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Davis & Elkins College freshman Zandra Kelly, center, was selected as the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholar.

ELKINS – Zandra Kelly, a freshman at Davis & Elkins College, has been selected as the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholar. The Elkins resident is the second student to receive the award.

Since 2014, the Snowshoe Foundation has committed to the Davis & Elkins College Highlands Scholar program with an annual gift of $14,000 or more. Kelly will hold the scholarship for the remainder of her college career at D&E.

Emily Miller and Jesse Milnes

ELKINS - Fiddles replicating shrieking steam whistles and grinding steel wheels. Banjos supplying the rhythm of a train underway. Guitars emulating the driving force of iron horses thundering through ravines. Together they illustrate the sounds of Appalachian mountain railroading in a mournful and celebratory event.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - Last week, Davis & Elkins College graduated its first class of students that includes members of its touring string band and dance ensemble. The Appalachian Ensemble works a lot like a college sports team- the players, in this case musicians and flatfoot dancers, earn scholarships. One of the graduates is 22-year-old banjo player, Kaia Kater, who was recently featured by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.

Davis & Elkins College Lou Radja

ELKINS - Appreciation, gratitude and working together collectively were the themes that resonated in Lou Radja’s Baccalaureate address to the Davis & Elkins College Class of 2016. Radja delivered his talk, “Dancing in the Rain – How to Thrive in Changing Times,” Friday in the ceremony that also included the presentation of academic hoods.

“This experience of college is proof no one makes it alone. It’s not just I. It’s we, it’s us,” Radja told the students and guests gathered in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

SENATOR NATION - Graduating senior Halima Michael has been recognized as an Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Award Recipient for 2016, as announced by the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Award Committee and President William E. Cox.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College alumna Cynthia “Cindy” Stinger has traveled throughout the world during her career with the U.S. Olympics, yet she says none of her accomplishments were ever achieved alone and no matter what obstacles she encountered, she always remained positive. That outlook on life, along with her motto of being kind, fair and true, was the guiding advice she offered to the Class of 2016.

ELKINS - Five Davis & Elkins College education majors and two Randolph County educators received awards for their dedication at the College’s annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner. The event, hosted by the D&E Division of Education and Sport Science, also served as a tribute to county school system teachers and administrators who work with the D&E students throughout the year.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The threat of rain Saturday moved the 107th Commencement at Davis & Elkins College indoors, but the nearly 170 graduates did not let wet weather dampen their spirits as they shared their achievements with D&E officials, parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and guests.

Cynthia E. Stinger, manager of alumni relations for the United States Olympic Committee and D&E graduate of 1981, delivered the commencement speech, speaking about life lessons from her "Yellow Brick Road."

Karen Wilmoth

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College President G. T. ‘Buck’ Smith announced today the appointment of D&E alumna Karen L. Wilmoth as Director of Development. A member of the D&E Development team for the past 13 years, Wilmoth will assume her new duties immediately.

Davis & Elkins College Nursing

ELKINS - Be nice, be patient, take care of yourself as well as others and always smile. That’s the advice Dr. R. Carol Cochran gave to the 30 graduates at the Davis & Elkins College Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony Friday in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

The traditional ceremony included the pinning of nursing graduates, rose presentations and a candlelit Florence Nightingale pledge.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Performance Motor Sales has donated $800 for the sponsorship of a Davis & Elkins College golf tournament.

On July 9, the Davis & Elkins golf team will host an altered Texas Scramble at the golf course at the Elks County Club. The fundraiser will raise money for the team's expenses which include transportation, food and lodging throughout the season.

The team consists of four members from England, four from Scotland and two from West Virginia.

"They're a great bunch of guys and we have a lot of fun," said D&E head golf coach Ed Lothes.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Davis & Elkins College nursing students were honored and received their nursing pins Friday during the 38th annual Nurses' Pinning Ceremony at Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was R. Carol Cochran, R.N., D.N.Sc., who told students about the sense and sensibility of being a nurse.

"What would I want you to know about nursing?" Cochran said. "Nursing is both an art and a science, but most of all, nursing is caring. It's caring for and about people. Caring is the thread that weaves it all together."

Elise Cardot

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College junior Elise Cardot is among 218 students chosen to receive the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award from Campus Compact. The Boston-based non-profit organization works to advance the public purposes of higher education.

An exercise science major, Cardot is the daughter of Rich and Aimee Cardot of Petersburg, W.Va.

ELKINS - In light of pending inclement weather, administrators at Davis & Elkins College have decided to move Saturday’s Commencement Ceremony indoors to Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

The event remains open to the public; however, because of limited seating, graduates will be given five tickets each which will be distributed at the rehearsal on Friday. Guests without a ticket will have the opportunity to sit in the auditorium on a space available basis or view the ceremony via live video stream in The McDonnell Center.

WBOY - It may be a rainy day across most of North Central West Virginia but that doesn't stop a new solar panel installation from doing some work here at Davis & Elkins College. The panel on the top of the Myles Center in Elkins are the third such installation to show up on campus, and after working with the power company, they've just been turned on this week to help offset the power needs on the campus. The 30 new panels add to the power already being generated on campus for the past few years.

Cynthia “Cindy” Stinger

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College alumna and three-time Olympian, Cynthia “Cindy” Stinger, will deliver the Commencement Address to the 2016 graduating class. The 107th Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

In her address, titled “From Elkins to Olympia – Life Lessons from My Yellow Brick Road,” Stinger will focus on how team effort, positive attitude and giving back can lead to a life of significance.

Lou Radja

ELKINS - Lou Radja, an international humanitarian, and co-founder and executive director of EduCongo, will give the Baccalaureate Address at the Davis & Elkins College Baccalaureate Service at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The ceremony recognizes 2016 graduates and includes the presentation of academic hoods.

SOCA WARRIORS - Former national midfielder and legendary St. Augustine Secondary and Arima Senior Comprehensive coach, Michael Grayson, was inducted into the Davis & Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame this past weekend. Grayson was one of four new inductees who were honored at the ceremony held on Saturday, May 14th at the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

Dr. R. Carol Cochran

ELKINS - Dr. R. Carol Cochran, who is retiring as chair of the Davis & Elkins College Division of Nursing, will deliver the keynote address at the College’s Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 20 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The traditional ceremony will include the pinning of nursing graduates, rose presentations and a candlelit Florence Nightingale pledge.

Cochran’s talk will focus on “Sense and Sensibility.”

Davis & Elkins College Campus Beautification Day

ELKINS - Morning rain showers were no match Friday for Davis & Elkins College students, faculty and staff who went to work planting and landscaping in an effort to spruce up the campus for spring. By late afternoon, the second Beautification Day resulted in a more inviting atmosphere for guests and community members.

“Aesthetics really effect how we feel,” says First Lady Joni Smith. “It makes a difference when you are surrounded by beauty.”

WBOY - Students at Davis & Elkins College are sharing their art skills with the community this week.

3D art students are holding their semi-annual pottery sale.

Students offer their work each semester for anyone to buy.

Staff members said it's a great way for students to learn about the business aspects of their craft.

"It's just a way for students to sell the work they were making during the class, actually get a little used to entrepreneurship in art, and getting used to making money," said Brett Kern, D&E Art Professor.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The Davis & Elkins College community pitched in as part of Campus Beautification Day Friday.

Faculty, staff and students persevered through the morning rain and continued working through the rest of the day.

Instructor of Theater Ruth Humphrey said, "I probably saw at least 10 students this morning, and there are others all over campus."

Sheri Castle Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is harkening back to the roots of its programming this year by adding a week that embraces and celebrates Appalachian crafts, foodways, storytelling and music. Appalachian Folklife Week is slated for July 24 - 29 and will run in conjunction with Irish Week.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will induct four new members to the Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday, May 14. The alumni athletes, along with current student-athletes, will be honored at the Senator Athletic Awards ceremony set for 7 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

The event is part of the inaugural Senator Nation Weekend, May 13-15, which also includes the launch of Senator Nation, dedication of the lights at Nuttall Field, recognition of student-athletes and alumni athletic team reunions.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Augusta Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 13.

ELKINS - In a letter to the members of the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees, President ‘Buck’ Smith stated, “on Tuesday, May 10, a so-called ‘No Confidence vote in the Leadership of President Smith’ was initiated by a non-tenured assistant professor presently in his fifth year as a member of the faculty at Davis & Elkins College. A minority of the faculty (19 members) – representing 35.8 percent of those eligible to vote – voted in favor of his motion.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - A student-led group at Davis & Elkins College is working on a restoration project to repair and revitalize one of the school's historic landmarks.

Karen Wilmoth spoke to the Rotary Club of Elkins Monday on behalf of the students working to restore The Icehouse on the D&E campus.

"This is a completely student-led project," Wilmoth said.

D&E's International Student Organization has coordinated with the school's maintenance department in efforts to restore the historic structure.

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE - A West Virginia author says more people need to see the power in being an introvert.

Davis & Elkins College psychology professor Laurie Helgoe says we live in a culture that rewards people for being outgoing – but the minds of introverts and extroverts just work differently, and one is not inherently better than the other.

Helgoe says people who prefer to be quiet, thoughtful and reflective are often unintentionally undervalued.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The Davis & Elkins Art Club held its first 5K Color Run/2K Walk Saturday to help raise funds for the art department and to share the campus with the community.

The race started off in front of the Myles Center at D&E, looped through the campus and around the Elkins City Park then ended behind the Myles Center giving the walkers and runners the opportunity to tour the beautiful campus.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The 2016 Deja vu Music Festival had a more literal meaning this year. Cody Wickline, of The Voice, opened the show with his band, featuring his lead guitarist who was previously a roommate of John Osborne of the headlining act, Brothers Osborne. To add to that, the Brothers Osborne have ties to the community, their mother's family is from the Elkins area.

Davis & Elkins College West Virginia Day of Action

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students who participated in the West Virginia Day of Action by taking the “It’s On Us … to stop sexual assault” pledge were entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes from local merchants.

Davis & Elkins College Dr. Katherine Osborne

ELKINS - Dr. Katherine Osborne is exploring a deeper perspective of her long time fascination with Victorian literature. The assistant professor of English at Davis & Elkins College will soon have an article published in a national peer-reviewed journal and she’s sharing some of her insight with her students.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble will present new works and a selection of pieces they’ve perfected on tour in their annual Spring Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The show is free and open to all ages.

PRWEB - Music Lovers, Folklorists, Rail Fans – Take Note. Railroading has its own culture, long shared through folklore and expressed in song. The 2016 Sounds of Railroading Conference and Concert, a Center for Railway Tourism program hosted by Davis & Elkins College, will capture and share that heritage as reflected in traditional music inspired by trains and railroaders. The conference, June 3 through 5, is on campus, in Elkins and on the train. The concert takes place the evening of June 4.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Grammy-nominated country music artists with ties to Elkins are set to perform at the Deja vu Music Festival at Davis & Elkins College.

Brothers Osborne, a sibling duo from Deale, Maryland, will be in concert on the D&E campus Saturday.

TJ Osborne said, "Coincidentally, our mom's side of the family is from Elkins, West Virginia."

COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES - CIC’s liberal arts campaign hit the road this winter as @SmartColleges Twitter avatars Libby and Art “visited” more than 60 sites on their tour of 20 member campuses over the past few months. As part of CIC’s photo contest, college and university staff members spirited student Libby and counselor Art around campus, snapping creative photos of their tour and posting them on Twitter.

Cody Wickline

ELKINS - Cody Wickline, a native of Beckley, W.Va., and contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” has joined the lineup for the Déjà vu Music Festival at Davis & Elkins College. As the opening act for Brothers Osborne, Wickline will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

PARENTS MAGAZINE - While the other children in 3-year-old Jonah's class roar like dinosaurs or play together at the sand table, he prefers to sit quietly by himself, flipping through a book or building a house out of Magna-Tiles. "Jonah's an old soul and a deep thinker, and there are times when he doesn't give a hoot about talking to other people," says his mother, Mara Lansky, of Silver Spring, Maryland. "I don't want to change him," she adds, "but I do want to help him make friends."

ROLLING STONE - A 22-year-old Québec, Ontario, native of Afro-Caribbean descent, Kaia Kater graduates from the first Appalachian Program at West Virginia's Davis & Elkins College this month. However, she already writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran, penning such startling lines as this one that opens the title track of her debut LP, Nine Pin (named for a square-dance formation): "These clothes you gave me don't fit right, the belt is loose and the noose is tight/ Got drunk out looking for a fight, I'm soft and heavy as the night."

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Arrr, Mateys! Coordinator of Special Collections Mark Lanham, left, demonstrates the proper way to hold a scabbard to a student from Tucker Valley Elementary School during a class visit to The Stirrup Gallery. Photo by Nanci Bross-Fregonara. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.