Each year, West Virginia University alumni across the country dedicate countless hours to assist with recruiting activities, community service projects, fundraising and networking events. The WVU Alumni Association will recognize five deserving individuals for their contributions to the University and to their communities.
This years recipients of the WVU Alumni Associations chapter and service awards are: Betty Bea Cox, Mike Dinneen, Paul Lowe, Ralph Newbanks and Mike Oliver. They will be recognized during WVU s Homecoming festivities this weekend.
Our alumni are the lifeblood of our University,said Stephen L. Douglas, president and CEO , WVU Alumni Association.We are pleased to recognize our wonderful alumni for the dedication and support they show not only to the University, but to the communities in which they live. These individuals show the true Mountaineer spirit of WVU .
Betty Bea Cox of Fairmont is the recipient of the PaulBuckMartin Award. This award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has worked to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of WVU .
Cox is the front desk supervisor of the Student Recreation Center and a loyal Mountaineer. Much of her time is spent volunteering for the University with events such as Mountaineer Week, the University Chapter and FallFest. She also is an active member of Mountain Honorary. In 2004, she was selected as the WVU Foundations Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer.
Cox radiates Mountaineer pride and is always ready to help out a student in need. She and her husband, Hubert, love watching Mountaineer football and never miss a game, often traveling to away games.
Mike Dinneen will receive the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award which honors a WVU alumnus/alumna who graduated within the last 10 years and has provided outstanding service to the WVU Alumni Association or a local chapter.
Dinneen is past president of the Liberty Bell Chapter where he worked with other alumni to rejuvenate the chapters activities. He is a member of the chapters board and is co-chair of Phi Sigma Kappa Capital Campaign. As an undergraduate, Dinneen was business manager at the Daily Athenaeum, served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and Mountain Honorary.
He graduated from WVU in 1997 with a bachelors degree in journalism and received his masters in business administration from DeSales University. He is a marketing manager for SLM Financial in Mount Laurel, N.J., and an adjunct faculty member at Gwynedd-Mercy College. He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Lumberton with their sons, Joseph and Noah.
The John F. Nicholas Jr. will be given posthumously to Paul Lowe formerly of Cleveland, Ohio. This award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given outstanding service and contributions to a local alumni chapter.
Lowe, who passed away on March 4, 2007, after a short battle with cancer, served as the president of the North Coast Cleveland Chapter and was actively involved in numerous activities. He was past president of the Ohio Ballet and former senior warden at St. Christophers-by-the-River in Gates Mills.
This years David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award recipient is Ralph Newbanks of Charlotte, N.C. This award recognizes support and lifelong service to the WVU Alumni Association.
Newbanks helped establish the Charlotte Chapter of the Alumni Association and served on the WVU Alumni Association board from 1993 to 1998. He and his wife, Jo, attended Potomac State College of WVU where they established the Ralph and Jo Newbanks academic scholarship. The Newbanks also have endowed the Ralph and Jo Newbanks Athletic Scholarship Fund at WVU .
Mr. Newbanks, a native of Parkersburg, retired as vice president of Merrill Lynch in 2003 after 37 years of service. He and Jo are Old Gold Life members of the WVU Alumni Association. He is a major contributor to the Marmaduke Dent Society and a supporter ofA New Home for Mountaineersbuilding campaign. Newbanks also is a member of the Woodburn Circle Society and the Mountaineer Athletic Club All-American Society. In 2000, he was recognized as the Potomac State Outstanding Alumnus.
The James R. McCartney Community Service Award will be presented to Mike Oliver of Alexandria, Va., for his outstanding citizenship and service to his community.
Oliver, who retired from the federal government in 2000, was selected as the Alexandria Times 2006 Citizen of the Year. He spends most of his time volunteering in Alexandria with organizations such as ALIVE ! and Friends of the Mental Health Center. He also has spent the past 16 years playing the role of Santa at the Carpenters Shelter, bringing gifts to children early on Christmas morning.
He and his wife, Linda, a 1961 alumna, were set up on a blind date as students at WVU in 1957 and have two daughters, Kathleen and Sarah. Oliver and his wife remain committed to civic activities in the Alexandria area.
The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 170,000 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 29,000 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, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu/.