WVU President E. Gordon Gee Addresses ALMBS

Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having helmed universities for more than three decades. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States.

In 2014, Gee returned to West Virginia University, where his career as a university president began. His leadership goals include putting students first, advancing the university’s research agenda, partnering with West Virginia communities and making sure that 1.8 million West Virginians know in their hearts and minds that West Virginia University is their university.

Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role,

Dr. Thomas Evans Speaks to ALMBS

Dr. Thomas Evans West Virginia Robotic Technology Center

Dr. Thomas Evans serves as the Research Program Manager of the WV Robotic Technology Center in support of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office. At WVRTC, Dr. Evans is responsible for strategic development and guidance of research to support satellite servicing endeavors and advanced space robotic operations. In addition to leading the full-time staff at WVRTC, Dr. Evans holds a Research Assistant Professorship position in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at WVU. He engages research faculty and graduate students within the University’s College of Engineering to support the development of WVRTC robotic subsystems and advanced sensor systems.

Dr. Evans performed mechanical design and systems engineering of robotic tools and sensor system integration before advancing to the Research Program Manager position. His background and experience includes research and development in the fields of composite materials, embedded sensor systems, robotics, and mechanical design.

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ALMBS Announces Office of Emergency Services Staff

Barbour/Webster – Alexander Lemasters, Braxton – Arnold Walker IV, Calhoun/Gilmer – Rafael Coplin, Harrison/Upshur – Christian Hicks, Kanawha – Austin Young, Lewis – Michael Dingus, Marion – Austin Miller, Monroe – Dana Seech, Panhandle – Hunter McNeill, Randolph – Johnathon Lipovich.

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ALMBS Announces Journalism Staff

Print Journalism

Co-Editor – Douglas Soule (Barbour Cottage), Cooper Holmes (Lewis Cottage); Reporter – Rafael Coplin (Gilmer Cottage), John Handley, Jr. (Randolph Cottage), Brendon Wallace, Andrew Camp (Panhandle Cottage); Photographer – Kyle Machel (Monroe Cottage), Noah Chidester (Panhandle Cottage); Layout Editor – Austin Daniels (Kanawha Cottage), Phoenix Huron (Randolph Cottage); Additional Staff – Camden Cutlip (Lewis Cottage), Omar Zapata (Upshur Cottage), Jarred Carter (Webster Cottage)

Broadcast Journalism

Digital Reporter – Jayson Chappell (?? Cottage), Dylan Brack (Kanawha Cottage), Corton Rider (Harrison Cottage), Alex Mazza (Marion Cottage), Bailey White (Gilmer Cottage), Brady Devericks (Barbour Cottage), Clayton Valentine (Randolph Cottage); Part-time Staff – Noah Bott (Panhandle Cottage), Grayland Brown (Lewis Cottage), Joseph Lucey (Randolph Cottage), Logan Davis (Braxton Cottage).

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ALMBS Announces Bank Staff

President – Evan Clay; Vice-President – Levite Severance; Loan Officer – Malik Banks; Staff – Skylaar Mease; Staff – Abhishek Dave; Staff – Joshua Kyle Swain; Staff – Elijah Washington


Barbour – Andrew Slusser; Braxton – Chase Gillispie; Calhoun – Jared Droppleman; Gilmer – Ryan Neil; Harrison – Dylan Doyle; Kanawha – David Hartzell; Lewis – Aaron Russel Carr; Marion – Gavin Grymes; Monroe – Logan Cerullo; Panhandle – Aaron Hudson; Randolph – Austin Eisenhauer; Upshur – Simon Nero; Webster – Dalton Marple

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick Addresses ALMBS

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick was elected in 2012 and assumed office January 14, 2013. He is a Webster County native and graduated from Webster Springs High School. He earned a B.A. Degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, Hobart Technical Center, Lincoln Welding School, and Mendenhall School of Auctioneering.

He taught welding for five years at Pocahontas County High School before being elected to the Pocahontas County Board of Education. He then served nearly 10 years as President of the Pocahontas County Commission. Advancing to the state level, he won his bid for a seat in the House of Delegates where he served one year before being appointed to fill an unexpired term in the West Virginia Senate.

As a member of the Senate, he held several leadership positions, including eight years as Chair as of the

Michael Belmear

Michael Belmear Speaks to ALMBS

Michael Belmear

Michael Belmear began his career in higher education at West Virginia University working as the stack supervisor for the downtown main campus library from 1971 to 1974. He was then hired at WVU as an admissions counselor from 1974 to 1978 and was responsible for increasing minority enrollment. During that time, both overall university enrollment and minority enrollment increased.

Michael Belmear came to Fairmont State as a Student Affairs counselor in August 1979. In this position, he served as a counselor and recruiter. His duties were later expanded to include advisor to the Student Government and Student Activities programs. For 31 years, he was director of the New Student Orientation program, and he also created and directed the annual statewide Fairmont State and Pierpont Leadership Conference. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and then served as Vice President for Student Affairs for FSU and Pierpont.

Jamie Summerlin Addresses ALMBS

Jamie Summerlin is 43 years old, and a Marine from West Virginia. His wife Tiffany is also a Marine, and they met in Iwakuni Japan while stationed there together in 1995. He resides in Morgantown with her and their two children, Nicholas and Shayna. Jamie ran his first marathon in November of 2009, at the Suntrust Richmond Marathon in Virginia, having been encouraged by a close friend and former coworker, Jason Thomas.

Having never run longer than 11 miles non-stop in his life, he took upon himself the challenge, and began following a strict 5 month training program that led to a 3:31:02 race time. It was a life changing experience for him, and started putting in motion the thoughts that there were even greater challenges out there to overcome.

His first Ultra Marathon, the Frozen Sasquatch 50K, was run 2 months later through snow and mountainous terrain, and he was hooked.

Senator Capito Welcomes ALMBS Citizens

Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia’s history and was elected with the largest margin of victory for a Republican in state history – winning more than 62 percent of the vote and all 55 counties.

After serving West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, and as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for four years prior, Shelley decided to run for Senate with the goal of being an even stronger voice for the Mountain State. She also saw an opportunity to restore order to a Senate stuck in gridlock for far too long.

Shelley believes that the challenges of our day demand bipartisan solutions and cooperation across the aisle to advance legislation that benefits West Virginia and the country as

Representative Alex Mooney Welcomes ALMBS

Congressman Alex X. Mooney and his wife live in Charles Town in Jefferson County with their three children. Their third child, Gabrielle, was born in Charleston, West Virginia in October 2014. The son of a Cuban refugee and Vietnam veteran, Alex grew up with a deep sense of appreciation for the American ideals of individual freedom and personal responsibility.

Alex’s mother, Lala, was born and raised in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, where she and other members of her family were thrown into jail for seven weeks for opposing Castro’s communist regime. When she was 21, Lala escaped Cuba and fled to America with barely a penny to her name.

Alex’s father, Vincent, was sent to Vietnam when Lala was expecting their first child. He served as an Engineering Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Listening to his parents’ inspiring stories, Alex knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life