Thirteen new members of the West Virginia University School of Journalism’s Perley Isaac Reed Society were honored Saturday, May 24, at Martin Hall.

The society acknowledges those who have made considerable contributions to the WVU P .I. Reed School of Journalism. Previously inducted members were also thanked for their continuing and generous support of the school.

Dean Christine M. Martin and WVU Foundation Director of Gift Planning

Deborah Miller opened the event, which included Gloria Reed Byrum, the daughter of the School’s founder, Perley Isaac Reed.

After the inductees were announced, the dean unveiled the P.I. Reed Society plaque with all members, new and old, represented.

This year’s inductees included: James A. Byrum Jr. , the Dr. Tom and Jean Clark family , family and friends of Matt Hassen , Michael and Janette Heitz , Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation , Christine and Gregory Martin , family of John H.S. Martin and Helen H. Martin , James J. Roop , Charles Ryan , Louise Crumrine Seals , WV Press Association Foundation , * WVU SOJ Alumni Association* and Pamela D. and R. Karl Yagle .

Support from these alumni, friends and organizations goes to improving the overall greatness of the School of Journalism. Specifically, the contributions are used to send students to national media conferences, to help draw speakers to the School and to continue providing the necessary training for the increasing number of students enrolling in the journalism program.

“P.I. Reed’s vision, his mission and his dream for the School of Journalism are sustained by the help and support of all of those we honor in this induction,”Dean Christine Martin told the new inductees.

The night’s events ended with a reception and guests were invited to take tours of Martin Hall showing recent changes and advances the journalism program has made.

Gifts from the new members count in the Building Greatness Campaign, which has received more than $261 million and concludes Dec. 31, 2003. The WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for the university, is conducting the campaign on behalf of WVU .