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Wesleyan in the News

West Virginia Wesleyan College and its students, alumni, and faculty are in the news. The following are recent, noteworthy stories of Wesleyan in the regional, national, and world media.

August

West Virginia Wesleyan recognized among nation’s top colleges and universities by leading national publications
My Buckhannon
August 8, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan has been once again recognized as one of the best institutions for undergraduates. The College has been named to Kiplinger’s 2019 list of “Best College Values” for “delivering students a high-quality education at an affordable price.”

West Virginia Wesleyan recognized among nation’s top colleges and universities
WBOY.com
August 7, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan has been once again recognized as one of the best institutions for undergraduates.

Undergraduate Student Experiments Soaring High with Rocket Launch Aug. 12 from NASA Wallops
NASA
August 5, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan College is flying a Geiger counter to measure the cosmic ray incident on Earth to compare with previous NASA studies.

Orange-and-black and ‘way back when’: Wesleyan alumni share memories of their years in Buckhannon
My Buckhannon
August 5, 2019
They’ve wanted the people they love to see Wesleyan through their eyes – its majestic brick buildings tucked into a wooded landscape filled with tall trees and flowering gardens, dotted with historic benches and decorated by flowing fountains.

Testa bringing family-like culture to WVWC football
WBOY.com
August 1, 2019
New head coach Tony Testa is hoping to change some things now that he’s in charge at West Virginia Wesleyan. Testa also said that increasing competitiveness in practice, and coming together as a family in the offseason can help on the field, as well.

July, 2019

Testa taking over WVWC Bobcats
WBOY.com
July 30, 2019
A pair of new teams to the conference, along with two new head coaches for teams in the area, including West Virginia Wesleyan’s Tony Testa, who takes over the headsets for the Bobcats.

BEST Awards
Record Delta
July 26, 2019
The tenth recipient of the BEST Award for July was Dr. Kathy Gregg. She is Professor Emerita at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Dr. Gregg is also the primary founder and single biggest contributor to Buckhannon’s Nature Park and Learning Trail.

BCT’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is both magical and modern, cast members say
My Buckhannon
July 25, 2019
Olivia Insani, of Clarksburg, a senior at West Virginia Wesleyan College, plays the part of Mary Poppins. “When I was in high school, one of the proposed plays was ‘Mary Poppins,’” Insani said before Wednesday night’s dress rehearsal. “It was one of the roles I could see myself playing. When they chose another play, I decided I would have to do it one day.”

Toyota developing environmental classroom at Buffalo plant
Charleston Gazette-Mail
July 25, 2019
Marc Crouse is a lover of nature. And he has the papers to prove it. He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College, majoring in engineering physics, and earned a graduate degree in environmental engineering from the University of Kansas. And then he landed a dream job as environmental specialist at Toyota in Buffalo.

South Coastal AARP awards scholarships to Furman, O’Shields
Coastal Point
July 25, 2019
“O’Shields was an academic and athletic star at IRHS,” they noted…. “She plans to major in applied physics at West Virginia Wesleyan University in Buckhannon, W.Va. After college, she intends to pursue an advanced degree in aeronautical engineering.”

New director takes lead of Parish House
The Inter-Mountain
July 25, 2019
Wilkerson graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College and earned a Master of Arts in instructional communication from Miami University in Ohio. She has held positions as director of alumni relations at WVWC, as associate director of West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities as well as being a college instructor.

New director leading EHS band camp
The Inter-Mountain
July 25, 2019
Newly hired EHS Band Director Seth Blake graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in December 2017 with a degree in music education. During his time at WVWC, he participated in a multitude of music ensembles, including marching band under the direction of Logan Lindsey, concert band, jazz ensemble and choir.

TVHS grad Chuck White named first AD at Martin County
Williamson Daily News
July 23, 2019
Following high school, White obtained a Bachelors degree from West Virginia Wesleyan University in Buchanan, West Virginia, and he was a member of the football team.

Tara Arnold selected as Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Employee of the Month
My Buckhannon
July 23, 2019
She graduated from Lewis County High School and received her degree in public relations from West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC), and her MBA from there also.

DREAM ROLE: ‘Mary Poppins’ set to charm
The Inter-Mountain
July 23, 2019
Mary Poppins was a dream for rising West Virginia Wesleyan College senior Olivia Insani, but this week that dream comes true as Insani plays the title character in Buckhannon Community Theatre’s production.

The Ruins Project pays artistic tribute to coal-mining culture
Observer-Reporter
July 23, 2019
She earned an English degree from West Virginia Wesleyan and is self-taught as an artist. Sager lived in Pittsburgh 20 years before moving to Whitsett.

McGrew makes most of opportunities overseas and in G-League
West Virginia MetroNews
July 22, 2019
Meanwhile, at home, his friends, family, and peers — well, practically his entire hometown — are following his career closely, eager to see McGrew provide yet another example of how exceptional West Virginians can be.

McGrew travels unique path to pro basketball career
West Virginia MetroNews
July 21, 2019
McGrew was a standout on the hardwood at West Virginia Wesleyan and a member of the school’s band.

Saturday Salutes
WV News
July 20, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan College alumna Judie Hain Reemsnyer, who recently received the Joan Perry Boatwright Loyalty Award at Alpha Delta Pi’s Sorority’s Grand Convention.

Brad and Kim Lincicome, Dr. Kathy Gregg recognized with BEST awards for community, environmental stewardship
My Buckhannon
July 20, 2019
Dr. Kathy Gregg is a West Virginia Wesleyan College Professor Emerita, the founder of and “single biggest contributor” to Buckhannon’s Nature Park and Learning Trail.

WVWC’s Bar earns gold medal
WBOY.com
July 18, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan College rising sophomore, Orian Bar, earns a gold medal after the USA women’s soccer team defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City this week.

Mountain of Hope Organization honors latest set of scholars
The Fayette Tribune
July 18, 2019
Taylor Pugh, who attends West Virginia Wesleyan College, received the MOHO scholarship to aid in her continued success in the musical theatre/pre-drama therapy.

Ohio Valley Music Guild plans ‘Summertime Jazz’ on July 26
The Steubenville Herald-Star
July 15, 2019
Saxophonist Curtis E. Johnson is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and is an instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan and Carnegie Mellon University. He performs with numerous jazz and pop groups and tours with Landau Eugene Murphy of “America’s Got Talent” fame.

Ramsden elected to serve on BAF’s board of directors
Beckley Register-Herald
July 14, 2019
Douglas T. Ramsden, CPA, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Beckley Area Foundation’s Board of Directors. A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor of science degree with a concentration in accounting….

Community Care of WV adds Dr. Nathaniel Linger to Rock Cave health center
WV News
July 14, 2019
Community Care of West Virginia has added Dr. Nathaniel Linger, M.D., to the medical staff. Linger, who was born and raised in Buckhannon, graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Wesleyan’s Bar competing for U.S. in Maccabi Games
The Inter-Mountain
July 13, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan’s Orian Bar is representing the United States in the 14th Pan America Maccabi Games in Mexico City, Mexico.

Saturday Salutes
WV News
July 13, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan College, which is looking to the future with a full slate of improvement projects this summer.

Advice to the Incoming Freshmen
Swimming World Magazine
July 11, 2019
You also have built-in tutors and mentors who have walked in your shoes. Take advantage of their advice. “Manage your time wisely, and don’t be afraid to ask your teammates for help in or out of the pool,” Marc Bennett from West Virginia Wesleyan adds.

Renovations nearing completion for WVWC library
WBOY.com
July 9, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan College is almost done renovating one of its main buildings. College officials said the renovated library will include more public space for students to meet and study together.

Recap: Blazers Lose Close One To Jazz, 97-93
Blazer’s Edge
July 9, 2019
Utah shooting specialist Tanner McGrew, who had 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting from three, had a partial trombone scholarship at West Virginia Wesleyan College. It was annoying and totally non-Blazer related, but still, I’m impressed with anyone who can play the instrument….

West Virginia Wesleyan College dorm demolition nearing completion
WV News
July 8, 2019
While students have been home enjoying their summer break, West Virginia Wesleyan College has been finishing up some major changes to campus.

Nathaniel Linger returns home to practice medicine at Community Care
My Buckhannon
July 8, 2019
Dr. Linger, who was born and raised in Buckhannon, graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

A Little Know-Howe: WVWC’s Former Hoops Walk-On and Trombone Player, Looking to Make it in NBA
Connect Bridgeport
July 6, 2019
McGrew, the 6-8 former walk-on at Wesleyan, is a member of this year’s [Utah] Jazz summer league team. McGrew’s story is nothing short of a movie script. The Buckhannon-Upshur product was not recruited out of high school. Instead he went to West Virginia Wesleyan because of their jazz band program.

Wesleyan welcomes gifted students
Record Delta
July 5, 2019
The Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program completed its 36th year of operation last week. The camp is geared to rising gifted students in fifth through twelfth grades.

WVWC demolishes Camden Complex
Record Delta
July 3, 2019
A West Virginia Wesleyan College campus landmark will soon be nothing more than a memory. The long-standing Camden Complex that has housed countless students over the years is presently being demolished.

WVWC demolishing three dorms
WBOY.com
July 3, 2019
Demolition of the Camden Complex dorm buildings got underway on the campus earlier this week.

BFD hosts tactical training
Record Delta
July 3, 2019
BFD Chief J.B. Kimble was thankful to… WVWC for working together to secure the use of the Camden Complex for the training. “We are fortunate to have such support in the community that we are given opportunities like this,” Kimble said.

Buckhannon’s McGrew Takes Unique & Musical Ride to NBA Summer League
WDTV
July 2, 2019
When 2011 Buckhannon-Upshur grad Tanner McGrew left for college, he rode a trombone scholarship to the music program at West Virginia Wesleyan. Fast forward to 2019, McGrew is suiting up for the Utah Jazz in the 2019 NBA Summer League.

Demolition of Camden Apartments begins at WVWC
My Buckhannon
July 1, 2019
After housing students at West Virginia Wesleyan College for 37 years, demolition began on the Camden Avenue Apartments Monday morning.

June, 2019

Jessica Harvey serves many roles at United Hospital Center
WV News
June 30, 2019
Jessica Harvey, a Harrison County resident recently honored as part of this year’s Generation Next: 40 Under 40 program…. Harvey went on to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she served as president, executive vice president and philanthropy chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Training attracts firefighters statewide
The Inter-Mountain
June 29, 2019
Anderson, a captain with the Charlotte Fire Department in North Carolina, said the opportunities provided through the partnership with West Virginia Wesleyan College and the City of Buckhannon was “absolutely invaluable.”

WVWC announces winner of West Virginia Scholar program
The Inter-Mountain
June 21, 2019
One of the largest applicant pools for the West Virginia Scholar program in its 12-year history about 100 applicants led to some tough competition for a full tuition and room and board scholarship at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Hedgesville High student 2019 West Virginia Scholar
West Virginia MetroNews
June 19, 2019
Meyer was chosen from 10 finalists who were recognized as some of the top juniors in the state. The scholarship to Wesleyan is a free ride. It will pay the tuition, fees, room and board for Meyer.

Steph Says: Two kids and five years later, here we are
York News-Times
June 19, 2019
To my husband on the eve of our anniversary, I’ll always be grateful for our crossed paths just about nine years ago at West Virginia Wesleyan where it all began and that snow ball to the face that set off the dominos that led us here.

‘Cats name coach
The Inter-Mountain
June 18, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan has announced the hiring of Alexa Johnson as the new acrobatics & tumbling coach. “My goal was to stay in West Virginia, and Wesleyan feels like home and reminds me a lot of where I grew up. I look forward to taking the reigns of this strong program.” 

Enter gladiators with the muscle – Gary Woodland edges Brooks Koepka in the battle of sheer power in US Open duel
Daily Mail
June 16, 2019
Woodland’s background is basketball; Koepka’s baseball. His great uncle, Dick Groat, was a legendary shortstop with Pittsburgh Pirates, the National League’s most valuable player in 1960 and an all-star selection on eight occasions; his father pitched for West Virginia Wesleyan College, and passed that enthusiasm to his son.

These Are the Colleges Most Likely to Score You a Job in Every State
Thrillist
June 14, 2019
Zippia looked at the US Department of Education’s “College Scorecard” from 2017-2018 to check employment rate data for all higher education institutions from coast to coast, identified the ones with the highest placement rate in each state.

20 Great Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
Peterson’s
June 13, 2019
9. West Virginia Wesleyan College
Wesleyan College Learning Center Disability Support provides students with learning disabilities with a comprehensive advisor who works with a student to accommodate needs, and acts as a mentor throughout the student’s time at college.

College sports notes
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
June 11, 2019
With 145 academic honorees, Wesleyan is tops in the 12-school Mountain East Conference.

Learning Experience
The Inter-Mountain
June 11, 2019
Thomas also said that West Virginia Wesleyan College had been one of the best institutions in the state as far as working with people who have physical challenges.

Brooks Koepka never got lost on his long winding road to the top of the golf world
Washington Post
June 10, 2019
Bob’s West Virginia childhood as the younger of two sons featured a Carl Yastrzemski glove, Boston Red Sox fandom and ahead-of-his-years pitching skill, which led to a stay at West Virginia Wesleyan as a steely southpaw.

The best college in each state for getting a job 2019
Zippia
June 10, 2019
And while you’d hope that every college education nets you the opportunity to play for a team in the working world, the fact of the matter is that the college you went to has a big impact on your chances of getting a job. Some colleges offer majors and internships that help you fit right into a job after graduating.

Trump oversees swearing in of Buckhannon native
Record Delta
June 3, 2019
Kimberly A. Reed, president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, was recently sworn in ceremonially in the Oval Office of the White House. Originally from Buckhannon, West Virginia, Reed earned her… B.S. from West Virginia Wesleyan.

Terry Clemons: Public education made me who I am
Charleston Gazette-Mail
June 3, 2019
These teachers provided the foundation for who I was to become. More than that, they were kind and compassionate. They sincerely cared about what they did. I went on to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College and the George Washington Law School. I graduated from both with honors.

WVWC School of Education recognized for National Excellence in Educator Preparation
My Buckhannon
June 2, 2019
West Virginia Wesleyan College is one of 42 providers in the nation to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. Wesleyan joins 41 other providers to receive accreditation this spring, including Duke University, Loyola University Chicago, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, and the University of Virginia.