A West Virginia philanthropist, two art patrons, a chair of pharmacy and a longtime Admissions and Records staff member will be honored asMost Loyalsduring 58th annual Mountaineer Week activities Oct. 30-Nov. 6.
The 2005 honorees are: Charles F. Erickson, Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer; Stuart and Stephanie Bloch, Most Loyal West Virginians; Dr. Arthur I. Jacknowitz, Most Loyal Faculty Mountaineer; and Steve A. Taylor, Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer. The group will be honored during halftime ceremonies of the WVU – Connecticut football game on Nov. 2.
The Most Loyal West Virginian and Alumni Mountaineer awards have been presented since 1974, while the Most Loyal Faculty and Staff Mountaineer awards were created in 1994 and split into two awards in 2001.
This year marks the first time both a father and son have been given the Most Loyal award. Charles F. Erickson is this years Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer. In 1986, C.O. Erickson received the Most Loyal West Virginian award.
Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer
The Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer exemplifies faithfulness to the ideals and goals of the University and exhibits support for WVU activities and operations through leadership and service.
Charles F. Erickson has long been an advocate of the University, both personally and as a trustee/chairman of the Erickson Foundation.
A native of Man, Logan County, Erickson has established a lifelong relationship of support for WVU . Since his days on campus in the 1950s, he has become a generous and dedicated advocate for the institution.
Erickson successfully led and managed the family-owned national television cable systems business. The Erickson name is widely considered a pioneer in the cable industry and was credited for advances in technology and service.
The Erickson family is most noted for establishing and naming the home of the WVU Alumni Association, as well as college alumni buildings across the state. The significant gift came from the generosity of Ericksons late father, C.O. Erickson. The younger Erickson has continued the familys support, agreeing to serve as the honorary chairman of the capital campaign committee for the new alumni center.
In his role with the Erickson Foundation, he has supported community and service-related projects of benefit to West Virginians. Additionally, the Erickson Foundation has been a key benefactor to numerous projects in the Wood County/Parkersburg area.
Erickson and his wife, Laurie Anderson Erickson, reside in both Parkersburg and Gulf Stream, Fla.
Most Loyal West Virginians
Most Loyal West Virginian exemplifies faithfulness to the ideals and goals of the state of West Virginia through business, professional and civic achievement as well as support of WVU .
Stuart F. and Stephanie H. Bloch of Wheeling have been loyal patrons of the WVU College of Creative Arts and are charter members of the WVU Foundations planned giving donor groupthe Irvin Stewart Society.
The Blochs have been especially generous in their support of the College of Creative Arts. They created its Bloch Learning and Performance Center, located in the former Choral Recital Hall, which has been extensively renovated and outfitted with the latest audiovisual technology. It is now an exceptional recital hall and a first-class academic and lecture hall. Additionally, the Blochs have provided support for numerous student scholarships.
Stuart Bloch has enjoyed a successful career as president of Bloch Brothers
Tobacco Co.of Mail Pouch famefrom 1968-75. Currently, he serves as executive vice president and secretary of Hazlett, Burt and Watson Inc.an investment and securities firm.
Bloch has served on several high-profile committees, most notably as the 52 nd president of the U.S. Golf Association. He has served WVU on the School of Medicine Visiting Committee and was a former chairman and member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors.
Bloch is involved in his community as well through service to the West Virginia Business Roundtable, Wheeling Jaycees, Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation, YMCA , Salvation Army, United Way, Wheeling Country Day School, Rotary International, Wheeling
Area Hockey Association, Junior Achievement and the Wheeling Symphony.
Stephanie Hawkins Bloch is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. She has served as a member of the WVU College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee, is a member of the Snowshoe Institute board of advisers, secretary for the Oglebay Institute and is affiliated with the Kings Daughters Child Care Center.
The Blochs have been married for 46 years, and have four adult children and six grandchildren.
Most Loyal Faculty and Staff Mountaineers
Most Loyal Faculty and Staff Mountaineers exemplify faithfulness to the ideals and goals of WVU and exhibit support for WVU activities and operations through leadership and service.
Arthur I. Jacknowitz has served as a faculty member at WVU since 1974. He was chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy for almost 16 years until a former student, Michele Vigneault McNeill, named and endowed a chair in honor of his teaching, scholarship and service in 2001.
He has served as a pre-pharmacy and pharmacy adviser to honors students since 2001.
Dr. Jacknowitz helped to initiate The Rite Aid Corp.-WVU Community Pharmacy Residency. His presentation onOverview of Shared Responsibilities and BenefitsJanuary 30, 2001was responsible for Rite Aids funding of the residency.
He was the author of the chapter on musculoskeletal injuries and disorders in the past four editions of the Handbook on Non-Prescription Drugs. He served two five-year terms, from 1990-2000, as a member of an expert USP Drug Information Panel. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy recently reappointed him to a fourth three-year term on its Licensure Test Review Committee. He is one of only 25 pharmacy practitioners/educators nationwide to achieve this recognition.
Jacknowitz has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific and technical articles and as many presentations. He was a monthly columnist for several years for the peer-reviewed journalUS Pharmacist,a recipient of the Merck, Sharp and Dohme Award for outstanding achievement in the profession of pharmacy, and a member of the editorial board of theDrug Information Journalfor more than 15 years. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Drug Information Association and received the organizations Outstanding Service Award in 1996.
Jacknowitz and his wife, Linda, reside in Morgantown.
Steve A. Taylor is a 36-year staff member in the Office of Admissions and Records. As registrar, the good of the University and its students is always foremost in his mind. It has been said that there isnt a faculty or staff member at the University who doesnt know Tayloreither personally or by reputation.
Taylor takes his job seriously and does it with an immense amount of prideoften going the extra mile. When students have a problem, he is committed to helping them find a viable solution.
He also boasts an interactive relationship with the students. Taylor volunteers at events such as Up All Night, FallFest, graduation, football and basketball gamesobviously outside the realm of his job, but putting him in a position to better know and relate to the students.
Steve and his wife, Jeanne Grayson Taylor, reside in Morgantown.