ELKINS – Members of the 2019 graduating class at Davis & Elkins College will receive a commemorative medal featuring artwork created by their classmate Nick Altman. The original drawing of The Caboose Café is embossed on the front of the coin, while the back is inscribed with the College logo.
A native of Hong Kong, Altman began drawing as a child and continued his interest as a hobby while attending high school in Connecticut.
“I didn’t get serious about producing art until I came to D&E,” Altman said. “I knew I had to be an art major.”
Altman said he choose The Caboose Café as the focus of his drawing because it is one of the newest additions to campus. Located beside Lake Tolstead in the loop at Eshelman Science Center, the vintage caboose was remodeled to accommodate commercial restaurant equipment. The Caboose Café serves gourmet coffees, cold beverages and pastries. During Commencement Weekend, it will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, May 10 and from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 11.
Now a tradition at Davis & Elkins College, the Graduating Class Commemorative Medal was introduced to the class of 2013. The idea and support came from former D&E Trustee Bill Sudbrink, an avid coin collector who also donated multiple Roman coins to The Stirrup Gallery which are displayed in the Howard-Sudbrink Collection. The medals serve as both a keepsake and a collector’s piece. Constructed of bronze, each year’s edition features a different theme.
In addition to graduates, coins are given to each member of the team responsible for the design, Sudbrink, the Davis & Elkins College archives and the office of the vice president for student affairs.
Sudbrink has also outlined a plan that will ensure the tradition continues and that others connected to the College have a chance to obtain a coin as well. Any remaining medals will be available for purchase for two years after being issued to any D&E alumnus and any member of the faculty, staff or board of trustees serving during that academic year. Any medals remaining after two years may be sold to the general public.
Senior art major Nick Altman displays his original drawing of The Caboose Café that will be featured on the Graduating Class Commemorative Medal. Each 2019 graduate will receive a medal during the Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 10. The Commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, May 11.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.