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SENATOR NATION - Davis & Elkins College women's lacrosse head coach Sasha Vedock Mohar is proud to announce the first seven members of the inaugural team at D&E.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Excitement filled the air as Davis & Elkins College celebrated its 106th annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday at the Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza on the school's campus.

For only the second time since 1973, the ceremony was hosted outdoors and included the presentation of diplomas to more than 150 students, as well as the conferring of two honorary degrees and a speech by speaker, Dr. Richard Ekman.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College awarded diplomas to 161 graduates on May 16 during the 106th Commencement Ceremony with speaker Dr. Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. The weekend also included the traditional Nurses’ Pinning with speaker D&E alumnus Joe Tacy, ’07, and Baccalaureate featuring an address by moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Dr. Heath Rada.

THE STATE JOURNAL - Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees Chairwoman June Myles announced the creation of the Joyce Butler McKee Allen Chair in Education at the college during commencement ceremonies May 16.

The $1 million endowed chairman position, a gift from Allen's four children, will provide a professorship, as well as professional development opportunities, to enhance D&E's teacher education program, according to a news release.

Allen is completing her final term on the Davis & Elkins Board of Trustees. She has been a college trustee since 1992.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees Chair June Myles announced the creation of the Joyce Butler McKee Allen Chair in Education at the College during Saturday’s Commencement ceremonies. The $1 million endowed chair, a gift from Joyce Allen’s four children, will provide a professorship, as well as professional development opportunities, to enhance D&E’s teacher education program.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - Dr. Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges will serve as speaker for the 106th Commencement at Davis & Elkins College on Saturday.

THE EXPONENT TELEGRAM - The creation of the Joyce Butler McKee Allen Chair in Education, named after a longtime educator from Harrison County, was announced Saturday during Davis & Elkins College’s commencement ceremonies.

Board of Trustees Chair June Myles said the $1 million endowed chair, a gift from Allen’s four children, will provide a professorship, as well as professional development opportunities, to enhance D&E’s teacher education program.

WDTV - Davis & Elkins College held their 106th Annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday.

The graduates made their way to the Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza where the ceremony was held. Even with the expected rain and cloudy skies, college administrators gambled with the decision to continue the ceremony outside, but graduates had other things on their mind besides weather.

"Probably the biggest accomplishment of my life so far outside of coming here to play baseball. It's been a five year journey and finally getting done," said graduate Bryant Hines.

ELKINS - Every Wednesday at noon – with the exception of the days that produce a downpour – a group of Davis & Elkins College students, faculty and staff meet at the gazebo near Eshleman Science Center. Armed with garbage bags, plastic gloves and trash grabbers, they set out on a mission to keep the campus debris free.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students joined with members of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church recently to do their part in the Great Day of Service. The community service project is conducted twice annually to provide assistance where it’s needed.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will welcome family and friends to campus on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 in celebration of the accomplishments of the class of 2015.

The 106th Davis & Elkins Commencement Weekend begins with the Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 15 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. Nursing alumnus Joseph Tacy, ’07, an educator and nursing administrator, will deliver the keynote address titled “The Places You Will Go.”

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Each year, students embark on a journey to help others by entering into a nursing program at an institution of higher learning.

Megan Hall and Brian Bonnett, both of Webster County, are two such individuals who have aspirations of becoming nurses and are studying at Davis & Elkins College.

Dare to be Square

ELKINS - The Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, is dedicating an entire weekend to the promotion and preservation of old-time square dancing with Dare to be Square, May 29-31, in the Swiss town of Helvetia, W.Va.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - A Davis & Elkins College dance student has received a scholarship to attend a prominent dance workshop.

Will Roboski will take part in the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. for seven weeks this summer on a full-paid staff-assistant scholarship.

Nearing the completion of his first year at D&E, Roboski moved to Elkins in August to pursue a bachelors of arts in dance with an emphasis in American vernacular styles. He previously attended Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelors of arts in arts and humanities.

Michael Mihalyo

ELKINS - Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo Jr., president of Davis & Elkins College for the past two years, has been named president of the Appalachian College Association (ACA), a non-profit consortium of 35 private four-year colleges and universities. He will complete his fourth year at D&E as Provost, Chancellor and currently as President before taking up his new duties in Richmond, Kentucky, on July 1.

Joseph Tacy

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College nursing alumnus Joseph Tacy, ’07, an educator and nursing administrator, will deliver the keynote address for the D&E Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 15 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

The traditional ceremony will include the pinning of nursing graduates, rose presentations and a candlelit Florence Nightingale pledge.

Davis & Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble will premiere several new works and present a selection of pieces they’ve perfected on tour during the annual spring showcase at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the Boiler House Theatre on the Davis & Elkins College campus. The show is free and open to all ages.

West Virginia Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students achieved top honors in various categories of competition at the West Virginia Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Charleston, W.Va. The annual event, conducted April 10, tests students’ business knowledge in a broad range of career-related areas.

“Our students performed extremely well and we are very proud of the awards they received,” says D&E Professor of Economics Dr. Nadeem Khan, who serves as Phi Beta Lambda advisor and accompanied students to the conference.

Davis & Elkins College and the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society

ELKINS -The Center for Railway Tourism at Davis & Elkins College and the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (DCNRHS) have partnered to create a unique, year-long paid student internship that will benefit both organizations. Established through a grant from the DCNRHS, the internship will provide hands-on experience to an undergraduate accounting student in the full lifecycle of not-for-profit bookkeeping and accounting.

ELKINS - The Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, returns to the Augusta Dance Pavilion for its first outdoor square dance of 2015 on Friday, May 8. The dance will kick off at 8 p.m. with a beginner workshop at 7:30 p.m.

W.Va. Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - The W.Va. Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College have been selected to perform in the National Independence Day Parade on historic Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., which steps off at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.

Hailed by organizers as a major national event which draws the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday, the National Independence Day Parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America’s birthday.

WBOY - Davis & Elkins College Center for Sustainability Studies has finished its third solar panel installation project.

The project is already seeing a return on its investment.

The solar panel installation project is a result of inspiration from the student sustainability club called GreenWorks!. The club raised all the funds with help from the student assembly to activate these solar panels on top of the Eshleman Science Center at Davis & Elkins College.

Total money raised was approximately $15,000.

Lainey Harrison

ELKINS - Keyser, W.Va., resident Lainey Harrison has been chosen to receive a full, four-year $108,000 scholarship to Davis & Elkins College. Harrison, a student at Frankfort High School, was selected from a group of the 105 highest achieving high school seniors participating in Senator Leadership & Scholarship Day on the College campus on March 21.

Students vying for the scholarship submitted essays and participated in interviews with a panel made up of a Davis & Elkins alumnus or alumna, a current student and a faculty member.

Dr. Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges

ELKINS - Dr. Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), will serve as speaker for the 106th Commencement at Davis & Elkins College. The ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza.

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has set the stage for the annual Déjà vu Music Festival, May 1 and 2 with live bands performing both nights in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The weekend features country and Christian rock genres.

Headline artists are “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and Clark Manson on Saturday, May 2 and the Bright Side Tour with OBB, Abandon and Jonathan Thulin on Friday, May 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - More than 100 people gathered at Myles Center for the Arts Saturday night to enjoy fellowship and fun for a good cause.

Davis & Elkins College hosted its inaugural Celebration of the Arts gala, showcasing everything from pottery and painting to dance and music.

The fundraiser event, sponsored by The Inter-Mountain, kicked off with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a short address by June Myles touting the importance of the evening and of the arts in our community.

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Calliduz Debate Team will host James Madison University at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Great Hall of Halliehurst, arguing the resolution “This House would declare all college campuses to be free speech zones.” The debate is free and open to the public, and audience participation is encouraged.

Dr. Heath K. Rada, moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College has announced that Dr. Heath K. Rada, moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will serve as keynote speaker for the Baccalaureate Service at 7 p.m. May 15 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The ceremony recognizes 2015 graduates and includes the presentation of academic hoods.

Since its founding in 1904, Davis & Elkins College has been proud of its affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. Today, it is the only Presbyterian college in West Virginia.

WBOY - Davis & Elkins College has formed a new partnership to promote rail tourism in the area.

The College has joined with the National Railway Historical Society in Washington, D.C. to provide a year-long paid internship for a D&E accounting student.

The student will help the non-profit manage it's finance over the course of a year.

Staff of both organizations said the internship is a unique opportunity that's hard for any college to provide.

The Davis & Elkins College Men’s Tennis team marks their second consecutive Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Championship, while also earning additional honors. Displaying their winning plaque are, from left, front row, Thomas Judd, Jacob Schoonover and Charles Brunel; back row, coach Otis Cutshaw, Travis Cleaver, Simon Meriau, Vincent Hamon, Guilherme Hubsch, Tristram Spitsnaugle and Jonathan Gainer. Hamon was also voted as the G-MAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and was joined on the All-G-MAC First Team by Brunel, Meriau and Judd. Cutshaw also saw a repeat with being named as the G-MAC Coach of the Year for the second year running. The Senators finished the 2015 spring season with a 7-9 overall record. Photo courtesy of Otis CutshawTo see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.

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