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Fall 2016

Sunset at Mountaineer Field.


That’s Some Pic 

Check out this photo snapped by Carly Humphreys, BS ’12, at a Mountaineer game as the Mountaineer Marching Band made the outline of the state of West Virginia. 

Flying WV in tree stand.

The Flying WV in the Trees 

John Crites, BS ’63, founder of the family-run West Virginia company Allegheny Wood Products, shared this photo of a residual stand of trees in the middle of a clear cut area. 

Jim Morris.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 

Jim Morris, MSIR ’81, took some Mountaineer spirit with him as he reached the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states at 14,508 feet.

1967

Karen Postellon Robbins, BSJ, of Montclair Va., has written her second novel, now available on Kindle. “PMS: The Power & Money Sisters,” published by MuseItUp Publishing in Quebec, follows the careers and love lives of five determined women as they strive for success in northern Virginia in 1998. Robbins is a former Washington, D.C., advertising executive. You can find out more about her books at kprobbinsbooks.com

1976

After graduation, Thomas L. Collinvitti, BSEE, Thomas E. Welch, BSEE and Roger K. Young, BSEE, headed west to St. Louis, Mo. to pursue their careers with job offers from McDonnell Douglas Corporation (now Boeing). Now, they have all recently retired from Boeing after almost four decades of continuous service with the aerospace and defense company. 

1981

Sam Easterling, BS, MS ’83, professor and head of the Charles Edward Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed the Montague Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design. Easterling is a leading researcher in composite floor systems and his work has had a positive impact on numerous national design codes. 

1982

Paul D. Mayle, PhD, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was named a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar in Hungary by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. A history professor for 41 years at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio, Mayle will be teaching and conducting research at the University of Debrecen. Mayle was a Fulbright- Hays Scholar in India in 1988. He is the author of “Eureka Summit: Agreement in Principle and the Big Three at Tehran, 1943” (University of Delaware Press, 1987) and contributor to The Oxford Companion of International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2014). 

1985

E. Kay Fuller, BSJ, JD ’90, Martinsburg, W.Va., who is director of business development at Martin & Seibert LC, spoke at the CLM 2016 Claims College School of Extra Contractual Claims this fall. Since joining the firm in 1990, Fuller has concentrated her practice on the defense of insurers in coverage and extra-contractual litigation through trial and appeal. … Lisa Hall, MS, an organization development specialist at NASA, received an Exceptional Public Achievement Medal from the agency at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. 

1991

Nina Roesner, MA, has co-authored a book, “With All Due Respect: 40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship with Your Teens and Tweens” published by Nelson Books for moms navigating the murky waters of parenting this age group. Roesner also runs Greater Impact Ministries and Daughters of Sarah, a women’s ministry. 

1992

Reggie Belcher, BS, of Columbia, S.C., a shareholder of Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A., has been included in the Human Resource Executive list of 40 “up and comers” on the annual ranking of the nation’s “most powerful employment attorneys” for the fifth year in a row. 

1993

Laura Strimple Borske, MA, of Lincoln, Neb., is the assistant secretary of state for Nebraska. 

1994

John Hoffman, BA, has been promoted to associate vice president in the Fairfax, Va., office of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm. He has 21 years of experience working with contracts for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program. 

1998

Andrea Bucklew, JD, of Tunnelton, W.Va., was promoted to the position of associate provost at Alderson Broaddus University in June.

2002

Christopher Mann, BS, of Princeton, N.J., started a new role with WME | IMG out of New York after 11-plus years at Genesco Sports Enterprises, the last nine of those supporting Campbell’s Chunky Soups activate their NFL investment. Mann will be leading an account team with the focus on eSports as senior account director of Global Partnerships, Strategy and Activation. … John Walko, BA, Abington, Pa., was named to the 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list in the area of state, local and municipal. He is a member of the firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. 

2003

Frank Walker, JD, gave the commencement speech at his alma mater South Charleston High (W.Va.) this spring. Walker is a criminal defense attorney in western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. 

2005

Matthew Kayatin, BS, an environmental control and life support systems engineer at NASA, received an Early Career Achievement Medal from the agency at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. 

2012

Taylor Camp, BA, of Las Vegas, Nev., is a financial advisor for Ashton Strobelt. 

2014

Eva Burlingham, BA, of Arlington, Va., is a NASM-certified personal trainer and assistant manager at Orangetheory Fitness. … Austen Carrington, BA, of Philadelphia, Pa., is currently a Miller Coors sales representative. 

2015

Meredith Rogers, BA, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is working as an intelligence analyst for the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, a company that works with law enforcement and industry partners to identify, mitigate and neutralize cyber-crime threats. … Melissa Schrieber, BA, of Fairfield, Conn., works at REI and took the word “Mountaineer” to heart as she went on a month-long expedition on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of California. 

2016

Courtney Miller, BA, of Morgantown W.Va., is pursuing her master’s degree in counseling at WVU. … Katie Murto, BA, of Morgantown, W.Va., is pursuing her PhD in the WVU School of Pharmacy. … Danielle A. Smith, BA, Delray Beach, Fla., is the junior sales manager at Dillard’s. 

Unions

Caitlin Bailey and Martin Slavin.

Caitlin Bailey, BA ’09 and JD ’13, and Martin Slavin, BS ’09 and MS ’13, celebrated their marriage at Swift Level Farm in Lewisburg, W.Va. on Sept. 12, 2015. Caitlin is from Charleston, W.Va. and Martin is from Glasgow, Scotland. 

Henry Bodenstine and Samantha Bialek.

Samantha Bialek, BS ’09, Baltimore, Md., married Henry Bodenstine on Oct. 10, 2015, in Baltimore. Two of her bridesmaids were also WVU graduates. The couple reside in the Fells Point neighborhood. 

Kyle Gallo and Crystal Galliher.

Kyle Gallo, BA ’08, of Leesburg Va., married Crystal Galliher on Aug. 1, 2015. Gallo is a health and physical education teacher at Hillside Elementary School and head swimming coach at Tuscarora High School. 

Caraline Griffith and L. Travis Nichols.

Caraline Griffith, MS ’15, married L. Travis Nichols on June 11, 2016. Griffith, of Marysville, Ohio, worked at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection as a permit engineer from April 2015-April 2016 and is currently working as a mechanical engineer for the Ohio Department of Highways in Columbus, Ohio. 

Chelsea Kuhn and Zachary Beucher.

Chelsea Kuhn, BS ’13, MS ’15, and Zachary Beucher, BSBA ’13, celebrated their wedding at St. John University Parish in Morgantown with a reception at Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa on Aug. 22, 2015. Chelsea is currently a speech-language pathologist at Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Wallace, N.C., and Zachary is a staff accountant for Williford, Houston & Co., CPAs in Wilmington, N.C. 

Lowe toddler.

Matthew, BA ’10, and Jessica Lowe, BS ’08, New Port Richey, Fla., married in 2013 on the field at Milan Puskar Stadium. They recently had their first son in Morgantown in January 2015, and decided to move to Florida. Matt is currently working as an engineer, and Jessica is a national golf sales manager with a PGA course. 

Jonathan Fox and Stephanie Toth.

Stephanie Toth, BS ’05, and Jonathan Fox, BS ’06, celebrated their wedding at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C., on May 24, 2015. Stephanie is a senior latent print analyst with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Forensic Laboratory in Dulles, Va. The couple reside in Gaithersburg, Md. 

Elizabeth McGee and Michael Stonaker

Elizabeth McGee, BA ’12, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., is engaged to marry Michael Stonaker, BS ’12 this May. They met at WVU in her sophomore year and they are now both in successful careers. 

Schurlknight and Antill.

Paige Schurlknight, BA, 2008, Vass, N.C., is engaged to be married to Gregory Antill, BS ’10, on Oct. 7, 2016 in Kitty Hawk, N.C. They met and fell in love at WVU in 2007. Antill played football for the Mountaineers from 2007-09. They currently live in Southern Pines, N.C., near Fort Bragg where Greg is stationed in the U.S. Army. 

Births/Adoptions

Bentley Murphy Geaney to parents Ellen Mountjoy Geaney and Benjamin Zachary Geaney and grandparents Rich Mountjoy, BS ’78, and Anne Murphy Mountjoy, BS ’76. 

Elvin Jett to Jonathan, BS ’05, and Brianna Loy, MSJ ’08, Morgantown, W.Va. 

Natalya Jade to Jake Stump, BA ’04, MA ’11, and Micalyn Stump, MA ’11, Morgantown, W.Va. 

Deaths

Raymond Borlie, BS ’61, Boynton Beach, Fla., July 8, 2016. 

Jean Sharon Frisk Evans, BS ’60, of Summerville S.C., Feb. 22, 2016. 

Dr. Marion J. Hardwick, BS ’48, Blountville, Tenn., June 22, 2016. 

Jessica Lynn McChesney, BA ’11, Pittsburgh, Pa., June 26, 2016. 

Eleanor Joan Federer Morrow, BA ’43, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2015. 

Domenick “Mickey” Furfari, BSJ ’48, who covered Mountaineer sports for seven decades, died July 11, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. He was 92. Furfari covered WVU football, basketball and baseball and was considered the dean of WVU sportswriters. During his career, he worked for newspapers in Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown, and after his retirement in 1989 he wrote a column that was published throughout West Virginia. Furfari was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, the Basketball Writers of America Hall of Fame in 2011, and he was honored as a Distinguished West Virginian by the state governor in 2009. Memorial contributions can be made to the Legends of WVU Basketball Athletic Scholarship in honor of Mickey Furfari, which is an endowment to provide undergraduate scholarships for qualified student-athletes at WVU. To make a gift, contact the WVU Foundation at 800-847-3856 or info@wvuf.org

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