Summers Named Recipient of Dr. John K. Saunders Award

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Philip Summers of Charleston, WV has been named the recipient of the Dr. John K. Saunders Award at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Summers, a sophomore double major in economics and music performance with an Honors minor, will spend six weeks in Prague, Czech Republic as part of the scholarship.

The Dr. John K. Saunders Award was established in 2010 by alumni, colleagues, and friends to honor one of the most outstanding faculty members in the history of the College.  The award provides funding to make international educational opportunities more affordable for Wesleyan students.

During Summers’s experience, occurring June 10-July 25, he will be studying at the Anglo-American University in Prague.  Summers will be studying global issues such as poverty on a macroscopic level, as well as international trade operations.

“I hope to broaden my view of the world, as well as gain new ways of thinking about these issues,” Summers stated.

His trip will also include day trips to Plzeň and Kutná Hora, as well as deeply involving himself in the local music scene as he studies guitar as part of his music performance degree.

“The motivation and support that my professors and colleagues have provided thus far is uplifting,” commented Summers. “Studying abroad in such a rich cultural area will be one of the best experiences of my life, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to go.”

The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Dr. John K. Saunders is professor emeritus of English and served as a faculty member over a quarter of a century.  He electrified classroom discussions through a combination of probing questions and witty banter, deepening his students’ understanding of literature.  As an advisor, Dr. Saunders gave guidance and direction to the lives of hundreds of Wesleyan students.  Having served in the Peace Corps as a young man, Dr. Saunders is a staunch advocate for the importance of international travel.  During his tenure at Wesleyan, he has led four groups of students on international trips.