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THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The 2015 Davis & Elkins College Junior Tennis Camp kicked off Monday at Katherine S. Thomas Tennis Center.

Otis Cutshaw, a '97 D&E alum, now in his seventh year as the Senators' men's and women's tennis coach, oversaw day one of the five-day camp's instruction Monday.

The camp is open to new additions of participants throughout the week as Cutshaw said he will adjust the drills as needed in order to get good swings in for everybody. Each day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SENATOR NATION - Next month, former Davis & Elkins men’s basketball standout Devin Miller will begin his professional basketball career in Italy. Devin signed a professional contract to play for Giuseppe Angel last Thursday from his home in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

WDTV - The Davis & Elkins College tennis program is hosting a Junior Tennis Camp for 11-18 year olds this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Katherine S. Thomas Tennis Center on campus.

Tennis Coach Cutshaw is leading signed up tennis players through advanced training and conditional exercises designed to help players take their game to the next level. Advanced techniques and hitting and playing strategies will be at the core of daily instruction.

Augusta Heritage Center

ELKINS - It’s not too late to register at Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College for five exciting mini-courses offered during the August 3-6 Old-Time, Vocal & American Vernacular Dance Week. The classes offer local residents and visitors the chance to learn from world-class artisans, dancers and musicians through convenient evening workshops.

WDTV - Elkins is one place that isn't trying to cover its tracks. It wants you to follow them...Straight to its railroad history centers and city. In this effort, a new train-themed addition has been added to the Delmonte Market.

Elkins is a key railroad heritage site that brings thousands to the city every year. Not only does this impact tourism, but it keeps the city's culture and heritage alive.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Emeroy Bernardo enjoys spending time alone, meditating, exercising and working. When he goes out for dinner or drinks with friends, he sometimes quietly observes people’s facial expressions and body language. Often when he’s shopping or running errands, he ignores people he knows—pretending he doesn’t see them—to avoid small talk.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - Irish Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College was founded in 1982 by Dr. Mick Moloney and is the oldest Irish-themed music and dance week of it’s kind in the country. For 33-years Irish Week has been changing the course of lives, and continues to do so.

Ten years ago Ginny Shilliaday was teaching classical music and decided she wanted a change. So she came to the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College to connect with her roots by learning how to sing in Irish from Bridget Fitzgerald.

Davis & Elkins College Center for Railway Tourism

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College student Justin Guy divided his time this summer between conducting research and climbing a ladder to complete a practicum project that spotlights Randolph County’s heritage and adds another element to local tourism. Now, an overhead large-scale model railroad makes its rounds high above the service area at the historic Delmonte Market in downtown Elkins.

Augusta Heritage Center

ELKINS - Bluegrass Week, one of the most popular programs at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, is about to take center stage. The week, filled with the sounds of Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, will take place Sunday, July 26 through Friday, July 31.

Emily Oleson, Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Dance Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Dance Emily Oleson recently completed a summer intensive study at The School at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass. The two-week session, “Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop,” brought together an esteemed roster of dancers, musicians and scholars.

Bryan Wagoner

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy Dr. Bryan Wagoner will be among 20 top scholars from the United States, Canada and Europe to present research at an international symposium August 10-13 meeting at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. The symposium celebrates the contributions and ongoing legacy of German-American philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich (1886-1965).

Rhiannon Giddens

ELKINS - Excitement is building as NPR’s internationally syndicated Mountain Stage with Larry Groce prepares to return to Davis & Elkins College for the Augusta Festival Concert August 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

Jeremy Wanless

ELKINS - Augusta is offering convenient opportunities to learn guitar, mandolin and Appalachian singing with three mini-courses during the July 27-30 Bluegrass Week. The mini-courses offer local residents and visitors the chance to learn from world-class artisans, dancers and musicians.

Davis & Elkins College Augusta Heritage Center Irish Week

ELKINS - Sounds from Ireland’s green shores will resonate on the Davis & Elkins College campus July 19-24 as the Augusta Heritage Center hosts Irish Week, the oldest week of its kind in the United States. The events highlight week three of Augusta’s summer sessions that wrap up with a weekend celebration August 7-9.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - It’s Blues & Swing Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins. The campus is a soundscape resonating with big jams of upbeat swing music interspersed with soulful Delta Blues. This week a brother and a sister have come to Augusta to further their talent and share a story.

Shannon Dunne

ELKINS - Space is still available in four Augusta mini-courses scheduled during the July 20-23 Irish Week offering participants the chance to learn from world-class artisans, dancers and musicians.

Classes meet on campus every Monday through Thursday from 6-7:15 p.m. and the Irish Week’s selection includes Ceili Band, Connemara Sean-nós Dance, Images and Sounds of Appalachia and Knitting from Scratch. Call the Augusta Heritage Center at 304-637-1209 or visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org to register.

The Stirrup Gallery Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - A new exhibit on the Battle of Harpers Ferry recently opened in Davis & Elkins College’s Stirrup Gallery thanks to a senior class project by Katy Mattingly, a recent graduate of Elkins High School. By combining a love of Civil War history with community service, she created an interpretive display that connects the College’s Darby Collection to West Virginia’s exciting past.

“This is a great example of using the extensive resources we have in The Stirrup Gallery to bring history to life,” said Mark Lanham, coordinator of special collections at D&E.

Davis & Elkins College Jamie Joss

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College President G.T. “Buck” Smith today named Jamie R. Joss as Director of Athletics effective August 1, 2015. Joss comes to the position with 23 years’ experience in college and corporate sports management.

WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING - This week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, it's Early Country Music Week, but it's also Cajun Week. Louisiana Cajun music is rising up out of Randolph County, with a splash of some French Quebec sounds, too. It's a rich, multi-ethnic scene and one Canadian Cajun-accordion player is on a mission.

Augusta Heritage Center

ELKINS - High energy concerts, dances and nightly jam sessions are in store July 12-17 as Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College hosts Blues & Swing Week. The events are all part of week two of Augusta’s summer sessions that wrap up with a weekend celebration August 7-9.

Evening events during Augusta are open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org or call the Augusta office at 304-637-1209 to request a public events rack card with the details for each week.

Davis & Elkins College Hinzman Scholarship

ELKINS - Meghan Dolly has planned to attend Davis & Elkins College since she was in elementary school. Now as the recipient of the Edward N. Hinzman II Memorial Scholarship, Dolly will be a member of the D&E freshman class this fall.

“I was very honored to be selected to receive this scholarship,” Dolly says. “This was a good surprise.”

Village Harmony

ELKINS - Village Harmony, the acclaimed Vermont-based teen world music singing ensemble, will perform in Halliehurst on the Davis & Elkins College campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25 as part of an 11-day concert tour. The group is led by directors Emily Miller, Mollie Stone and Gideon Crevoshay.

Admission is at the door with a suggested donation of $10.

Friends of Senator Soccer Lifetime Achievement Award Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Friends of Senator Soccer (FOSS) honored teammates for their contributions on and off the field during the 2015 FOSS Alumni Reunion hosted at Davis & Elkins College.

The top honor, the FOSS Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Charlie Straw, ’70. Additional award recipients were Young Alumna, Nicole “Cole” Dant, ’11; Young Alumnus, Carl Scowcroft, ’05; and FOSS Team MVPs Ashley Winkelspecht and Lukas Grosse-Puppendahl.

Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS - Deborah Nitz has been appointed as administrative assistant in the Division of Business & Entrepreneurship at Davis & Elkins College.

In this position, Nitz aids in supporting academic and community outreach programs focused on the importance of entrepreneurship, administrative services, accounting and marketing services and the overall economic growth in West Virginia.

WBOY - It's been more than forty years since the Augusta Summer Sessions began at Davis & Elkins College, and in that time, the sessions have become well-known for the variety of music and musicians the event brings to campus for the 5 weeks it's in session. The music wasn't the main focus originally, and organizers are trying to strengthen the other pieces of the festival back.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - It took Davis & Elkins College alumni Bob Nicoll just a couple of minutes to say yes to joining three fellow golfers on an epic golfing adventure of a lifetime - to play golf in all 50 states within a span of 25 days.

"From the moment the idea was hatched, I was all in," said Nicoll.

Augusta Heritage Center

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 opens its summer session. Instructors and participants arrive July 5 to begin the first of five theme weeks that concludes with the Augusta Festival and Mountain Stage Concert on August 8.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Davis & Elkins College - and the entire Elkins community - is welcoming an old friend back to town this week.

Interim D&E President Buck Smith was all smiles Wednesday as he mingled with students and faculty congregated on the wrap-around porch at Halliehurst for an ice cream social hour in his honor.

Smith assumed the presidency of D&E on July 1, 2008. He retired in June 2013, and has served as D&E's president emeritus for the past two years.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Davis & Elkins students and faculty congregated on the wrap-around porch at Halliehurst Wednesday to welcome back an old face.

Interim President G.T. "Buck" Smith mingled with those in attendance during an ice cream social hour in honor of his reappointment, which went into effect Wednesday.

Smith served as D&E's president between 2008 and 2013 before retiring and serving as a consultant, when needed, for his successor Michael Mihalyo, who resigned earlier this summer to become president of the Appalachian College Association.

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees Chair June Myles has announced the Michael P. Mihalyo Jr. Endowed Scholarship in the Fine and Performing Arts, established in tribute to the leadership the College president provided to promote the performing arts at D&E. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with financial need who shows promise in the performing arts.

Photo of the Day
Students taking classes during the Augusta Heritage Center's Bluegrass Week perform at WDNE-AM radio on Monday. From left are Grant Flick, 16, of Bowling Green, Ohio, on fiddle; Conlan Kerschner, 15, of Adamstown, Pa., on banjo; and Silas Powell, 12, of Salem, W.Va., on mandolin. Events for Bluegrass Week include nightly jam sessions throughout campus, concerts, dances and a lecture. For a complete schedule, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org. Photo by Linda Howell Skidmore. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.