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Fall 2016

I received the latest copy of the WVU Magazine today. It’s a great edition full of interesting stories and other features. Here’s a bit of feedback. The print is so light on some pages so as to be unreadable – for example the captions under the pictures on pages 16 and 17. 

I am an avid alumnus and look forward to the magazines when they arrive. Keep up the good work. 

Art Tribbie 

BS ’59, Business Administration 

Cape Coral, Fla. 

In your spring issue of WVU Magazine, [the research] about the second chance for mines was interesting to me. My grandfather, Thomas A. Hunsaker, spent 25 years in the mines in West Virginia, 15 of them as superintendent. One of his duties was to go to the bank in Fairmont every two weeks to get cash to pay the miners. I have the revolver he carried to protect himself while carrying these large sums of money. 

My father, Robert B. Hunsaker spent his entire working career in the mines of northern West Virginia ending up as a safety inspector for Consol Coal Co. I am glad to know the abandoned mines are helping the people in West Virginia. 

On page 65 of the magazine I saw the ad for the National Research Center for Coal and Energy. Is this being built on the WVU campus? 

In the photo was a JLG high lift being used. These JLGs are built and tested one block from our home. We can hear them all day. 

Robert B. Hunsaker Jr. 

BS ’52, Electrical Engineering 

Orrville, Ohio 

[Note: The West Virginia Legislature initiated the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU in 1979 to find cleaner, more efficient, more affordable ways to produce energy, protect our environment and promote economic vitality.] 

First of all, every time I open the pages of the magazine I’m impressed with the contributions WVU alums are making across the world in so many ways. It gives me new reasons to be proud to be a WVU graduate. 

My purpose for this email is to express concern about what I see as something of a lapse of editorial judgment in the prominent positioning and length of the contribution of Bill Rymer [in the summer You Tell Us]. Allowing this caustic commentary regarding the EPA in my view compromises the purposes of this publication. 

While what Mr. Rymer opines about the EPA may be deserved, the WVU Magazine is no place for a vitriolic blog on the topic. In the same spirit I could write a lengthy diatribe about the serious violation of trust committed by Volkswagen. A fraud perpetrated on customers worldwide seems a more important point to dwell upon than the emissions system lapse that Mr. Rymer suggests was of little real consequence to air quality. 

The important story here was the performance of the WVU researchers who exposed the Volkswagen scheme. Somehow it got lost in the noise about the EPA. 

Robert E. Kristofco 

MSW ’74 

Birmingham, Ala. 

The article about the progression of our band was good but so much was left out. True, [Don] Wilcox brought about much change and deserves to be recognized, but Jay Drury has been the Band director since 2005 and I am sure he has influenced the direction our band has taken in the years since. I may be wrong but I thought Wilcox was director from 1971 to 1997 and then Hendricks from 1998 to 2004. The WVU Band is truly “the Pride of West Virginia,” and I never miss their opening performance at football games. I also enjoy the pep band at basketball games. 

Curtis D. Tarr 

MA ’72, Education Administration 

Wellsburg, W.Va. 

[Note: Tarr is right. Wilcox was marching band director until 1997 when he became director of all University bands. John Hendricks III became marching band director in 1998.] 

Enjoyed the issue, and I am proud to have achieved my master’s degree at WVU. 

Bob Asby 

MS ’65, Speech Pathology and Audiology 

Plymouth, Pa.

[On “Slaves No More”] 

Although this story has been shared 42 times, this is the first time I have seen it. I am reposting it and I hope all will read this story to the end. It IS long, but in my opinion, it will be well worth your time to read every word. In fact, once you start, I will be surprised if you can stop before the last period at the end of this account. 

Jo Knott


Heartwarming & heartbreaking story. 

Pat Zachweija 

Margie Mason is a true humanitarian & an inspired investigative journalist! Proud she is a WVU alumna. 

Karen Nguyen 

That WVU magazine was the best I have read yet. 

Kristin Segermark
Margie Mason is a tremendous journalist and a reminder that media programs continue to have an important place in the academe. 

Christopher Maund

[On “Reversing the Drug Trend”] 

Treating an addiction is one thing. Eliminating the fraudulent doctors that enable the over-prescribing of narcotics and helping the part of the population who has no clue that their pain pills are being raided because of how easily accessible they are in their home learn how to better protect their medications from falling into vulnerable hands is also a good way to help prevent addiction from even starting. 

Jennifer Hollister
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