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WVU Parkersburg celebrates outstanding students at annual honors ceremony

May 17, 2019 – West Virginia University at Parkersburg honored 51 students, seven faculty and staff members, as well as area businesses and community members, during its annual Honors Ceremony held on May 3, 2019, in the college activities center. The event was sponsored by United Bank.

“As West Virginia’s Bank, United Bank was pleased to support WVU Parkersburg as it recognized those who made an outstanding impact at the university this year. These exceptional award recipients fuel the ongoing success of our community,” said United Bank Market President Patrick Bryan. “As the largest publicly traded company headquartered in West Virginia, we are committed to strengthening the viability of our communities and supporting those who share that mission.”

Dr. Chris Gilmer and Michele Wilson, WVU Parkersburg president and Workforce and Economic Development Division executive director respectively, presented the Partner of the Year award to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. This award recognizes a collaborative effort in which WVU Parkersburg will provide a customized 17-month leadership training program to 120 leaders within the WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center organization to help meet workforce development needs.

Dr. Keith Gaskin, vice president for Institutional Advancement at WVU Parkersburg and President and CEO of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation, also presented the college’s first Philanthropist of the Year award to Mary “Mickey” Welch for her longtime support of WVU Parkersburg. In 2009, she endowed a scholarship to aid young students or students who are parents of young children, and this year she made an additional $50,000 gift providing scholarships for students enrolled in certificate and associate degree programs. Welch’s daughter Mary Anne Ketelsen, president of Mr. Bee Potato Chip Company and WVU Parkersburg alumna, accepted the award on her behalf.

The 2019 – 2020 Student Government Association members were also sworn in at the conclusion of the event.

The complete list of award winners includes:

Partner of the Year

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center

Philanthropist of the Year

Mary “Mickey” Welch

Leadership Fellows Awards

Caroline Affolter

Chase Baker

Julia Blair

Jordan Bowman

Mara Eisenbarth

Samantha Farnsworth

Leah Harvey

Nealy Locke

Allison Ostrowski

Acacia Smith

Academic All American Team – Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Omega Chapter

Justin Bosley

Fallyn Buffington

Brittany Sword

Advisor Award

Marie Butler

Art Awards

Hannah Faber

Sabrina Miller

Tristan Opel

Melody Shearlock

Trevor Tallman

Excellence in Media and Communications

Sarah Weeks

Dottie Bibbee Student of the Year

Brooke Buchanan

Service to WPKM

Jonathan Mattingly

WPKM Outstanding DJ

Callie Lyons

Outstanding Anatomy and Physiology Student

Caroline Affolter

Outstanding Lab Technique

Jennifer Kersey

Outstanding Biology Students

Kalina Johnston

Kimberly Lipscomb

Great Lab and Classroom Leadership

Deric Allen

Courtlyn Williams

ADN Student of the Year

Eric Showen

RN-to-BSN Student of the Year

Sherry McCay

Outstanding Surgical Technology Student

Megan McFee

Outstanding Community Volunteer Award

Corey Casdorph

Samantha Good

Allison Hurst

Hannah Ray

Leadership Award

Justin Bosley

Outstanding Business Student

Austin Grimmett

Service Excellence Award

Tonya Morrison

Collegiate Honor Choir

Tony Province

Philip Wilson

College Chorale

Tony Province

Edie Tidd

Jacob Tuley

Philip Wilson

Kappa Delta Pi Presidents

Baylee O’Brien

Brittany Sir

Outstanding Teacher Candidates

Kayla Norman

Madison Pierce

Career Services Awards

Justin Bosley

Russ Bunner

Austin Grimmett

Miranda Reed

Meloney Victory

Early College Student of the Year

Ashley Powell

Early College Excellence

Eva Cartmel

Madison Suszek

Outstanding Early College Student

Philip Wilson

Faculty of the Year, Parkersburg Campus

Andrew Walker

Faculty of the Year, Jackson County Center

Rebecca Tucker

Adjunct Faculty of the Year, Parkersburg Campus

Freda Bradley

Adjunct Faculty of the Year, Jackson County Center

Veronica Barron

Staff of the Year, Parkersburg Campus

Jolene Sink

Staff of the Year, Jackson County Center

April Philbrook

Student Government Association Executive of the Year

Justin Bosley

Student Government Association Senator of the Year

Anthony Perry

Tutor of the Year

Justin Bosley

Student Organization of the Year

Media and Communication Club

“It is said, ‘Those who do the work, do the learning.’ The students, faculty, staff and community members we recognized proved they’ve done the work and advanced the learning at WVU Parkersburg,” said Chad Crumbaker, WVU Parkersburg vice president of academic and student affairs. “The Honors Ceremony is a great way to wrap up the academic year and show how proud we are of the achievements and contributions of so many.”

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