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THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - This year's Independence Day celebration in Elkins will return to its former venue at Davis & Elkins College.

The city of Elkins, the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, D&E College and the Mountain State Forest Festival partnered together to prepare for an Independence Day Celebration that will take place at the college on Saturday evening.

Sarah Gustafson

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College student Sarah Gustafson is one of nine students selected to participate in the Marshall University Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics. The eight-week residential research project gives students the opportunity to learn new skills and deepen their mathematical knowledge.

Gustafson is the daughter of Karl and Janice Gustafson of Bridgeport, W.Va.

SENATOR NATION - Davis & Elkins women's tennis senior Hali Michael was announced as the 2016 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Friday.

Davis & Elkins College Buxton & Landstreet Gallery and Studios

ELKINS - Visitors to the Buxton & Landstreet Gallery and Studios in Thomas, W.Va., this summer are likely to meet someone affiliated with Davis & Elkins College. Assistant Professor of Art Michael Doig, his students and art alumni are involved in classes and exhibits in one way or another.

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - For those of you who can’t spend the entire day taking in the experience of Augusta Heritage Center Summer Sessions at Davis & Elkins College, there is an exciting assortment of affordable evening mini-courses with top notch instructors offered each week starting on Monday, July 11.

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Excitement is building for the 2016 summer sessions of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College as staff members make final preparations. The 2016 summer program, featuring a full slate of concerts and dances open to the public, kicks off on Sunday, July 10 and runs through August 14.

WDTV - Sometimes first impressions can be tough. What doesn't help is if you're representing an entire area to someone who's never been to your continent before... And your economy is partially depending on you for the tourism. Wednesday marks a decade the Elkins Depot Welcome Center workers have been doing just this. 5 News takes you there down the train tracks.

The Train Depot started out with an economic impact involving industries. Now it's making a personal impact on people from all over the world.

Karli Hopwood

ELKINS - Karli Hopwood, a 2016 graduate of Elkins High School, has been selected to receive the Edward N. Hinzman II Memorial Scholarship at Davis & Elkins College. She will be a member of the D&E freshman class this fall.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has released its Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester, which includes all full-time students with a 3.6 or higher semester GPA.

Elkins High School Davis & Elkins College Highlands Scholar Program

ELKINS - Twenty-two Elkins High School students received the Highlands Scholarship to Davis & Elkins College during the school’s annual awards ceremony. The distinctive Highlands Scholar Program provides a significant tuition discount to West Virginia students with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of graduation. Scholarship awards vary based on GPA, county of residency and whether the students live on campus or commute.

Davis & Elkins College Morrison-Novakovic Faith and Public Policy Scholarship

ELKINS - Jenna Burnett, a 2016 graduate of Philip Barbour High School, has been selected as the first recipient of the Morrison-Novakovic Faith and Public Policy Scholarship at Davis & Elkins College. In addition, Burnett was presented with a Highlands Scholarship bringing her total award to $114,508 for four years.

Burnett is the daughter of Jeff and Kimberly Burnett of Belington, W.Va. She plans to study nursing at Davis & Elkins College beginning this fall.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - This week on Inside Appalachia, we're taking a look at Appalachians of all stripes who are retooling tradition to create a brighter future. We'll hear from a family of guitar makers in Virginia, members of Davis & Elkins College's first graduating class of its Appalachian Ensemble, an enterprising young reporter who's working to amplify #WVMusic, one of the few piano tuners in West Virginia, and a group of folks from Letcher County, Kentucky who are bringing square dancing back into vogue.

Kenny Pomp, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College retirees and employees were honored during the College’s annual All Campus Picnic and Recognition of Employees. Open to employees and their guests, the event featured a luncheon and program.

Retirees receiving an official Davis & Elkins College chair and a plaque expressing appreciation for service were: Carol Cochran, chair of the Division of Nursing and professor of nursing; Kenny Pomp, assistant superintendent of maintenance; Jean Ray, housekeeper; and Sharon White, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Bryan Wagoner Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Dr. Bryan Wagoner, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at Davis & Elkins College, has been awarded a $5,000 research grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, supported by the Lilly Endowment Inc. His research will focus on best practices for teaching religion and violence in a broad sense.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Mountain State Forest Festival officials, friends and family members celebrated with a very special guest to Elkins on Sunday. Kara D'Ann Alvarez, who will serve as Maid Silvia for the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival, was welcomed to Elkins with a reception for her and her Maids of Honor, Legacy Skout Barger and Amelia Dawn Preusch, at Graceland Inn and Conference Center on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to The World is a Beautiful Place..., The Sea The Sea to Qiet and beyond.

THE EXPONENT TELEGRAM - West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master in Fine Arts will host a Visiting Writers Series during the program’s Summer 2016 Residency.

These award-winning visiting writers will be reading from their original work, and copies of their books will be available for sale. All readings will be held on Wesleyan’s campus in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for Performing Arts (PAC) or the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library.

Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound

ELKINS – In delivering commencement addresses to their Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound classmates, Makayla Marks and Kirsten Phillips reflected on how the program prepared each of them for the future. Graduates’ families, along with sophomore and junior program participants, attended ceremony in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the College campus.

THE EXPONENT TELEGRAM - As the former Folk Art Coordinator for the Augusta Heritage Center, Gerry Milnes traveled around West Virginia and collected the songs of the hills, including those about railroads.

“I recorded hundreds of traditional musicians,” Milnes said during a telephone interview. “I collected rare songs.”

Milnes expects some of those songs to be performed during a concert that will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins.

Chris Wood

ELKINS – The Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees has named Chris A. Wood, 51, currently Vice President for Advancement at Wesley College in Dover, Del., as the College’s 15th President, effective Aug. 1, 2016. He succeeds G. T. ‘Buck’ Smith, who will again retire as President-Emeritus after serving six of the past eight years as President.

Photo of the Day
Davis & Elkins College participated in the Snowshoe Foundation Golf Tournament Friday at the Raven Golf Club. The team was made up of Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca, professor of health and physical education and assistant athletic director; Chris Young, assistant director of development and marketing; alumna Paula Heinke; and Ed Lothes, Senator golf coach. The Snowshoe Foundation supports activities that benefit residents of Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties, including the Highlands Scholar program and Project Life Change at Davis & Elkins College. Photo courtesy of Chris Young. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.

 

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