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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
John Jenkins of Jenkins Ford recently made a donation to the West Virginia Wesleyan’s Area Business Campaign to benefit scholarship support for Wesleyan’s Upshur County students. The campaign goal is to raise $30,000 by December 31. Wesleyan recently ranked second in the South in the Great Schools at Great Prices Section of the 2012 US News and World Report’s Best Colleges edition. Jenkins is pictured with Bob Skinner, vice president for advancement at Wesleyan.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
On Tuesday, October 25, Sleeth Gallery will feature the work of artist Alessandra Exposito, a painter and sculptor. Exposito’s work has been showcases in galleries across the county, and has been featured in numerous newspapers, art reviews and magazines. The show will remain open through November 16.
Exposito’s work features bold colors as well as subtle hues on not only canvas, but skulls, antlers, mushrooms, mice, walnuts and acorns. The work is both simple and ornate. In a statement on her website, Exposito says, “Cultural associations with animal trophies generally reinforce the idea that the animal is valued more in its death than in its life. With my decorative animal skulls, (especially the horse series), I evoke more sentimental associations of loss. In this work a painted imagined narrative depicts images of the horse, children growing and aging, and vistas of the land and vegetation on a fictional farm. Ornate antlers adorned with flowers, mushrooms, mice, walnuts, and acorns also call attention to strong associations with the land, and the passing seasons.”
In a new series of works, Exposito moves from the barnyard to the roadside, where she is “inspired by the evocative nature of stray, discarded furniture, overtaken by growth and decomposing back into the earth.”
Located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall on Wesleyan’s campus, Sleeth Gallery is open from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The show can also be seen by appointment, call Margo Davis at (304) 473-8433.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
West Virginia Wesleyan announced the date for the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference to be held March 16, 2012, on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan. All undergraduates in all academic disciplines are invited to participate.
Papers and presentations from all academic disciplines are welcome, and submissions need not be traditional research papers. Submissions for presentation at the conference should reflect the level of excellence typical of upper level seminar.
Students interested in participating will submit an abstract for consideration by February 16, 2012. The submission should be accompanied by a brief note of endorsement from a faculty member whose area of expertise covers the thematic of the submission. This note may be submitted by email. Papers need not be fully complete at time of submission.
Students responsible for the finest submissions will share $1000 in prize money. Presentations selected for prizes will be announced on the West Virginia Wesleyan website one week after the conference.
Registration is free for West Virginia Wesleyan students and $25 for all off-campus participants.
To make a presentation at the conference, send a title and abstract of your paper (or a description of your presentation if it is not a paper) along with faculty endorsement to: Dr. Vicki Phillips, Box 13, West Virginia Wesleyan, Buckhannon, WV 26201 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All presentation locations will be Power Point ready. Conferees must provide their own computer. Apple Users must notify Dr. Phillips in advance.
The WVWC Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi provides support for the conference prizes, and the event is hosted by Wesleyan’s Honors Program.
For more information, email Dr. Vicki Phillips, associate professor of religion, at email@example.com or call (304) 473-8444.
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
During West Virginia Wesleyan’s Homecoming Celebration, alumni, faculty, staff, and students rekindled old friendships and celebrated achievements. On Friday, October 14, the College recognized five individuals who, through their personal and professional accomplishments and commitments exemplify the spirit, service and excellence that Wesleyan seeks to instill in those who pass through the College’s hallowed halls.
Ellen Roush Nickell ’51 received the Alumni Service Award. For years, Nickell has dedicated much time, energy, and other resources to Wesleyan. After graduation, she served Wesleyan as an employee and later as a member of Alumni Council, president of the Emeritus Club (2008-10), sponsor of Kappa Phi, and president of the College Club (1998-2005). Her nomination stated that she has “always taken a keen interest in the college students, supporting them with scholarships among other ways, and has always been devoted to the college she loves.”
Kathy Higgins ’81 was honored with the Alumni Achievement Award. Higgins currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. In 2008, she co-led a statewide campaign to promote physical activity and personal health responsibility by walking 650 miles across North Carolina. She has received the “Hands of Health” award for innovative work addressing health care needs of underserved children. In addition, she has been named one of 10 Women Extraordinaire from Business Leader Magazine, was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and an Eisenhower Fellow. Higgins currently serves on several non-profit boards.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Sherezade Panthaki ’99. In 2011, Panthaki graduated with an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music – a highly academic as well as performance-intensive program that accepts only one soprano each year. The Washington Post has called her a “radiant voiced stand-out.” Panthaki is in constant demand as an opera and oratorio soloist, and in New York City, she is a frequent soloist with the most accomplished early music ensembles. She has five recordings to her credit and several projects in production.
Patrick Balch, husband of President Pamela Balch ’71, was recognized as going “above and beyond the call of duty” with the Extra Mile/Friend of the College Award. Balch is always one of the first to congratulate students on their accomplishments. An educator himself, he exudes pride for each and every achievement, from Fulbright Scholars to athletic competitions. He is the ultimate Wesleyan cheerleader. He serves the College in all he does and truly has the heart of a loyal Bobcat.
The Rev. Gary Beale ’66 received Wesleyan’s Alumni Achievement Award. According to this nomination, Rev. Beale recently retired as executive director of The House of the Carpenter in Wheeling. He spent over 40 years providing shelter, food and other assistance to those in need. He represents what every young Wesleyan student should strive to become, both in their communities and their religion.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
West Virginia Wesleyan wishes to announce that the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission will conduct a site review for initial accreditation of the Master of Science in Nursing program. The public is invited to meet the visit team and share comments about the MSN program in person at a meeting scheduled for November 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm. The meeting will be held in Room 212 Middleton Hall on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All written comments should arrive at NLNAC by October 28, 2011.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
The Department of Athletics at West Virginia Wesleyan recently announced the class of 2012 inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame inductees are Dr. George Klebez ’65, Sue Rief Louks ’94, Monica Morin ’05, Darryl Odom ’85, and Colin Rocke ’93.
Klebez demonstrated a lifetime commitment to Wesleyan athletics as a student-athlete, coach, and Director of Athletics, before retiring in 2008. Klebez oversaw Wesleyan’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, added the sports of women’s soccer and women’s golf, and served as the successful head coach of the men’s soccer and swimming teams.
Louks was a leader of Wesleyan’s dominant volleyball squads of the 90’s. She was part of teams that would eventually win more than 100 WVIAC games in a row. Louks was a two-time WVIAC Player of the Year, four-time first-team All-WVIAC and All-Region selection, and a third-team All-American.
Morin is one of the most decorated swimmers in Wesleyan history, highlighted by her national championship in the 200 butterfly in 2005, Wesleyan’s only individual national championship in any sport. Morin still holds school records in the 100 and 200 butterfly, the 400 individual medley, and the 400 medley relay.
Odom was one of the best men’s basketball players ever at Wesleyan. He was a first-team NAIA All-American and a two-time first-team All-WVIAC selection. In 1984, he led the Bobcats to the NAIA national championship game.
Rocke was a gifted men’s soccer player and also a conference champion in track. He was a starting midfielder on the 1989 and 1990 NAIA national championship teams and the 1992 national semifinalist team. Rocke was a three-time NAIA All-American and a four-time All-WVIAC performer. He went on to a successful professional soccer career and has sent many talented student-athletes to Wesleyan from the New Orleans area.
The induction ceremony will take place February 11, 2012 on the Wesleyan campus.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
During West Virginia Wesleyan’s Homecoming celebration, many friends of the College were honored by the institution for their commitment to the College and its students. One member of Wesleyan’s faculty was singled out for his commitment to academic excellence, and for fostering a love of learning among his students.
Dr. Eric Waggoner, associate professor of English, was presented with the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award.
The award recognizes faculty members who exemplify excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, the institution and the community.
Waggoner is known for offering classes that students refer to as both challenging and fun. On an evaluation, one student wrote, “This was my favorite class. You cared about what your students had to say. I like your chill attitude, but at the same time you know how to handle a classroom.” Colleagues often seek Waggoner’s advice on teaching, and he has offered guidance to a number of faculty members on how to conduct peer critiques and how to empower students to lead class discussions.
Waggoner’s scholarly interests do not end in the classroom. Rather, he has published both academic and cultural scholarship on topics ranging from freshman composition, Ernest Hemingway, and Mother Jones to Bob Dylan and U2. The breadth of the scholarship contributes to one of Waggoner’s greatest strengths: his versatility as an instructor. He instructs students in writing at all levels, from developmental composition to senior thesis.
Waggoner teaches American literature, literary theory, and composition at Wesleyan. As Departmental Coordinator, he directs the senior thesis program. He has written scholarly articles and film and music journalism for a variety of publications, including The Village Voice. His music criticism appeared in Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Considers the Classics.
Dr. Waggoner earned his English degree from Wesleyan in 1992. He earned his master in English from Old Dominion University in 1995 and later received his Ph.D. in American Literature from Arizona State University.
Monday, October 17th, 2011
James C. Hunt will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, October 19, at the graduation festivities of the second annual Buckhannon-Upshur Citizen’s Governmental Affairs Academy. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Benedum Campus Center Social Hall. Hunt is a seven-term councilman and former Mayor of Clarksburg, WV. He has also served in a variety of local, state and national leadership positions, such as President of the National League of Cities and the West Virginia Municipal League.
Hunt now serves as the Executive Director of the Sunnyside Up-Campus Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation in Morgantown. He has served as manager of the Clarksburg Office of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund and also as director of the Statewide Demolition Program which removes vacant and dilapidated houses throughout West Virginia.
During his twenty-seven year elected tenure in Clarksburg, he has had a leadership role in projects worth hundreds of million dollars such as the FBI relocation and the new Municipal Building. Hunt has been very fortunate to represent the National League of Cities on several international trips to the People’s Republic of China, Morocco, Switzerland, and most recently, Durbin, South Africa.
Learning and sharing have been a part of his life since high school. Hunt graduated Notre Dame High School in 1968 and from WVU in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a minor in speech communication. His work with Dr. Franklin Parker as a graduate assistant led to his nomination as a delegate to a World Summit for Youth in Petrozavodsk, USSR in the summer of 1973. This trip led to an interest in the USSR and Hunt traveled to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union several times in the following years. A highlight was a trip to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, USSR.
Hunt believes that “America was created to allow common people to decide their destiny. We have no Kings or Dictators, but we do have the ballot box. The blood and sacrifice that was given for our right to vote should not be compromised by the apathy and complacence that seems to fill our air. I believe that people want honest and courageous politicians, but politicians, nonetheless. When you take the oath of office, you become a politician. Whether you become a good one or a crook is up to you and the public that you represent.”
Monday, October 17th, 2011
Born from the hip-hop aesthetic, but not bound by limitations of any genre, the group features an eclectic mixture of spoken word, lyricism, instruments, electronics and vocals, which draw from genres ranging from home-grown go-go to jazz to rock to hip-hop. This “musical theory” is best understood as an artistic wavelength that hits you aesthetically, emotionally and intellectually.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Office of Campus Life at 304-473-8441. This program is partially funded by Bicentennial Inn and 88 Restaurant & Lounge and The Daily Grind.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
West Virginia Wesleyan will officially celebrate the opening of New Hall on the corner of Camden and Braxton St. on Thursday, October 13, at 11:45 a.m. The ribbon cutting is free and open to the public.
Construction on the new residence hall began in October of 2010. The four-story building was designed in the spirit of Agnes Howard Hall by architect Bryson Von Nostrand to blend with the Georgian style of the other buildings on campus. Huffman Construction of Clarksburg constructed the building.
The new residence hall features suite-style living arrangements, with four students sharing a common bathroom, as well as some single rooms. There is a lounge on each of the four floors, as well as three large study lounges in the building. The new building features kitchenettes, laundry and vending areas. In fact, the laundry facilities are so advanced that the machines send students an electronic message when their clothes are ready.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
On Friday night, West Virginia Wesleyan campus will be a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll as the Davisson Brothers Band take campus by storm for the College’s Homecoming 2011 Celebration. The band will perform on the Campus Center Plaza at 8 p.m. Rain location is Wesley Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.
The Davisson Brothers Band blends country, southern rock and bluegrass to create an eclectic, electric sound that, along with their energetic performances, has brought them great success and notoriety in the Eastern United States. The band has played venues up and down the East Coast, and has recently performed with Darryl Worley, The Charlie Daniels Band, Bucky Covington, and at Jamboree in the Hills. Brothers Chris and Donnie Davisson and cousin Sammy Davisson, along with childhood friend Aaron Regester, are continuing musical pursuits started by the Davisson family long ago. “Music has always been a part of our lives,” says Chris, “and now we’re living our dad’s and uncle’s dream—playing music around the country and hearing ourselves on the radio.”
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Have you ever imagined what Wesley Chapel would look like if it were built from cans of soup and green beans? Or how Agnes Howard Hall would look if the bricks and mortar were replaced with boxes of cereal? During West Virginia Wesleyan’s Homecoming Celebration, those questions will be answered at the Annual Food Village event, held in the upper balcony of the Rockefeller Gymnasium. Alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited along with the community to donate non-perishable food items to construct a replica of Wesleyan’s campus. All donated food items will be donated to the Parish House and the Salvation Army in order to help local families in need.
Donations should be brought to the location between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, or between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Requested items include:
- Pasta and Sauce
- Cereal, Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Dried Beans and Rice
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned fruit
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
West Virginia Wesleyan will kick off Homecoming weekend with their traditional Founders Day Convocation at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 14 in Wesley Chapel. This year, Wesleyan is honoring two friends of the College with honorary doctorate degrees. Bishop Ernest Lyght will be awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree and Dr. Scott Miller will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, while also delivering the Convocation’s keynote address.
Dr. Scott D. Miller ’81 has brought his innovative spirit to Bethany College, where he currently serves as the College’s president and M.M. Cochran Professor of Leadership Studies. Before coming to Bethany in 2007, he spent ten and a half years as president of Wesley College in Delaware. There, he launched a comprehensive 10-year campaign that resulted in $40 million worth of new construction on campus, including an Academic Village, an honors house, a new athletic complex, creation of a satellite campus in northern Delaware and tripling the College’s enrollment. In 2007, Wesley College honored Miller by naming him President Emeritus, through the creation of the Dr. Scott D. Miller Leadership Scholarship by the Wesleyan National Alumni Association, and by having the College’s sports complex named after him.
Miller is an accomplished fundraiser, raising more than $140 million in his years as a college president. He is a highly sought presenter, mentor and author on higher education topics because of the successes he has created at the institutions he has served. Miller has more than 100 articles to his credit. In addition, he has written or edited eight books.
Miller served at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, where he was president from 1991-97, executive vice president from 1988-91, and vice president for development from 1984-88. He has also served as director of college relations and alumni affairs at Rio Grande College in Ohio. Miller earned a B.A. from Wesleyan, an M.A. from the University of Dayton, an Ed.S. from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from The Union Institute and University.
Bishop Ernest Lyght of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church spent much of his young life traveling throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, before graduating from Wilmington High School in Delaware. He earned his B.A. degree in history from Morgan State University and the M.Div. degree from Drew University. Princeton Theological Seminary awarded him the Th. M. degree and the D.Min. degree. Lyght has twice before been honored with honorary doctorate degrees, from Bloomfield College, as well as Centenary College.
Lyght has committed much of his adult life to serving the Church, overseeing the workings of the United Methodist Church in his assignments in the Northeast and in West Virginia. The Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church ordained Lyght deacon and elder. He later transferred to the Southern New Jersey Conference, where he served three pastoral appointments, and then to the former Northern New Jersey Conference, serving for ten years as pastor of The St. Mark’s UMC, Montclair, NJ. This pastorate was followed by a seven-year term as District Superintendent of the Raritan District.
In addition, he served as a Jurisdictional Conference delegate for the United Methodist Church in 1976 and a General Conference delegate in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. He has served on a variety of conference, community and general church agencies/boards, including the General Board of Church and Society (1984-1992) and the General Board of Global Ministries (1992-1996). He served as a Drew University Trustee from 1983 to 2004, when he was elected as a trustee emeritus. Lyght has served on West Virginia Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees since 2004.
In 1996, the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church elected him to the episcopacy and assigned him to the New York Area. In 2004, Lyght was assigned to the West Virginia Area. He served as president of the United Methodist Men’s Commission during the 2000-2004 quadrennium, and currently serves as a member of the General Council on Finance and Administration, serving as secretary. He is serving a second two-year term as secretary of the Council of Bishops. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Africa University in Zimbabwe, a university born out of the need to provide quality education and leadership.
Friday, October 7th, 2011
West Virginia Wesleyan, Department of Theatre and Dance will present the musical Nunsense on October 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and October 15 at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. After the convent’s cook accidentally poisons all but a few of the Sisters of Little Hoboken, the remaining members must raise money to bury their dead sisters. And what better way to raise a few bucks than putting on a variety show? Song, dance and mayhem ensue in this funny family-friendly musical.
Director Greg Mach chose to produce Nunsense because he wanted to show off the talent in the department. “We have many talented upper-class ladies in our department and wanted to feature their strengths, and this show certainly does that.” But the show is not without its challenges. Mach states one of the challenges of the show is creating an ensemble of interesting characters audience members want to spend the evening with.
Amy Hein, who plays Sister Hubert, found the most challenging aspect of the show to be creating characters without assistance from the costumes. “All of that characterization has to come from your face and voice; they are the only things keeping you from being just another nun.”
Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students, and will be available at the box office one hour before the performance. For more information, please contact Greg Mach via email at email@example.com or 304-473-8855.
The cast includes: Emily Elborn, an elementary education major from North East, MD; Tenielle Garton, a musical theatre major from Weston, WV; Amy Hein, an engineering major from Morgantown, WV; Mandy Onder, a musical theatre and elementary education major from Scottsdale, PA; and Alex Richardson, a musical theatre major from Oak Hill, WV.
Friday, October 7th, 2011
While many college students were working hard to squeeze the last few drops of fun out of their summer vacations, some Wesleyan students were putting their noses to the grindstones – or rather, their gloved hands to the Erlenmeyer flasks, their eyes to the microscopes. This summer, several students remained on campus well after summer term classes let out in order to conduct research in the School of Science. While some joined in faculty research already in progress, others took on new projects, or defined studies of their own.
“This summer, we had ten students working on campus,” said Dr. Luke Huggins, director of Wesleyan’s School of Science. “We usually have between six and twelve students participating in various research projects across campus.”
Junior Kindra Whitlatch is working to earn her bachelor of science in chemistry with a biology minor. The Parkersburg native worked alongside Dr. Tim Troyer, assistant professor of chemistry, on an ongoing research project seeking to discover and isolate antibacterial and/or anticancer compounds from red mangrove seeds. The results of the study could have great potential within the pharmaceutical industry. “I very much enjoy the work we are doing,” Whitlatch said. “This is my second summer working on this project, and it has been great to be involved for so long.” A member of the chemistry club Benzene Ring, Whitlatch was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention that was related to her research work.
Ariel McDaniel did not have to travel too far from home to complete her research project this summer. The sophomore biology major hails from Buckhannon, but the project in which she was engaged will affect students and researchers the world over. This summer, McDaniel worked alongside Dr. Kathy Gregg, professor of biology, curator of the George B. Rossbach Herbarium and director of the greenhouse at Wesleyan. Together, the two labored to make the Herbarium’s more than 25,000 plant specimens available online. Previously, researchers interested in Wesleyan’s specimens would have to travel to campus, or the College would have to ship the specimens to the researchers. Now, researchers from around the world will be able to gather nearly all the information they would need from the specimens without risking loss or damage that could be incurred in shipping. “This will help preserve our specimens, so that we can have them longer,” McDaniel said.
“The research we are doing consists of adding the plant’s identification information, habitat, location and date of collection and other relevant information into a specialized template, and then photographing the specimen,” McDaniel explained. “I love being able to see some of the specimens that are not common here. My favorite part is doctoring up the specimens that have been damaged or that have started to lose their seeds.”
While McDaniel is greatly enjoying her research experience, she is also learning valuable lessons about research in general, as well as the importance of accuracy. “The biggest challenge has been making sure that everything is spelled and organized correctly,” she said. “I once forgot to add an ‘i’ in a species name and therefore completely changed the species.”
Senior biology major and chemistry minor Hope Lima implemented a research project to investigate whether the courtship and dominance displays of male budgerigars, also known as parakeets, affect which of the males will be chosen as mates by the females. With Dr. Jeanne Sullivan as her research advisor, Lima allowed the parakeets to undergo pre-laying, laying and post-laying periods in which the birds were allowed to interact and reproduce freely, videotaping their interactions. “We are looking to prove that males that are more dominant within the flock will have greater access to mates,” Lima explained, “and also that males that are involved in more courtship interactions will have greater access to mates as well.” Lima, a native of Hartford, CT, hopes to publish the results of her research.
“I enjoyed being able to create my own project and see it all the way through to the end,” Lima said. “I like the flexibility not only in work schedule, but also in topics. With research, you find a niche that you love and run with it.”
The research experiences these students are gaining right now on Wesleyan’s campus are preparing them well for the road ahead. Graduate and professional schools have added an emphasis in their recruiting that focuses on independent research,” Huggins said. “Students who have had a research experience that requires them to think critically, problem solve and fight through boredom and failure are more likely to succeed in graduate and professional programs where the rewards can be few and far-between and the workload is high.”
“I want to get my Ph.D. in either animal behavior, tropical ecology or another animal-related field,” Lima said, “and this research is helping me gain experience so that when I move on to graduate school, I will be prepared.”
Whitlatch also intends to pursue a Ph.D. in a field related to chemistry or biology. The research in which she was involved at Wesleyan has helped lay the foundation for her future. “Research allows me to be involved in what I believe I will study post-graduation,” she said. “Also, the freedom to make mistakes as part of the learning process really sets research apart. Mistakes are important.”
The involvement of students in research benefits Wesleyan’s faculty as well. “It is fun,” Huggins said. “Really. We enjoy the work, and getting to know the kids. Our research is usually something that we are really interested in, so working with students on a project that engages us is always a lot of fun. If we are lucky and have a good set of students at our sides, we may even a publication out of it.”
In addition, Wesleyan can offer students research opportunities that other institutions cannot. “Students at Wesleyan are often able to jump into research earlier in their academic careers than students at some larger schools,” Huggins explained. “Some of these opportunities arise through faculty funding, but many are programs that target student-driven research.” Many projects are funded through grants, and students often have the opportunity to be involved with projects from the inception, writing the grant applications for their own research.
“Another advantage is that we do not necessarily have the time restrictions that other institutions do,” Huggins said. “West Virginia University and Marshall are constrained in time due to the high volume of students and the limited space and opportunity – students often participate in projects just for a summer or a semester. Here, we can look at student projects that will stretch over a year or more, allowing the students to gain more experience.”
Huggins adds, “It is all about experience, experience, experience. You cannot develop the mental skills for the discipline without practice.”