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Spring 2016

I just got my copy of the fall 2015 WVU Magazine dealing with the difficult subject of strokes. I am glad to see that WVU is addressing the causes and treatment of this difficult topic. 

I have had two strokes in the last three years. The left side of my body was severely affected. Thankfully, I have recovered quite a bit of my losses due to the aid of a fellow WVU Mountaineer Dr. Carolyn Neff. She is a neurologist at Kaiser Permanente located in Irvine, Calif., near where I live. 

Both of us are chemical engineering graduates of WVU, although she also received her medical degree at the WVU medical school. I graduated in 1956, and I am a proud, loyal Mountaineer. 

There was also a blurb in the fall issue on women not getting enough credit in Wikipedia. I want to acknowledge and appreciate Dr. Carolyn Neff for successfully helping a fellow graduate. 

Ernest E. Andrasik
BS '56, Chemical Engineering
Huntington Beach, Calif.

I just read the fall 2015 issue of the WVU Magazine article on strokes. I found the article deficient in that it did not discuss diet as an exact cause of strokes. Stephanie Frisbee is researching anti-wetting agents as a cause of strokes. When you take into account that strokes were the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 1930, which was before the anti-wetting agents came into use, it is more likely that the cause of the stroke was what was in the box, not the box itself. … Another thought on the same subject is that maybe Stephanie has it backwards, the anti-wetting agent may be preventing strokes. That would make more sense from the data? 

Donald Turner
BA '88, Physics
Westover, W.Va.

I have to say I am proud of WVU! I have noticed since President Gee returned that the marketing is stupendous around the WV logo ... Love this flag idea [“Raise Your Flag” in Alumni Diary]. I have enjoyed getting all your emails and appreciate the publication of the magazine I receive. 

Brenda Eggert Brader
BS '72, Journalism
Winter Haven, Fla.

[On the new Star Wars Club] In ’91 we had a Star Wars and a Star Trek Club. The Star Trek one grew after [Gene] Roddenberry died. 

Cindy Jackson

Excellent issue. Kudos to the staff. 

Pat Hamrick Penn

[On “New Robot on the Block”] Where others follow Mountaineers Go First. 

Michael Meyerson

I can’t wait to tour the new museum! #MountaineersGoFirst 

Sharon Richardson

Evansdale has changed dramatically since I graduated, and that was just four years ago. It seems like there’s something new there every time I visit. It is cool to see what it looked like closer to when my dad was at school there. 

Samantha Larrick

Thanks for sharing these [Evansdale photos in Flashback]! I lived at Towers from fall 1970 through spring 1973, so the old photos look very familiar. I am attaching a photo that I took looking out the window from the seventh floor of Tower 1 in fall 1970. It was warm enough for students to be sunbathing. One thing that I’ll bet has not changed is how cold the winter wind feels to anyone walking uphill from Towers past the Engineering building to the Creative Arts Center and the Coliseum. I remember walking across that hill for a Mountaineer Week concert at the Coliseum in late fall 1972 wearing a traditional Mountaineer dress and shawl, and I thought I would freeze to death. If memory is right, the concert was the Carpenters. 

Susan Kelley
BA ’74, History
Orlando, Fla.

Love to see sports like golf come back at universities. It’s a lifelong activity that keeps you out and engaged. 

Steve Coffin

Using Homer’s absurd antics to tap into a culture’s TV addiction and learn about economics is a great idea [in Ask an Expert with Joshua Hall]! 

Van Richards

I was on campus from 1998-00 (I was a transfer student) and Evansdale looks so incredibly different now! I was in two WVU bands, so I was in the CAC a lot. My entire time at WVU I had a work-study assignment in the Engineering building. I lived off-campus so I would park in the Coliseum for free then catch the bus to the PRT station over in front of the Engineering building. It was such a short ride but very nice on those chilly days! So many good memories. :-) 

Rishona Campbell

When you get right down to it, I owe everywhere I’ve been — and everywhere I’ve yet to go — to WVU. Yes, I’m an alumnus (Davis College Class of 2003!), but it’s more than that. So much more. 

WVU, as it happens, is responsible for my very existence on this planet. 

You see, I’m the daughter of not one, but two WVU alumni. Two alumni who met in a stairwell one snowy night in 1977, while they were both snowed in at Brooks Hall. It wouldn’t be overstating it to say I came out of the womb in gold and blue. 

But enough about where I’ve been — let’s talk about where I’m going. Because 2016 is going to be the year I finally get that first stamp on my passport. I missed a trip to Belgium in 2012. Missed trips to Brazil, Puerto Rico and Italy in 2015 (that last one by a week and ooh, did that one hurt!). 

This year, though — this year I’m getting that first passport stamp, with a business trip to South Korea. And I can’t think of anyone I’d rather bring with me than WVU. After all, you could say they got me the ticket. Without my BS from WVU, I wouldn’t have gotten into my first choice for graduate school. I wouldn’t have gotten that first job that led to another job that ultimately landed me at my current job with Johnson & Johnson. 

Mellissa Davis
BS '03, Biochemistry
Philadelphia, Pa.

How many alumni from the 1942 graduating class in agriculture or engineering remain, and where are they located? I know many who have passed on but none who are still around. I would like to contact them. 

John Downes
BS ’42, General Agriculture
MS ’51, Horticulture
Athens, Tenn.
I am a 1978 graduate from the Creative Arts Center, School of Music. I met my husband, Chris, at WVU. He is a 1978 graduate from the School of Engineering. We are lifetime members of the WVU Alumni Association.

I received the Fall 2015 edition yesterday and was moved almost to the point of tears by the Flashback photo on pages 42-43. You see, from 1970-73, I attended the music camp offered at the Creative Arts Center each summer for high school students. Before the days of "Glee," high school vocalists and instrumentalists traveled to WVU for three intensive weeks of study.

We were housed at the Towers dormitory, and we walked that dirt trail from Towers to the Creative Arts Center that is clearly shown in the photo. We gave Sunday outdoor concerts at Mont Chateau on Cheat Lake, and we performed an operetta at the end of the three-week session for the general public. I have a flood of memories right now, and if you're looking for a Flashback piece for a future edition, and if this material might be something you'd consider, please contact me.

Barbara Messick Williamson
BM, ’78, Music
Apollo Beach, Fla.

I enjoyed the photos on pages 42-43 of the Evansdale campus. I took theater workshop for several semesters and was among the first students to use the new Creative Arts Center. It was a huge change from the old theater on the main campus. We constructed all the new sets (the building was empty, except for the woodworking shop!), including a revolving stage, that came apart in pie-wedge pieces, that would fit in the huge elevator. The backdrops for the stage had to be painted down below and were then hoisted up from the basement. Great memories. The Coliseum was built during my senior year (1968-69) and was not yet complete when I graduated in May. This photo has to be from post-May 1969. As a side note, I was on the cross country team and our course was on the old golf course that now lies under the new football stadium!

Brian Wyllie
BA ’69, Economics
Ft. Myers, Fla.

A few decades rolled back when I read Winnie Holzman’s letter (or email) to the magazine. Her mention of her husband’s name, Paul Dooley, brought back a lot of memories. Paul and I were fellow students in the School of Speech. Obviously it isn’t called that any more. Our HQ was Reynolds Hall, long since replaced by much newer facilities. Paul and I “trod the boards” together, most notably for me when he and I represented the University in the state speech festival performing a one-act play about two elderly Irishmen. It was 1953, if memory serves. The venue was Fairmont State, and most of the colleges in the state participated. We had a lot of fun, and were awarded first place in that one act play category. I have followed Paul throughout his career from movies like “Breaking Away” (a great movie that I recommend to anyone) to sitcoms, and his very entertaining IBM commercials some years ago. I assume that Paul Dooley is a stage name as we knew him by another surname. In any event, my thanks to Winnie Holzman for sweeping aside a lot of years to bring me back to some great days at WVU. My best wishes to Winnie and Paul for health and happiness and continued success.

[NOTE: Swann is right. Dooley was born Paul Brown.]

Neil C. Swann
BA ’54, Speech
Blanco, Texas

My name is Danielle McGinnis. I just saw the Facebook article about Ciara Chic Kimbrough and figured I would share how my WVU education has helped me! I graduated from WVU in 2013 with a BS in Exercise Physiology. After receiving my degree, I moved to Austin, Texas, to become a personal trainer. I feel that without my time at WVU, I would not be the trainer I am today! I have been promoted twice in 2.5 years and have built a solid training business starting from ground zero. I wanted to share a story that recently featured one of my rock star clients in the famous Austin newspaper, The Austin American Statesman.

It is clients like Robert that assure me that I am following my passions in life. I am very thankful for WVU's Exercise Physiology program. I have recently been accepted to return to WVU to pursue my doctorate in Physical Therapy starting this summer. I have missed Morgantown since moving to Austin and I am so happy to be returning to my alma mater! I just wanted to share this story for Robert's sake because it is truly inspiring!


Danielle McGinnis
BS '13, Exercise Physiology
Austin, Texas
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