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Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - The sounds of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and Earl Scruggs will echo through the Davis & Elkins College campus as the Augusta Heritage Center ushers in Bluegrass Week, July 31 – August 5.

Buck and Joni Smith, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Eight years ago, a ray of hope shone on the Davis & Elkins College campus. It came with the arrival of the College’s 13th president G.T. ‘Buck’ Smith and his wife, Joni, who brought optimism, ideas and success to the small, private liberal arts college.

Along the way, the Smiths have made great strides in building the College’s future and added to its history. Smith is the only person to serve in the Davis & Elkins leadership role twice – from 2008 to 2013 and again from 2015 to 2016.

ELKINS - Sounds of old-time tunes and Irish tunes will resonate on the Davis & Elkins College campus July 24-29 as Augusta Heritage Center hosts its first Appalachian Folklife Week in conjunction with Irish Week.

“Irish Week is celebrated as the ‘oldest week of its kind in the United States’ and we’re very excited to pair it up with Appalachian Folklife Week,” said Becky Hill, Augusta Heritage Center events coordinator. “We think it will be a wonderful week of tunes, dancing, stories, ballads and much more.”

Michael T. Curtis

ELKINS - Michael T. Curtis, an educator and lawyer, has been appointed assistant professor of criminology at Davis & Elkins College. He will join the faculty beginning with the fall 2016 semester.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Curtis join us as faculty at D&E,” said Dr. Sharmi Roy, associate provost. “I am certain that with his wide experience he will be a contributing member to our institution and also be an excellent instructor.”

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College is looking for dedicated employees ready to build a career in the food service industry. Resumes and applications will be taken on site at a job fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30 in Timms Lounge at Madden Student Center on the College campus.

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - High energy concerts, dances and nightly jam sessions are in store July 17-22 as Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College hosts Blues & Swing Week.

Evening events during Augusta are open to the public all summer long. Everyone is invited to join in a jam session, sing in The Icehouse and dance the nights away. For a complete schedule of public events, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org or call the Augusta office at 304-637-1209 to request a public events rack card.

Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Four Davis & Elkins College students are among 25 undergraduate interns selected to participate in the 2016 West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Program at West Virginia University and Marshall University. The nine-week program provides the students with formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars, mentoring and use of state-of-the-art core facilities.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - A former Davis & Elkins player and coach is proud to see several of his proteges making history in Major League Baseball.

One of Lawrence Nesselrodt's former players, Will Harris, a Houston Astros reliever, was selected to the 2016 All-Star Game.

Harris, who played college ball at LSU, "played for me in Staunton, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley Baseball League in 2004," Nesselrodt, the West Virginia Institute of Technology head coach and admissions counselor, said this week.

Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound program staff and instructors honored 28 students for academic achievement during the Summer Recognition Banquet.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The Davis & Elkins College men's golf team hosted a fundraiser tournament on Saturday to help pay for the squad's traveling expenses for the coming year.

The team hosted an altered Texas scramble, sponsored by Performance Chevrolet, an event they hope to make an annual occurrence. The tournament was held at the Elks Golf Course in Beverly. Twelve teams of four participated in the fundraiser.

Performance Chevrolet donated $800 to the team for the event.

Head golf coach Ed Lothes said the team is shaping up for the coming year.

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - The sounds of George Jones, Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn will meet the sounds of Cajun accordion and twin fiddles as Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College kicks off the summer season with Cajun & Creole and Classic Country Week, July 10-15.

Dr. Shawn Stover, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Dr. Shawn Stover, professor of biology, and a team of students and alumni are continuing research into how exercise affects overall wellness in humans. Stover recently received a $22,240 WV-INBRE Equipment Grant to help them measure the results.

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College campus will soon be filled with the sounds of fiddles, guitars, melodic voices and the tapping feet of dancers as the Augusta Heritage Center begins its summer session. Instructors and participants arrive on Sunday, July 10 to begin the first of five theme weeks focused on traditional music, craft, folklore and dancing, all leading up to the Augusta Festival and Mountain Stage Concert on Saturday, August 13.

Blue Highway

ELKINS - Fan-favorite bluegrass band Blue Highway will headline the Augusta Festival Concert featuring Mountain Stage with Larry Groce on Saturday, August 13 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. Rounding out the lineup are emerging bluegrass artists Flatt Lonesome and rising country-folk singer-songwriter Dori Freeman, along with others yet to be announced.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - This year's Independence Day celebration in Elkins will return to its former venue at Davis & Elkins College.

The city of Elkins, the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, D&E College and the Mountain State Forest Festival partnered together to prepare for an Independence Day Celebration that will take place at the college on Saturday evening.

Sarah Gustafson

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College student Sarah Gustafson is one of nine students selected to participate in the Marshall University Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics. The eight-week residential research project gives students the opportunity to learn new skills and deepen their mathematical knowledge.

Gustafson is the daughter of Karl and Janice Gustafson of Bridgeport, W.Va.

PINBIKE - The Appalachian Mountains have long held a firm grip on my imagination. As one of the oldest mountain ranges on the planet; time, wind, and water have whittled once massive, jagged summits into a more modest, tree covered range of peaks and valleys. It's never been about the size, however, or else the appeal here wouldn't compare to the mountains of the American west or in Europe. It's that primordial impression that, for me at least, is the primary appeal of this archaic range that spans from southeastern Canada to the southeastern United States.

Photo of the Day
Dances in the Augusta Dance Pavilion are popular for all ages during the Augusta summer session. Events for today include exhibits and demonstrations by the arts, craft, folklore and Folk Arts for Kids classes at 6 p.m. and a concert celebrating Irish and Appalachian culture at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts, followed by a dance in the Augusta Dance Pavilion. Photo by Andrew Carroll. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.