Students, faculty emeritus, alumnus to be honored at Potomac State
Potomac State College of West Virginia University will recognize Professor Emeritus Dr. Charles Whitehill, Alumnus Richard Ball and Students Curtiss Boggs, Jesse Cook and Kelsey Kimmell during a special ceremony on Sunday, April 21 with the inscription of their names on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in front of Academy Hall.
All three students will graduate this spring and all three are candidates for the‘E. William Noland Outstanding Student Award.’ The recipient of this award will be announced at the Recognition Day Program, to be held immediately following the Scholars’ Wall Program, in the Church-McKee Arts Center.
Boggs is seeking a dual major in political science and history. He has been named to the Provost’s List for all the semesters he’s been attending Potomac State. He is aggressive in his studies, taking above the usual credit hours per semester and is also in the 'Honors Program.'
Boggs serves as governor in the Student Government Association, participates in RA programs, finals week events, and blood drives at the College. He is the recipient of the Bane-Bright Academic Scholarship and the Shenandoah Presbytery Scholarship. Other activities include serving as a drumline instructor at Keyser High School and as a basketball coach for the Keyser Presbyterian Church. Additionally, Boggs completed one year of high school education in Calama, Chile as an independent international student. He is the son of Mark and Stacey Boggs.
Kimmell is majoring in pre veterinary medicine and has been named to the Provost’s List every semester she’s attended Potomac State. After completing her freshman year at the College, Kimmell received the Outstanding Agriculture Freshman Award. She currently serves as vice president of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society and is a member of the women’s soccer team, The Ag and Forestry Club, and the Circle K Club. Kimmell is a 4-H volunteer with Allegany County, Md., and is active with the Prosperity United Methodist Church Youth Group where she serves in the position of secretary and treasurer. Additionally, Kimmell plays in the YMCA Rec Indoor Soccer League and spends a great deal of her time volunteering at various veterinary practices to gain valuable hands-on experience. She is the daughter of Patrick and Tina Kimmell.
Cook is seeking a dual major in political science and mathematics. He’s been named to the Provost’s List for all semesters that he’s attended Potomac State. He is the recipient of the
PROMISE Scholarship, the Lulu May Heskitt Scholarship, the Wardensville community Scholarship, the East hardy High School Scholarship and the Foundation for Rural Services Scholarship. Cook has served as a senator with the Student Government Association and currently serves as the representative for the Advisory council of Students. He is president of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, Collegiate DECA and the Queers & Allies Club. He is a member of the Honors Program. Cook currently serves as a student tutor and a resident assistant at the College. He has participated in the American Red Cross Blood Drive, Bowling for Hunger and Bowling for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mineral County, and helped at the Faith in Action Food Pantry. He is the son of Glen and Sandra Cook.
Charles Whitehill, Ph.D.
Charles Whitehill, Ph.D. began his career at Potomac State in 1961. During his tenure at the College, Dr. Whitehill served as a professor, as chair of the music department and also chaired the Division of Arts and Humanities for many years; furthermore, he was twice- named “Outstanding Professor of the Year.”
|Charles Whitehill, Ph.D.|
Dr. Whitehill founded the College/Community Concert Band and Jazz Band, spending tireless hours at competitions. He was one of the founding members of Highland Arts Unlimited, Inc. and has served as president of the non-profit organization.
In addition to earning his Ph.D. in music education from West Virginia University, Dr. Whitehill earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WVU as well. Dr. Whitehill is a staunch supporter of the College and in 2010 was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Whitehill and his wife, Becky, are the owners of Potomac Highland Winery.
Alumnus Richard Ball
Alumnus Richard Ball, Ph.D., graduated from Potomac State in 1956. Dr. Ball currently serves as Professor of Administration of Justice and Program Coordinator for Penn State University, Penn State Fayette on the Eberly Campus.
Dr. Ball earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University (WVU), and his Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in criminology, from Ohio State University.
|Richard Ball, Ph.D.|
Dr. Ball was the recipient of the Commendation Award from the Adjutant General’s School, U.S. Army for exemplary leadership. He also received the ‘Outstanding Researcher Award from WVU’s College of Arts And Sciences, and the ‘Scholarly Excellence Award’ from Penn State-Fayette.
He has been the recipient of numerous grants and contracts, has been published extensively in books, periodicals and reports and has also given professional presentations. Dr. Ball is currently working on three different research activities. He and his wife, Helen, reside in Morgantown, W.Va.