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1 994 Murmurmontis
West Virginia Wesleyan Colleg
Buckhannon, West Virginia


Students at Wesleyan get the chance to view the many aspects of
campus life. The academic life on campus extended beyond the
classroom. Many students could be seen working in the computer lab
until closing, while others chose to work in the library. Students utilized
e-mail on the INTERNET, a world-wide computer network.

Students found many different ways to travel around campus be-
tween classes. While some students chose to simply walk to their
classes, others could be seen riding their bikes or using their roller
blades. Athletic trainers could also be seen riding around in their golf

The Campus Center served as the focal point of the students' daily
campus routine. Throughout the day students and faculty could be
found checking their mail or just sitting outside talking to friends. Stu-
dents could also find many acitivities around campus on the week-
ends. These activities ranged from fraternity parties to athletic events.
The different sports events gave What a

Wesleyan the opportunity to share
its spirit with members of the com-


Kelly Rowan, Terry Coyle, and
Erica Smith walk to their classes
after checking their mail.

2 Opening


The Wesleyan Bobcat takes time
during a football game to entertain
children in the stands.

Students enjoy one of the sunny
afternoons by relaxing between
their classes.

John Cook, Regina Snyder,
Amanda Boyer, and Regina Berry
finish their homework in the com-
puter lab.

Opening 3

Students were able to take a break and relax during the week by
going to the Campus Center. Students were able to find different
activities to occupy their time, such as bowling, billiards, and video
games. Another way to relax was to watch a CAB sponsored movie in
Hyma. The favorite choice of students was to sit outside and admire
Wesleyan's campus. On sunny days students could be seen lying
around campus talking to friends, getting a tan, or doing homework.
Students also took advantage of the nice weather by exercising. They
could be seen jogging or walking around campus with friends or by
themselves. Students also found other types of entertainment outside,
such as playing volleyball, football, or throwing a frisbee.

The Wesleyan Chapel served as the center view of Wesleyan's
campus. The chapel was the centerpiece for all campus life, includ-
ing religious activities and major traditional student events such as
Homecoming and Spring Sing. The chapel was also the one place the

entire Wesleyan Community, includ-
ing students and faculty, could
meet as one family.

What a


Pedro Strawder and
Rachel Abbandandolo
enjoy the day by sitting in
front of the library.

4 Opening

Freshmen participate in the champi-
onship event of tug-o-war during CORE
Olympics. These events are held the
final day of Orientation,

Jason Rasner and Wesley Garrett spend
their free time in the Campus Center
playing billiards. This is just one of the
activities that is available on campus.

Opening 5

What a


Students were able to get a closer view of Wesleyan as
the year moved on. Freshmen got their first real look
during Orientation, while returning students experi-
enced another Homecoming. Freshmen took advan-
tage of the opportunity to get familiar with Wesleyan
during the four days of Orientation. This year's Home-
coming theme was "All Aboard the Wesleyan Cartoon
Express" and the Wesleyan community was able to
witness the many different floats during the parade.
Students were also able to view Wesleyan's many
theatre productions during the fall and spring semes-
ters. The drama department put on five major produc-
tions, including three student directed plays, and sev-
eral one act plays. The many activities on campus
helped the students and faculty get a better view of

As part of the Orienta-
tion activities, CAB ar-
ranges for a gyroscope
to be present on cam-

6 Student Life Divider

Drama students perform the comedy The Importance
of Being Earnest, which was one of the five major
theatre productions held throughout the year.

Camesha Cooper
smiles proudly after
being crowned

Freshmen beginl
their first day on
campus moving
into their dorm

Student Life Divider 7

S tudents participate in the
neck-orange relay, just one
of the many games in the

8 Student Life

<7" he group support during
the competitions held in the
Group Olympics allows
many friendships to be

From meeting others in
group activities to registra-
tion, freshmen participate in


/^t s freshmen arrived on campus, they began moving
/\ i nto their dorms and meeting their roommates.
j^ l~ They learned their way around campus and be-
came familiar with Wesleyan with the help of their Fresh-
men Seminar groups. Freshmen were divided into these
groups which were headed by a faculty member and two
upperclassmen who were there to deal with questions and

These groups, which met weekly for the first eight
weeks of classes, allowed students to meet and become
friends with students they might not have met otherwise.
During orientation week, these groups also participated in
the Group Olympics, which featured such events as the
water relay and neck-orange relay.

Many of these students had left home for the first time
and did not get to go home often. However, in September.
Wesleyan held its annual Parents' Day.

This day was filled with activities that parents could
attend. It allowed the parents to become familiar with
Wesleyan and faculty members, and it gave them an
opportunity to visit with their son or daughter.

fyf oving into the dorms
and the amount of work in-
volved is one of the first
things that Rob Ralfetv
learned about college life.

Student Life 9

J ust after being crowned
as the 1993 Homecoming
Queen, Camesha Cooper
poses with President Tho-
mas Courtice and Commu-
nity Council President Azim

Current students and

alumni alike enjoy all the

festivities centered around

the annual


/^t s the month of October approached, Wesleyan
/-J began preparing for the annual Homecoming fes-
~ "" tivities.

Wesleyan alumni and students attended the bonfire,
watched the football game, and visited with old friends.

The Homecoming parade was another part of the week-
end as current students involved in various organizations,
fraternities and sororities came together to display their
floats throughout the community. All the work in prepar-
ing for the parade proved worthwhile as everyone lined up
on the streets to watch the parade.

The highlight of the festivities came as Camesha Cooper
was crowned Homecoming Queen and the annual Home-
coming football game got underway.

J> ome participants in the
Homecoming parade decide
to ride their motorcycle in-
stead of the traditional float.

10 Student Life

Student Life 1 1

J^s he participates in
Christmas on Campus,
Mark Norman spends the
day painting faces.

(^embers of the Alpha
Gamma Delta Sorority en-
joy the day making puppets
with the children.

1 2 Student Life

<J~ he children who partici-
pated in Christmas on Cam-
pus have fun making Santa
Claus faces.

The annual Christmas on
Campus allows students to
make the holiday a little
merrier for community


/ a or the tenth year in a row, Wesleyan held its Christ-
§— nias on Campus when students from several com-
— S munity elementary schools traveled to campus and

participated in holiday activities.

Different organizations and clubs on campus each spon-
sored an activity, and the tour guides, who were Wesleyan
volunteers, took the children to each activity. Other activi-
ties included decorating bags to carry their crafts and
making puppets to the children's favorite — face painting.
The day began as parents brought their children to
register and meet their guides for the day. As the guides
took the children around to the various activities, they
began participating too by making reindeer hats with one
group and watching a puppet show with another.

The day ended with an appearance by Santa Claus who
gave each child a present and the Chapel Choir led the
group in the singing of Christmas carols.

<~£ he face painting by the
Theatre Department is one
of the most popular activi-
ties of the day.

Student Life 13

J olene Powell. Stephanie
Southall. Phil Schoolcraft,
and Sarah Shaffer gather for
a few minutes of fun before
starting to "hane the greens."

As the holiday season ap-
proached, the annual Hang-
ing of the Greens showed
that it was almost


^yi s the annual Hanging of the Greens began, stu-
yA-l dents had already begun to study for final exams
because they knew that it was almost time for
Christmas break.

Various fraternities, sororities, clubs, and individuals
participated in the Hanging of the Greens. These students
worked together to carry the greens into the Chapel, cut the
limbs apart, and put them in the wires to be hung in the
Chapel in time for the annual Festival of Lessons and

Once the job was finished, the students agreed that it was
worth the effort when they saw the Chapel decorated in the
green and red holiday colors and smelled the pine.

S tephanie Scipio finds

that playing in the pine is

more work than she ex-

14 Student Life

Student Life 1 5

l^assie Shoup gives
Allison Hagy and Natalie
Pania information on their

1 ommy Shoffler sits
stubbornly as he resists his
companions' (Kassie Shoup
and Natalie Pania) advice.

16 Student Life

^/ he cast of Working sings

"I Hear America Singing. " a
song based on the poem by
Walt Whitman.

Campus and community
members alike came to see
the Theatre Department's


S I "^ he Theatre Department was extremely active in
/ Wesleyan's campus entertainment. With five
^- major dramatic productions and several one-act
plays, theatre audiences had a variety of choices.

From the musical Working, to the drama of K-2;
'night, Mother, and What I Did Last Summer, tothe comedy
of The Importance of Being Ernest, theatre-goers had
several opportunities to view Wesleyan students in many
different roles.

Three senior drama majors directed and performed
in these productions. KassieShoup directed 'night. Mother,
a drama about an individual's right to suicide. Weston
Lorenz directed K-2, a play about two men scaling a
mountain. Suzane Fehl directed What I Did Last Summer.
a play about a boy's experiences one summer. Dr. John
Urquhart directed the other major performances.

'Dr. John Urquhart gives
Mike Mozer some pointers
on delivering his lines.

Student Life 1 7

JJisters of Alpha Xi Delta
perform "1 Will Survive" to
finish in second place among
the sororities.


Sororities and Fraternities

competed for high musical

and presentation honors



Z' t » very May the one weekend that people look for-

f~~ ward to is Spring Sing Weekend. This year Spring

f f Sing was held on Saturday, May 23 in Wesley

Chapel. The theme was "Peace, Love, and Wesleyan." and

each group sang songs from the 60's and 70's.

In addition to picking three songs that belong to this
decade, each group had to come up with its own choreog-
raphy to each song. The costumes ranged from camoflauge
fatigues to long, tie-dyed skirts.

In the Fraternity Division, Chi Phi took first place for the
second year in a row. The winner of the sororities was
Alpha Gamma Delta for the eleventh year. Second place
for the fraternities was Theta Xi and for the sororities.
Alpha Xi Delta.

Ihe Alpha Delta Pi sorority
sings "Give Peace a Chance."
as Spring Sing King Brian
Smith looks on.

1 8 Student Life


'J' he members of Chi Phi sing
their wa\ into first place among
the fraternities for the second year
in a row.

Student Life 19

20 Student Life

fMentalist "Amazing
Kreskin" demonstrates
a card trick on an audi-
ence volunteer.

In order to provide entertain-
ment for campus members on
the weekends, the Campus
Activities Board organized


| I he activities sponsored by CAB varied from come-

_/ dians to virtual reality games to movies in Hyma

Auditorium. These activities gave students an

opportunity for entertainment during the evenings or on


Not only did CAB bring in artists to entertain the
campus, but it allowed students to participate also. A talent
show was staged in the Social Hall with top honors paying
$150. Student acts ranged from Pop Dance to Blinking
Nostrils to Guitar Solos, and all participants gave good

For the first time, in addition to Hyma movies and
those on cable. CAB made videos available for rent in the
SCOW. Recent releases and the low cost of one dollar per
night made this form of entertainment very popular with

9dT\ comedian Bill
Bellamy performs as part
of Black Awareness
Month's activities.

Student Life 21

fArargaret Campbell ad-
dresses the audience at the
Sophomore Capping.

In recognition of student
achievements, the Nursing

Program held its annual
Sophomore Capping and Se-
nior Pinning


/" I *■ ach year the Nursing Department holds two
i recgonition ceremonies for students: the Sopho-
more Capping and the Senior Pinning. Having
met the requirements to enter the Nursing Program at
Wesleyan. sophomores participated in the Capping cer-
emony to signify their formal acceptance into the program.
The Wesleyan nursing cap design represented the character-
istics of faith, hope, and charity.

After they completed all degree requirements, se-
niors were recognized for their accomplishments at the
annual Senior Pinning Convocation. The Pinning ceremony
signified their admission into professional nursing practice.

7 udy Mc Kinney is one of
the speakers at the Senior
Pinning Convocation.

22 Student Life

Student Life 23

1) r. Barbara Kean presents
the Hammers Sisters Educa-
tion Scholarship to Kelly

JJ r. Billie Jo Suder gives the
Chemistry Lab Assistant
Awards to Charity Metz and
Jennifer Barker.

24 Student Life

O n behalf of the Alpha Gamma
Delta sorority. Krista Kitney
accepts the Dr. Marian Mc Briar
Davis Award from Lisa Arnold.

During the annual Awards

Ceremony, several students

and faculty members receive

appreciation and



he annual Spring Awards Ceremony gave recog-
nition to the students who have achieved honor
within their respective fields. Freshmen. Sopho-
more. Junior, and Senior classes alike were represented by
outstanding students whose accomplishments were deemed
worthy of special acknowledgement.

Awards were given by almost every department on
campus. From the religion department to the math depart-
ment to the physical education department, scholars from
all walks of student life were recognized.

A highlight to the ceremony was the naming of the
Wesleyan Spirit Awards. So prestigious are these awards
that only one male and one female from each class can
receive them. Alan Riches. Khristie Armentrout. James
Liu, Mel Briggs. Kent Gamble. Keara Kilpatrick. Pedro
Strawder. and Amanda Myers were the recipients of this
year's Wesleyan Spirit Awards.

yvtike Famsworth accepts the
Sheridan Watson Bell Religious
Life Influence Award from
Dean Jerrv Wood.

Student Life 25

What a


Students and faculty combined their strenghths
and efforts to make Wesleyan what it is today. Stu-
dents came from all over the United States and the
world in order to get their education at Wesleyan.
However, they received more than just an education.
In addition to learning, students experienced the warm
and friendly atmosphere that this campus had to offer.
They were able to make friendships that would last a

The faculty at Wesleyan were also a big asset to
the campus atmosphere. They were always available
to answer questions or to just give advice. They made
the students feel important and made going to classes
more bearable. With these efforts students were able
to enjoy the year and looked forward to coming back.

Students wait to use the
gyroscope during Orien-
tation Weekend.


26 People Divider

Toni Gusic and Adam Kuhl
participate in the water relay
during Orientation Weekend.

Dr. Coston tries
his Pest to answer
a student's gues-

Members of the
faculty have a
discussion dur-
ina a luncheon.

People Divider 27


By Tom Neumark



Challenges for his Successor



Of the several sad things about out President leaving for Qhio Wesleyan,

this is perhaps the most moving: Tom Courtice is going with him. You sep* there has always been
more to Dr. Courtice than his office, and it showed in everything he djif It was the combination
of Courtice the President and Courtice the Man that has helped to keep^^Vesleyan in sturdy shape,
and it was the strength of the bonds he built for eight years that have made saying good-bye to him,-
so much harder. j ' >^ &* .-•

It is hard to separate the two Tom's, for it was Courtice's character which enabled huaff to be
such a great President, and the Presidency which allowed him to show his character. Tom Courtice
the President was perhaps the most charming promoter 'Wesley an has ever had. He^Was the'slender
and dapper man who greeted freshmen at his home each year, leaving few hand&unshaken and few
visitors unimpressed. He was the man who' traveled the globe representing Wes4eyan, once eating
fried eel on a trip to Korea because, as he said, "You have to be a good guest." And he was the
smiling gentleman sitting atop a car with his wife Lisa each Homecoming — a magical moment
preserved forever on Wesleyan's Second Century Campaign Vjdeo. . < "

But with Courtice, there are many special moments. When he addressed my freshmen class

28 President Courtice


in 1992. his roles crossed. He told us what
he told his son. "Listen to me. Ryan — " he
recalled. "don't drink and drive; don't prac-
tice unsafe sex." As he spoke passionately,
we knew he was not just our President. He
was a father, a caring father.

And like a father he was there for
us through" it all, wearing his Wesleyan
jacket for every home foot-
hall •game, through rain and
fog and mud. He was always
•our biggest fan. • .

As Liz Sechler re-
calls. "I was once at Glenvflle
State with some of my friends"
from Glejpville watafting a
volleyball match. President
Courtice came in/sat by me.
and said. 'Hi, Ljfc:' He really
got into the.-rnatch. Every
time Sue Jffiff would spike
the balWie made his hand
i nto iftcun and wenL-'Psnew . '

"IVK'Triends asked
/me w^ffhe was and I said the
^.President of Wesleyan. They jm
were amazed that he would BB
travel all this way to a volley-;
ball match and that he ka3w
who I was. Later. I askgtl hijA. »
why he decided to ^6me, Itp
just grinned and Said/*©*. as
on my way ba£K from DC and ^m
I hadn't <Seen a volleyball
game .yet, so I thought I'd
stop by.'" x

And this is where his
rolescrossyetagain. Courtice
•*was more than a President
with a personal touch. He was (and is) a
genuinely personable man. When high
school students visited Wesleyan for a sci-
ence fair this February, Courtice ran into a
few of them while they were touring the
gym. An hour or so later he saw them again
in the SCOW and greeted each of them — by

And he related to them. Holding a
Ph. D. in education and American studies, a
master's in organizational behavior, and a
bachelor's in mathematics, his wide range
of interests include jogging, professional
sports, jazz, and cartoons. (During an Hon-

ors breakfast he had the television tuned to
Bugs Bunny.)

Serious about his job yet still light-
hearted, he even allowed freshman Erika
Horlbogen and me to string his desk with
Christmas lights this year without any fore-
warning. As we taped them to his desk, he
quipped. "This is the best thing that's hap-

pened in here for months."

The stories go on and on with great
variety, but the constant in each is Dr.
Courtice's good-natured humor and his sin-
cere interest in students. To some, though.
Courtice seemed almost too consistent, too
smooth. A reporter from a Delaware news-
paper asked several students who were par-
ticipating in a recent interview. "Does this
guy have any faults?" Their responses were
similar: "I'm sure he does." they each said,
"but I don't know what they are."

Courtice just always seemed to say
the right things. Last fall, when a string of

incidents beset the campus, he spoke before
an angry crowd in Kresge Hall. His honest
responses helped to quell the crowd. In the
weeks after, I saw him in the gym and
mentioned that this must be a stressful time
for him. He simply said. "We're all in this
together, right?" And I knew we were.

There is just so much to say about
Tom Courtice. about the
man who spearheaded the
Second Century Cam-
paign; about the man who
was respected even by
those students who dis-
liked the administration as
a whole; about the man
who attended a Commu-
nity Council meeting this
fall not to oversee it, but
to. as he said, "observe
and learn."

Yes. there was much more
to Tom Courtice than his
role, so much more that
his successor will find the
shoes of this modest man
quite large indeed.
Wesleyan was lucky to
have found someone so
honest and refined to grace
its historic grounds, and
will be hard-pressed to
find someone of his cali-
ber again.

Though Courtice the
President and Courtice the
Man have left us. we will
not soon forget either of
them. Happy memories
of the chipper man with a ready smile will
linger with anyone who has known him,
even if only for a short time. So please don't
forget us. Dr. Courtice. because we relish
having known you.

And thank you for everything
you've done for us. We're sure Ohio
Wesleyan will love you as much as we did.
Your predecessor, former President David
Warren, said in the Columbus Dispatch that,
"lis a win for Ohio Wesleyan. and I think
it's a win for Tom Courtice." But for us. it's
a loss. We will miss you. President Courtice.
We will miss you.

President Courtice 29

Trina Dobberstein

Dean of Student

G. Thomas Mann

Dean of the College

Gerald Wood

Dean of the Chapel

30 Deans

Kent Carpenter
Alumni Relations

Paul Clauson
Aladdin Food Services

Barbara Clowdus
College Relations

Dave Coates
Campus Security

Phyllis Coston
Learning Center

Kimberly Davis
Intercultural Relations

G. Mark DeFoe
Assistant Dean

Richard Dillon
Residence Life

George Klebez

Mike Kuba
Counseling & Wellness

Alice Leigh

New Student Programs

Alisa Lively
Campus Activites

Jean O'Halloran
Volunteer Programs

Robert Skinner

Linda Winspear

Directors 31

Senior Jay Mullen prepares to score for the
Wesleyan Lacrosse Club.


Seniors James Barnes,
Polly Edmonds and
Joelle Machia take time
out from chorale
recruiting during the
Admissions Open House.

During the Founder's
Day Convocation.
Sherry Mattson and Jim
Abraham were awarded
National Youth Sen'ice
Awards in recognition oj
their contributions to
community seiTice.

The Real

Reality. It's been portrayed in
so many ways, but a universal theme
is that being in college is NOT real.
Over and over again, we are told that
when we hit the "real world," then we
will understand what life is about.
Yes, in some ways we are preparing
for new experiences in reality, but has
college been a vacuum void of "real-

Years ot education are sup-
posedly designed to prepare me for
what has become cliched as the "real
world." After spending the first twenty
years of my life in an institutionalized

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