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D&E introducing dance major

April 29, 2014

ELKINS - Unique opportunities for learning, exploring and growing await students at Davis & Elkins College. Through great classroom experiences, plus opportunities beyond the classroom, students find their niche, their friends and their passion, all with the support of a caring family of faculty, staff and students.

In January, the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees announced two key decisions regarding tuition for next year: tuition will be frozen at the present level for all returning students, and the College will guarantee tuition for four years for the class entering this fall.

Although more than 30 majors are offered, not all students enroll with a field of study in mind. Others change their course when they discover a new passion.

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Beginning with the fall 2014 semester, the College will introduce a dance major with an emphasis in American Vernacular Dance. The pioneering program combines American social dance traditions with academic inquiry. The major also includes Contemporary/Postmodern Dance and Sustainable Dance tracks.

Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree that will help them carry their skills into a variety of professional settings.

For those who don't want to pursue dance as a major, a minor in the program is offered. Additionally, students may sign up for a few classes from accomplished professors and learn a new talent to enhance their social life.

The Davis & Elkins Division of Fine & Performing Arts also encompasses theater, ceramics, drawing and much more.

Art majors or those just wanting to take a few classes have brand new studios to practice their talents. Located in the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts, the space features a ceramic studio, a Mac lab, and a large studio for painting and drawing, along with a lobby and exhibit area.

Creativity is a mainstay at Davis & Elkins, where students not only learn, but learn to think, to solve problems and to open their minds to subjects outside of their normal realm of interest.

Also new for the 2014-2015 academic year is the addition of men's and women's lacrosse to the College's roster of athletics. Beginning in spring 2015, lacrosse will be played as a club sport.

For the third year, the College's signature First-Year Symposium will afford students an interactive experience at team work and problem solving with special projects and a simulated legislative session.

We want you to know something, D&E Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joe Roidt says of the Symposium, but just as important as knowing, we want you to be able to do something.

The College recently completed its portion of the Council of Independent Colleges Degree Qualifications Profile consortium. The program benefits students by providing them with a better understanding of academic expectations and challenges. Student learning is enhanced with an ability to apply their knowledge to their future careers and other settings. Davis & Elkins is one of 20 independent colleges selected to participate in the consortium supported by Lumina Foundation for Education.

Davis & Elkins College offers a range of baccalaureate and associate degree programs in the traditional arts and sciences as well as pre-professional and professional studies. For a complete list and description, visit

A Davis & Elkins education reaches far beyond what students learn from a book. It's an experience fostered by caring and nurturing faculty, students who support one another's achievements and a genuine family-like atmosphere that exists throughout the campus.

Some of the programs that lend to the Davis & Elkins College full experience of academic study, personal growth and support beyond graduation include:

Get help or help others. The mission for the Naylor Center for Teaching and Learning is three-fold: To support the heightened performance of students and faculty campus-wide; to transform the learning experience of students with learning disabilities; and to facilitate greater access to higher education. The Naylor Center is also where students gather for organized study groups formed for any class as requested. In addition, tutoring sessions are available for all students. The College Writing Center is open to every student who seeks assistance for essays, reports, research papers and more. Both centers are supervised by a faculty member and supported by trained student tutors.

Experience the arts. Myles Center for the Arts boosts the region's largest auditorium and plays host to musical performances throughout the year. Student theatre productions are staged in Boiler House Theatre, an intimate venue. Appalachian Ensemble is a student music and dance group that performs to live traditional Appalachian music.

Learn by doing and be prepared for life after college. The Career Management Center makes experiential opportunities available to D&E students for internship placement, shadowing and networking opportunities with a wide variety of businesses and institutions both regionally and nationally.

College isn't all work. There has to be time for relaxation and entertainment. The Campus Activities Board, a student-run organization, hosts national music, comedy and other events on campus weekly while classes are in session. Among top-name acts who have performed are Dierks Bentley, Hot Chelle Rae and Vanilla Ice. Many other social and academic groups provide students with opportunities to help organize or participate in events. Those interested in communicating with the campus as a whole may find their voice with the student newspaper, The Senator.

Sporting events bring out the good times. Allen Athletic Field is designed to meet official specifications and includes the Joni Smith Softball Field, and the new AstroTurf Nuttall Field for soccer and lacrosse. Combined with the Senator Baseball Field, cross country course and the nearby McDonnell Center, it s a comprehensive athletic complex for D&E students. Of course there's plenty of room for fans donned in red and white to mingle and cheer on the Senators. During basketball season, stands in the McDonnell Center come to life as students join in theme nights to support their team. It may be hard to believe, but golfing stays on course all year long in this West Virginia mountain town. That's thanks to the unique Seybolt Indoor Golf Academy where players can master their short game. Swimmers have the recently renovated George Myles Pool, while exercise enthusiasts can pick almost any time of day for a workout in the Robbins-Madden Fitness Center. In all, 30 percent of the campus population are student-athletes taking part in baseball, golf, softball, volleyball, tennis, cross country, basketball, swimming and soccer. The College's newest addition, Spirit Squirrels Henry and Steven, keep the crowd roused.

Nurture your spirit. While D&E proudly claims its heritage as a Presbyterian Church (USA)-related college, we also purposefully build relationships with local congregations from other denominations in order to serve our students' spiritual needs. Students also have the opportunity to put their faith into action with mission trips and community service.

Yes, we are a small college, and it's where big things happen. See for yourself by scheduling a visit. Call the Office of Admission at 800-624-3157 or visit

Related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, two hours east of Charleston, three hours south of Pittsburgh and four hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.



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