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Great teachers help social change happen

Jean Minnick has been a force for change in the lives of young women at Davis & Elkins College and other female collegiate athletes across West Virginia. Title IX was passed in 1972 just two years after Jean earned her PhD in physical education at New York University. Dr. Minnick knew ...

Need for city manager

Several years ago, the Elkins City Council, Administrative Officers and with the assistance of Legal Counsel drafted a Strategic Plan for the city. The plan was designed to be completed over a five-year period with goals, objectives and timelines. One of the key elements of the plan was to ...

Who cares about public notices? You should

One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices — the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local ...

What you give, what you get

Words to live by are printed on the card that sits on my desk. The author was the colorful Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, who penned, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” Philanthropy, at its core, is the desire to promote the ...

Week 2 at the legislature

As the headline states, it is week two here under the gold dome, but it feels like it’s the final two weeks based on how long floor sessions are going, as well as the tone. Already this week the House of Delegates passed two education reform bills, legislation dealing with states of ...

One teacher deserves two apples on tree

Kump Education Center continues to add apples to the wooden tree in our learning lab to honor beloved schoolteachers. This week we honor a teacher who has been nominated by two donors because his individual tutoring made such a difference in the lives of two students. This amazing teacher and ...

Centrality of people

Writing a weekly column is both a privilege and a responsibility. Attempting to keep this communication fresh for the reader, I try to vary the focus on differing topics relevant to Davis & Elkins College. As I am “Reflecting Along the Journey” this day, I find myself thinking of the ...

Charter amendments discussed

During the City of Elkins Municipal Election, held on March 2, city residents will have the opportunity to vote to amend the city’s charter. The city’s current charter was enacted in 1901 and set the foundation upon which the City of Elkins, as we currently know it, exists. There is no ...

Put apples on KBC teacher tree

We are ready to begin celebrating our new “Apple for the Teacher Tree” project to honor beloved schoolteachers at Kump Education Center. This idea has been developing for several years, but now the tree is really on the wall in our learning lab thanks to Susan Ellison. After ...

Finding love at D&E

“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” With gratitude to those stirring words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and in honor of St. Valentine’s special upcoming day, this week’s “Reflecting Along the Journey” column is dedicated to all the Davis & ...

How to legislate normalcy

My Super Bowl has finally arrived, and no, I’m not talking about football. The 2021 legislative session starts Wednesday and I’m simply excited to have 60 days of writing about things other than COVID-19. Little did I know that by the end of last year’s legislative session in March that ...

What would they do during a pandemic?

This week my husband came across an article comparing Montessori and Piaget, and it made me think about what children are being asked to experience during digital homeschooling now. These two Europeans studied relationships between physical and mental development in children. I think they would ...

Loan program raises questions

Last week I wrote about a $25 million loan program managed by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority that lost more than $24 million over the last 19 years. The Legislative Auditor’s report on the whole affair is quite damning, but not surprising. I’ve had a couple readers ...

Add Kump Center to first annual report

Thanks to Lisa Wood, director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, we have been building a more “Vibrant Community.” Even the coronavirus has not stopped thirty-some businesses from making improvements during the last year. The Inter-Mountain’s “Lifestyles” section ...

Opportunity in 2021

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.” These words from the beautiful Christmas hymn aptly describe this present season in the majestic West Virginia ...

The unelected versus the elected

In this day and age, we’re often forced to pick between two opinions, but I believe some issues are nuanced and can result in having two seemingly opposing opinions in one’s head. For example, one can believe in the ample scientific evidence showing schools are safe places for students ...

Internal threats to American democracy

The peaceful transfer of power has not always been so peaceful in these United States, but it still offers the best path to becoming a more perfect union with liberty for all. Over the last few weeks The Washington Post has included several stories about attempted assassinations and general ...

Impossible to please everyone

For two weeks straight, Gov. Jim Justice lambasted West Virginia media outlets for not reporting more positive stories about the state’s vaccine distribution. So far, I have not seen a quota for how many stories one must write in order to not earn the Governor’s wrath. I’m the primary ...

Starting new services during a pandemic

We have been scrambling to get the Kump Education Center Altice Learning Lab ready for in-person tutoring in an environment where tutors and students will be as safe from COVID-19 as possible during the spring semester and summer school. We will still need to follow rules for social ...

Jan. 6: An epiphany for our democracy

Jan. 6 is the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and it is called Epiphany in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is the celebration of the day when the three wise men found the baby Jesus, and the coming of the savior was made manifest to the Gentiles. This revelation changed the world for ...