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West Liberty U recognizes staff during convocation

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University held its spring semester convocation Feb. 10 in a virtual presentation, recognizing numerous faculty and staff members.

President W. Franklin Evans began the meeting with comments that shared his vision of success and encouraged everyone to believe that “any and all things are possible.”

Evans, who began his role as president just a few weeks ago, stressed the need to continue the qualities that make West Liberty University unique as the university serves students and focuses on student success.

Scott Cook, vice president of enrollment, reported an overall increase in enrollment of 3 percent over last spring, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are up in graduate students, transfers and early entrance enrollment. But retention of students is critical. We must continue to focus on our students. Each employee can help in this and make sure our students find campus a special place, even during the pandemic,” he said.

Three faculty members were singled out for excellence this semester, receiving a monetary award and plaque. These honorees were nominated by deans, faculty or administration and then selected via committee, with final approval by the president.

Faculty Excellence Awards were presented to:

• Deanna Schmitt, assistant professor of biology, the Professional Activity Award;

• Vishakha Maskey, professor of management and economics, the Service Award; and

• William “Scott” Hanna, associate professor of English, the Teaching Award.

Employees recognized for 30 years of service included Sylvia Hawranick Senften, program director/professor of social work, and Allen Ramsey, Elbin Library tech assistant, while those with 25 years were Stacy Page, administrative assistant in the College of Sciences; and Herb Minch, head softball coach.

Diana Harto, chief human resources officer, introduced staff members who have been hired since August 2019 and noted a series of promotions within the faculty and staff.

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