Football excitement wasnt all fans had to look forward to during Saturdays (Nov. 17) 1 p.m. match-up between West Virginia University and Temple at Mountaineer Field.
Anthony V. Scardina, a forest resources management major from Scottsdale, Pa., and senior biology major Nasira Roidad from Fairmont were named 2001 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.
Anthony Scardina is the son of Marion and Linda Scardina.
He is the president of the WVU Society of American Foresters and treasurer of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciencesstudent council.
He is involved in numerous student organizations, including the Society of American Foresters, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Xi Sigma Pi, Gamma Beta Phi, Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, National Wild Turkey Federation and Trout Unlimited.
Scardina has received several scholarships, including the WVU Forestry Endowment Fund Scholarship, the West Virginia Vegetation Management Scholarship and the Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship.
He also is noted for writing the Dendrology CD-ROM, which is now required reading for Forestry 105 and 106 at WVU .
Scardina is involved in numerous community activities, including Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Street and United Way. He also is a soccer coach in his Pennsylvania hometown and teaches forestry to youth.
He recently participated in fund-raising efforts for the American Red Cross and New York Citys Disaster Relief Fund.
Scardina plans to attend graduate school at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and earn an advanced degree in forest biometrics, quantitative silviculture or law.
He is sponsored by Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity.
Nasira Roidad is the daughter of Mohammad and Jehan Roidad.
She holds key office positions in many student organizations, including serving as president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-medical/dental/optometry honorary, and as vice president of the South Asian Students Association.
Roidad is a member of the WVU Honors Program, Beta Beta Beta, Mountaineer Maniacs, Honors Program Student Activities Committee, Honors Program Student Advisory Committee, Pakistan Students Association, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key Honors Society. She is also a Career Services mentor.
She volunteers at the Caritas House and the WVU Children’s Hospital. Roidad also participates in Adopt-a-Street programs twice a month and American Red Cross fund-raisers.
A WVU Presidential Scholar, she has also received the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Certificate of Achievement, the Lloyd R. Gribble Award and is on the Presidents 4.0 list.
Sponsored by Alpha Epsilon Delta, Roidad also has worked as a Student Government Association Elections Committee chairperson and biology exam proctor.
Naming of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer is part of WVU s 54th annual Mountaineer Week activities, which began Nov. 9 with a craft fair and quilt show and continued through the week with a fiddlers contest, storytelling and more.
Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer candidates, all WVU seniors, were nominated by a either a student organization or a dean or director. They also completed an application and 600-word essay. A 10 -member review panel interviewed the candidates before choosing the finalists and winner.