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GLORY MAGAZINE - Above the rustling of fallen leaves you can hear the sound of contemporary Christian music flowing through the airwaves over Elkins, West Virginia clearer than ever this fall. Over the past four years, Dick McGraw, general manager for WCDE, has witnessed and participated in the expansion of Christian music in the Mountain State thanks to a special partnership with Davis & Elkins College.

Davis & Elkins College Senator Leadership & Scholarship Day

ELKINS - Nicholas Cecil of Moundsville, W.Va., has been chosen to receive a full, four-year scholarship to Davis & Elkins College. A senior at John Marshall High School, Cecil was selected from a group of the 68 highest achieving high school seniors participating in Senator Leadership & Scholarship Day November 14 on the College campus.

Davis & Elkins College High School Art Show

ELKINS - The inaugural Davis & Elkins College High School Art Show was the site of a myriad of works by students from throughout the state.

SENATOR NATION - After falling behind early in overtime, D&E fought back to earn its first win of the season, 101-99, against Urbana University on Saturday.

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Athletic Department is lending a hand to raise awareness and financial support for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Admission fees to basketball games on Saturday, December 5 will be donated to the ALS Foundation and the Senators will also host special guest Pryce Dearien, who was diagnosed with ALS in May 2014.

SENATOR NATION - A strong second half performance lifted the Clarion University Eagles to a 60-79 win over the Davis & Elkins Senators on Wednesday, November 25.

Davis & Elkins College GIS

ELKINS - The second annual GIS Day at Davis & Elkins College served as the backdrop for the introduction of a new minor that will benefit students in nearly every type of career. Beginning in the spring 2016 semester, students may declare a minor in geospatial analysis.

“GIS can help individuals make better informed decisions, whether it’s in business, public health, education or any other field,” says Dr. Crystal Krause, assistant professor of biology and environmental science at D&E.

SENATOR NATION - D&E's Stephanie Wooten continued her hot-shooting recording 31 points against Indiana-Kokomo to lead the team to a victory Tuesday.

ELKINS - Innovative learning opportunities at Davis & Elkins grew in 2014–2015, earning the school recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Davis & Elkins College  Chi Beta Phi Science Honorary National Conference

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Zeta Chapter of Chi Beta Phi Science Honorary was honored recently with the Outstanding Chapter Award for the second consecutive year. The award was presented at the society’s National Conference at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., where two D&E students presented summaries of their summer research internships.

THE PARSONS ADVOCATE - Two notable West Virginia state parks, Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls State Park, recently hired new superintendents.

Canaan Valley Resort announced the recent hire of Stan Beafore and Blackwater Falls State Park recently announced the hire of Matt Baker.

“Both of these gentlemen are well versed in the outdoor recreational opportunities in Tucker County and West Virginia. We are looking forward to working with both Stan and Matt on a variety of tourism projects,” said Jessica Scowcroft, Tucker County CVB director.

THE PARSONS ADVOCATE - Mike Delaney and Stephanie Summerfield have joined the Cortland Rehabilitation Center of Thomas as Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs).

Native to the region, Delaney and Summerfield feel fortunate to live and work in one of the most beautiful areas of West Virginia.

Summerfield, who was known for her leadership on the basketball court during high school, completed her practicum at the Cortland Rehabilitation Center. She said she wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.

Davis & Elkins College Accounting

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College recently made its debut at the West Virginia Society of CPAs (WVSCPAs) annual recruiting fair in Charleston, W.Va., and students showed marked achievement in their presentations. The two-day session is an opportunity for select students to interview with top accounting firms from throughout the nation.

Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir

ELKINS - Musical selections and lesson of scripture will exemplify “Images of Adoration” as the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir presents its annual Lessons and Carols hosted by Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 6. The event is free and open to the public.

“During the holiday season, the beauty of Christmas is heard in music and seen in candles, greenery, crimson flowers and the holy images of the manger and the star,” says Choir Director Liz Marshall-MacVean. “The choir will perform selections that highlight these images of the season.”

WBOY - Members of many different tourism agencies around the state gathered in Elkins on Monday, Nov. 16 for the first West Virginia Railway Heritage Initiative Conference. Organizers of the event want to build on the growing trend of heritage tourism in the country, and bring some of those people and their dollars to West Virginia, to experience railway history, an area that was central to West Virginia history.

WDTV - With budget cuts and job loss affecting our state, some people in Randolph County are looking at a different approach to bring in money. It involves tourism, but not in the usual way you might think. It has to do with getting people here as a cultural experience with railway heritage.

 West Virginia LearningMedia, the accompanying curriculum to “Inspiring West Virginians,” provides free digital access to more t

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College education majors and their professors have a new teaching tool that will help them inspire their future students. On Wednesday, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Davis & Elkins College and the Myles Family Foundation joined together for the launch of “Inspiring West Virginians,” an innovative video web series designed to encourage student exploration of careers and offer teachers engaging classroom materials.

United States Naval Reserve Commander Dr. Renaud Stauber, assistant professor of mathematics, physics and computer science at Da

ELKINS – Preservation of peace, through good will and mutual understanding, was the focus of the Veterans Day speech delivered by retired United States Naval Reserve Commander Dr. Renaud Stauber, assistant professor of mathematics, physics and computer science at Davis & Elkins College. The ceremony in Robbins Memorial Chapel drew students, faculty, staff and community members for a tribute to military servicemen and women.

Dr. Crystal Krause

ELKINS – The Biology and Environmental Science Department of Davis & Elkins College will host GIS Day on Wednesday, November 18 from 2-5 p.m. in Eshleman Science Center room 400. Participants will learn about the new geospatial analysis minor offered at Davis & Elkins and hear from local residents who will explain how they use geographic information system (GIS) technology in their careers.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - On Wednesday at noon, Davis & Elkins College's Appalachian Ensemble will play the November Brown Bag Concert at The Arts Center.

The Appalachian Ensemble, a student performance group led by Dance Director Becky Hill and String Band Director Emily Miller, is dedicated to bringing live traditional music and dance to audiences in West Virginia and beyond. Composed entirely of students attending D&E, the group features an acoustic string band (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass) and a team of dancers with a diverse range of expertise.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Davis & Elkins College offered a Candlelight and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial on the Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza Wednesday.

A reception took place at the Robbins Memorial Chapel before the candlelight ceremony featured several speakers and veterans in attendance.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The art of storytelling long has been linked to West Virginia's cultural roots.

Now, in conjunction with funding from the Myles Family Foundation, West Virginia Public Broadcasting is able to preserve this heritage as a teaching tool with a modern multimedia twist aimed at assisting educators in their classrooms.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Though turnout was low for the second straight area substance abuse forum - less than two dozen individuals -valuable information was shared and strides were made toward combating the issue during Wednesday's event.

Presented at Davis & Elkins College, the event featured Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, as the keynote speaker.

WBOY - The challenges of addiction and substance abuse was the focus of Wednesday's meeting at Davis & Elkins College, in partnership with The Inter-Mountain.

The community of Elkins and D&E students addressed finding solutions to the growing problem. 

“Its kind of walking up and escalator that’s always going down, you know if I have this disease the disease is always working against me, which means if I am not stepping then the escalator is going to down and relapse will happen. So what that requires is vigilant daily action,” said Wilson.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - A hometown legend of the hardwood is now at the helm of the Davis & Elkins College men's basketball program.

Nick Patella is the new head coach of the Senators - and he hopes this Friday, when he's shouting instruction from the bench in his first experience leading a college squad, will be the first game of many more to come.

"Some coaches try to get back to their hometown, where they know they'll have support, for their entire career," Patella told The Inter-Mountain. "It's awesome to represent your town and local college where you grew up."

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Hospitality Club’s second annual Winter Wonderland Craft Show will offer a variety of items for the home and gift giving, just in time for the holiday season. The show will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 14 in The McDonnell Center and admission is free.

Vendors include Pampered Chef, Primitives and Scentsy, along with other selections of candles, pottery, scarves, beads and baskets. A cakewalk will begin at noon and concessions will be available throughout the day.

WBOY - West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Davis & Elkins College, and the Myles Family Foundation have launched a video web series encouraging student career exploration.

'Inspiring West Virginians' is for middle and high school students. It profiles dynamic West Virginians who are leaders in the sciences and engineering. Special curriculum goes hand-in-hand with the web series which was produced with teachers in mind.

The Myles Family Foundation has funded 'Inspiring West Virginians' programming since its inception in 2010.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Davis & Elkins College and the Myles Family Foundation will launch on Wednesday a new, innovative video web series encouraging student exploration of careers.

ELKINS - The Mountain Dance Trail, a project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, continues a West Virginia tradition with its monthly square dance featuring music and calling by residents of the Mountain State on Friday, November 13. A beginners’ workshop is set for 7:30 p.m. and the dance starts at 8 p.m. in Pit Dance Studio in Myles Center for the Arts on the College campus.

“People come to square dance; that’s what they come for. The tradition is living right here,” says Bill Ohse, a square dance caller from Ripley, W.Va.

Glade Dance Collective

ELKINS - Glade Dance Collective, a Washington, D.C.-based dance company, will visit Davis & Elkins College for a full day residency on Saturday, November 14. Presented by the Division of Fine and Performing Arts, the day will include afternoon workshops for adults and children, and a public performance in the evening.

Ntozake Shange

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will host “A Conversation with Poet & Playwright Ntozake Shange” at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in Boiler House Theatre. The event will include readings and staged performances of Shange’s writings and a question-and-answer session.

Admission is free. However, since seating is limited, tickets are recommended and may be reserved online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment.

ELKINS - The U.S. Department of Justice, along with scores of other federal agencies, have long identified the effects of drug abuse and addiction as far reaching, with the consequences impacting the individual, their families and their community. Davis & Elkins College, in partnership with The Inter-Mountain, will host a community forum, focusing on the challenges faced in the region, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 11 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will pay tribute to military servicemen and women with a Veterans Day candlelight service and wreath laying ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11 at Robbins Memorial Chapel on the College campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - With the Davis & Elkins College Lady Senators' soccer program winning the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the right to host the 2015 conference finals, G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger was on campus at Nuttall Field Thursday, and had positive things to say about the young and growing conference.

The G-MAC applied in 2011 to become the 24th NCAA Division II conference in the country. After approval, it officially began play on Aug. 30, 2012, when Urbana University hosted a men's soccer match against Bellarmine University.

BRILLIANT STEAM - Most folks don’t know that the head brewer at Devils Backbone Brewing Company has a nice dose of Almost Heaven West Virginia in his background. In fact, it’s where he originally developed his interest in craft beer.

Jason Oliver grew up in Maryland in the busy corridor between Baltimore and Washington, DC. As a high school student, he began thinking about college. He knew he didn’t want to go to a big university and sit with a hundred people in a lecture hall. He desired a more intimate educational experience.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College announced today that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. This is the sixth consecutive year Davis & Elkins has earned the honor.

Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Each year the Davis & Elkins College Athletic Department nominates former Senators for their athletic achievements for induction into the D&E College Athletic Hall of Fame.

In order to be considered for this honor, there are several criteria and a selection process that is conducted. Eligibility for nomination to the Davis & Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame begins five years after the person's association with Davis & Elkins College has been completed.

WDTV - In light of financial challenges at smaller local colleges, the president of Davis & Elkins College says the school has a specific financial philosophy and has cut and shuffled some positions.

President Buck Smith says the school has a pay-as-you-go philosophy and has made some cuts in certain positions. The idea is that the school only pays for something when they already have the money for it and that money is gotten through fundraising.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Davis & Elkins College's president assured the Elkins Rotary Club Monday that - despite rumors, and in contrast to recent financial woes at another local institute of higher learning - all is well on campus.

The presentation by G.T. "Buck" Smith, who was joined by several key players at the college, was well-attended, with more than 100 Rotarians participating Monday.

Smith spoke about recent budget cuts at the college and a $25 million funding challenge presented by trustee James S. McDonnell III and his family's foundation.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Higher education is big business, and as with any big business, there are many paths one can take toward fiscal stability and success.

At Davis & Elkins College, officials are embarking on the road less traveled - one that does not involve borrowing funds to forge ahead.


Instead, President G.T. "Buck" Smith is reducing the college's annual budget from $15.675 million to $14.111 million for the most current fiscal year, which began July 1. The reduction will result in $1.5 million in savings, Smith explained.

G-MAC - The fourth and sixth seeds both advanced through the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinal round on Saturday.

The stage is set for Thursday's semifinals in Cedarville with the field of six officially trimmed down to four teams remaining.

Making early noise in the bracket, No. 6 Davis & Elkins served an upset on the home pitch of No. 3 Salem International to eliminate the Tigers from postseason contention.

Photo of the Day
The Davis & Elkins College Student Veterans Association again supported the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Members of SVA raised funds throughout the semester and donated $446 to the project. In recognition, the SVA received the United States Marine Corps Reserve Commander’s Award. From left are, Roger Ware, commandant of the Elkins Marine Corps League and regional chairman of the Elkins Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program; junior Alyssa Richmond, SVA president; freshman Emily Morgan, SVA member; and Mark Lanham, SVA adviser. Photo by Nanci Bross-Fregonara. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.