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SENATOR NATION - Interim head coach Mike Miller announced the addition of six student-athletes to the Senator baseball roster for the 2014-15 campaign.

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.

SENATOR NATION - The Davis & Elkins Softball team will add eight members for the 2014-15 school year. The recruiting class includes six freshmen, one junior college transfer and one transfer athlete from DIII University of Mary Washington.

SENATOR NATION - Due to the refinishing of The McDonnell Center floor, the men’s basketball Elite camp has been moved from August 9 to August 16.

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.

ELKINS - Juanita “Nita” Coleman has been appointed assistant registrar at Davis & Elkins College. 

In this capacity, Coleman is responsible for facilitating student registration, maintaining their records and assisting students with a range of advising needs, in addition to other duties.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Trustee and Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty was twice honored at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., for his work to end veteran homelessness.

Dougherty was unanimously elected to the organization’s Board of Directors during the opening session of the conference. The NCHV is widely recognized as the nation’s premiere training event for community-based organizations that provide housing and supportive services to more than 100,000 homeless and at-risk veteran families each year.

WBOY - Musicians from around the country and around the world have been gathering at Davis & Elkins College in Randolph County for Summer Sessions at the Augusta Heritage Center, a five week program that gives musicians from around the world a chance to practice their craft with fellow musicians, and each week is a little different.

ELKINS - Whether they hail from the Emerald Isle or practice the traditional heritage, they all have one thing in common – a knack for bringing their audiences a true Irish entertainment experience. More than a dozen musicians and dancers will combine their talents for Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College Irish Week, July 20-25.

Highlighting the week are two public concerts on July 22 and 24 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the College campus. For both shows, doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Bob Smakula, owner of Smakula Fretted Instruments, displays a multitude of instruments to Elkins resident Jennifer Boyle during the Augusta Heritage Center’s ‘Show and Sell’ event Tuesday on the porch of Halliehurst on the Davis & Elkins College campus.

THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE - Popular tourist destinations dot the West Virginia countryside, from skiing in the winter to white water rafting and zip lining in the summer, not to mention outdoor camping, ATV trails and a host of activities designed to be “wild and wonderful.”

What you may not know is that just about two hours north east of the capitol city, in historic Elkins, there is a movement to create a “Branson-style” family entertainment haven.

ELKINS - Big sounds and high energy are in store July 13-18 as Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College hosts Blues & Swing Week with dances, concerts and a party on the porch. The events are all part of week two of Augusta’s summer sessions that wrap up with a weekend celebration August 8-10.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - As part of the Augusta Heritage Festival’s Early Country Music Week, Maryland resident and blacksmithing student Denise Powell molds dinner bells and leaf-inspired decor during Woody Harman’s class Thursday morning on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Michael Garcia, the West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot, read books to two classrooms of children participating in the Energy Express Program at Davis & Elkins College Wednesday.

Fairmont native Garcia, WVU's 63rd Mountaineer, has already made more than 90 appearances in and around the state since April. On Wednesday morning he read the book "Scaredy Squirrel" to students in Elkins before heading to Tygarts Valley High School to read another book to the Energy Express students there.

ELKINS - A variety of musical and dance entertainment is on tap for the next five weeks as the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College begins its summer sessions. Starting July 8 and running through August 9, public concerts and dances are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

ELKINS - Allen D. “Dan” Judy has been appointed director of physical plant at Davis & Elkins College. In this position he will oversee the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling of all physical plant operations for the 22 major buildings on the 170-acre campus.

Judy is currently working a transitional phase with retiring director of physical plant, Ron Selders.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this team of professionals to support the mission of the College and I am very excited for the future at D&E,” Judy says.

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is kicking off its Summer Concert Series with evening performances on Tuesday and Thursday featuring the talents of guest master artists for Early Country Music and Cajun/Creole Week. Both concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

WDTV - One young college student is kicking off his Fourth of July weekend with a 100-mile walk.

Why is Davis & Elkins College junior Lakota Jonese doing this you might ask?

He's making the trek to raise awareness for the sacrifices members of the military make for their country every day. The cause is one that's dear to him because he's also a member of the Student Veterans Association at the College.

WBOY - A Davis & Elkins College student is walking for a cause this weekend.

Lakota Jonese is walking 100 miles from Elkins to Summersville.

Jonese wants to raise awareness of the needs of veterans.

He said people should be especially aware of all they do for the country as we celebrate the freedoms our military protects.

THE CHAUTAUQUAN DAILY - Inside the humid warehouse next to Brawdy Theater Studios, carpenters toss planks of wood in a growing pile. Blue sparks spit from a whirring table saw as a man in a welding mask concentrates on the movement of the blade. Ren Roberts, master carpenter, is the only man in the room.

This season, Chautauqua Theater Company is made up of 60 percent women — with a scene shop of four women and one man. For the first time CTC’s acting conservatory is more than 50 percent female. But these ratios are still almost unheard of in the theater world.

WBOY - Students from around West Virginia were on the D&E Campus Wednesday for the annual Upward Bound Olympics. The event allows students to challenge each other in athletic and academic events. Upward Bound leaders said the wide range of events helps expose the students to new experiences.

Even though Upward Bound primarily focuses on college prep, staff said there are valuable lessons for students to learn, since many of them may not have experience in competitions.

WDTV - The state Upward Bound Olympics kicked off at Davis & Elkins College, Wednesday.

It was a day of fun for a bunch of students. They did everything from basketball to ultimate frisbee and academic jeopardy. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin even proclaimed July 2 as TriO-Upward Bound Day in the state.

This is the 50th year for the program. It targets promising students and prepares them for college and financial opportunities.

SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - In a life filled with honors and achievements, most recently his selection this week as the 2014 Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County, Sheriff Pete Dougherty has faced his share of tough moments, too.

After earning his bachelor degree in history and political science at Davis & Elkins, the small liberal arts college in Elkins, Dougherty’s first job brought him to the Eastern Panhandle.

“I worked in the parole system,” he said. “I had juveniles and adults – up to 150 at a time.”

The Presbyterian Women’s group from Bridgeport Presbyterian Church recently toured the Davis & Elkins College campus and Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. The visit also included lunch at Vintage Restaurant with President Michael Mihalyo and Assistant Director of Development Support and Coordinator of Church Relations Tina Vial. Gathering for a group photo on the steps at DMPC are, from left, first row, Bert Given, Joyce Hartzell and Vial with service dog Caleb; second row, Lois Withrow; third row, Barbara Judy, Penny Ranson and Renee Mathews; fourth row, Debbie Estanich and Caroline Tate; fifth row, Emma Lee Hite, Kitty Hess and Nancy Atkinson; and sixth row, the Rev. Robin Ray. Photo courtesy of Penny Jarrett Ranson. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.

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