Several West Virginia University alumni who have dedicated significant amounts of time and energy to promote and support the WVU Alumni Association and the University will be honored April 12-13 during Weekend of Honors.
The David W. Jacobs Award for support and lifelong service to the WVU Alumni Association will be awarded to Stanley E. Friedman, Class of49, from Shaker Heights, Ohio. A long-time member of the Alumni Association, Friedman leads the Cleveland, Ohio Metropolitan Chapter. He is a member of the WVU Emeritus Club and the National Alumni Recruiting Network.
“Stan has illustrated a true commitment to keeping the Mountaineer spirit alive in the Cleveland area,”said Stephen Douglas, chief executive officer of the WVU Alumni Association.”We are thankful to have him there working to support WVU in so many ways.”
The Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award honors a WVU graduate of 10 years or less who has provided outstanding service to the Alumni Association or local chapter.
This years Margaret Buchanan Cole Young award winner, Carol Dunn Wallace, Class of92, from Bristow, Va., has been involved in the leadership of the National Capital Chapter for a number of years. Wallace has helped organize the annual Presidents State of the University Address on Capitol Hill and been an integral part of the success of that event.
“Carols love and dedication for the University is a way of life,”explained Douglas.”Carol is someone you will find mentoring WVU students and graduates in the D.C. area and really taking stock in their lives. She is a true asset to our institution.”
The Paul B.”Buck”Martin Award recognizing those working to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of WVU , will be awarded to Dr. Frank Stevens, Class of62. The well-known public address announcer for WVU Athletics and the Mountaineer Marching Band serves as a true Mountaineer ambassador. His signature mantra,”Lets Bring on the Mountaineers,”has become as much a part of WVU sporting events as the kickoff or the tip-off. Stevens graciously accepts numerous requests to travel to University events near and far to lend his voice and talents whenever necessary.
“A game or band performance without Frank is just incomplete,”Douglas explained.
The John F. Nicholas Jr. Award for outstanding service and contributions to a local alumni chapter will be awarded to Deb Smyth Green, Classes of70&71, of Oswego, Ill. When assessing the true movers and shakers associated with WVU and the Alumni Association, Green is among the first people mentioned, Douglas said.
She serves on the Alumni Associations Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and in a leadership capacity for the Chicago Area Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association. Dean Duane Nellis of the College of Arts and Sciences explained most appropriately her impact on the University.
“What I have lauded in Debs work for the Chicago chapter is her dedication to connecting the chapter, in very real ways, with WVU and with whats happening at WVU beyond its athletic program,”Nellis said.
As chapter president, Green oversees numerous activities in the Chicago area that include bringing WVU administrators and representatives to the Windy City for receptions and information sessions.
The James R. McCartney Award recognizing a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given outstanding citizenship and service to his/her community will be awarded to Billy L. Coffindaffer, Classes of50&55, of Morgantown. Dr. Coffindaffer is recognized for the leadership and vision he has provided to the greater Morgantown community. His involvement in the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce has helped to navigate the Morgantown community through a period of development that will lead to continued economic growth in the years to come.
“Billy is the kind of person who thinks outside of the block,”Douglas said.”He sets his mind on a goal and has a way of getting people on board with his vision. That is the kind of leadership we find makes our association and its members successful.”
The Alumni Awards were implemented in 1995 and presented for the first time in 1996. As part of the recognition, awardees are given a special commemorative plaque and certificate for their years of service.
For more information about the award ceremony, contact Kevin Berry, 304-293-4731.