Each year alumni spend countless hours supporting West Virginia University through recruiting, fund-raising and networking efforts across the country. The WVU Alumni Association will be recognizing several outstanding alumni for their commitment to WVU during the Weekend of Honors activities, April 15-17.
The individuals we are honoring have gone above and beyond in giving back to their alma mater,said Steve Douglas, president and chief executive officer, WVU Alumni Association.It is a great opportunity to showcase the benefits of these hard-working, generous and loyal Mountaineers.
Elizabeth L.BetsyRoss, New York, N.Y., will be honored with the David Wood Jacobs Lifetime Service Award. This award recognizes support and lifelong service to the WVU Alumni Association. The award was named for David Wood Jacobs who served as director of the Alumni Association for more than 37 years.
Ross graduated from WVU with a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in fine arts in 1963 and 1968, respectively. She has led mentoring and recruiting efforts in the New York City area, dedicating countless hours organizing events, participating in college fairs and contacting prospective students. Much of the success of the Big East Alumni Scholarship Reception can be attributed to her. Ross is a school teacher in New York City.
Douglas J. Skaff Jr., Toledo, Ohio, will be honored with the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award. This award, named for Margaret Buchanan, founder of WVU s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and first woman to serve as president of the Alumni Association, honors a WVU alumnus/alumna who graduated within the last 10 years and has provided outstanding service to the Alumni Association or a local chapter.
Skaff has remained a loyal Mountaineer, from his days as president of the Student Government Association to his role as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. He received his bachelors degree in marketing in 2000 and masters degree in human resources and industrial labor relations in 2001, both from WVU . He is currently an area sales manager for Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio.
Ron P. Justice, Morgantown, W.Va., will be honored with the James R. McCartney Community Service Award. This award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given outstanding citizenship and service to his/her community.
Mayor Justice received bachelors and masters degrees from WVU in 1985 and 1990, respectively. While serving in a dual role as mayor of Morgantown and as assistant dean of Student Affairs, he has remained committed to WVU and the City of Morgantown. Under Justices leadership, Morgantown has earned the title,Best Small City in America.Thanks to his commitment to community service, WVU and the City of Morgantown continue to grow and prosper.
Linda Burdette, Morgantown, W.Va., will be honored with the Paul B.BuckMartin Award. This award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who
has worked to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of WVU . The award was named for Buck Martin who served as president of the Alumni Association. He was the former editor of The Martinsburg Journal and noted WVU historian.
Burdette graduated from WVU with a bachelors degree in 1971 and a masters degree in 1973. She has coached the womens gymnastics program for 30 of the 31 years the program has been in existence. Her nationally recognized teams have won 500 meets, nine league championships and four trips to the nationals.
William R.BillGray Jr., Westminster, Colo. , will be honored with the John F. Nicholas Jr. Award. This award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given outstanding service and contributions to a local alumni chapter. The award is named in memory of Col. Nicholas who was a distinguished WVU alumnus and former chapter leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Gray is theunsung heroof the alumni activities in the Rocky Mountain region of the country. A 1991 graduate of WVU s School of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Grays silent and defining leadership have helped establish alumni groups in Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. His loyalty and support of his alma mater have been strong and unwavering in the areas of program development and student recruiting.
All honorees will be recognized during the Weekend of Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, in WVU s Mountainlair Ballrooms. For additional information, contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731.
The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 160,000 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. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visit .