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ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees Chair June Myles has announced the Michael P. Mihalyo Jr. Endowed Scholarship in the Fine and Performing Arts, established in tribute to the leadership the College president provided to promote the performing arts at D&E. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with financial need who shows promise in the performing arts.

ELKINS - For those who can’t spend the entire day taking in the experience of the Augusta Heritage Center Summer Sessions at Davis & Elkins College, an exciting assortment of affordable evening mini-courses are on tap starting July 6.

Classes meet every Monday through Thursday from 6-7:15 p.m. on campus and offer instruction from world-class artists in various forms of music, craft and dance. This summer several “from scratch” classes have been added.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has released its Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester, which includes all full-time students with a 3.6 or higher semester GPA. Those who were honored are:

Emily Oleson

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Dance Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Dance Emily Oleson received her Certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in Brooklyn, N.Y. Study for the graduate level degree/professional certification focuses on the connection between movement and its meaning.

WBOY - While many kids are enjoying a summer out of the classroom, others from a five-county area around Elkins are still in the business of learning and preparing for their next steps in education. They're at Davis & Elkins for Upward Bound's summer program, which is taking the opportunity this year to add some new classes to its agenda.

Boiler House Theatre, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College recently was recognized by theatre website Onstage as one of the “10 Most Underrated Theater Colleges” in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Mid-Atlantic region includes Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Michael Doig

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Assistant Professor of Art Michael Doig is exploring the history of Thomas one image at a time. Through his summer artist residency at the Vandalia Center for the Arts in the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery, the artist hopes to bring days gone by to the forefront of viewers’ imagination.

With the use of vintage photographs, Doig is painting a reinterpretation of the past. His work will culminate in an exhibition of paintings tentatively titled “The Thomas, West Virginia Series.”

Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has received an extraordinary instrument and a deeply personal gift from Elkins physician Dr. Alan Cashell and his wife, Diann, who have given their 9-foot Baldwin concert grand piano to the College.

“The piano has a beautiful tone and is a joy to play,” says Davis & Elkins College Instructor of Music Donna Baroudi Huffman.

WDTV - The Augusta for Kids (AFK) program is getting ready to kick off this summer at Davis & Elkins College. There will be three camps for youngsters ages 8-12 and each will be one week long.

The first camp is called "Making Mountain Memories: A Beginner's Exploration of Traditional Appalachian Arts and Crafts" This will run from July 5-10th.

The second camp will be "Through the Years: The Arts and Crafts of West Virginia." It will run July 26-31st.

THE HERALD-DISPATCH - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College will host the Festival Concert featuring Mountain Stage as well as some other evening concerts during its summer sessions.

THE HERALD-DISPATCH - Davis & Elkins College golfer Dakota Sisk made the eighth hole-in-one this year at Riverside Golf Club.

Sisk, who is from New Haven, W.Va., aced the No. 12 hole, a 165-yard, par-3 with an 8-iron. He was playing in the Riverside Thursday Night Men's League.

Carol Schuler, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Vice President for Development Carol Schuler has been appointed to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Task Force to plan the 2015 Chief Academic and Chief Advancement Officers Institute, serving with a team of academic leaders from private colleges and universities throughout the nation. She is one of three chief advancement officers invited to serve.

Tygarts Valley High School Highlands Scholars, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Tygarts Valley High School seniors are congratulated by Davis & Elkins College Admission Counselor Adam Kota on receiving the Highlands Scholarship. From left are, Ashley Arbogast, Sara Borofsky, Tiffany Fincham, Kota, Madelyn McCauley, Ridgely Williams, Ashley Cunningham, Leeza Dilley, Jace McCauley, Scott Tacy, Elizabeth Wood and Falicity Wallace. Also receiving Highlands Scholarships but not present for the awards ceremony are Morgan Arbogast and Carl Pridemore.

Harman High School Highlands Scholars, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Harman High School seniors Casey Elza and Alisa Snyder received Highlands Scholarships to Davis & Elkins College during graduation ceremonies at the high school on Saturday. Initiated with the start of the 2008-2009 academic year, the Highlands Scholar program offers a significant tuition discount to full-time freshman students attending Davis & Elkins College from the seven counties surrounding the campus. This year the program was expanded to include all 55 West Virginia counties. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher upon high school graduation.

Bryan Wagoner, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy Dr. Bryan Wagoner has been selected to participate in a prestigious fellowship program and pedagogy workshop with the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion in Crawfordsville, Ind., for 2015-2016. He is among only 14 fellow chosen from throughout the United States.

WBOY - Davis & Elkins College's Biology lab is getting an equipment upgrade.

The lab was awarded a $20,000 grant.

The College will take that grant money, and match it with the remainder of funds to purchase 26 advanced feature microscopes.

The new microscopes will have built-in digital imaging to take pictures of specimens, and more energy efficient lighting than previous equipment.

The equipment will arrive and be installed this summer.

THE HERALD-DISPATCH - Excitement is building for the 2015 summer sessions of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College as staff members make final preparations for the Festival Concert featuring Mountain Stage, along with the Tuesday and Thursday evening concerts highlighting music from the theme weeks.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Davis & Elkins College is hosting the sixth annual West Virginia Master Naturalist State Conference on campus beginning Friday.

The three-day conference in Elkins, which is open to all who register, offers a variety of courses and presentations regarding the preservation of the state's natural history.

Tommy Zeitz, regional coordinator for the program, said he expects approximately 100 participants but would like to invite others to join them for the weekend.

Myles Gate, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - An evergreen stands at the edge of Myles Gate near the entrance to Davis & Elkins College in honor of an Elkins man who loved the forest, his family and his community. Below the tree lies a plaque that reads, “In memory of James R. Pifer, 2012.”

Pifer moved to Elkins in 1978 and worked as a U.S. Forest Service forest engineer on the Monongahela National Forest until his retirement in 1995. He then assisted his wife, Sue Pifer, in her downtown business, Elkins Sewing Center.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College alumna Valerie Posey has been appointed instructor of nursing. Posey began her duties at the start of the spring semester and taught Nursing 206A Disruptions in Health III.

Augusta for Kids

ELKINS - Three area art teachers will lead youth on a creative journey this summer in the Augusta for Kids (AFK) program at Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. During each unique week-long day camp, students ages 8-12 will explore arts and crafts through a variety of media and themes while getting a taste of all the music and arts Augusta has to offer.

Photo of the Day
An employee of Reliable Roofing of Elkins installs guttering on the Augusta Dance Pavilion. The structure recently got a new roof thanks to a generous gift from an Augusta student. The first dance of the summer season is set for 8 p.m. July 5. Photo by Nicholas CarrTo see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.