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ELKINS - Have you ever seen athletes dressed in Halloween costumes play a game of softball? You can at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 30 as the Davis & Elkins College Baseball Team takes on the Senator Softball Team at Joni Smith Softball Field on the College campus.

Admission is free. Candy will be given out and area youth are invited to bring a trick-or-treat bag to fill. Costumes are optional.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins men’s soccer team closed out the regular season with a 4-1 victory over Gannon on Wednesday.

SENATOR NATION - Bloomsburg scored a pair of goals in the final 30 minutes to down D&E, 2-0 on Wednesday.

ELKINS - Fiddlers, banjo players and flatfoot dancers gathered under a big tent at the Randolph County Fair on September 6 to compete in the annual West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Contest, along with a Flatfoot Dance Contest. Co-sponsored by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College and the Randolph County Fair Association, the event also featured a square dance.

ELKINS - The Phipps Lecture will offer insight into cultural diversity as the Rev. Robert Jones presents an illustrated concert on “The Role of Music in the Civil Rights Movement.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 10 in the Great Hall of Halliehurst on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

ELKINS - Brooklyn Ballet will offer unique opportunities for those wanting to learn dance techniques or enhance their dance skills. Four 75-minute workshops will be presented by members of the company following the performance of  “From Baroque to Hip-Hop” on Sunday, November 2.

Two workshops will be led concurrently in Myles Center for the Arts. Participants may choose from:

SENATOR NATION - Alderson Broaddus dropped the opening set, but reeled off three straight wins to top Davis & Elkins, 3-1 (18-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-15) on Tuesday.

ELKINS - The Calliduz Debate Team of Davis & Elkins College and iDebate Rwanda will discuss “In the aftermath of genocide, is forgiveness a more important value than justice” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 in Halliehurst Great Hall on the College campus. The event, sponsored by Calliduz Debate Team and the D&E Office of Academic Affairs, is free and open to the public.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins men’s soccer team claimed the Northeast Division with a 2-1 victory over Salem International on Saturday.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins women’s soccer team scored three goals in the opening seven minutes and never looked back, downing undermanned Salem International 9-0 on Saturday.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins volleyball team posted a straight set victory (25-19, 25-23, 25-12) over Salem International on Saturday.

SENATOR NATION - The D&E swim teams split a dual meet with Alderson Broaddus on Saturday. The Davis & Elkins women came away with a 121-115 win, while the men were dealt a 143-104 setback.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins cross country teams each posted first place finishes at the Seaton Invitational.

SENATOR NATION - On Thursday, senior goalkeeper Ashley Winkelspecht garnered the most significant tally in her rather impressive collection of career victories—she walked off the pitch and into the pages of history as D&E’s new all-time winningest goalie.

SENATOR NATION - Ohio Valley dealt Davis & Elkins a 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-7) setback on Friday evening.

A review By Dr. Robert McCutcheon, professor of English

William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is a staple of high school and college syllabi for a reason: it’s very good.

The accomplished stagecraft and construction of the play, its balance between broad lines of plot and nuances of characterization, reflect the technical confidence of a writer hitting his stride. The action builds convincingly to the assassination of Caesar at the geometric center of the work; the subsequent military campaign mirrors the frictions among the conspirators in the earlier acts.

ELKINS - Dr. Marty DeNicolo, assistant professor of political science and coordinator of the political science program at Davis & Elkins College, will deliver the Thomas R. Ross Chair in History and the Humanities Lecture, sponsored by the Ross Society, during Alumni Homecoming Weekend. The presentation is open to the public and will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 18 in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism, Conference Room B.

WBOY - Davis & Elkins College will welcome alumni back to campus for Homecoming this weekend.

The annual event will include more than 30 sporting events, alumni honors and class reunions. The College will also sponsor an alumni night on the town to include the community in the celebration.

ELKINS - The limestone facing surrounding the fireplace in Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College bears the name of Joni and Buck Smith. Now a painting of the President Emeritus and his wife will grace the adjacent wall to welcome all who meet in the cozy gathering area.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will honor three of its alumni during the Homecoming Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 18 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts.

The event is by reservation only. For additional information, call Director of Alumni Engagement and Support Wendy Morgan at 304-637-1341.

Honorees are Dr. George M. Lauderbaugh, ’67, Distinguished Alumnus Award; Dr. William L. Turner Jr., ’72, Tower Award; and Cory A. Toth, ’06, Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

ELKINS - Audiences will be presented with a question of ambition as the Davis & Elkins College Division of Fine and Performing Arts presents William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” October 16-17 and 23-25 at 8 p.m. and October 18-19 at 2 p.m. in the Boiler House Theatre.

Tickets are $8, general admission; $5 for alumni, seniors, military and students; and free for D&E students, faculty and staff. Purchase online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will present Brooklyn Ballet’s “From Baroque to Hip-Hop,” a program of eclectic dancing and collaborations, as well as a sneak peek from “The Brooklyn Nutcracker,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. 

ELKINS - The breakout alt-pop band Echosmith returns to Davis & Elkins College for a special Masquerade Ball at 10 p.m. on Friday, October 31 in the Pit in Myles Center for the Arts. Named as VH1 Music’s “You Oughta Know” artists for October, Echosmith is currently touring the U.S. and performing on morning and late night television.

ELKINS - Students at Davis & Elkins College today don’t know RuthAnn Brooks personally. Some of them, though, know they have benefited from her generosity.

Brooks came to D&E in 1958 and passed away in 2013. In those years, she had a long career with the West Virginia Legislature and served her alma mater. In 1969, she took the lead as chairman of the Charleston (W.Va.) Area Alumni Group. She consistently contributed gifts to Davis & Elkins College beginning in 1970 and in her will left her entire estate to the College.

INSURANCE NEWS - Students at Davis & Elkins College today don't know RuthAnn Brooks personally. Some of them, though, know they have benefited from her generosity.

Brooks came to D&E in 1958 and passed away in 2013. In those years, she had a long career with the West Virginia Legislature and served her alma mater. In 1969, she took the lead as chairman of the Charleston (W.Va.) Area Alumni Group. She consistently contributed gifts to Davis & Elkins College beginning in 1970 and in her will left her entire estate to the College.

TRAVELING 219 - In a public performance on Wednesday, Romanian artists joined the Appalachian Ensemble, a Davis & Elkins College student string band and dance group.

The Romanian students are participating in a year-long project exploring the connections between Appalachian and Romanian folk music. Teacher Emanuela Tulpam says there are geographical similarities between Romania and West Virginia too. “We come from Targu Jiu, which is in the Gorj district, southwest Romania, by the mountains. We have a gorge valley, as I hear you have here.”

ELKINS - Appalachian Ensemble, the Davis & Elkins College student string band and dance group, will perform in two public concerts as part of an international cultural exchange program. The first performance, which will also feature Romanian artists, will be presented at noon Wednesday, October 8 in Madden Student Center on the College campus.

“We are very excited to work with this group of artists and are looking forward to collaborating with them,” says Rebecca Hill, director of Appalachian Ensemble. “It’s not every day an opportunity like this comes up.”

WBOY - An old tradition of the Mountain State Forest Festival was brought back to life this afternoon.

Davis & Elkins College revived the Forest Festival Pageant for this year's festival.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the year when the original director last produced the show.

ELKINS - Casual social gatherings, sporting contests and other fun activities are planned as Davis & Elkins College hosts Family Weekend, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12. The annual event welcomes students’ parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, children and all family members to experience the campus.

Coordinator of Parent Relations and Assistant Director of Development Support Lisa Senic, ’90 and ’03, says the weekend is designed to give families the opportunity to get acquainted with one another and spend time with students in their college environment.

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Theatre Program has planned a season of performances that covers multiple genres including drama, comedy and productions for children.

ELKINS - Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College will present two public square dances in October featuring live music and popular callers as part of its heritage tourism project, The Mountain Dance Trail. Additional performances in the coming weeks highlight traditional music and dance.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has announced a 2014-2015 fine and performing arts season packed with music and theatrical performances, comedy shows, dance concerts and lectures. The wide variety of entertainment features local talent as well as national touring companies.

Many of the events are free, while others come with a nominal fee. To purchase tickets, visit www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment or call the Davis & Elkins College Box Office at 304-637-1255.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College alumni and guests returning for the annual Homecoming celebration will find something new with various gatherings planned in downtown Elkins and a different twist added to some of the traditional activities on campus. This year’s festivities, October 17-19, include more than 30 events, alumni honors, entertainment and 16 class and group reunions.

WBOY - Davis & Elkins College has been honored for its efforts in supporting our nation's military.

Victory Media named D&E a Military Friendly School for the fifth year in a row.

The designation goes to the top twenty percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country who work to help veterans with their college education.

WV METRONEWS - It’s been nearly 50 years since the Mountain State Forest Festival presented a pageant. Not the kind with swimsuits and evening gowns but a play. “The People Rejoice: Historic Pageant for the Mountain State Forest Festival” makes its return on Friday before the coronation of Maid Silvia LXXVIII.

kb saine, the program director of theatre at Davis & Elkins College, took on the task of reviving the pageant.

“It seemed like now would be the right time to bring a little history and tradition back to the festival,” explained saine.

Coordinator of The Darby Collection Mark Lanham, right, adjusts a piece of armor for German high school student Sebastian Bruns in The Stirrup Gallery. Bruns was one of several students visiting the campus as part of the Elkins High School German cultural exchange program. The students toured the campus, ate in Benedum Dining Room and enjoyed a special viewing of The Darby Collection in The Stirrup Gallery. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.

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