Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
Staff and Advisory Committee

Folklife Center Staff

Dr. Judy P. Byers

Beth Martin, Adm. Asst.
Fairmont State Administration:

Dr. Maria C. Bennett Rose


Mr. Rick Porto
V.P. For Administrative & Fiscal Affairs

Dr. Deanna Shields
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. J Robert Baker
Chair, Dept. Language & Literature


Advisory Committee:
Victor Basile David Mathews
Judith Biafore Dr. Betty Crickard McCartney
Joe Brock Charlotte Meade
Dr. George F. Byers Phyllis Moore
Ron Chrislip Patricia Murray-Fidura
Mary Lucille DeBarry Dr. Beth Thorne Newcome
Dr. Fred Fidura Dr. Anne Paterson
Frank Gabor Dr. Ron Pearse
Jane W. Gabor John Piscitelli
Mort Gamble John H. Randolph
Bob Heffner Mary Reed
Sarah Hensley June Riffle
Charley Hively Dr. Sharon Romino
Tammy Holden Dr. Angela Schwer
Leigh Ann Hood Leah Stern
Beverly Jones Mary Stewart
Dr. Fran Kirk Dr. Kenneth Sullivan
Dr. Donna Long Elaine Watson
Jo Ann Lough Meredith Sue Willis
Gayle Manchin Dr. Jack Wills
Susan Maslowski  


Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403

Pat Musick
Pat Musick
, Interim Director
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 367-3606


FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fairmont State University’s roots reach back to the formation of public education in the state of West Virginia. In 2015, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are celebrating Fairmont State’s 150th birthday with special remembrances and events.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, author Dr. M. Raymond Alvarez will present a talk about his recent book “The Normal on Fairmont Avenue.” The event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the main campus.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Fairmont State University College of Liberal Arts honored its high achieving students during the fifth annual Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President; and Bill Holmes of the Fairmont State Foundation Inc. presented greetings and congratulations to the students for their academic achievements.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has created an exhibit titled “On a Hill by a Dream,” which features FSU history, traditions and lore.

The title for the exhibition was taken from a poem by Louise McNeill, West Virginia’s former Poet Laureate who taught history at Fairmont State. The following quote is from her “Chestnut Orchard” (“Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore”):

“Back through the years beyond time and space,
On a hill—by a dream—we will find that place.”

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