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ELKINS - Janet Weese has been appointed administrative coordinator at Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, a position she returns to after a two-year hiatus.  

In this capacity, Weese is responsible for all bookkeeping, enrollment maintenance and overall office functions that support both the Augusta Heritage Center and Arts & Entertainment programs at the College.

“I am pleased to return to the Davis & Elkins College community and to work with Beth King in promoting the Augusta heritage arts program,” Weese says.

ELKINS - There’s a lot to consider when making plans to attend college, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult process. College 101 Day and Open House at Davis & Elkins College on Saturday, September 20 will provide students with the information they need and answers to their questions, all presented in a fun and interactive atmosphere.

The free event begins at 9 a.m. and includes lunch and a tour of the campus, along with a chance to win an iPad and other prizes.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College volunteers lend their assistance to Snowshoe Foundation by selling raffle tickets at the organization’s annual fund raiser Treasure on the Mountain on August 9. From left are, front row, Laurie Chestnut and Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca; back row, Chris Young, Rebecca Verbonitz, Susan Riggleman, Josh Larkin, Jennifer Riggleman and Mandi Larkin. For the past two years, the College has received gifts from Snowshoe Foundation to help fund the Highlands Scholarship program and Project Life Change.

ELKINS - Mike Karlen has been named manager of the Davis & Elkins College bookstore.

“I love the college environment and look forward to working with the students, faculty and staff,” Karlen says. “I want to be visible to the College community and for everyone to feel confident that they can come here to get what they need. With two daughters in college, I can also relate to parents’ needs.”

THE EXPONENT TELEGRAM - When Cover Drive gathered on a stage to play in front of a live audience for the first time, the set-up was a bit intimidating — the band was opening for R&B pop star Rihanna in their native Barbados in front of 25,000 fans.

“That was pretty incredible,” said lead singer Amanda Reifer during a telephone interview. “It was our first gig ever. That was the first time we ever stepped on stage as Cover Drive.

“We were extremely nervous, but we had a great time.”

CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL - Morgantown-based woodcarver Bryn Perrott will open a new art show with her sister, Sage [Davis & Elkins College adjunct art instructor], at Kin Ship Goods for this week’s ArtWalk.

Bryn and Sage Perrott’s new art show is the best kind of nightmare.

There’s no blood or gore, and no one shows up to school without their pants.

Instead, the Morgantown natives have spent the last several weeks making four-eyed cats and eight-eyed rabbits, evil raindrops and all sorts of strange creatures.

“Just creepy, unsettling things,” Sage, 26, said.

WBOY - The first round of students returned to Davis & Elkins College this weekend.

Senator athletes returned to campus today to begin practicing for the new season slightly ahead of the rest of the College's students.

Athletes said the early arrival helps to build excitement for the year.

"I love going around and seeing everything, but knowing that everything's just about to happen, I think that's the best part. You have to wait a whole week for it, so I think it just builds up and just gets better and better," said D&E soccer player Paul Hendrix.

ELKINS - Sycamore Street will soon see increased traffic as Davis & Elkins College students arrive on campus to begin the fall semester. The fun-filled and informative Orientation Weekend with the theme “Write Your Story” is scheduled for August 23 and 24.

Athletes participating in fall sports and members of Appalachian Ensemble will check in August 17, while international students arrive on August 20.

THE STATE JOURNAL - Bradley Bennett, a 2014 Davis & Elkins College grad, has been appointed admission counselor at his alma mater.

He will represent the school at college fairs and high schools to seek out potential students and inform high school guidance counselors about the benefits of an education at D&E.

Bennett, who earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science at D&E, is pursuing a master's degree in legal studies at West Virginia University.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students will soon arrive on campus and the College invites community members to celebrate their return with a compelling performance by mentalist Banachek on Saturday, August 23, plus a concert with Cover Drive, carnival games and fireworks, on Sunday, August 24. Both events are free.

ELKINS - This Saturday Elkins City Park will be packed from corner to corner with musicians, dancers, food vendors and more than 40 juried crafters as the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College opens its 42nd Augusta Festival. Events for the entire family are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The traditional festival wraps up Augusta’s five weeks of summer sessions and highlights the talents of artists from throughout the world. Admission is free.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. Davis & Elkins is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Department of Sport Science is gearing up for its second year of Project Life Change, a free community program that offers a variety of ways for area residents to improve their health. New this year is the inclusion of the latest in pedometer technology to allow participants to track their activity.

The 16-week session begins August 26 with sign-ups at 5:30 p.m. and an introduction to the program at 6 p.m. in Eshleman Science Center room 400. Additional classes will be conducted each Tuesday at 6 p.m. through December 9.

ELKINS - The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Traveling Museum is making a stop at the 42nd Augusta Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 9 in Elkins City Park. Housed in a 26-foot handicapped accessible trailer, the museum takes visitors on a journey of the rich history of West Virginia music through artifacts, historical photographs and documents.

Admission is free.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Sports at Davis & Elkins College have played a vital role in the community for more than 100 years, and the school hopes the partnership will continue to flourish, officials said Monday.

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is celebrating the conclusion of its summer season as the internationally syndicated radio program “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” brings its show and a host of award-winning musicians to Myles Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 9. With roots in American and Irish music, the line-up features fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor, bluegrass singer, songwriter and mandolin player Sierra Hull, indie rock band Cardinal Sons, the Celtic band OCEAN Orchestra, and old-time musicians Dave Bing and Ben Townsend.

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is entering its final week of summer sessions and it’s packed with events every day. Sunday, August 3 ushers in Old-Time, Vocal and Dance Week, along with Augusta for Kids.

THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE - Most people don’t really start remembering much of anything until they’re at least a couple of years old. What they do remember is often fragmented or sketchy, but special.

Brett Kern’s first solid memory was of visiting his mother in the hospital after the birth of his baby sister.

“It’s my earliest memory,” the 29-year-old Davis & Elkins art professor said.

“I was 2 1/2 years old and I remember I got an inflatable dinosaur for being good at the hospital.”

That memory has trailed after the Pennsylvania-born artist his entire life.

THE STATE JOURNAL - From July 27 through August 1, concerts, a book signing, nightly jam sessions and a time-honored blend of music and dance abound, courtesy of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College Bluegrass Week.

Two concerts will take place July 29 and July 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium opening at 7 for both shows and dances after in the open-air pavilion.

Those looking to purchase tickets can go online at augustaheritagecenter.org or the D&E Box Office.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College alumnus Bradley Bennett has been appointed admission counselor at his alma mater.

In this position, Bennett represents Davis & Elkins at college fairs and high schools throughout Virginia to seek out potential students. He also meets with high school guidance counselors to make them aware of the benefits of a D&E education.

“I feel honored to have been chosen for this position,” Bennett says. “I’m really excited to have a new territory and find good students for D&E.”

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Media Relations Coordinator Linda Howell Skidmore attended the Council of Independent Colleges 2014 Media Conference held at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. June 25-27. Featuring journalists from ABC, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and other national news sources, the conference helped Skidmore and other college public relations professionals share their stories and discuss first-hand how to enhance national news coverage of private schools.

ELKINS - One of Brett Kern’s earliest memories is receiving an inflatable vinyl dinosaur when his baby sister was born. For the little blond-haired boy just half past his second birthday that day marked the beginning of his lifelong interest in prehistoric animals, and left an impression that would eventually spike his artistic career.

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is ready to welcome artists and visitors to one of its most popular weeks of the summer sessions with concerts featuring some of the best pickers around, a book signing and nightly jam sessions. Filled with time-honored blend of music and dance, Bluegrass Week will take place July 27 through August 1.

Davis & Elkins College resident assistants learn about fire safety from members of the WV State Fire Marshal’s Office and Elkins Fire Department on Wednesday. The RAs returned to campus last weekend and have attended various training sessions in preparation of the new academic year. Photo by Jake Gooden. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.