The West Virginia University Alumni Association will honor five loyal and dedicated alumni during the 2006 Homecoming celebration as part of its chapter and alumni service awards.
Gen. Earl E. Anderson, USMC , ret., Mike Chapman, John Fleming, Shannon E. Pill, and Mary KathryneKacyWiedebusch will be recognized for their many years of dedication and service to the Alumni Association and the University.
We are very pleased to honor these extraordinary individuals for their loyalty and commitment to their alma mater,said Stephen L. Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the alumni association.Each of these individuals has devoted countless hours to helping the alumni association, the University and its students. We are pleased to have them back on campus to be recognized during this special Homecoming celebration.
The alumni service awards honor alumni who have made valuable contributions to the University and distinguished themselves among their peers. They will participate in the Homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 13, and will be formally recognized during a special pre-game reception on Saturday, Oct. 14.
General Earl E. Anderson, recipient of The David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award
The David W. Jacobs Award, named in honor of David Wood Jacobs who served as director of the alumni association for more than 37 years, recognizes support and lifelong service to the WVU Alumni Association.
Gen. Earl E. Anderson, a native of Morgantown, is the 2006 recipient of this award.
Anderson graduated from WVU with honors in 1940 with a bachelors degree and in 1949 with a masters degree, both in education. He was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of laws from the WVU . He received his law degree from George Washington University where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He is the former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps, and is one of only 21 four-star generals in the entire history of the Marine Corps. At the time of his appointment, he was also the youngest four-star general in the Corps. He is the only WVU graduate ever promoted to this rank in the U.S. Marines. After serving in multiple combat tours, he was awarded 20 personal decorations and seven foreign personal decorations, among others.
Anderson continued to serve his alma mater as a member of the WVU Alumni Association Executive Council from 1971-78 and as president of the Alumni Association in 1976-77. He currently serves as chair of the board of trustees of the WVU Alumni Association’s Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund, the Universitys oldest scholarship fund. In 1973, he was named West Virginia Son of the Year.
While a student at WVU , Anderson was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Mountain Honorary and captain of the Mountaineer baseball team where he was a three-year letterman. He is a member of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and the Order of Vandalia.
Following retirement, Anderson served several years with the State Department and the United Nations. He was vice president of International Marketing and Consulting Corporation of Springfield, Va., and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Committee. He has served on numerous boards and associations, including the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors, House of Delegates and the Task Force on Government Lawyer Participation in the ABA .
He and his wife Jane reside in Vienna, Va., and they have three children: Susan, Mark and Colonel David Anderson, USMC , ret.
MichaelChappyChapman, recipient of The John F. Nicholas Jr. Award
The John F. Nicholas Jr. Award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given outstanding service and contributions to a local alumni chapter.
This years recipient, MikeChappyChapman, has been actively involved in the Blue Ridge Chapter of the alumni association for more than 20 years, serving as the president for the past 10 years.
Chapmans loyalty to WVU and the alumni association remains a key focus of his daily life. He has guided the group from a fledgling chapter into a dynamic organization that daily promotes the educational benefits of the University to residents of southwestern Virginia.
He has been instrumental in creating the annual WVU Blue Ridge Mountaineers Club Pig Roast which supports programming and scholarships for future students. Chapman graduated from WVU in 1969 with a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering. As a student, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Chapman works in the refuse and recycling equipment business in southwestern Virginia. He and his wife, Linda, live in Roanoke, Va.
The John F. Nicholas Jr. Award is named in memory of Col. John F. Nicholas Jr. who was a distinguished WVU alumnus and former chapter leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
John Fleming, recipient of The James R. McCartney Community Service Award
In recognition of his outstanding service to his community, John Fleming is the recipient of the James R. McCartney Community Service Award.
Fleming, who attended WVU from 1962-1966 before leaving to serve in the military, comes from a family that bleeds gold and blue. The younger brother of the late Jack Flemingthe voice of the MountaineersFleming is president of The Book Exchange, Inc., which has been in operation for more than 70 years.
A loyal supporter of alumni activities and events, Fleming extends that commitment to the community by supporting a number of community organizations, as well as WVU student organizations during the school year. He is as a booster for the Mountaineer Maniacs. Proceeds from his most recent project, a wide angle collectorsprint of the WVU Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, will help support alumni programming for alumni and friends.
Fleming is a member of Mountain Honorary and the Rotary Club of Morgantown.
He, his wife Anita, and their son Jonathan live in Morgantown.
Shannon E. Pill, recipient of The Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award
The Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award 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.
The 2006 recipient is Shannon E. Pill of New York City, NY.
As president of the New York/New Jersey Metro Chapter, Pill has been instrumental in the growth and success of the chapter. The NY/NJ Metro Chapter is an important region of the country for WVU in student recruitment, career opportunities and stewardship. Through her involvement in the chapter, she assists in the planning of alumni activities during the Big East Tournament held annually in New York, oversees the Patrick Matz Memorial Scholarship, and plans regular networking events in the New York City area. Loyalty to WVU runs in her family. Last year, her father Rick Pill was recognized as the Associations Outstanding Alumnus.
While at WVU , Pill was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and served as business manager of the Daily Athenaeum. She graduated from WVU in 1999 with a bachelors degree in journalism and in 2001 with a masters degree in industrial relations. Pill, a native of Morgantown, is an employer relations manager/career counselor with Pace University in New York.
Mary KathryneKacyWiedebusch, recipient of The Paul B.”Buck”Martin Award
The Paul B.BuckMartin Award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has worked to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of the University.
Mary KathryneKacyWiedebusch, a native of Clarksburg, is this years recipient.
As professor emeritus, dance coordinator and artistic director of the Orchesis Dance Ensemble at WVU , Wiedebusch has been a loyal supporter of alumni activities and events.
Often referred to as WVU sfirst lady of dance,she built the nationally recognized dance program at WVU . In the 1960s she played a pivotal role in creating the Elizabeth Moore Dance Studio on the downtown campus and in 1976 she founded the artist-in-residence program. She received two national awards for her commitment to dance on the national/college level and has been honored as a founding member of the American College Dance Festival Association. Under her direction, the WVU dance program and the Orchesis Dance Ensemble were instrumental in the development of the West Virginia Dance Festival.
She has received numerous awards including West Virginia Dance Educator of the Year (twice) and induction into the WVU School of Physical Education Hall of Fame, among others.
She was also the first educator to research the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, School&Trust, and has received numerous Grantsmanship awards. Wiedebusch was elected to Whos Who in Education of American Women in the South and Southwest, the East, in England and the World Millennium 2000.
Wiedebusch, who earned a bachelors degree and a masters degree from WVU with professional study in New York City throughout her career, retired from the University in 2006 after more than 50 years of service to WVU and its students. Her daughter, Carole Wiedebusch, is carrying on the tradition as an assistant professor of dance.
The Paul F.BuckMartin Award is named for Buck Martin who served as president of the alumni association and was the former editor of The Martinsburg Journal and noted WVU historian.
The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 165,000 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, Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund, and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visit http://alumni.wvu.edu/ .