Potomac State to recognize Reverends Bartling and McCune

The Reverends Sally Bartling and Jim McCune will both receive the ‘Distinguished Service Award’ for their exceptional service and dedication to the College. The award will be presented at the annual awards banquet during Homecoming festivities at Potomac State College of West Virginia University on Saturday, October 15.

Both Bartling and McCune serve as instructors for WVUe 191 each fall and as co-advisors of the Campus & Community Ministries Club at the College. In the capacity of co-advisors, Bartling and McCune volunteer their time with students for weekly Bible study, community service projects and spend one-on-one time with students helping them adjust to college life. They also take students bowling, to local recreational areas, interact with them in the dining hall, and provide homemade cookies several times during the year. Additionally, Bartling and McCune are on-call for students, faculty and staff at the College.

A small sampling of local service projects include mowing and clearing away brush from yards, painting homes and assisting with the making of apple butter for the annual Apple Butter Festival, as well as volunteering with the After School program and the Food for Thought program.

The two also coordinate an annual spring break service project as well. During this time, students and community volunteers have undertaken a variety of home renovations including: working with Habitat for Humanity in Hatteras, N.C.; building wheelchair accessible ramps and cleaning up after floods in Gilbert, W.Va.; and most recently, installing a roof and remodeling a kitchen in Williamsburg, Va.

Bartling serves as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Keyser, W.Va. and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Westernport, Md. She is a member and past president of Keyser Rotary as well as a board member for Helping Hands. She has been a member of four delegations to El Salvador and previously served as a board member for the Family Crisis Center in Keyser.

Bartling earned her bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. and her master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

McCune serves as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Keyser. He was recently awarded the 2011 Francis Asbury Award for fostering United Methodist ministries in higher education, where he oversees the campus ministry units at 10 colleges and universities throughout West Virginia, including Potomac State.

McCune is also involved with Helping Hands of the Potomac Highlands and the Mineral County Alternative School. He was the recipient of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award, which honors individuals who exhibit outstanding efforts for their work in Christian Evangelism. He earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan and his master’s of divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

The awards banquet will be held in the Davis Conference Center. Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Libby Nichols at 304-788-6870, or 800-262-7332, ext. 6870 or at lmnichols@mail.wvu.edu, by October 10.