As part of the annual Homecoming celebration October 17-19, West Virginia Wesleyan College will bestow awards upon nine deserving recipients. Four alumni will receive awards for their achievement, while two alumni will be honored for service to the College. In addition, two college employees and one local business man will receive the Friend Wesleyan Extra Mile Award.
Jan Lanier Pickering and Stephen Skinner ’90 will both receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Pickering graduated with a nursing degree from WVWC in 1979, and served several years as an RN. She conceived, designed and implemented a violin program for youth serving 120 students from the second to twelfth grade in Williamstown and Waverly, WV.
Honors program graduate Skinner is an accomplished attorney based in Charles Town, WV, and admitted to practice in West Virginia, New York, and Washington, DC. In 2014, Stephen received the West Virginia Association for Justice’s Stanley Preiser Award for the member of the year, and he is the founder of the civil rights organization Fairness West Virginia.
Paul D. Daugherty and Tom Welschonce will receive the Young Alumni Achievement. A former Bonner Scholar and co-Coordinator of the WVWC Community Service Center, Daugherty serves as president and CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia. He is the youngest CEO of a regional association in the country, and co-founded and chaired Generation West Virginia. Daugherty also serves as a member of the National Government Relations and Public Policy Committee for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
Welshonce ’01, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and entered corporate law. In 2008, he began serving KidsVoice as a staff attorney and the legal training coordinator where he represents hundreds of abused and neglected children per year. He advocates on behalf of children not only in the courtroom, but also in schools, hospitals and before administrative agencies.
Stephen E. Foster ’70, will receive the Alumni Service Award. He has dedicated much of his time to Buckhannon and Upshur County, his fraternity Kappa Alpha Order, and to West Virginia Wesleyan College. Foster has provided internships for Wesleyan students, and he also gives of his time through church activities, Rotary, Create Buckhannon, and more.
Chett Pritchett ’99, will receive the Young Alumni Service Award. He completed a Master of Theological Studies degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, and engaged in post-graduate studies at Drew University. Currently, Pritchett is the executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and serves as lay leader of Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Washington, DC, as well as a lay member of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.
Dr. Carl Colson, Dr. Katharine Gregg, and John Jenkins will be awarded the Friends of Wesleyan Extra Mile Award. Recognized mentors, advisors, and consultants, Dr. Colson and Dr. Gregg served and led the Wesleyan Department of Biology for nearly 40 years. They offer travel courses and have served over 275 Wesleyan students allowing them to have life-changing experiences with other cultures, with a hands-on introduction to science. They also helped established and were charter members of Wesleyan’s chapter of the national honorary Phi Kappa Phi.
Jenkins, owner and president of Jenkins Ford in Buckhannon, has long supported Wesleyan. He has established scholarships to assist Upshur County students with financial need, provides annual gifts for the College through the Area Business Campaign, and he is an active supporter of Bobcat athletics. He serves on many committees including chair of the board for Freedom Bank, secretary of the West Virginia Auto Dealer Association, finance chair of the West Virginia Methodist Conference, and a member of the Field of Dreams Turf Committee that was instrumental in raising $1 million for Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s football field.
The honors will be bestowed upon these deserving recipients at the Founders Day celebration on Friday morning at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 17.