D&E helps students make holiday memories

Submitted photo Davis & Elkins College students who couldn’t make it home for the Thanksgiving holiday traveled to Morgantown and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to take in a sporting event and sightseeing. Attending a Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks hockey game at PPG Paints Arena are from left, front row, Elise Simon of Fresnoy Le Luat, France; Gustavo Cabral of Salvador, Brazil; Tim Staerz of Bad Nauheim, Germany; Everton Carvalho of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Darby Hall Resident Director Chelsey Toms; back row, Felipe Polycarpo of Niteroi, Brazil; Hedi Mehnaoui of Chatenay Malabry, France; Alejandro Meseguer Garcia de Las Bayonas of Colmenar Viejo, Spain; Lucas Ternqvist of Oestersund, Sweden; Carlos Cruza of Madrid, Spain; Sven Kramer of Idstein, Germany; and Victor Pires of Paulinia, Brazil.

ELKINS — While most Davis & Elkins College students went home for the holidays, many of those hailing from outside of the United States and several student-athletes didn’t make their usual trek to visit family and friends during the Thanksgiving break. To accommodate these students while classes were out of session for the entire week, the college arranged special recreation and leisure activities.

The D&E International Student Organization hosted two excursions for students to enjoy sporting events, sightseeing and shopping. Twelve students took a day trip to Morgantown for the West Virginia University Mountaineers and University of Texas Longhorns football game. Later in the week, students traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they attended a Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks hockey game, then spent the night and the following day in the city just in time for Black Friday shopping.

“The students are truly at the center of everything we do at Davis & Elkins College,” said D&E Vice President of Student Affairs Scott Goddard. “I doubt there is another college or university in the country that does more to address the travel needs of their students.”

In addition to Goddard, other D&E personnel who assisted with student travel for the break were Lowe DelAviles, director of International Student Services; Lisa Senic, administrative assistant for the Office of Student Life and coordinator of parent relations; Chelsey Toms, Upward Bound academic adviser and Darby Hall resident director; Jamie Joss, director of athletics; Alasdair Forsythe, assistant director of accounting; and Mike Karlen, bookstore manager.

“Wendell Berry coined the phrase, ‘Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.’ That phrase rings true for the international students of Davis & Elkins College and domestic students who study abroad,” Goddard said. “Personally, I have always been interested in learning about other parts of the world. The different traditions, cultures and foods all fascinate me. During Thanksgiving break, Davis & Elkins College international students experienced our traditions, cultures and foods. From athletic contests to shopping on Black Friday, the students created memories that they will carry with them for a lifetime.”

Because of distance, not all students who returned to their homes for Thanksgiving could do so by car. As in years past, D&E stepped in to help make travel accessible. Staff members transported students by bus to Pittsburgh International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and North Central West Virginia Airport, and returned the following week to drive them back to campus.

The same shuttle service will be available for students during winter break.

The fall semester concludes Thursday. The spring term begins Jan. 15.

More information is available at the college’s website at www.dewv.edu or by calling 304-637-1243.