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ELKINS – Victoria Kyle has always wanted to become a nurse. Now, with a scholarship award to Davis & Elkins College, she’s working toward that goal.
Kyle, a freshman at D&E, is the recipient of the Edward N. Hinzman II Memorial Scholarship. 

ELKINS – A mixture of old country honky-tonk songs and hard driving fiddle tunes are on tap at 8 p.m. Friday, December 12 as The Jesse Milnes Square Dance Orchestra takes to the stage for Augusta Heritage Center’s monthly dance in the Pit Dance Studio in Myles Center for the Arts on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

ELKINS – Most teens use computers or tablets and cell phones to explore their interests and keep in touch with friends, but with that connection comes potential dangers in the form of harassment or threats. Davis & Elkins College education students recently helped Elkins Middle School sixth-graders gain a better understanding of cyberbullying and offered advice on how to prevent it.

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College and Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church will present “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a blend of lyrics, hymns and readings, all with the themes of light, hope and the birth of Christ.

SENATOR NATION - Ashley Bowles registered a career-high 24 points, leading Davis & Elkins to a 94-69 victory over Penn State-Beaver on Saturday.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins cross country teams wrapped up the 2014 campaign at the Midwest Regional on Saturday.

SENATOR NATION - Davis & Elkins made 15-of-19 attempts (79 percent) from the field in the second half to rally for a 76-64 win over Lock Haven on Saturday.

ELKINS - As health care delivery becomes more complex, medical professionals throughout the nation are emphasizing the need for nurses to obtain additional training and education. Davis & Elkins College is answering that call with a new, completely online RN to BSN program.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College, Mike Ross Inc. and John and Joyce Allen will present a musical holiday gift to the community with D&E Artist-in-Residence Jack Gibbons. “A Candlelight Christmas” concert, a free public event, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL - This weekend, the Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance will showcase West Virginia’s up-and-coming traditional musicians and dancers with a concert by the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band and Davis & Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble.

The Appalachian Ensemble is a newly-formed group, combining the College’s string band and dance troupe.

Tessa Dillon, 18, of St. Albans, plays fiddle with the group. Dillon began playing classical violin when she was six years old, but said she didn’t really connect with the music.

THE NEW YORK TIMES - Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. Shelley once called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” This week, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the social role of poetry has changed since then.

The documentary poet might not legislate but might serve as one of the unacknowledged voices of influence beneath social change.

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Biology and Environmental Science Department will host a GIS Day event on Wednesday, November 19 from 2- 4 p.m. in Eshleman Science Center, room 207. Free and open to the public, the presentation will include information on careers in GIS and GIS courses offered at Davis & Elkins College.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble will present a showcase of several works-in-progress, as well as pieces they performed throughout the region this fall, in a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

ELKINS - More than 70 veterans and their families attended a Veterans Day luncheon in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts on Tuesday. Participating in the tradition of having the oldest and youngest veterans present cut the cake are World War II veteran Jack Lewis of Elkins and Davis & Elkins College freshman Ann Urban of Elkins. Lewis served in the United States Army Airborne, while Urban serves in the U.S. Army Reserves.

ELKINS - Participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Davis & Elkins College campus Tuesday are, from left, Student Veterans of America Davis & Elkins College Chapter Advisor Mark Lanham, United States Marine Corps; Davis & Elkins College freshman Ann Urban, U.S. Army Reserves; and Davis & Elkins senior Jeff Goodman, U.S. Army Reserves. During the ceremony, Evan Morici, a member of the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College, played bagpipes and Alec Mach played “Taps” on trumpet.

ELKINS - The Calliduz Debate Club of Davis & Elkins College took home three awards after participating in the sixth annual Chief Justice Invitational Collegiate Speech and Debate Tournament at Marshall University. From left are, junior Nouna Anthony of Charles Town, W.Va.; senior Seth Thompson of Belington, W.Va.; senior Josh Squires of Ridgeley, W.Va; and sophomore Mark Cordle of Oak Hill, W.Va. Thompson received three awards, Top Novice Speaker, fifth Overall Speaker and Quarterfinalist Competitor, for participating in International Public Debate.

ELKINS - Senior Andrew Carroll, a member of the Calliduz Debate Team of Davis & Elkins College, participates in a debate with iDebate Rwanda in Halliehurst. The topic for the public forum was “In the aftermath of genocide, is forgiveness a more important value than justice?” In addition to Carroll, other Davis & Elkins students taking part in the debate were junior Nouna Anthony of Charles Town, W.Va.; junior Alex Gaaserud of Elkins; and junior Kaia Kater-Hurst of Ontario, Canada.

WBOY- Davis & Elkins College honored veterans with a wreath laying ceremony.

A wreath was placed at a memorial honoring veterans from the Vietnam era who attended the College.

D&E has been named military friendly for five straight years.

A luncheon followed the ceremony for area veterans and their guests.

ELKINS - As part of his visit to Elkins to deliver the Phipps Lecture at Davis & Elkins College, the Rev. Robert B. Jones will also speak at a community worship service at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. “From Crossroads to Cross: A Service of Worship and Praise in Celebration of the Civil Rights Movement” will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11.

The Rev. Peter Vial, senior pastor of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, will provide the welcoming reflection. The service is open to the community.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Dana Baxter earned her Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May. Now, her doctoral dissertation is getting national attention in a professional publication and is available to help retailers prevent employee theft.

ELKINS - It could be said that Thierry Pastur is a man of surprises. And, just when his son, Ben Pastur, and his Davis & Elkins College Soccer teammates think all has been revealed, they learn there is yet more to come.

It all started two days before Halloween, when the team was on the road playing their final game of the season, a non-conference matchup against Gannon University in Erie, Pa. Unbeknownst to Ben Pastur, his father had traveled from his home in Brussels, Belgium and was in the stands. After the game, Thierry Pastur presented the team with a Belgian flag.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College alumnus the late George Richard Cline, ’73, had a great love for his alma mater and the outdoors. As a tribute to two of the things most important to him, George R. Cline Grove on the College campus was dedicated on October 17 during Alumni Homecoming Weekend.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will join with the community in recognizing the sacrifices of service men and women as part of Veterans Day celebrations in downtown Elkins and on the College campus.

On Saturday, November 8, the College will have a marked presence in the city of Elkins’ Veterans Day Parade. Stepping off at 10 a.m., the D&E unit will include members of Student Veterans Association, the Color Guard, Veterans Upward Bound and Alpha Phi Omega. In addition, student-athletes will assist with traffic control.

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Campus Activities Board will present a fun and spooky Halloween event for all ages from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, November 1.

The event will feature a haunted tour of Halliehurst and a Psychic Ghost Show in the mansion’s library, as well as candied apples, s'mores and pumpkin carving in Madden Student Center.

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College men’s and women’s tennis teams were presented with conference rings during Homecoming Weeekend in recognition of winning the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship title. In addition, tennis coach Otis Cutshaw was selected as Coach of the Year. Attending the ring ceremony are, women’s team from left, Cutshaw, Rhiana Bruce-Lyle, Julia Hoehn, Halima Michael and Marlene Ridgeway; and men’s team,  Simon Meriau, Charles Brunel, Ben Miller, Guilherme Hubsch, Will Hill, Vincent Hamon, Jonathan Gainer, Cutshaw and Thomas Judd.

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.

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:

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.

Davis & Elkins College, Mike Ross, Inc. and John and Joyce Allen will present “A Candlelight Christmas” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. Sharing their enthusiasm for the free performance are, clockwise from left, Mike Ross, Chairman of the Board, Mike Ross, Inc.; Joyce Allen, Davis & Elkins College Trustee; Carol Schuler, Davis & Elkins College Vice President for Development; and Jack Gibbons, Davis & Elkins College Artist-in-Residence. Photo by Linda Howell SkidmoreTo see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.