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ELKINS - It won’t be a real casino, but The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts on the campus of Davis & Elkins College will be decked out in all the glitz for the annual Casino Night fundraiser on Friday, February 26. Sponsored by the Student Veterans Association and Campus Activities Board, the event starts at 9 p.m. with gaming until midnight when prizes will be awarded.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has a full slate of entertainment events planned for the spring semester. A wide range of performances including music, dance and theatre are open to the public.

Two of the events take place as a series with monthly presentations.

The Mountain Dance Trail, a project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, will present square dances the second Friday of every month in Pit Dance Studio of Myles Center for the Arts. All dances start at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a dance workshop at 7:30p.m.

WV EXECUTIVE - Organizers of the second annual Davis & Elkins College Spring Classic Golf Tournament are putting final plans in place for the March 8-9 outing at the top-ranked Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in sunny Sebring, Fla. The fun get-away for golfers and non-golfers supports D&E’s unique Highlands Scholar Program.

Last year’s tournament raised $50,000 for Highlands Scholarships and this year’s goal is set at $100,000.

SENATOR NATION - The D&E swim team continued to break school records on day two of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Thursday, February 12.

SENATOR NATION - Several D&E school records fell as the Senators competed on day one of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimming Championships.

WBOY - Students at Davis & Elkins College hope to start a new tradition to help connect the campus and community.

The D&E art club will host the city's first Color Run 5K and 2K walk this spring. The race will travel through the campus and act as a fundraiser for the club.

Organizer Nicola Merriman said the main focus is to provide a fun time for anyone interested.

The Mountain Dance Trail

ELKINS - The Mountain Dance Trail, a project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, begins its fifth season with more than 120 square dances throughout the region. Live music and callers lend to the fun atmosphere for locals and visitors alike.

“Community square dances are a great way to experience West Virginia,” says Becky Hill, Mountain Dance Trail coordinator. “The old-time musicians and square dance callers are all local to each community, and each dance has its own traditions.”

SENATOR NATION - The Great Midwest Athletic Conference conducted interviews with Davis & Elkins head coach Kimberly Stiles and senior shortstop Kayla Whoolery as part of this year's softball season preview.

TODAY - It often feels like everyone must belong to one of two groups: extroverts or introverts. The extroverts are brash, outgoing and impulsive; while the introverts are introspective, quiet and reserved.

But some people don't fit into just one of these categories. One night, happy hour seems like the best idea; while the next, cuddling up with a book feels just right. What does this mean?

Can someone be both an extrovert and introvert? Yes. They're ambiverts and they're everywhere.

WBOY - Davis & Elkins College's Campus Activities Board and Elkins Main Street both hosted D&E Night on the Town with Fire and Ice Friday night.

Neon Entertainment Mobile Ice Rink was open on Third Street in downtown Elkins. The rink provided lots of fun for kids and adults to slip, slide and skate. Steel Town Fire from Pittsburgh also performed a side show for spectators. Attendees could see flaming swords to flame swallowing and much more.

Davis & Elkins College Teacher Education

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College seniors majoring in education are gaining practical experience as student teachers in Randolph County schools. During the spring semester, each student will complete assignments in two classrooms.

ELKINS - Organizers of the second annual Davis & Elkins College Spring Classic Golf Tournament are putting final plans in place for the March 8-9 outing at the top-ranked Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in sunny Sebring, Fla. The fun get-away for golfers and non-golfers supports D&E’s unique Highlands Scholar Program.

Last year’s tournament raised $50,000 for Highlands Scholarships and this year’s goal is set at $100,000.

Davis & Elkins College Amy Kittle

ELKINS - Amy Kittle, Title IX coordinator at Davis & Elkins College, was awarded a full scholarship from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) to attend the professional organization’s training conference January 24-28 in Orlando, Fla.

Kittle was selected for the competitive award based on her application that included various questions on the role of Title IX professionals.

Davis & Elkins College Hospitality Management

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students in Executive Chef Melanie Campbell’s Resort Management class recently traveled to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Campbell, who also serves as assistant professor of hospitality management, requires students to participate in the three-day visit to gain insight into the various aspects of the resort’s operations. Students met with the Food and Beverage Management Team and toured other service areas of the resort.

CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL - Saturday night at the Culture Center Theater, in Charleston, bluegrass and traditional music fans will get a chance to see some of the players who could become the biggest names in both musical genres.

The Friends of Old Time Music And Dance (FOOTMAD) will kick off its spring concert series with a show featuring the rising stars of the West Virginia traditional music scene, with student musicians from West Virginia University and the Appalachian Ensemble from Davis & Elkins College.

KANAWHA METRO - Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance’s “Rising Stars” concert is proof that the Appalachian music scene continues to survive and evolve in the Mountain State, driven by the talent, energy and creativity of college students.

Student musicians from Davis & Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble and West Virginia University’s Bluegrass Band will perform a mixture of traditional ballads, old-time tunes and bluegrass, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the West Virginia Culture Center, state Capitol Complex, Charleston.

Editor's Note: The online version of this article was posted February 3 in the online edition of "The Chronicle of Higher Education," the leading news publication for college presidents and other higher education professionals. It is the third time "The Chronicle" has featured Davis & Elkins College in recent years, an honor we are happy to share with you. It also will appear in the forthcoming print edition. - CMS

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has set dates for four Admission Open House sessions throughout the spring semester. The visits give prospective students and their families opportunities to tour the 170-acre campus, meet professors and Student Life representatives, and enjoy a meal from the College’s dining services.

The sessions will take place on Monday, February 15, and three Saturdays, March 19, April 9 and June 4.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Every table was filled as people packed into the Graceland Inn Saturday evening for the annual oyster feed.

Local residents were thrilled to be back in the restaurant, located on the campus of Davis & Elkins College, which closed July 1, 2014, except for some special events.

Chef Melanie Campbell said this was the 11th year Graceland Inn sponsored the oyster feast.

"We did not have an oyster feed last year because we were closed," Campbell said. "We are so excited to have such a wonderful turnout."

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College is among 22 institutions of higher education selected nationwide to participate in a Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) workshop designed to enhance students’ use of information resources. A four-member team will attend the Information Fluency in the Disciplines Workshop on English and American Language and Literature March 10-12 in Louisville, Ky.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - After dedicating time and effort to their art, students from Davis & Elkins College will be given the opportunity to display their artwork at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.

The Davis & Elkins College Student Art Exhibit will be offered from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the RCCAC.

Michael Doig, Brett Kern and Kevin Woodcock, all art professors at D&E, have worked in conjunction with Maggi Rhudy of the Arts Center to coordinate the event.

"This is the first D&E student exhibit," Rhudy said.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College is one of 25 sites across West Virginia that will host College Goal Sunday to offer students and families free help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The one-day workshop will be conducted from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, February 21 in Eshleman Science Center room 400.

ELKINS - An exhibit featuring the artworks of Davis & Elkins College students will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 29 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. The works will remain on display throughout February during regular business hours, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We have a lot of art students, both majors and non-majors, creating pieces at Davis & Elkins,” says Michael Doig, assistant professor of art. “When we were asked to display some of their work, we gladly accepted.”

ELKINS - Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College will host an old-time square dance featuring one of the area’s most traditional bands as part of the Mountain Dance Trail project Friday, February 12. A beginners’ workshop is set for 7:30 p.m. with the dance starting at 8 p.m. in Pit Dance Studio in Myles Center for the Arts.

All dances are beginner and family friendly and participants don’t need to come with a dance partner. Admission is $6 for general public, $4 for students and AmeriCorps members, and free to Davis & Elkins College students, faculty and staff.

CNN - Pat Shields holds his mandolin close to his body, his hands weathered from years of playing the instrument.

Janice Birchfield poses with a washtub bass that's taller than she is.

Against a backdrop of chopped wood, Ralph Roberts holds his fiddle to his shoulder.

These photos, captured on tintypes, seem to transcend any specific point in time. They were taken by Lisa Elmaleh as part of her project "American Folk" -- a portrait series documenting folk musicians in and around the Appalachian Mountains.

Steel Town Fire

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College and Elkins Main Street are partnering to welcome students to the spring semester with a winter-themed celebration in downtown Elkins. From 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, February 5, the public is invited to join students for D&E Night on the Town: Fire & Ice, an evening of music, entertainment and ice skating. There is no admission fee.

Davis & Elkins College First-Year Symposium

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students participating in First-Year Symposium had a special opportunity to meet with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in the U.S. Senate Kennedy Caucus Room as part of their trip to the nation’s capital. Manchin spoke to the students about issues being discussed in current political debates and the challenges of finding common ground on Capitol Hill, as well as the importance of being active participants in the political process.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - After spending two days in Washington, D.C., students participating in the First Year Symposium at Davis & Elkins College heard from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant Wednesday.

Tennant made the trip to Elkins to discuss the importance of civic health.

ELKINS - Twenty-five Davis & Elkins College students were recently recognized during a reception for fall and winter graduates. Students received certificates presented by Dr. Joseph Roidt, D&E vice president for academic affairs.

Davis & Elkins College First-Year Symposium

ELKINS - Four Davis & Elkins College sophomores assisted their professors in facilitating an intensive learning process for underclassmen and earned academic credit during the College’s unique three-week Winter Term, January 4-22.

Grayson Blythe of Wooster, Ohio; Andrew Boyd of Richwood, W.Va.; MacKinzie Smith of Renick, W.Va.; and Tristram Spitsnaugle of Vienna, W.Va., were selected through a competitive application process to serve as interns to the First-Year Symposium.

Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees

ELKINS - David H. Morrison, retired aerospace executive and leading defense authority, has been elected to membership on the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees.

In 2012, Morrison retired as Corporate Vice President (Government Operations) for the Boeing Company. In that position since 2009, Morrison was responsible for implementing and overseeing all Boeing strategic and tactical interactions with the U.S. Congress and related federal agencies.

Derek Fincham, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Derek Fincham, coordinator of academic support at Davis & Elkins College’s The Naylor Center for Teaching and Learning, recently presented a tutor training model workshop at the National College Learning Center Association annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisc.

His session, titled “Person First Language & Disability Etiquette: A Tutor Training Model,” introduced a training model he developed. The model addresses disability types and demographics, effects on learning, and ways to communicate and interact with students in varying disability populations.

WBOY - West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant was in Elkins on Wednesday speaking to college students about civic engagement.

Tennant's lecture is part of Davis & Elkins College's First Year Symposium. The symposium focuses on democracy.

Participants said it's a great way to gets a hands-on approach to understanding government.

"It gives great insight into different political parties belief and stances. The D.C. trip was very helpful because that was very hands on, and we got to see it in action," said Alexis Smith, D&E freshman.

WDTV - Davis & Elkins College welcomed West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to speak on the topic of Civic Engagement.

Political science faculty, staff and students were in attendance to hear Secretary Tennant introduce the topic and then join the discussion on democracy and how important it is for students to get involved in politics.

Davis & Elkins College students are in a three-week term learning about democracy this winter term.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Local Davis & Elkins College students, faculty and community members gathered Monday evening at the Robbins Memorial Chapel for a service in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Kevin Starcher, Benfield-Vick Chaplain of D&E, led the service which encouraged participants to reflect upon the nature of society as well as remember the vital work Dr. King embodied years ago.

WBOY - A local professor started a new venture to help area kids make it to college.

Brian Moudry, a professor at Davis & Elkins College, started I'm Ready ACT Prep to provide classes and training for local high school students, as they prepare for college.

Moudry said he's the only person in the area who offers that kind of test prep.

“I hate to see people struggle and want to do better, and not be able to. I was a first-generation college student myself, so I know the value of a college education,” said Professor Moudry.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Those attending Sunday's commemoration and celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Elkins were given a message about the importance of community.

Keynote speaker Martin White, Director of Campus Safety and Security at Davis & Elkins College, told those who gathered that the community helped to spearhead some of the successes and said if they want to go further, it is going to take the entire community to do so.

THE EXPONENT TELEGRAM - Theodore Baehr and Amy Wolfe have joined the faculty at West Virginia Business College in Nutter Fort.

Wolfe is a new business instructor.

Born and raised in Philippi, she graduated from Philip Barbour High School in 2009 and went on to graduate from Davis & Elkins College in Elkins in December 2015 with a BS in accounting and business administration with a minor in history.

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is accepting applications from artists wishing to join the jurying process for the 2016 Augusta Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 in Elkins City Park.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College’s Division of Adult and Online Learning has released the Dean’s List for the fall 2015 RN-BSN rotation. To earn this distinction, students pursuing their degree must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of graded courseworks during the rotation with a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

ELKINS - Members of the Davis & Elkins College Hospitality Club are already looking toward summer and avenues to gain hands-on experience in the field. Recently, the group traveled to southern West Virginia to visit tourism venues and learn about internship possibilities.

Photo of the Day
Davis & Elkins College students and area residents gather on Third Street in downtown Elkins to watch the innovative fire performance troupe Steel Town Fire. The show was part of D&E Night on the Town: Fire & Ice, an evening of music, entertainment and ice skating presented by the College and Elkins Main Street. Photo by Wes Hendrix. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.