, Abilene, TX, is retired from the US Air Force.


John P. Cherry, BS, ’66 MS, Bluebell, PA, retired in 2007 after working for 34 years. . .W.L. “Bill” Curry, AB, ’59 MD, Richmond, VA, has been a pediatrician for 45 years. . .Charles W. Lewis, BS, ’62 MD, Greenwood, IN, received the George W. Bush Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2008 . . .W. David McWhorter, BA, ’58 MD, Winchester, VA, is retired and has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. . .Elizabeth Mallory Miller, BS, ’61 MA, Diamond Bar, CA, retired as a school psychologist after 29 years of service with the California school system . . .Robert E. Milne, BS, Laguna Woods, CA, is retired. . .Michael D. O’Kelly, BA, Clarksburg, WV, is a retired Unitarian minister. . .Carrol B. Simmons, BS, Elkins, WV, retired. . .John Takovich Jr., BS, ’64 MS, ’76 EdD, Pembroke Pines, FL, retired from Miami Dade College in 1996.



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John C. Armstrong, BS, ’62 MS, Williamstield, OH, has twin grandsons—the Carter Twins—who broke into country music in 2009. They are living, writing, and playing in Nashville and elsewhere. . .Elda Montgomery, MA, Livermore, CA, is retired after teaching for 41 years and still returns home to WV twice a year. . .Esther Murphy, BA, and husband, Joel Murphy, ’60 BA, Lewes, DE, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January 2009. . .Paul E. Stewart, BS, Parkersburg, WV, is a member of the WVU Emeritus Club. . .Kathryn Vitek, BA, Oakland, MD, retired as an equal employment manager in the federal government. . .Alice Jean Fortney Welch, BM, ’60 MM, Abilene, TX, has two children and two grandchildren, and teaches music part-time at Abilene Christian University.


Lawrence P. Chambers, BS, Severna Park, MD, is retired. . .Emil Czul, BS, Kissimmee, FL, would like to see some WV snow on Jerry West’s statue the next time it is featured. . .Marion Ihlenfeld Watkins Deever, BS, Triadelphia, WV, and Richard Deever, ’67 BS, are both retired from teaching. They live on a 180-acre farm where Rich raises cattle. . .Jean Faulkner, BS, ’67 MS, Grafton, WV, is retired and recently spent four months in Florida. . .Sylvester Fretwell, BS, Elkins, WV, celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Carol with a renewal of vows ceremony on the beach at Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii. . .D. Fred Garner, BS, ’65 JD, Naples, FL, was recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in 2010. . .George A. Jones, BS, Greensburg, PA, is retired. . .Hugh G. Kennedy, BA, Midland, GA, has been married for 45 years and has two kids. He spends his time traveling and volunteering. . .Keith H. Moredock, BS, ’62 MS, Rices Landing, PA, retired. . .James R. Proudfit, BA, Washington, PA, owns an insurance brokeage firm specializing in the oil and gas industry. . .Melvin R. Redmond, BS, Waynesboro, VA, is retired. . .John L. White, BS, ’63 MS, New Castle, WA, is enjoying retirement by traveling with his wife Katerina. . . Harriet G. Williams, BS, Blythewood, SC, is a professor of public health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


Robert B. Maxwell, MS, Cross Lanes, WV, retired after working as an assistant professor for 31 years at WV State University. . .Charles N. Morrison, BS, San Bernardino, CA, is retired and occupied with communicating with his old fraternity brothers and WVU classmates. . .Alan Sherman, BS, Trabuco Canyon, CA, and his wife Dolly have been married 50 years. They have seven grandchildren. . .Preston L. Shimer, BS, ’62 MS, Hampton, FL, is retired from recreation and parks. . .Ralph B. Stoner, BS, Delphos, OH, is retired and enjoying life. . .C. William White, BS, Strongsville, OH, retired in 2003 and has been married to his wife, Alicia, for 40 years.


Gabriel J. Basil, AB, Schenectady, NY, retired in 2008 as president of Schenectady County Community College after 18 years of service. . .K. Paul Davis, BS, ’68 JD, Charleston, WV, was named a Best Lawyer for Corporate Law, and chairs that practice group. . .Roger Evans, BA, Charlottesville, VA, is a retired SSA district manager. . .Frank D. Hale, BA, Lorton, VA, is a retired colonel in the US Air Force. He and his wife Dolly have three children and seven grandchildren, and enjoy traveling. . .Kenneth L. Miers, BS, Lathrop, CA, is semi-retired.


Joseph A. Arewa, BS, Dunkirk, MO, is retired. . . Guy O. Farmer, BA, Orlando, FL, was named one of Florida’s Super Lawyers. He practices employment and labor law at GrayRobinson. . .Eugene Garrett, BS, Hagerstown, MD, took extended trips to

England, Ireland, and Scotland in the summer of 2008. . .Jacob Gatrell, BA, Berlin, MD, is retired from the US Department of Energy and the US Army. . .Jerry Hess, BS, Columbus, OH, is retired from Medco Pharmacy after working there for 23 years. . .Richard G. Huffman, MS, Lewes, DE, retired at the beach. . .Opal Legg Norton, MA, Myrtle Beach, SC, is retired. . .Russ Rutan, BA, Staunton, VA, sold his business and retired. He spends his time with his grandchildren and wife, playing golf and traveling. . . Stanley Sergent, BA, ’66 JD, Sarasota, FL, is a labor arbitrator and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. . .Patricia Kay Helmick Wooster, BS, ’68 MA, Arlington, VA, married David Edward Wooster in June 1983. David’s great-great grandfather, David Wooster, fought in the American Revolutionary War and Wooster, OH, was named after him.


Nancy C. Alert, BS, ’67 MA, Columbia, SC, is a retired history teacher. . .Jane Hanst Burks Brown, BS, Millsboro, DE, is retired. . .Laura M. Buchanan, BS, Glen Burnie, MD, is a science teacher. . .Robert H. Cummings, MA, Daniels, WV, is a professor emeritus at Christopher Newport University. . .John M. Dawson, BS, Basking Ridge, NJ, retired after over 30 years of service at various securities firms on Wall Street. . .Russell Fitzpatrick, BA, Orange, TX, is retired but still visits WV twice a year. . .W. Philip Goodboy, BS, Belle Vernon, PA, retired in 2009 from Bloom Engineering Company as a manager of engineering. . .Linn L. Power, MS, Winchester, VA, lives in the Shenandoah Valley WestminsterCanterbury Retirement Community. . .Justice Larry V. Starcher, BA, ’67 JD, Morgantown, WV, retired from the WV Supreme Court after 12 years of service and joined the WVU College of Law as a lecturer in law.


Jack William Blair Jr., BA, Destin, FL, is retired. . . Charles M. Bursich, BS, Pittsburgh, PA, is retired and enjoys following WVU sports. . .Bonnie C. Campbell, BS, Brooksville, FL, retired after teaching for 27 years in Pasco County. . .Judy McGuire Lambert, BS, Bluefield, WV, retired after 40 years of service as a teacher at Bluefield High School. . . George T. Menas, BS, Newport, RI, retired in 2009 from Newport Federal Savings Bank as a senior credit officer. . .Kenneth L. Price Jr., BA, ’68 BS, Hilliard, OH, became the Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh in 2009. . .Stephen E. Rawe, AB, Charleston, SC, has a private practice in neurosurgery in Charleston. . . William J. Taylor, BS, Mason, OH, retired after 40 years in the insurance industry. . .Joseph M. Turek, MA, Connellsvile, PA, had his first grandson, Carter Jack Wilson in 2009. . .Susan Hofstetter Vaughan, BA, Saint George, ME, published her sixth book, Primal Obsession, which won the romantic suspense category in the More than Magic contest.


David Akers, BS, ’76 MS, ’84 MS, Indiana, PA, and wife Peggy have two granddaughters. . .Bridget Courtney, BA, Ann Arbor, MI, is retired and has been living in Michigan since graduating. . .Gilbert W. Devine, BS, New Stanton, PA, retired from Allegheny Energy, Inc. in 2003. . .Charles J. Ezell Jr., BA, ’69 MS, and his wife Cathy Ezell, ’73 BS, Monument, CO, traveled to Indiana for their son’s wedding in 2009. . .Jim Gabriel, BS, ’68, MS, Beaverton, OR, is president/CEO of Harris Group, an engineering consulting firm. . .Charles L. Layman, BA, Tallahassee, FL, retired in 2001 after 33 years of service as a criminal investigator for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He enjoys playing golf and thrives on WVU football and basketball . . .Terry L. Lichty, BS, Williamstown, NJ, retired after 40 years of service in txhe school system as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. . .Nicolas B. Lozano, BA, Huntington, WV, retired from CitiGroup. . . Robert C. Murtha, BS, Fayetteville,

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PA, is retired . . .Roger A Shallis, BS, Martinsburg, WV, has been married to his wife Helen for 45 years and has three children. He retired from owning his own pharmacy in 2006 and became an inspector for WV Board of Pharmacy. . .Karen Taylor, BS, ’70 MA, is married to Harry Taylor II, ’76 JD, ’77, and they live in Charleston, WV. Their son is a doctoral student in political science at WVU. . .Robert White, BS, Charleston, WV, retired in 2009 from Allstate Insurance.


Jean E. Ratti, MSW, Rockville, MD, is retired and has five kids. . .Diana Higgins Sicard, BS, Cambridge, OH, is working as a staff nurse for hospice. . .Sandra Evans Spina, BS, ’73 MA, Morgantown, WV, retired from the Monongalia County Schools as director of federal programs. . .Robert Szymczak, BS, ’72 MA, Coraopolis, PA, is an associate professor of history at Penn State-Beaver. . .Todd V. Townsend, BS, Fremont, CA, is retired but still consulting after being a VP of new development. . .Byron L. VanPelt, MD, Wheeling, WV, practices internal medicine and has four children with his wife, Beckie. . .Richard E. Wolvotan, BS, ’71 JD, St. Petersburg, FL, celebrated 25 years of certification as a civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Civil Trial Advocacy.


William C. Bassett, EdD, Village of Lakewood, IL, is a retired assistant superintendant of schools in suburban Chicago. . .Thomas W. Brado, BS, Camp Hill, PA, retired in 2009 from SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. . .Betsy Burmeister, BA, Athens, GA, is the coordinator of music ministry at Covenant Presbyterian in Athens. . .William E. Conway, BA, Indianapolis, IN, is the assistant VP at Property Group. . .David S. Francis, BA, Faber, VA, is principal of Western Albermarle High School in Virginia. . . Doreen B. Homan, BS, Winfield, WV, moved back to the state after being away for 40 years and now lives five miles from where she grew up. . . Janet M. Howard, BS, ’71 MA, Charleston, WV, retired from working in the real estate business. . . Jack Johnson, BA, Smithfield, VA, is a retired US Air Force colonel . . .Fredrick D. Lucas, MA, Cincinnati, OH, is retired and studying German. . .Larry Lieving, BS, Sarasota, FL, is retired. He and his wife enjoy their local WVU alumni group for football and basketball gatherings. They do a lot of traveling and have been to China twice to teach English to YMCA staff. . .Sheila A. Mays, BS, ’72 MA, Ewing, NJ, is retired. . .Marilyn Murdock, BS, Huntington, WV, retired from teaching after 22 years of service. . .Mary E. Nefflen, BS, Elkins, WV, is retired. . .Richard M. O’Brien, MA, ’72 PhD, Amityville, NY, is a professor of psychology at Hofstra University. . .John N. Rinker, BS, Gibsonia, PA, is a State Farm insurance agent. . .Alfred Trinkle, BS, Haverstraw, NY, is retired . . .Jonette Douglass Walter, BS, Parkersburg, WV, married her husband Theodore in January 2009. . . Thomas Watson, BS, Staunton, VA, was installed as treasurer of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers at its 2010 annual conference.


David A. Fogle, BS, Frederick, MD, has battled cancer, but that didn’t stop him from his love of coaching baseball. He is now cancer-free and continues to coach with the Lions team of the National Little League. . .Marilyn Britvec Lord, BS, Alachua, FL, is the financial aid coordinator at the University of Florida, Gainesville. . .Dale E. Mateer, BS, Bellbrook, OH, is a family practice dentist in Beavercreek, OH . . .Edward Plow, MD, Cleveland, OH, assumed chairmanship of the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council of the American Heart Association. With 3,500 members, this is the third-largest of the AHA’s 16 councils. . .Danny L.

Schiffbawer, BS, Wellsburg, WV, is retired. . .Ann L. Smith, BS, ’75 MS, ’81 EdD, lives in Staunton, VA. . . David M. Smith, BA, ’79 MA, ’88 MD, Florence, SC, is an anesthesiologist at McLeod Regional Medical Center. . .Barbara Steele, BS, Wheeling, WV, retired from Ohio County Schools after 28 years of teaching . . .Paul S. Stull, MS, Walkersville, MD, retired after 31 years of service with Frederick County Public Schools. He just finished 15 years as a delegate in the Maryland State Legislature. . .Brigid Bell Waszczak, BA, Tucson, AZ, is coordinator for continuing education for Hesychia School for Spiritual Directors. . .Richard C. Whitman, BA, Beckley, WV, is president of WV Pest Control Operators Association. . .Mary Wyatt, BSN, Simpsonville, KY, is a retired nursing program coordinator. . .Richard D. Yancioh, BS, Dilliner, PA, retired in June 2009.


Bruce C. Frizzell, BS, Beaverdam, VA, is head of natural resources and environmental affairs at Quantico Marine Corps Base. . .Kenneth E. Joseph, MA, Martins Ferry, OH, retired from teaching in 2004 after 34 years of service. . .Margaret Perri, MA, Spelter, WV, has been teaching in public schools for 44 years. . .Wendell Teets, MA, ’80 EdD, Mountain Lake Park, MD, has been superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools for 13 years. . .Larry R. Tucci, BS, Mims, FL, is retired from NASA and is a program manager for Mantech Technologies. . . Terry Wagner, BS, Tampa, FL, attended a threeweek veteran’s assistance program that increased his mobility substantially.


Penny D. Arnold, BS, Clarksburg, WV, is a retired school nurse. . .John J. Derago, BS, Cherry Hill, NJ, celebrated his daughter Jennifer’s wedding in 2009. . .William John Lambdin, BS, Oak Hill, WV, retired after 30 years with the WV Department of Environmental Protection. . .Ray Olson, MA, Damascus, MD, joined the Irvin Stewart Society. . . Paul Phillips, BS, ’73 BS, and wife, Kathy Phillips, ’73 BA, ’77 MA, live in Lincoln, NE. Paul works for Schlumberger Oil Services in Milan, Italy, and Kathy is associate professor at the University of Nebraska teaching children’s literature and early childhood literacy. . .Paul Swartz, MS, Shallotte, NC, has coached more than 350 victories in basketball and baseball in Washington County, MD. He wrote and published a book titled Love Above All Else. . .David Toler, BS, Easton, PA, celebrated the 20th anniversary of his engineering consulting firm, Forensic Engineering Sciences, Inc. In his free time David follows WVU sports and works with local engineering student teams involved in SAE design competitions. . .Robert “Bear” Whittington, BS, ’79 MSW, Cathedral City, CA, is retired and in good health. He would love to hear from old friends. . .Sheila Kae Williams, BA, ’75 JD, Kingwood, WV, is an attorney in solo practice, and is library board president and a member on the Main Street Board.


Greg Devereaux, BFA, ’77 JD, Ontario, CA, is chief administrative officer of San Bernardino County, CA. The county is the largest geographic county in the continental US at 20,000 square miles, with over two million people. . .Joseph F. Graham Jr., BA, Newcastle, DE, is a service manager in New Castle. . .J. Michael McCoy, DDS, Knoxville, TN, is a professor in the Department of Pathology, Department of Radiology, and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. . .Frank Miller Jr., BS, Beckley, WV, is a controller at Phillips Machine Service, Inc. . . .Dennis Pennline, BS, Eagleville, PA, is a project manager at URS Corporation in Princeton, NJ. . . Craig R. Rice, MA, ’80 EdD, Carlisle, PA, is retired . . .Jeannette M. Paugh Ware, BS, ’86 MA, Valley Head, WV, retired after 31 years and works part-time

in Randolph City Schools. . .Charles D. White, BS, Williamstown, WV, is a veterinarian.


Manuel M. Cartelle, MA, Beckley, WV, is director of Housing in Community Development in Beckley . . .Cliff A. Cremeans, MS, Asheboro, NC, retired . . .Kathleen Doroshenko DeMarsico, BS, Roseland, NJ, received a master’s of science in nursing from Monmouth University in 2007. . .Leonard Duarte, BS, ’76 MS, Jackson, NJ, is a doctor treating sports injuries, ADD, allergies, and neck and back injuries . . .E. Stephen Fisher, BS, Oakland Park, FL, was promoted to senior appraiser with the Florida Department of Transportation, District 4. . .Karen Knapp Haskew, BS, Hayden, ID, is an urban forester for the city of Coeur d’Alene. . .D. David Hughes, BS, ’76 MS, Vineland, NJ, has a son in college and loves being retired. . .Sara Irons, BS, Lewisburg, WV, is a consultant at Arbonne International and has two grandchildren who attended WVU. . .Luis A. Loimil, MD, Charleston, WV, has a private practice in orthopedics. . .Patrick Phipps, PhD, Suffolk, VA, was named American Phytopathological Society Fellow and has received numerous other awards. . . Ed Wielgus, BA, Pittsburgh, PA, earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.


William Galloway, BS, ’78 JD, Weirton, WV, is a trial lawyer in WV, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. . .Carl R. Kuhns Jr. BS, Las Vegas, NV, is still practicing landscape architecture and enjoying the Mojave Desert. . .Wayne Lanzendorfer, BS, Williamsport, MD, is an industrial sales representative. . .Kathleen Lipkovich, MS, ’77 PhD, Cambridge Springs, PA, is a professor in the health and physical education department and is the coordinator of the sport administration program at Edinboro University. . . Thomas A. McNeely, BS, Morgantown, WV, is a pharmacist at Ruby Memorial Hospital. . .Kyle J. Mishne, BS, Cincinnati, OH, retired after being a successful stockholder/investment advisor. . .Joyce F. Ofsa, BA, ’79 JD, Charleston, WV, was recognized as a Best Lawyer in Real Estate Law. . .Debra Maxson Vogel, BS, Vine Grove, KY, is retired after 34 years of teaching. Her daughter is in the WVU Marching Band. . .Norma E. West Jr., BA, Plano, TX, plays the trombone in the Plano Community Band.


Everett H. Baker, MBA, Wheeling, WV, is partially retired and working as a senior staff scientist at Touchstone Resources. . .Kathryn Reed Bayless, BS, ’79 JD, Princeton, WV, was selected by the Best Lawyers in America and a WV Super Lawyer 200710. She was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by WV Association for Justice, and received a Wiedemann & Wysocki Award given by the American Association for Justice. . .Darrell Cochran, BS, Alexandria, VA, received a State Department Meritorious Honor Award for assisting the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in updating the embassy website during the Russian incursion into Georgia in 2008. . .Evelyn Goudy, MA, Vienna, WV, is a retired teacher and has two granddaughters, Devin and Shannon, enrolled at WVU. . .LeJay Graffiolis, MA, Bruceton Mills, WV, retired in 2008. . .Thomas Kijowski, MBA, Mt. Lebanon, PA, was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s top wealth managers by his clients. This recognition places him among less than five percent of the area’s wealth managers. . .Christopher G. McCune, BS, ’83 MS, Hampstead, NH, is owner of CGM Technologies. . .Michael D. Medovic, BA, ’80 DDS, Wheeling, WV, was awarded the WVU School of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni Award in April 2010 at the alumni weekend banquet at Lakeview Resort . . .Robert M. Miller, AB, Kingwood, TX, is district business director for Baker Hughes. . .Stan Serpento, BS, Farmington Hills, MI, is vehicle performance

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CLASSCHATTER manager at GM and works on advanced electric and hybrid vehicles. . .Lorie Spohn, BM, Bethlehem, PA, was awarded a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in elementary education in August. . .Charles “Joe” Wolfe, BS, Pickens, SC, is the magistrate for Pickens County. . .Richard M. Zuza Jr., MBA, Kansas City, MO, was appointed VP of supply chain for Kiewet, a $10-billion privately held construction company.


Walt Auvil, AB, ’81 JD, Parkersburg, WV, is proud to say that his son, Kirk, is the third generation to attend WVU. . .Michael Clay, BS, Alexandria, VA, has been working for Inom Healthy Systems for 20 years. . .J. Mark Day, BS, Morgantown, WV, is a real estate appraiser. . .Gene “Kapp” Kapusta, BS, Williamsburg, VA, spent over 20 years in broadcast news as an anchor/reporter in Mid-Atlantic TV markets. He consults in public relations. . .Stephen G. Plummer, BA, Murdock, FL, is president of Florida Golf Properties, Inc., and president of the Southwest Florida Alumni Chapter. . .Susan Thomas Royer, BS, York PA, was married in 2008. . .Daher T. Wardy, MS, ’81 PhD, is retired.


M. Teresa “Teri” Batchelor, BS, Chestertown, MD, is a forester with the Maryland DNR Forest Service and has a son who attends WVU. . .Dennis Boyer, JD, Dodgeville, WI, completed a citizen discussion report for the Parkersburg-based Interactivity Foundation on The Future of Regulation. . .John “Jack” Cavender, BA, ’81 MBA, Charleston, WV, is executive VP of commercial banking at City National Bank. . .Beth Ann Blake Davis, MA, Virginia Beach, VA, has taught in Oregon, El Salvador, and Kuwait, and is proud to call herself a Mountaineer. . .Don DeCarlo, BS, Edmond, OK, is the senior VP of Devon Energy and is married with three children. . .Jay Garner, BA, ’79 MPA, Fayetteville, GA, is president of Garner Economics, LLC, a consulting firm. . .Robert Geake, JD, lives in Phoenix, AZ, with his wife Lynette. . .Jean Schulte Irion, BS, Spanish Fort, AL, is an associate professor in physical therapy at the University of South Alabama. . .Wilbert D. Mick, BRBA, Clearwater, FL, loved his experience at WVU and is still a Mountaineer. He is executive VP of Heartbeat International. . .Valerie Nieman, BS, Greensboro, NC, received tenure and a promotion to associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University where she teaches creative writing, humanities, and news writing. . .Joyce F. Ofsa, AB, ’79 JD, Charleston, WV, was named a Super Lawyer in WV. . .Ken Oldfield, PhD, Springfield, IL, published a book, Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class. . .Kim Pugh, BS, Charleston, SC, is working in a private practice in endocrinology. . .William F. Queen, DDS, Martinsburg, WV, practices dentistry with his daughter who is also a WVU graduate. . . Larry Wickline, BS, Beckley, WV, is the owner of Wickline Insurance, Inc.


Mark Ginn, BS, Marton, IL, and his wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. . .Patricia Clark Lowman, BSN, lives in Charleston, WV, with her husband Charles. . .Bijan Mansouri, BS, ’81 MA, and his wife, Katherine, live in Brentwood, TN. Bijan is a technical engineer at BBA Fiberweb. . .Jeffrey L. Phillips, BA, Morgantown, WV, is a manager at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Westover. . .Robert Sestilli, MPA, San Mateo, CA, retired in 2010 from a position with the US Department of Commerce. . .Michael J. Strunak, BS, Weiton, WV, retired after working for 18 years in banking at Key Corporation and PNC Bank. . .Douglas L. Timmons, EdD, Brazil, IN, retired in 2008 and is loving every minute of it . . .Brian Westfall, BA, Cumberland, MD, was one of four recipients of the Marvin M. Lewis Elks and Scouting Award. Brian has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for over 35 years. 58


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John Sterling Bobbitt, BS, Martinez, CA, is director, San Francisco campus, Graduate School. . . Patricia L. Kinkade, MA, Greensboro, NC, is the director of benefits of Guilford County Schools. . . Jerry Koloskie, BS, Henderson, NV, is director of athletics at UNLV. . .Neva G. Lusk, JD, Charleston, WV, was named a Super Lawyer in WV and Best Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in 2010. . .Sara V. Monroe, BSW, Allen Junction, WV, is assistant program director at Mountain Heart CCR&R and a grandma of three. . .Kelly Hill O’Hara, BS, Bay Village, OH, is a consultant at Highland Consulting, a certified employee benefits specialist. . .Donald E. Oates, BS, Hampstead, MD, opened a new office for Whitehouse Financial Group in Hampstead. . . Brian R. Raber, BS, Littleton, CO, was elected to the board of directors at Merrick & Company after 18 years with the firm. . .April Rivers, BS, Silver Spring, MD, teaches English and literature for the University of Phoenix. . .Paulette Rebich Tansill, BS, ’83 MS, Catonsville, MD, is married and is the director of human resources at Erickson Retirement Community. . .J.H. “Jack” Vickers III, BS, Trenton, SC, received a master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in May 2009.


James R. Burns, BS, Point Pleasant, NJ, completed his 30th year of teaching. . .Samuel Easterling, BS, ’83 MS, Blacksburg, VA, was named the Montague-Betts professor of structural steel design by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. . .David N. Fleming, BS, Vienna, WV, hosts a biweekly gardening television show at WTAP in Parkersburg. . .Brian Gallagher, BS, Washington DC, is senior VP of government affairs for the American Pharmacists Association in DC. . .Richard W. Kolosky, BA, Bethlehem, PA, is in his 25th year in private practice. . .Lynn Manning, BS, Washington, PA, is public relations supervisor at Consol Energy, Inc. . .Daniel R. Olds, BS, The Woodlands, TX, is senior VP of Ryder Scott Company. . .Robert Willis, PhD, Englewood, FL, retired from FSU. . .Russell Wyatt, MS, Santa Rosa, CA, is retired after working for the California Department of Corrections.


Robert Baldwin, BS, and Susan Baldwin, ’87 BS, live in Chapmanville, WV. Robert is a senior project engineer with Consol Energy and Susan is an instructor at the Boone Campus of Southern WV Community and Technical College. They have two children who attend WVU. . .Mary Bartron, BS, Morgantown, WV, enrolled in the Microsoft application specialist certification and is an information systems specialist for the WV Health Sciences and Technology Academy. . .Debra S. Berkey, MS, ’85 EdD, Grand Junction, MI, is the interim physical education consultant for the

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Michigan Department of Education. . .Ellsworth Buck Jr., BS, ’84 MS, Port St. Lucie, FL, is VP of Great Florida Insurance Holding Corporation. . . Thomas Mont Cavendar, BS, Cross Lanes, WV, owns and operates a self-service storage facility, Cross Lanes Mini-Storage. . .Gary Clites, BS, Chesapeake Beach, MD, wrote his first novel, the WV-set thriller Seneca Wood published by Casperian Books. . .Michael Ferro, MA, McMechen, WV, retired from teaching after 35 years of service. He was elected to the WV House of Delegates in 2008. . .Charles E. Huggins Jr., BS, Parkersburg, WV, is president of Chuck Huggins, Inc., a painting and restoration company . . .Nancy Sites McCarty, BA, Superior, CO, is senior director of transaction tax and regulatory compliance at Levels Communications, LLC. . .Arch W. Riley Jr., JD, Charleston, WV, was named a Super Lawyer in WV and recognized as a Best Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law. . .David L. Rodgers, BS, Ardmore, PA, is a clinical educator in the Center for Simulation at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. . .David Torney, BA, Pittsburgh, PA, was elected fellow of the American Bar Association, College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. . .Jeffrey Trought, BS, Muncy, PA, is the northeast regional manager at Mohawk Flush Doors. . .James A. Walls, BS, BA, ’89 JD, Charleston, WV, was named a Super Lawyer in WV. . .Toni Grove Werner, BS, Sarasota, FL, is a travel agent and is married with two boys. . . Raymond Woods, BS, Lomita, CA, is working in developmental planning and systems engineering for Air Force Space Command.


Lesilie Steele Ash, BS, Mendham, NJ, is senior VP for Morgan Stanley. . .Stephen J. Bamberger, BS, Hampstead, MD, is the Mid-Atlantic territory manager at Autodesk, Civil Engineering Division. . . Eric Bradley, BS, Alexandria, VA, is environmental program manager for the Departmental Offices of the Department of the Treasury. . .Michael Cole, BS, Hershey, PA, has two children who attend WVU . . .Denver Drake, MA, Gassaway, WV, is principal of Braxton County Middle School. . .Kitty Wyda Hallis, BS, Lexington, KY, is a clinical dietitian at Saint Joseph Hospital and has two daughters . . .Manas Kanungo, MS, ’88 MS, Oakland, CA, is director of marketing, innovation team, global strategic marketing department at Abbott Diabetes Care. . .John Perlic, BS, Kirkland, WA, is the transportation division manager at Parametrix and is married with two kids. . .Rick Plotz, MS, Geneva, IL, is VP of human resources for Experian Marketing Services. . .Wayne Reese, MA, and Barb Reese, ’90 MA, Nicholasville, KY, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. . .Ralph F. Romero, MA, ’86 PhD, and Laura Gamez-Romero, ’86 MA, Oneonta, NV, participated in the Stanford University Vietnam Program. Their second child graduated from college in 2010. . .Albert L. Tomsic Jr., BS, ’09 MS, McKees Rocks, PA, completed the two-year postgraduate residency program in endodontics at WVU and is practicing in Sewickley, PA. . .Betty Jane Webber, MA, Martinsburg, WV, retired from teaching at Opequon Elementary School in 2007 after 30 years of service.


Debra Adkins Boyd, BS, Charleston, WV, is CFO at Cabin Creek Health Systems. . .Timothy Bramers, BS, Missouri City, TX, is the director of Baylor College of Medicine. . .Thomas DiLorenzo, MD, Birmingham, AL, is dean of arts and sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. . .Gloria E. Gasser, MA, Hudson, OH, is a music instructor for Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools. . .Donna Olashuk Giallucu, BS, Weirton, WV, has been employed at CHANGE, Inc., since October 2009 as outreach programs manager. . . James B. Ogundele, BS, ’85 MBA, ’87 MS, Painted Post, NY, is director of engineering manufacturing, technology and engineering for Asia Pacific Region.

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He resides in Taiwan, and is developing and deploying local engineering talents in support of business growth in Asia. . .Robert Jeffrey Palmer, BS, ’94 MA, Paw Paw, WV, married in 2008. . .John Pioli, BS, San Diego, CA, retired as a colonel from the Marine Corps. He is an engineer for Northrop Grumman in advanced concepts . . .Mark S. Priddy, BS, Huntington, WV, is a geologist for the WV Department of Hazardous Waste. . .Dean A. Ruble, BA, Greenville, MI, opened a medical office practice in Greenville. . .Nancy Smith, MSW, Florence, OR, was appointed to regional ethicist at Peace Harbor Health Siuslaw Health Care Region. . .Joseph P. Underwood, JD, MPA, Fairfax, VA, is proud that his oldest son, Matthew, is a sophomore at WVU. . . Mary A. Engelmann Wood, BS, Glenwood Springs, CO, married Andy “John” Wood.


Norman Preston Brown, BS, MBA, Vienna, VA, is deputy inspector general with the US Department of State. . .Kevin Crickard, BS, Buckhannon, WV, received a DBA from Nova Southeastern University in 2005. . .Gus R. Douglass, BS, Lion, WV, was elected to his 11th fourth-year term for WV commissioner of agriculture. He is the longest serving commissioner of agriculture in the US. . .Kathryn Ellis, PhD, Carlisle, PA, earned a master’s of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School. . .Stephen Gandee, MBA, ’89 JD, Jane Lew, WV, was inducted into the Glenville State College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2008. . .Lori Kiddy, BS, Cumberland, MD, and her husband have two children attending WVU. Her husband Ray is the head men’s soccer coach at Potomac State University. . .Loren Lazear, BA, Weston, FL, served as an ExxonMobil “Rock Star,” speaking to students to encourage their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math-based careers as part of the Dream Tour at the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree. . .James Patton, BS, Pittsburgh, PA, is principal of TRIAD USA Benefit Counseling. . .David L. Scott, BS, Cantonment, FL, is athletic director at the University of West Florida.


Paul R. Amendola, BS, Erie, PA, is a self-employed real estate developer, car wash owner, and utility construction company owner. . .Vaugh Groves, JD, and his wife Mary, ’79 BS, ’80 MS, live in Abingdon, VA. Mary is an audiologist. . .Kim Harrison, BS, ’07 MA, Morgantown, WV, is assistant director for WVU’s student organizations. . .James E. Malone, BA, Bridgeport, WV, was married and has two children with his wife Lesli. . .Tim Preston, BS, New York, NY, joined North Horizons Northeast as VP of corporate sales in 2009. . .Steve Riffon, BS, Morgantown, WV, is a retired military officer in the US Air Force. . .Deborah Wilson, BS, ’80 MA, Morgantown, WV, is a physical therapist at WVU Hospitals and specializes in neonatal. . .Terence K. Wood, BS, Palm Beach, FL, is an electrical engineer for Wackernhut. His wife is a speech teacher in Palm Beach City. . .Martha A. Wyatt, BS, Christiansburg, VA, was promoted to Donor Stewardship Coordinator for the Ut Prosim Society and Scholarship Stewardship Coordinator and Executive Council Member for the Blue Ridge Mountaineer Club. . .Donna Elswick Yalch, BS, Southport, NC, is VP of Community Based Services of the Boys and Girls Homes in NC.


Michael J. Basile, BS, Charleston, WV, was nominated for Government Relations Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. . .David A. Cornell, BS, Gainesville, FL, is a member of the law firm Cole Scott & Kissane, PA, in Jacksonville. . .Randall Fedon, BA, Milltown, NJ, is director of facilities at Silverman Group. . .Sarah T. Fletcher, MSN, Davis, WV, retired from nursing and owns Ben’s Old Loom Barn. . .Mary Ann Fritz, EdD, Avon Park, FL, retired after 21 years as chair of nursing education at South

Florida Community College. . .Diane Market Gaston, MSW, Morgantown, WV, has a clinical practice in Morgantown that specializes in equine therapy. . . Mark A. Haught, BS, Ladson, SC, has two kids with his wife, Donita, and teaches physics at Goose Greek High School. . .Howard Kutzler, BA, Bethlehem, PA, is town manager for Bethlehem Township. . .Barry Pavlo, BS, Cleveland, OH, joined Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. as VP, regional business development. He will be responsible for leading institutional business development efforts in the northeastern US and northern Ohio. . .Clayton W. Rice, BS, Bridgeport, WV, is the WV regional president of Huntington Bank. He has two children, Alex, 15, and Paige, 12. . .Becky Tanner, MA, Vienna, WV, is a first-grade teacher for Wood County schools . . .Christopher J. Walters, BS, Wake Forest, NC, is president and CEO of Wake Forest Physical Therapy . . .Calvin F. Wilson III, BS, ’89 MS, Greensburg, PA, is employed by Butler Veterans Administration Medical Center. . .Jason A. Yianilos, BS, Alexandria, VA, is the East Coast Regional promotions manager for Treehouse Records.


Jeff Gacad, BS, Huntington Beach, CA, is a mammalogist at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, where he works with their collection of seals, sea lions, and sea otters. . .Jon Hammock, BS, Morgantown, WV, was awarded the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Upstate New York, Western Pennsylvania, and WV region. . . Nancy Lemon, MA, Mallory, WV, welcomed her first grandson, Ryan Michael Lemon, in 2008. . .Brad Metheny, BS, ’90 MS, Cape Coral, FL, is the football coach at Cape Coral High School. . .Jon Migyanko III, BS, Fairfax, VA, was awarded a master’s of science in national resource strategy by the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC, after completing a ten-monthlong, in-residence course. . .Linda Paknik, BS, ’95 MS, Fairmont, WV, is an educational speech and language pathologist. . .Albert Radabaugh, BS, Morgantown, WV, served 22 years with Consol Energy. He is a master mechanic at Robinson Run Mine. He has been married 18 years, and has a son, Caleb.


Beth Clark, BS, Morgantown, WV, works at WVU Hospitals. . .Stephanie Berdini Finkenstaedt, BFA, Germantown, MD, is married. . .Dan Foley, BA, ’92 DDS, ’95 MS, Beckley, WV, has been an orthodontist in Beckley since 1995. . .Robert D. Johnson, BS, Avon Lake, OH, is chairman of the board of directors at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. . .C. Michele Kirk, BA, Upper Saddle River, NJ, is a chief employment counselor for Honeywell Specialty Materials. . .Monica Robins, BS, Cleveland, OH, was named co-anchor of WKYC Channel 3’s evening newscast. . .Stanley T. Wearden, MA, Kent, OH, is dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. . .Marjorie Chichick Walker, MSN, Lima, OH, is director of the nursing department at Ohio Northern University.


T. Kirk Aguirre, BS, Logan, WV, is business director at Brick Street Insurance in Charleston, WV. . .Wyatt Bryson, BS, Rock Hill, SC, published two novels, Snkofa and Onyz and Eggshell. For more info see www. and . . Rico A. Coville, BS, Wheeling, WV, is director of golf and ski at Oglebay Resort for the Wheeling Park Commission . . .Allison Dascoli, MS, Charleston, WV, is a veterinarian and writes the column, “Ask the Vet” for the Charleston Daily Mail. . .Bruce A. Felix, BA, Ebensburg, PA, has been married for five years and is a self-employed optometrist. . .Jane Pierce Hardman, MA, Parkersburg, WV, retired from Wood County Schools after teaching special education for 37 years. . . Rosemary G. Lynch, MA, Martinsburg, WV, is the

new technology integration teacher at Martinsburg High School. . .Thomas J. Robertson, MA, Bel Air, MD, is history program coordinator at Community College of Baltimore County. . .Richard Seymour, EdD, Muncie, IN, is an associate professor at Ball State University. . .Harry E. “Ed” Simms II, MBA, Stow, OH, was born and raised in Westover, WV, but has worked in Charleston, Beckley, Wheeling, and Cleveland. . .Harley O. Wagner, BS, Martinsburg, WV, is a lawyer at Mills & Wagner, PLLC, the largest criminal defense firm in the state.


Thomas Janutolo Jr., JD, Princeton, WV, has law offices in Princeton and Morgantown and is a member of the PA and WV bars. . .Rodney Jones, BS, Independence, KY, was promoted from key accounts manager to field sales manager with Great American Financial Resources, Inc. . .Apostoios Paul Kokkoris, PhD, is a principal scientist at Schenny Plough Corporation. . .Kara Caputo-Raynor, BA, Belmont, MA, husband Bill and two daughters, welcomed new baby John William in 2010. Kara is director of leadership activities at Massachusetts General Hospital. . .Mike Wolfe, MA, New Martinsville, WV, is a teacher and assistant football coach at Tyler Consolidated High School.


Kevin L. Carr, BA, ’95 JD, Charleston, WV, was named a Super Lawyer in WV in employment and labor . . .Charles C. Cochran, BS, Clifftop, WV, is park superintendent of Babcock State Park. He and wife Lisa have two children, Kennedy and Carson. . . Gina Martino Dahlia, BS, ’07 MSJ, Fairmont, WV, is chairman of the television journalism program at WVU. . .David Dennis, BS, Wheeling, WV, was named 2009 athletic trainer of the year for WV. . . Elizabeth A. Golden, BS, ’95 MA, Berkeley Springs, WV, is a sixth-grade teacher at Warm Springs Middle School. She is married and has two children, Stephanie and Ben. . .T.H. Lyda, JD, Pittsburgh, PA, was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for his work in civil litigation defense. . .William A. Mase, MA, New Carlisle, OH, was awarded WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Department of Sociology Alumni Recognition Award in May 2009 . . .James M. Owston, MA, ’92, Beckley, WV, won a second outstanding research award for his doctoral dissertation, “Survival of the Fittest? The Rebranding of WV Higher Education”. . .Jay Stowers, BS, ’94 MS, Rowlett, TX, is owner of Senior Risk and QA Master Software.


Laura Adams, BS, ’97 MS, McMurray, PA, is senior art director at Mullen Advertising Agency. She coordinates all elements of Mullen’s advertisements . . .H.D. Battle III, JD, Charleston, WV, was named Best Lawyer for workers’ compensation law. . .Jason G. Cooper, BS, ’97 MS, Greensboro, NC, is VP of clinical analytics for CIGNA HealthCare. . .Linda S. Cummins, BA, Morgantown, WV, is the sterile processing coordinator at Monongalia General Hospital. . .Raymond Daniels, BS, Lewisburg, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. . .Mark Doherty, BS, Coraopolis, PA, is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Fanci Boys School of Dance and Creative Expression. . .Amy Hammond, BS, Cleveland, OH, is president and coowner of MMI Textiles, Inc. . .Elizabeth A. Koreski, BS, Parkersburg, WV, is the customer relationship marketing manager for Simonton Windows. . .Mary Page Marshall-Nemcik, BA, Maxwelton, WV, has two children with her husband Joey and is director of marketing and operations for Valley Independent Pharmacies. . .Mark Panichella, BA, Pittsburgh, PA, was elected to Bellevue Borough Council in 2009 . . .Annette Santilli, MA, Philippi, WV, received a 2009 Governor’s Service Award for her work with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. . .Timothy P.

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CLASSCHATTER Snyder, BA, Titusville, PA, is administrative officer of the Titusville Area Senior Citizens Corporation. He and his family are active in local theater productions. . . Joel Staley, BS, McDonough, GA, married Jennifer Lee on September 26, 2008. . .Amy WellingtonFuller, BS, Meadville, PA, earned a master’s degree in communication studies from Edinboro University.


James B. Asbury, BS, Vienna, WV, is enrolled in the WVU EMBA program. . .James R. Bente, MBA, Naperville, IL, is VP of planning and institutional effectiveness for College of DuPage. . .Michelle Hoffmann, BS, ’96 MS, and her husband, Darren Samuels, live in Havre de Grace, MD, where she is senior director of development at UMMS. . .Sarah Johnson, BA, ’94, Princeton, WV, and her husband, David Johnson, BA, ’93, both work for Nationwide Insurance. . .William “Bill” Lane, BA, Covington, GA, founded a new company, U of Green, to help people network, learn, and develop renewable energy . . .April Lawson-Bruce, MA, Lynchburg, VA, is director of testing for Lynchburg City Schools. . . Brian B. Morriston, BS, Summersville, WV, is a sales manager for Mid-State Ford and Mercury. . . Samuel R. Murray, BS, Centreville, VA, plays the drums in the band, Honeychuck, which has released a second CD. . .Timothy A. Perry, BA, ’97 JD, Baltimore, MD, is a member of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothmann, Hoffberger, & Hollander, LLC. . .Rusty Allen Rupert, BA, Roanoke, VA, has been married to English Bruce for five years. They have a daughter, Rhea, and a son, Rio. . .Stephen Skinner, JD, Charles Town, WV, is a lawyer at the Skinner Law Firm, and was appointed to the WV Commission on the Arts. . . Michael J. Smith, BS, Jamestown, NY, is a controller at Arthur R. Gren Distributing and AnheuserBusch Co. . .Matthew A. Woosley, MA, Evanston, IL, is pursuing his doctorate of education in higher education and organizational change at Benedictine University. . .Craig Young, BS, Bloomsburg, PA, earned a doctorate in elementary education from the University of Virginia and is an assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Andrea J. Bucklew, BS, ’98 JD, Tunnelton, WV, is director of the honors program at Potomac State College of WVU. . .Christopher J. Croke, BS, Norfolk, VA, is a naval officer and staff civil engineer for Naval Special Warfare Group 4 in Little Creek, VA. He is a husband and father of two children. . . Martha Sue Forsbrey, EdD, Charleston, WV, is the nursing program director at Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. . .Anthony Shrewsbury, BS, Winterville, NC, is chemical plant operations superintendent for Potash Corporation in Aurora, NC. . .Debra VanDerhey, BS, Manville, NJ, is a senior sales accountant with Berlitz Languages.


Lori Brennan, BA, Broomall, PA, is marketing and communications director for a special services district in Philadelphia. She has a daughter, Madelyn, with husband Ed. . .Precious Crabtree, BA, ’99 MA, Centreville, PA, received a $5,000 Urban Education Community Collaborative Grant from the NEA Foundation. The grant was awarded to her and her husband’s Beginners United for Success Program, which aims to build a support system for new teachers in Fairfax County Public Schools. . .Christina Ray Craig, BA, ’99 MPA, is expecting her first child with her husband Corey. . .Adrianne C. Davis, BS, Parkersburg, WV, is a home health care nurse. . . Olga Gerdjijov, MA, Burbank, CA, is a designer for SpongeBob SquarePants at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. . .Michael Goins, BA, ’00 MD, Charleston, WV, practices otolaryngology in Charleston. . .Gus Hanson, MA, ’04 MA, Triadelphia, WV, is an administrator at Buckeye local schools. . .Edward 60


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D. Hardy, BS, Dunbar, PA, is director of physical therapy for Highlands Hospital. . .Keith Miller, BS, Jamestown, PA, joined Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.’s land development group as a project manager. He is responsible for ensuring that schedules, budgets, and quality standards are met on land planning and site engineering projects throughout western PA . . . Sandra K. Messersmith Millin, EdD, Confluence, PA, retired after 35 years of teaching and continues to serve as the regional director for the Keystone State Reading Association. . .Sigmund Reckline, BA, Baroda, MI, completed his doctorate at Capella University and would like to thank WVU for moving him further toward his educational goal.


Tiffany Newhouse Carter, BS, ’99 BA, Chambersburg, PA, earned a master’s of accountancy from Auburn University. . .Mary C. Colombo, BS, Glen Easton, WV, has a daughter, Carolyn, who is a member of the Pride of WV. . .Shaunmas Cummings, BA, Madison, FL, is a second lieutenant in the US Army. . .Andrew Robert Fletcher, BS, Baltimore, MD, is agency sales director for MetLife and VP of the WVU Baltimore charter of the Alumni Association . . .Eugene B. Hoover, MA, Wilson, NC, is a project management professional and retired from BB&T . . .William J. Ihlenfeld, JD, Wheeling, WV, is the United States Attorney of the Northern District of WV. . .Jamie J. Pullen, MA, Barboursville, WV, retired from Lincoln County Board of Education and teaching after 36 years of service. . .Melodie Ann Schooley, BS, Pittsburgh, PA, is owner and principal designer for Arrangements with Style. Her work was exhibited at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show . . .Aaron R. Yost, BA, Fairmont, WV, is a project manager at Mason Dixon Energy in Bridgeport. He and his wife Sarah have a son, Tyler.


Matt Casto, BS, ’01 JD, South Charleston, WV, joined the law firm Jackson Kelly PLL. . .Natasha Manners Floy, BS, Yonkers, NY, is an operations manager at the ABC television network. She received the Disney ABC Television Group Black Achievers in Industry Award, presented by the Harlem branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. . .Devorah Gallardo, BS, Boyds, MD, has been married five years and has two children. . .Paul Leakan, BS, Turnersville, NJ, served as president of the WVU Alumni Association’s Liberty Bell Chapter. He is the communications officer for the NJ Pinelands Commission. . .Dennis McClure, BA, Gap Mills, WV, retired from the US

Army and Department of Veterans Affairs and is coaching soccer. . .Amanda Michael, BA, Winchester, VA, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. . . Brian J. Moore, BS, ’01 JD, Scott Depot, WV, is a labor and employment lawyer with Dinsmore and Shohl LLP. . .Jill Mannino Peck, BA, Palm Coast, FL, is the president of Junior League of Daytona Beach. . . Ania Renee Poe, MS, Belington, WV, is in her 34th year of teaching. She is looking forward to retirement and a second career. . .Chris Strogen, BS, Bridgeport, WV, by joint venture with Adam J. Starkey, purchased the Prescription Shop, a full-service independent retail pharmacy.


Bradley Bahnak, BS, Mays Landing, NJ, is VP of Walcott R. Products. . .Amanda Borror, BS, ’01 MS, Petersburg, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. . .Michael T. Bradley, BS, Cottageville, WV, is payroll manager for the WV Division of Highways. . .Renee Burger, BS, ’02 JD, and Todd Frymyer, ’01 BS, live in Charleston WV. Todd is a development associate for WV Public Broadcasting and Renee is counsel for the WV State Bar’s Office for Disciplinary Counsel. . . Tommy Caprio, BA, Los Angeles, CA, is a four-time NAACP Image Award Winner and launched a Web series called Don’t Make Me Sick. . .Ryan Clark, BS, Orlando, FL, is the Orange County Public School district’s health and physical education resource teacher. This is the top position in the district for health and physical education. . .Dana Lee Cogar, BA, Falls Church, VA, joined Russell Research as a senior account executive. She and her husband Chuck have three children. . .Joshua E. Dyer, BA, completed US Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. . .Daniel A. Harki, BA, Minneapolis, MN, is professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Minnesota. . .Drayton R. Justus, EdD, Powder Springs, GA, is retired and actively involved in leadership with Barbershop Harmony Society. . .Christopher Wayne King, BA, Gulfport, MS, is the pastor of Bayou View Baptist Church. . . Jason W. Neal, BS, Washington, DC, is a technical manager for NBC news. . .Jane Rago, PhD, Savannah, GA, is an English instructor at Armstrong Atlantic State University and received the 2010 Dorothy Golden Award, recognizing outstanding teachers in the state whose practices are informed by research and scholarship and who demonstrate consistently superior performance. . .Aditya K. Singh, MS, Erie, PA, is the global materials leader at GE Transportation Systems. He and his wife Kiran have a daughter,

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Yashi. . .Adam J. Starkey, PhD, BS, Bridgeport, WV, purchased by joint venture with Chris Strogen, the Prescription Shop, a full-service independent retail pharmacy. . .Timothy C. Teefy, BS, High Point, NC, is the head strength and conditioning coach at High Point University.


Pamela Kee Carleo, BA, New Hyde Park, NY, married in 2009. . .Carrie Copp, BA, St. Louis, MO, is a controller at New World Pasta. . .Guy D. Donzella, MS, Shortcreek, WV, is an environmental and safety manager at EPS Industries. . .Dale McMillion, BA, York, PA, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Nikki Nazionale, DDS, Wellsburg, WV, is married and has two children. . .Chris Richardson, BM, Charleston, WV, is assistant basketball coach at Arkansas Tech University. . .Stephanie M. Shaw, BFA, Mount Rainier, MD, is the costume shop manager at the University of Maryland. . .Drusilla “Dee” Soutchfield, BRBA, Ravenswood, WV, is CEO of Wirt County Health Services. . .Jeremy Waters, BS, Morgantown, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Heather M. Weese, JD, Elkins, WV, is practicing law and opened her own private practice in 2005.


Jonathan Boring, BS, Wheeling, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . . Vincent W. Burskey, BS, Charlotte, NC, is a lawyer at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. . .Brian Cleek, BS, New York, NY, is VP of partnership marketing and sales for the Harlem Globetrotters. He is responsible for new business development and sales at the team’s NYC office. . .Jamie Swick Ketterman, BA, ’07 JD, Fort Ashby, WV, is married and welcomed a son in 2009. . .Megan Jones Mansell, BS, ’02 MS, Canton, OH, is an advanced human resources consultant with Marathon Petroleum Co. . .Jason Riley, BS, ’02 MBA, Lewisburg, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. . .Eve Schools, BSW, Wyomissing, PA, earned a master’s degree in social work in 2009. . .Robert Zanella, BS, Fredericksburg, VA, works at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA, as an electronics engineer.


Donna D. Baldwin, PhD, Vanderbilt, PA, is a pharmacist at Walmart. She has two sons, Colin and Connor. . .Amy Ochi, BS, ’04 MS, Mililani, HI, is a speech pathologist in a pediatric hospital . . .Jessica Pauling, BS, Manalapan, NJ, received a master’s degree in elementary education from Monmouth University in 2005. . .Joe Richards, MA, Charleston, WV, is executive director of the Capital Resource Agency, Inc. He was formerly the CEO of WV EMS Technical Support Network, Inc. . .Matthew Roberts, BS, Lewisburg, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. . .Hilary Ryon, BM, West Palm Beach, FL, performed as a soloist with the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches in 2009 . . .Michael Wood, BA, BSBA, Winchester, VA, is VP of operations for the Community Impact Leadership and Learning divisions of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest charitable organization.


Dustin Booth, BS, and Aaryn Booth, BFA, Hawthorne, CA, were married in 2007. They moved to the Los Angeles area and bought their first home in 2009, where they are happily pursuing their dreams. . . Sarah “Ceci” Dadisman, BM, West Palm Beach, FL, performed as a soloist with the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches in November 2009. . .Zachary Dulli, BFA, Germantown, MD, is director of

operations for the National Council for Geographic Education. . .Joshua B. Fry, BA, Mildenhall, UK, is a US Air Force pilot flying KC-135s. He married Brenna O’Donnell of Winnipeg, Canada, in 2008. . .Stephen Funkhouser, BS, ’04 BS, Wheeling, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010 . . .Norleen F. Hoadley, MA, Shepherdstown, WV, is a special education teacher at Wildwood Middle School. . .Joanna Boyajy Hoopes, BS, Germantown, MD, is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly & Co. . .Dustin A. Koufman, BA, WinstonSalem, NC, was recognized by MassMutual as a leader for in-force business persistency. . .Matt Mahar, BS, Carmel, IN, was a men’s soccer player from 19982003. . .Don S. McIntyve, BA, Cross Lanes, WV, is a cardiovascular drug sales representative for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. . .Diana L. Price, BA, MA, Fayetteville, PA, teaches social studies at Smithsburg High School. . .David Seymour, BS, Sewell, NJ, and his wife Kristin welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in 2010. . .Nicholas Smith, BA, Atlanta, GA, joined the Peace Corps in 2009 and headed to Guatemala as a municipal development advisor. . .Amy Propst Unger, BS, ’05 MS, Thornton, WV, works at Fairmont General as a speech language pathologist.


Daniel C. Brown, BA, and Jessica L. Gillum are stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Daniel is a captain in the US Marine Corps. . .Paul H. Green Jr., BA, Jacksonville, FL, is engaged and just started his own law firm. . .Angela Hough, BA, Harpers Ferry, WV, opened a new restaurant, Private Quinn’s Pub, in historic Harpers Ferry. . .Chistopher Matras, BA, ’05 MS, Abingdon, VA, is a recruitment coordinator for Alpha Natural Resources. . .Josh Mayse, BS, Bloomsburg, PA, works at Kawneer as an engineer . . .Elizabeth McGonigle, BS, Wilmington, DE, received a master’s degree in elementary education from Wilmington University in 2009. . .George V. Philippopoulos, BS, Reinholds, PA, received a doctor of law degree and an MBA from Duquesne University in 2007. . .Jason Pletcher, MA, Shelby, NC, teaches 8th grade social studies. . .Michael London Priolette II, PhD, Fairmont, WV, is employed with CVS. . . Michelle Rodney, BS, Morgantown, WV, works for WVU in computer administration. . .Erica Tuckwiller, BS, Clintonville, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010 . . .Kristian Mark Wontroba, BS, Uniontown, PA, earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Edinboro University.


Jennifer Auxier, BS, Lewisburg, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. . . James R. Evans Jr., BS, Philadelphia, PA, teaches health and physical education at People for People Charter School. . .Mike Hagen, BS, Columbus, OH, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Brian P. Jacobs, BRBA, Ocean View, DE, sells real estate for Coldwell Banker in Bethany Beach. . .John Lambert, BS, Lewisburg, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. . .Lauren Mayse, BA, MA, Bloomsburg, PA, is a seventh grade English teacher. . . Antonio Perez, BS, Orlando, FL, oversees all youth basketball initiatives for the NBA’s 2009 Eastern Conference Champion, Orlando Magic. . .Monica Smith, BS, Charleston, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Doug Taylor, BA, Las Vegas, NV, is married and teaches first grade. . .Paula J. Taylor, MS, Fairmont, WV, was named social worker of the year by NASW of WV and was elected to the national board for the National Association of Social Workers. . .Luke Wade, BA, South Charleston, WV, works in the construction

industry and got married in 2010. . .Tamara Spurr Witt, BA, Frederick, MD, is married and teaches sixth and seventh grade science at Walkersville Middle School.


Rebekah Clark, BS, Harpers Ferry, WV, volunteers as a nurse care manager at the Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans. . .Dana A. Cowell, BA, Huntington, WV, is a city police officer. . .Samantha Crites, BS, Morgantown, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Daniel Farmer, BS, ’07 MS, Stonewood, WV, is in his fourth year at the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine. . . Jennifer Flinn, MS, ’07 PhD, Frostburg, MD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Frostburg State University. . .Lisa Vy Go, BA, Morgantown, WV, is a third-year medical student and is getting married in 2011 to Mathew Spencer. . .Tiffany Taylor Hastings, BA, ’07 MA, is married to Stephen Hastings, ’99 BS, ’02 JD, and they live in Charleston . . .Jason Kirby, BS, Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . . Bobbi Martin, BS, Morgantown, WV, finished his master’s degree from WVU in May 2010. . .Kristina McGraw, BS, Smithers, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Scott Ross, BS, Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Elizabeth McLaughlin Smith, BS, Jacksonville, FL, is director of marketing for Delta Fountains. . .Laura Dieringer Tomes, BA, WV, graduated from the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2010. . .Samuel Casey Yokum, PhD, Morgantown, WV, is the pharmacy manager at Target in Bridgeport.


Scott Adams, JD, Winston-Salem, NC, joined Spilman Thomas & Battle, PPLC as an associate. . . David M. Carenbaur, BFA, Wheeling, WV, is a graphic designer at McKinley & Associates. . .Dane Alexander Kellas Coyne, BA, Wheeling, WV, is in the WVU School of Medicine. . .Erica Marie Erlewine, BA, Wellsburg, WV, earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Edinboro University. . .Kasie Fiano, BS, Mt. Pleasant, PA, is an advertising account executive for Trib Total Media. . . Chonchol Gupta, BS, New Orleans, LA, is finishing an MBA and a master of global management at Tulane University. . .Nicholas Hornbeck, BS, ’08 MS, Gahanna, OH, is a civil engineer with American Electric Power. . .Joyce L. Leonard, BA, Wellsburg, WV, is president and owner of JAGS Associates, LLC, a public relations company. . .Casandra Lindesy, BS, California, MD, is a cost analyst with Navair. . .Jay Mason, BA, Morgantown, WV, is the project manager at the WV Rural Health Research Center. . .Steven Miller, BS, Fort Hood, TX, is an honor graduate of the Signal Systems Support Specialist School in Fort Gordon, GA, and is a graduate research assistant at St. Mary’s University. . . Tirzah Mills, BS, Boulder, CO, earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 and is working toward her PhD. . .William D. Monaghan, MS, Vanderbilt, PA, is proud to have an advanced degree from WVU. . .Kelly E. Newman, BS, Virginia Beach, VA, is a veterinarian technician . . .Michael Riegler, BS, Oegraff, OH, is an assistant produce manager for the Kroger Company. . .Megan C. Rodgers, BA, Great Lakes, IL, completed US Navy basic training. During the eight-week program, Rodgers completed a variety of training with an emphasis on physical fitness. . .Kevin Schultze, BA, ’09 MBA, Newark, DE, is engaged to Mindi Nesselrotte, ’07 BFA. He is the employer outreach manager at URS Corp. . . .Amber Hamilton Stover,

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BS, Morgantown, WV, was married in July 2009 and works for Lockheed Martin as a contractor to the FBI in Clarksburg. . .Adam Szymanski, BA, Cinnaminson, NJ, is a customer service representative at TD Bank. . .Julie Dougherty Vaughan, BSN, Charleston, WV, married in July 2009 and works at CAMC in the medical surgery unit. . .Christina Yakunich, BS, and her husband, Christopher Dacko, ’09 PhD, live in Abingdon, MD, where Christina is an environmental commander in the US Army and Christopher teaches a summer school course at WVU.


Michael Arrigan, BS, Spotsylvania, VA, is a landscape designer in Fredericksburg. . .Maegan Bainbridge, BS, Weirton, WV, is working in market research in Moon Township, PA. She was promoted within a year and reports directly to the CEO. . .Whitney R. Fraul, BA, Charleston, WV, is a second-year law student at WVU. . .Kevin G. Hart, BRBA, Morgantown, WV, is pursuing a master of science in integrated marketing communications at WVU. . .Elise B. Hicks, BA, Great Lakes, IL, completed US Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command. . .Kristen HunterCevera, BS, Ellicott City, MD, is working on a PhD in biological oceanography at MIT. . .Vanessa Jacoby, BA, Bridgeport, WV, is a postgraduate student at WVU. . .Thomas Lenhart, BS, Virginia Beach, VA, is proud to say he’s a second-generation alumni. . . Jeffrey Most, BS, Hedgesville, WV, works for the USDA and works on the family farm. . .Ian Perry, BA, Middletown, RI, joined the US Army in 2008 and is



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serving in Iraq. . .Kaila Joy Raines, BS, Hoboken, NJ, is special events coordinator for the March of Dimes, New York division. . .Kim Rodney, BS, Morgantown, WV, works for WVU in computer administration. . . Dan Schulman, BS, Chattanooga, TN, works at Westinghouse designing tools for nuclear power plant maintenance. . .Andrew Lee Shepherd, BS, Washington, WV, is a field engineer at BJ Services. . .Billy Smerka Jr., BS, Westover, WV, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in the summer of 2010 with a master’s in sports administration. . .Courtney Seese Sneddon, BS, Bruceton Mills, WV, works at WVU Hospital. . .Jessica E. Vail, BSW, Toms River, NJ, and Ronald MacIntyre, ’84 BA, Toms, River, NJ, went curling with other alumni and family in Grindelwald, Switzerland. . .Alexandria Wildfong, BS, Centreville, VA, works for Lockheed Martin as a communications representative. . .Justin L. Windon, BA, Lewisburg, WV, is working on becoming a PGA golf professional.


Shane P. Bartolo, BS, Morgantown, WV, is a customer service associate at Mylan Pharmaceuticals . . .Valerie Bevans, BS, Morgantown, WV, is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at WVU . . .Todd Allen Branham, BS, Cross Lanes, WV, is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at WVU. . .Shawn P. Campbell, BA, Great Lakes, IL, completed US Navy Basic Training. . .Dean Carpenter, BA, Star City, WV, is an associate at the Dixon Hughes accounting firm. . .Andrew Dornbos, JD, Charleston, WV, joined the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, as an associate. He joins the

Charleston office practicing insurance coverage and bad faith law, general litigation, and insurance law. . .Lauren Estep, BA, Morgantown, WV, is attending the WVU College of Law.


Ashley Bennett, ’07 BS, to Brian Hershberger, Frederick, MD, June 12, 2010. . .Kamie Hagedorn, ’95 BS, to Ryan MacRae, Winchester, VA, July 31, 2010. . .Barbara Hawkins, ’01 BA, ’03 MA, to James King, Sweet Valley, PA, May 29, 2010. . .Katherine Mentnech, ’01 BA, ’01 MA, to Wichert Kuijt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 7, 2010. . .Nichole Metropoulos, ’99 BS, to Leon Craig, Pittsburgh, PA, April 3, 2010. . .Meg Sultzback, ’06 BA, to Joseph Guido, ’06 BA, Bethlehem, PA, October 31, 2010.


Liam Perry to Erin Burgess, ’05 BA, and Jonathan Perry, ’05 BA, Poca, WV. . .Carter Joseph to Ashley Crawford Hawthorne, ’05 BS, and Charlie Hawthorne, ’05 BS, Belle Vernon, PA. . .Roane Morgantown to Tomee Crocker Heining, ’93 BS, ’98 JD, and Jon Heining, Austin, TX. . .Alexander Melton to Lisa Orr, ’01 BSN, and Randy Orr, ’01 MD, Latrobe, PA. . .Antonio Salvadore to Antonio Polce, ’01 BS, and Jennifer Polce, Kannapolis, NC . . .Quinn Burrett to Lyndsay Hamm Putnam, ’99 BS, and John Putnam, Charlotte, NC. . .Julia and Zachary to Michael Richardson, ’89 BA, and Beth Handwerger, MD, Wayne, PA. . .Graham Thomas and Liza Dare to Missi Barberio Saas, ’01 BSN, ’07 MSN, and Chad Saas, Mt. Clare, WV.

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Denver L. Arnett, ’51 BS, Export, PA, January 10, 2010. Daniel Lloyd Ashcraft, ’51 BS, McMurray, PA, March 25, 2010. Gladys R. Ayersman, ’37 BS, ’57 MS, Morgantown, WV, March 17, 2010. Alfa Duty Barnes, ’38 BS, Tallahassee, FL, April 24, 2009. Horace E. “Happy” Belmear Jr., ’51 MS, Morgantown, WV, June 3, 2010. Brent Edward Beveridge, ’73 JD, Fairmont, WV, April 25, 2010. William Keck Bunner, ’70 BS, ’78 JD, Daybrook, WV, January 27, 2010. Katherine Kessel Burdette, ’42 BS, Ripley, WV, May 9, 2010. Janet Duffield Callahan, ’60 BS, ’65 MS, Mt. Lebanon, PA, July 13, 2010. Amerigo S. Cappellari, ’39 BS, ’43 BS, Hartsville, SC, January 17, 2010. Harry “Sonny” Earl Carr Jr., ’65 BS, Morgantown, WV, June 17, 2010. Lucius “Lou” Cavallero, ’40 AB, Orlando, FL, June 26, 2010. Kimberley Ann Clayton, ’83 BS, Morgantown, WV, March 3, 2010. Hunter Jackson “Jack” Conrad, ’52 MA, Glenville, WV, May 19, 2010. Mary McIntosh Davis, ’51 BA, ’53 BA, Morgantown, WV, January 23, 2010. Jimmie Dale Davis, ’69 BS, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, March 17, 2010. Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Drennan, ’88 BS, ’89 MS, Aiken, SC, June 2, 2010. Susan Dawn Simons Ecklund, ’78 BS, Burlington, NJ, April 18, 2010. Penny Diane Fagg, ’74 MA, ’80 BS, ’93 EdD, Morgantown, WV, February 10, 2010.

Joseph “Joe” Charles Filandino, ’89 BS, Morgantown, WV, July 28, 2010. John Francis Fleming, ’66 BS, Morgantown, WV, March 26, 2010. Florence Ellen Henkle Freeman, ’63 BA, Slingerlands, NY, February 13, 2010. James V. “Jim” Gainer Jr., ’57 MD, Gainesville, FL, April 3, 2010. Warren Barton “Doc” Goode, ’52 MA, Avon Park, FL, February 24, 2010. Stephen Patrick Goodwin, ’69 BS, ’72 JD, Morgantown, WV, April 21, 2010. Carl Calvin Hall II, ’82 BS, Greencastle, PA, April 17, 2010. Frances Lynn Jones, ’78 BS, ’97 MPA, Wallace, WV, May 3, 2010. David Thomas “Dave” Judy, ’48 BS, Elkins, WV, July 18, 2010. Theodore Milton Judy, ’60 BA, ’63 MA, Morgantown, WV, March 4, 2010. Robert A. Kelly, ’71 BS, ’73 BS, Parkersburg, WV, June 29, 2010. June Catherine Kerr, ’70 MA, Galax, VA, July 5, 2010. Joan Swope King, ’57 BS, Aiken, SC, March 26, 2010. Charles John Kosten, ’80 MS, Morgantown, WV, March 22, 2010. Charles Albert Lemley Sr., ’67 BS, Little River, SC, April 8, 2010. Eva Claire Hawley Lewis, ’33 AB, Morgantown, WV, January 7, 2010. Joann L. Lindeman, ’57 BS, Charleston, WV, May 18, 2010. Fred H. Lippucci, ’39 AB, Naples, FL, March 1, 2010. Bryan Paul Lucas, ’09 BM, Westover, WV, February 2, 2010. Helen DiCarlo Maiolo, ’47 AB, Morgantown, WV, June 1, 2010. Grady Mann, ’41 BS, Knife River, MN, March 19, 2010.

Arthur L. Morris Jr., ’48 AB, ’70 MA, Morgantown, WV, June 8, 2010. Robert E. Pence, ’50 BA, Warren, OH, April 23, 2010. William J. “Bill” Price, ’73 BS, Fairmont, WV, July 28, 2010. Charles “Chuck” Propst, ’70 AB, ’72 MS, Oxford, AL, Mary 28, 2010. John A. “Doc” Rizzo, ’61 BA, ’65 MD, Fairmont, WV, January 9, 2010. Merle Lee Curry Rock, ’49 BS, Fairborn, OH, February 25, 2010. Frederick Appleton Schaus, ’49 BS, ’53 MS, Morgantown, WV, February 10, 2010. Phyllis June Hill Simons, ’50 BS, Morgantown, WV, May 9, 2010. Elizabeth “Betty Lou” DeVault Soles, ’48 BA, Morgantown, WV, July 10, 2010. Mary W. Stanford, ’62 MS, Rochester, NY, February 28, 2010. Timothy Samuel Stone, ’90 BS, Dellslow, WV, March 6, 2010. Sarah Harner Taylor, ’71 BS, ’74 MA, Morgantown, WV, April 15, 2010. Frances Elizabeth Thacker, ’44 BA, Leesburg, FL, April 6, 2010. James P. Vanyo, ’52 BS, Santa Barbara, CA, May 10, 2010. Morton J. Victorson, ’72 MA, Charleston, WV, July 27, 2009. Belinda Carr Ward, ’72 BS, Charlotte, NC, February 13, 2010. Aubry Angell Wilson, ’55 BS, ’64 MS, Buckhannon, WV, July 11, 2010 Elizabeth Wise, ’37 AB, Harrisonburg, VA, February 25, 2010. Lee E. Woodburn, ’59 BS, Fairmont, WV, February 25, 2010. Stephen G. Young, ’64 JD, Oakland, PA, June 15, 2010.

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