2012 Alumni Award Winners Announced

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

On Friday, October 19, during the annual Founders Day Convocation and traditional start to West Virginia Wesleyan’s Homecoming Weekend, the College will celebrate the achievements and service of alumni and friends with the presentation of the 2012 Alumni Awards.  Six individuals will receive awards this year, based on their personal and professional accomplishments, service to Wesleyan, and commitment to exemplifying the spirit and excellence that the College.

Milt and Anne Straub Dotterweich

Milton R. Dotterweich, from the Class of 1967, and Ann Straub Dotterweich, from the Class of 1970, will receive the Alumni Service Award.  For over four decades, they have served Wesleyan in countless ways.  From committee memberships, to recruiting new students, to organizing reunions, to encouraging alumni to make financial gifts to their alma mater, to wearing Wesleyan apparel every chance they get, the Dotterweiches have remained loyal, dedicated alumni through the sharing of their time, energy and other resources.

Woody Martin

Donald W. “Woody” Martin II, a 1976 Wesleyan graduate, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award.  He has excelled in many philanthropic endeavors, such as Upshur Helping Hands where he organizes summer work teams to assist financially handicapped areas and he has participated in five of the last seven WVWC Alternative Spring Break trips to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.  He often serves as a guide and a teacher for others during these trips.  Professionally, Woody has served the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection in West Virginia for over 33 years.  He currently assists with overseeing clean-ups of Voluntary Remediation/Brownfield sites, leaking underground storage tank sites, Superfund sites, RCRA Corrective Action sites, and landfills in the Landfill Closure Assistance Program (LCAP).

Annette Fetty Santilli

Annette Fetty Santilli, a 1984 graduate, will also receive the Alumni Achievement Award.  While Santilli often serves her community in a number of capacities, it is her fight against pancreatic cancer that is most impressive.  Since losing her brother to the disease in 2007, she has volunteered with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and she has advocated for the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Additionally, she currently serves as the president of Philippi Main Street and the Philippi Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.  In 2009, she received the Community Service Award from the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and the West Virginia Governor’s Service Award, and in 2008 she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram.

Matt Tolliver

The Young Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Matthew B. Tolliver, a member of the WVWC Class of 2005 and an Upshur County native.  Matt is a certified Professional School Counselor at Warm Springs Intermediate School in Berkeley Springs, WV.  In 2010, he received an award from Prevent Child Abuse America for his work with his students.  Then, in February of this year, he was named the WV School Counselor of the Year and was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the American School Counseling Association’s National School Counselor of the Year.  He also spends each summer as a Site Supervisor with Energy Express to ensure that students are receiving ongoing educational and nutritional support.

Willis JR Cornell

Willis “JR” Cornell will be recognized as always going the extra mile with the Friend of the College/Extra Mile Award.  This award is presented to an individual who is not an alumnus of West Virginia Wesleyan.  JR has served the College as an employee of the physical plant and maintenance department, stationed as a custodian in the Benedum Campus Center from September 1981 to 2012, and most recently in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library.  In his spare time, Cornell is an avid runner and has participated in three marathons and one 40-mile run.  He even qualified for the Boston Marathon in 1997.

Award recipients are selected by Wesleyan’s Alumni Council.  Nominations may be submitted at http://www.wvwc.edu/alumni/awards.php.