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SENATOR NATION - The D&E volleyball team split a tri-match with Rio Grande and Glenville State on Saturday. The Senators fell to the Red Storm by a score of 3-1, but bounced back to dominate the Pioneers 3-0.

SENATOR NATION - Alderson Broaddus’s Callum Doyle scored with 12 minutes to play in the first half, and it would prove to be enough as the Battlers downed D&E, 1-0 on Senior Day Saturday.

SENATOR NATION - Davis & Elkins earned a 1-0 decision over Alderson Broaddus on Saturday afternoon.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 (25-16, 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 15-12) victory over league-leader Ursuline on Friday afternoon.

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 - 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.

SENATOR NATION - West Virginia Tech broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to down Davis & Elkins, 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

SENATOR NATION - The D&E women’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision against Indiana (Pa.) on Wednesday.

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 - 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.

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. 

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.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College is bringing back an original Mountain State Forest Festival event that became a decades-old tradition for visitors and the royal court. For the first time since 1966, the Forest Festival Pageant will be staged as part of the Coronation of Queen Silvia ceremonies.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates, local community leaders and small business owners and entrepreneurs met in Harper-McNeeley Auditorium Wednesday evening.

WV UNCOVERED - When he was just 2 and a half years old, Brett Kern can remember sitting in the hospital after the birth of his younger sister. As incentive to be good, he received an inflatable dinosaur as a gift. Years later, as an adult, the artist cites that memory as the biggest influence on his work.

“Being my earliest memory, being sort of a dinosaur enthusiast, it is this reoccurring image and this reoccurring theme of just looking back on my life,” Kern said. “So, that’s sort of what this work has become; a symbol of that memory.”

ELKINS - The author of two books that detail the rich history of dining in the golden age of American railroading, Davis & Elkins College Center for Railway Tourism Director Jim Porterfield is again sharing his insight on the subject by contributing a chapter to the recently published “Railway Heritage and Tourism: Global Perspectives.” Porterfield also was recently quoted in a railway travel story by The Wall Street Journal.

ELKINS - Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Davis & Elkins College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Members of the Davis & Elkins College Homecoming Court presented at the Saturday evening dance are, from left, Freshman Class Princess Caitlyn O'Neal, Freshman Class Escort Tristram Spitsnaugle, Sophomore Class Princess Olivia Hudok, Sophomore Class Escort Lukas Grosse-Puppendahl, Junior Class Princess Taylor Fealy, Junior Class Escort Ryan O'Connell, Senior Class Escort Declan McGill, Senior Class Princess Rhiana Bruce-Lyle, Miss D&E Ashley Winkelspecht and Mr. Senator Churchill Davenport. Photo by Sam SantilliTo see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.