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Fall 2017

WVU bet


There was more at stake than just the Black Diamond Trophy at this year’s WVU-Virginia Tech football game. Two senior living communities — Edgewood Summit in Charleston, W.Va., and Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg, Va. — made a friendly wager on the bout that saw the two teams rekindle their rivalry after 12 years. 

If WVU won, Warm Hearth Village would purchase a dozen Mountaineer jerseys for its residents to wear for a day. If Virginia Tech won, Edgewood Summit residents would wear Hokie shirts for a day. Edgewood Summit stood true to the bet and sported the “dreaded” Virginia Tech shirts. Some joked that they broke out in a rash after putting them on.
Frozen WVU

The Frozen WV 

Joanne Hyder, BS ’77, Edgewater, Md., capped off a personal goal of visiting all seven continents when she stepped foot in Antarctica earlier this year. Of course, she brought along her Flying WV scarf to ward off those frigid temperatures!


The Xs and Os of Higher Ed 

Johnathan Holifield, BA ’88, Political Science, has been tapped by the Trump administration to lead a national initiative on historically black college and universities. Holifield, of Cleveland, Ohio, is a former Mountaineer football captain and NFL player who’s spent the last several years as an economic development consultant. In a statement, President Donald Trump said Holifield will “lead the movement to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide a high-quality education.”


Nancy Swing, BA, Pacific Grove, Calif., has authored “Child’s Play,” a mystery set in a fictitious small West Virginia town. 


Jerry MacCleary, BS, Pittsburgh, Pa., has been named co-chair of CEOs for Sustainability, a Sustainable Pittsburgh initiative aimed at helping companies improve their sustainable business performance. He is also president of Covestro, LLC.

William Parsons, JD, Wheeling, W.Va., is an attorney who recently published the novel “Preferential Treatment,” a medical-legal story about a West Virginia personal injury trial lawyer.

Dewayne Rudd, BS, Louisville, Ky., published “Fading Away at Wilmore,” a story of love and suffering at a veteran’s hospital in Wilmore, Ky., that primarily focuses on World War II and Korean War veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Rudd is a U.S. Air Force veteran. 


Melinda G. Disare, BA, Buffalo, N.Y., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018. She was also recently named president of the Bar Association of Erie County. Disare concentrates her practice in the representation of public and private employers in connection with labor relations and employment issues.


Kenneth Oldfield, PhD, Springfield, Ill., published “The Social Aspects of Hand Washing in American Restaurants” in the academic periodical Administration & Society. 


James Christina, BA, Cockeysville, Md., became executive director/CEO of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 


Houston Lewis, MSW, Angelus Oaks, Calif., retired from Behavioral Medicine Service at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Loma Linda Healthcare System in Loma Linda, Calif., after 32 years of federal service.

Carrie Stollings, BA, Charleston, W.Va., published her first book, “Life Lessons from the Drag Queen Upstairs,” a guidebook to recovering from tough times. 


Bob Bentz, BSJ, Philadelphia, Pa., authored a 354-page book on mobile marketing called “Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing.”


John Graham, MBA, Voorhees, N.J., was named chief administrative officer for Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township, N.J. In that role, Graham oversees daily operations at the 230-bed acute care hospital. 

Brian Gallagher, BS, Huntington, W.Va., has been named interim dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy.


Tom Surbaugh, BS, Matthews, N.C., published his first book, “Miracle of Hominy Falls,” about a 1968 coal mine tragedy in Nicholas County, W.Va. Surbaugh, a native of Parkersburg, W.Va., is a longtime television writer/producer. 


Karen Roland, BS, Harrisburg, Pa., was presented with the 2017 Women of Influence Award by the Central Penn Business Journal. Roland is director of marketing and communications at the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union. 


Constance H. Weber, JD, Charleston, W.Va., was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2018 as “Lawyer of the Year” in employment law. She is a shareholder in the Charleston office of Littler and practices across the employment law spectrum. 


Marsha Benson Macneal, BS, Queenstown, Md., was named 2017 Queen Anne’s County (Maryland) Teacher of the Year. 


Sam Kline, BS, Belmont, N.C., was honored as a graduate of the national Coldwell Banker Commercial Emerging Broker Training Program. Kline, a former wrestler at WVU, finished No. 1 in the 60-member EBT class. 


Jared Nichols, BA, Manhattan, Kan., led the American contingent for the Bastille Day Military Parade in Paris, France, in July. It was the first time in parade history that an American unit was invited to march as the honor troop. It also commemorated the 100th anniversary of U.S. forces entering World War I. 

C.J. Johnson, BA, Cumberland, Md., has been named president and general manager of minor league baseball team the Winston-Salem Dash, a Class-A Advanced team in the Carolina League and farm team of the Chicago White Sox.


Kassidy Haslacker, BS, Maysville, W.Va., works as a school psychologist in the public school system. She and her husband, Wes, have three children. 

Haslacker Children


Wes Haslacker, MA, Maysville, W.Va., is a safety specialist at Dominion Virginia Power. 


William Shinego, BA, Tacoma, Wash., is an alumnus of WVU’s ROTC program and has spent several years in the U.S. Army with deployments to Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq and United Arab Emirates. He currently serves as the communications officer for 5-3 Field Artillery Battalion, a unit that’s played a role in the liberation of Mosul. 


Sydney Boggess, MA, Atlanta, Ga., was appointed to the board of directors for the Center for Working Families in Atlanta. She also serves as an accounting manager of cash and investments at Coca-Cola Co.


Ian Lough, MS, Charleston, W.Va., joined the faculty of the Pennington School in Pennington, N.J. A member of the Honors College and a presidential scholar, Lough now teaches middle school science.



Baby Brown

Olivia Marie to Veronica M. (Bowling) Brown, BS ’05, DDS ’09, and Isaiah Brown, and grandparents Everett W. Bowling, BS ’70, DDS ’75, and Junemarie C. Bowling, BS ’71, Pineville, W.Va.

Baby Lee
Sophia Teagan Lee to Lt. Alexander Russell Lee, BS ’16, and  Rachel Humphreys, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Baby Yost
Heidi Layne to Becky Berkebile Yost, BS ’10, MS ’11, and Erik Yost, BS ’11, Accident, Md.


Charles Bradley “C.B.” Arnett Jr., MA ’49, Mechanicsville, Va., June 17, 2017.

Justice Franklin D. Cleckley, Emeritus Professor, WVU College of Law, Morgantown, W.Va., Aug. 14, 2017.

Aaron C. Darnell, BS ’65, Sophia, W.Va., Sept. 15, 2017.

Fred K. Enseki,  Ph.D ’69, DuBois, Pa.,  Jan. 27, 2017.

Will R. Hanuck, MS ’61, Great Falls, Mont., May 23, 2017.

Robert A. Hogsett, BS ’54, Richmond, Va., July 18, 2017. 

Alice T. Muffly, BS ’49, Littleton, Colo., July 18, 2017.

Ronald J. Mullens, BSJ ’70, Pineville, W.Va., June 22, 2017. 

Jeanne Stockdale Rymer, MA ’70, Wilmington, Del., May 29, 2017. 

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