Today West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) announced its annual alumni award winners to five distinguished alumni and friends of the College who have gone above and beyond in the following categories: Achievement, Alumni Service, Extra Mile and Young Alumni Service Award. These awards will be formally presented during Founders Day 2020, which will be held online at www.wvwc.edu on Friday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. EST.
The award winners are: Brian Allman (‘07) – Young Alumni Achievement Award; Rich and Ruth Calef – Extra Mile Award; Alice Creasman (‘88) – Alumni Service Award; and, Sam Feola (‘67) – Alumni Achievement Award.
“West Virginia Wesleyan’s tradition of excellence shines through with the robust contributions made to the College and to their communities by these outstanding alumni and friends,” said Talley Sergent, the College’s Chief Development and Marketing Officer.
Biographies on the award winners (in alphabetical order):
Brian Allman (‘07) – Young Alumni Award
Brian Allman is a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School (BUMS), where he has been recognized locally and nationally for his contributions in the classroom. This year, he was named by the State Journal as one of the Generation Next: 20 Under 40; he also was chosen as one of 150 teachers in the Mountain State to participate in the Elevating and Celebrating Teaching and Teacher (ECET²) Convening. Last year, Allman was named a Milken Education Award winner from West Virginia, which is awarded to up to 40 teachers across the United States each year and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. In 2013, Allman was selected as the BUMS Teacher of the Year, and in 2014, he received an Outstanding Teacher Award sponsored by the BUMS Student Council.
Allman received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Marshall University. In addition to his teaching certification, he also holds principal, supervisor of general instruction, and superintendent certifications in the state of West Virginia.
Alice Creasman (‘88) – Alumni Service Award
For more than 40 years, Alice Creasman (‘88) made a positive impact on the Wesleyan community. Creasman began her career as an office manager in the Office of Admissions and held many positions of ever-increasing responsibility with the reputation for always going above and beyond for students. From 1984-2001, she served several capacities at the college, including Director of International Studies, Registrar and Director of Academic Services. In 2002, she was named Outstanding Staff Member, and in 2017, she received the Buckhannon Ambassador Award. She currently serves as a Student Success Coach at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she and her husband, Dr. Boyd Creasman reside.
Rich and Ruth Calef – Extra Mile Award
With more than 85 years of combined service to the College, Drs. Rich and Ruth Calef were the anchors of West Virginia Wesleyan’s Psychology Department.
Rich joined the faculty in 1970 and was eventually promoted to Professor of Psychology, where he also served as the Department Chair for more than 30 years. While he retired in 2018, Rich still teaches part-time.Ruth became a full-time faculty member in 1973 and retired in 2013. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, the Calefs were known for their mentorship and advocacy for Wesleyan students as well as their superfan status of West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat Basketball.
Sam Feola (‘67) – Alumni Achievement Award
Sam Feola’s (‘67) career has reached the far ends of the earth, having retired from the Raytheon Company where he led Raytheon Polar Services, supporting the United States’ National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic program. During his tenure, the new South Pole Station was constructed at the end of a 10,000-mile long logistics chain. Feola led more than 400 full-time staff, 2,000 seasonal contract employees, coordinated offices on four continents and managed a 12-year contract valued at more than $1.9 billion. For his 20 years of service in the Antarctic program, a geographic feature, Mount Feola, was designated in his honor, located in the Asgard Range, Dry Valleys, near McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Feola’s career in program management has taken him all over the world, spearheading key military and civilian projects and telecommunications projects in places such as Antarctica; Afghanistan; California; Hawaii; The Marshall Islands; and Turkey. Feola received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1967 and graduated from the Naval Aviation Schools command as an officer receiving a designation as a naval aviator. He spent 11 years on active duty, including a one-year tour as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.