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Artist Blanche Lazzell died on June 1, 1956, at age 77. She was born in Maidsville in Monongalia County in 1878. After receiving a diploma from the West Virginia Conference Seminary and an art degree from West Virginia University, she moved to New York City and studied with influential artists Kenyon Cox and William Merritt Smith. A remarkably independent woman for the time, Lazzell traveled twice to Paris, where she became enthralled with the avant-garde Cubism movement.

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Poet Irene McKinney was born in Belington in Barbour County on April 20, 1939. She earned degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University and, in 1976, published her first book of poems, The Girl with the Stone in Her Lap. She served as director of creative writing at West Virginia Wesleyan and, in 1984, published another poetry collection entitled The Wasps and the Blue Hexagon.  The next year, she won a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other prestigious honors.

Jessica Lilly and Roxy Todd, two of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s award-winning reporters, will be keynote speakers at The ENGAGE Conference of Leadership for Change.   The conference will be held on Saturday, March 25, at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.

Jessica and Roxy have won numerous awards for their journalism and storytelling.  In particular, one 2015 episode called "Inside Appalachia: When Strangers Take Our Picture", won the best Documentary from the Regional Associated Press, and a Murrow award for best documentary.

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After eight months of searching, West Virginia Wesleyan College’s governing board has selected Joel Thierstein as the school’s next president.

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Folk artist Herman Hayes was born at Elkview in Kanawha County on September 23, 1923. After serving in the Marines during World War II, he went to college at West Virginia Wesleyan and then at Morris Harvey (now University of Charleston).

In 1963, he became an ordained minister and later served Methodist churches across the state.

West Virginia Wesleyan's Wesley Chapel, framed by the college's fountain, under a blue September sky.
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Signs and posters are being placed around the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College notifying students arriving for the fall term that tobacco products are now allowed only in designated areas.

The change is a move toward the Buckhannon campus becoming tobacco-free in January.

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The first state boys’ high school basketball tournament began in Buckhannon on March 21, 1914. The event was hosted by West Virginia Wesleyan College, which had West Virginia’s largest and finest gymnasium. Elkins High School took that first state title.

June 18, 1937: John D. Rockefeller IV Born in New York City

Jun 18, 2015
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  John D. Rockefeller IV was born in New York City on June 18, 1937, just weeks after the death of his great-grandfather, business tycoon John D. Rockefeller. Jay—as the wealthy Rockefeller heir was known—first came to West Virginia as a poverty volunteer in the 1960s. He soon attracted national attention by switching his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1966 and as secretary of state two years later.

May 7, 1972: Activist Lenna Lowe Yost Dies at 94

May 7, 2015

  Activist Lenna Lowe Yost died on May 7, 1972, at age 94. The Marion County native and West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate had become involved in women’s issues as a young adult. For 10 years, she was president of the state chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The WCTU, as it’s known, principally opposed the consumption of alcohol but also supported social reforms for women.

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  Writer Breece D’J Pancake died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 8, 1979. The South Charleston native grew up in Milton, which became the fictionalized setting for many of his short stories.

A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan and Marshall, Pancake taught at two military schools in Virginia before entering the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program, where he was influenced by authors James Alan McPherson, Peter Taylor, and Mary Lee Settle. He began writing human interest stories for a Milton newspaper and working on a series of short stories. His big breakthrough came in 1977, when the Atlantic Monthly published his story “Trilobites.”

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West Virginia University announced a partnership with West Virginia Wesleyan College that will honor and celebrate, preserve and offer for research a collection of works by Pulitzer Prize winning author and Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck.

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  West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan College are honoring award-winning author and Nobel laureate Pearl S. Buck.

The schools are hosting an event Thursday in Morgantown along with the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.

The event is part of Mountaineer Week - a weeklong celebration of West Virginia's heritage and culture.

Buck's novel "The Good Earth" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and helped earn her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

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On West Virginia Morning, the number of children living below the poverty line increased in the state.  We’ll have a report.  Also, Paul Thorn performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

West Virginia Wesleyan's Wesley Chapel, framed by the college's fountain, under a blue September sky.
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Two West Virginia higher education institutions got some great news this month from the federal government.

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West Virginia Wesleyan College

  Two West Virginia schools are getting federal funding to improve higher education.

Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller on Friday said that the University of Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan College are receiving money from U.S. Department of Education's Strengthening Institutes Program.

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West Virginia Wesleyan College

  Construction of a new welcome center and several renovation projects are underway at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The projects are scheduled to be completed in August. The total cost is $7.5 million.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the projects include construction of the O'Roark Nordstorm Welcome Center and renovation of a residence hall and Ross Field. The college also is replacing the roofs on several buildings.

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In a packed auditorium on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, Senator Jay Rockefeller took a seat on the stage, joined by Emmy-award winning journalist Ted Koppel, a long-time correspondent for ABC News and former host of their late night news magazine Nightline.

The two sat down as old friends to discuss Rockefeller’s decades in politics, his feelings toward the current atmosphere in Washington and, most importantly to him, to motivate young people on the campus of Wesleyan to get involved in public service.

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A second Alderson-Broaddus University student has been charged and expelled in connection with a group fight at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
 
Twenty-year-old Mychael Vantrell Knox of Virginia Beach, Va., is charged with misdemeanor obstruction.
 
State police say in a criminal complaint that Knox refused to give Buckhannon Police Chief and Lt. Douglas Loudin his cell phone when the officers attempted to serve a search warrant for it last week.
 

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West Virginia Wesleyan College

Alderson Broaddus University has expelled a student from Virginia following his arrest in connection with a group fight at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
 
Buckhannon police chief Matt Gregory tells media outlets that 19-year-old Steven Smith of Virginia Beach, Va., is charged with malicious wounding.
 
Gregory says about 20 students were involved in the weekend fight outside a fraternity house near the Wesleyan campus in Buckhannon.
 

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