The West Virginia University Alumni Association has announced the recipients of the 2003 Alumni Awards to be presented during annual Weekend of Honors activities April 11-13. The awards are bestowed upon WVU alumni volunteers in recognition of their valued contributions to the University community.
“The individuals we honor this year are representative of the qualities we value in all of our alumni leaders throughout the country,”said Stephen Douglas, chief executive officer of the WVU Alumni Association.”The entire University community benefits from the service of these hard-working, generous and loyal Mountaineers.”
The 2003 honorees:
- Pam Van Arsdale,87 BS, and Chuck Van Arsdale,86 BS, Hamilton, Ohio, will receive the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award in honor of their work with the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association. The Van Arsdales have been model chapter leaders, recruiting students, organizing social events and raising scholarship funds for their alma mater. Among their most notable accomplishments: They created a chapter Web site and organized a successful weekend of activities for thousands of alums attending the WVU vs. Cincinnati football game.
- Alan W. Babcock,53 BS, Fairmont, is the recipient of the Paul B.”Buck”Martin Traditions Award , recognizing his passionate work to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of WVU . Babcock has been a pillar of WVU sports for almost 60 years, serving proudly as official scorekeeper for Mountaineer basketball games and press box steward at Mountaineer Field for football games. He has generously provided scholarship endowments for WVU students in addition to providing significant financial support for Athletic Department operational expenses.
- Betty L. Miller,47 BS,57 MS, Morgantown, will receive the David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award, recognizing her years of distinguished service to the University and its alumni. Now associate professor emerita, Miller taught in the WVU Department of Mathematics for 35 years, serving as chair of the Faculty Senate in 1984-85. Miller was named WVU Outstanding Alumna in 1989 and became a member of the Order of Vandalia in 1994. She has served on the selection committee for the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni since its inception 16 years ago.
- Michael Petruski,74 BA, Charlotte, N.C., will be presented with the James R. McCartney Community Service Award.A long-time leader of the Charlotte Alumni Chapter, Petruski and his wife, Joan, worked tirelessly to extend Southern-style hospitality to thousands of fellow Mountaineers who attended this years Continental Tire Bowl. In addition to their work on behalf of WVU , the Petruskis have taken a special interest in the plight of missing persons across the nation. As founders of the Friends of Kristen Missing Persons Foundation, they promote national awareness of the growing number of missing persons across the United States each year.
- William H. Toothman, Jr.,69 BS, Woodstock, Ga., will receive the Col. John F. Nicholas Jr. Alumni Chapter Service Award.For more than a decade, Toothman has been an outstanding leader of the Peach State (Atlanta) Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association. It is not a coincidence that, in this same period, the chapter has doubled its membership and events. In another notable milestone, Toothmans chapter created a new scholarship fund to support local students attending WVU .
The honorees will be recognized during the Weekend of Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, in WVU s Mountainlair Ballrooms. For additional details, contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731.
The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 145,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia, every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations. With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the associations 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs.