With the passing of Dr. Naomi “Nicki” Boyers Hovatter, Fairmont State University has lost one of its most outstanding and oldest alumni. Hovatter, who died Friday, March 4, at age 103 was honored by the Fairmont State Alumni Association as Outstanding Alumna in 2008. At the Alumni Awards Luncheon that year, she shared some of her memories with those gathered and stated that she attributed her longevity to not resenting growing old and realizing that many are denied the privilege.
Our Accounting students, under the supervision of Dr. T. Jean Engebretson, are once again offering the popular IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) tax preparation services in Fairmont, Clarksburg, Parsons, Mannington, and other areas. The mission of the VITA Program is to provide free basic tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers. VITA provides students with hands-on learning of income tax preparation and it provides real life interaction with tax clients.
The annual School of Business Academic Awards and Scholarship Reception will be held on April 29, 2011 in the Falcon Center Conference Rooms. Each year the School of Business awards over a dozen student scholarships worth over $30,000 during this event. When possible, the donor is invited to attend the event to meet their scholarship recipient. This year the Information Systems Student Organization (ISSO) scholarship will be awarded for the first time.
On March 1, the School of Business hosted the annual Business Etiquette Dinner and Reception at Muriale’s Italian Restaurant in Fairmont. In today’s highly competitive business world, business isn’t just conducted within the confines of an office. Proper etiquette skills are extremely important for our students who must know how to conduct themselves and represent their company at the dining table and in other social settings, whether entertaining or being entertained.
Main Street Fairmont will be unveiling oral history podcasts on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Gatherings, 216 Monroe St., Fairmont. These podcasts document what life was like in Fairmont during the early and mid-20th century. Many of the Fairmont stories are told by Fairmont State alumni. You will recognize some familiar names and faces.
The Fairmont State University community was saddened to learn that the deputy U.S. marshal who died following a Feb. 16 shooting in Elkins was FSU alumnus Derek Hotsinpiller, who graduated from FSU in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
It’s not too late to nominate! The Fairmont State Alumni Association is seeking nominations for Outstanding Alumni, Alumni of Achievement and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards for 2011.
Two upcoming performances of the play “Kindertransport,” one in Fairmont and one in Charleston, will help showcase the talent of Fairmont State University students to a statewide audience.