Impact Scholarship Created In Memory of Regina Sue Dulin DeMary
The family of Fairmont State Nursing alumna Regina Sue Dulin DeMary has established an Impact Scholarship in her memory through the Fairmont State Foundation.
A retired registered nurse and 1966 graduate of Fairmont State, Sue DeMary passed away in April 2016, survived by her husband John DeMary, who made a generous donation to the Foundation in her memory to create the scholarship. The Regina Sue Dulin DeMary Scholarship will aid a Nursing undergraduate student, who is preferably a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each academic year.
“Fairmont State University is grateful to John DeMary for his support of nursing students by memorializing his wife through an Impact Scholarship,” said RJ Gimbl, President of the Fairmont State Foundation. “Impact Scholarships provide an immediate award to students.”
Sue DeMary was born in 1932 in Webster County. Her family faced difficult times after her father died in a timbering accident when she was 4 years old, leaving her mother alone to raise five children. She attended a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade, and the family moved to Fairmont where DeMary finished high school.
DeMary and her first husband, William Dulin Jr., had three children. He worked as a miner, and she worked at jobs including a clerical position at the Times newspaper and as a glass worker at the Owens Illinois plant. According to her family, she and her husband always advocated education for their children as a way to get ahead and provide for themselves, so she decided to take her own advice and enroll in the new Nursing program at Fairmont State College (now University). In 1966, DeMary graduated as a member of Fairmont State’s first Nursing program, while working part-time and raising her children.
During her career, she worked as a nurse in Fairmont; Ashland, Ky.; and Lakeland, Fla. After years of experience, she worked in nursing homes in positions including Director of Nursing and ended her career with AMFM Nursing Homes as a Quality Improvement Coordinator. She was a member of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration.
After her 1997 retirement, she married her second husband, John DeMary, and settled in Rivesville, where she enjoyed bowling, gardening, bird watching and family gatherings. She was a member of Rivesville United Methodist Church.
For more information about FSU’s School of Nursing & Allied Health Administration, visit https://www.fairmontstate.edu/schoolofnaha/.
WATTS FAMILY MAKES SECOND GIFT TO RBA STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
The Watts family has made a second generous gift to the Fairmont State Foundation to fully endow a new scholarship to aid Regents Bachelor of Arts students.
During her retirement reception in January 2015, Janice Watts and her husband Royal and their daughter, Lara Marie Gladding of Potomac Falls, Va., announced that the family was donating $10,000 to the Fairmont State Foundation to endow a new scholarship to aid RBA students. Watts said she really enjoyed working with adult students during her years on campus. In May 2016, the Watts family made an additional $15,000 gift to the Foundation to officially endow the scholarship.
In August 2015, the campus community gathered to dedicate the Janice Watts Living Garden located near the entrance of the Turley Student Services Center in honor of Janice’s service to the University.
“At Fairmont State University, we believe that students are our first priority, and it is a pleasure to honor one of our retired employees who spent her career here assisting students,” said FSU President Maria Rose.
Janice Watts began her career at Fairmont State in 1987 as a casual worker and became a full-time employee in 1994. Before retiring in January 2015, she served as the academic advisor for about 100 students enrolled in the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program. In this position, she demonstrated an empathetic understanding of the concerns faced by many adult students and often served as an advocate on their behalf. She also has been secretary for Leadership Marion since 1994.
Watts was named Classified Employee of the year in 2009. During the awards banquet, a member of the event planning committee read the following statement: “Janice treats students as respected individuals and does whatever she can to help them meet their goals. She places her service to students as a high priority and with high integrity and high standards for herself. We are fortunate to have her at our institution.”
Watts also is the designer of the flag for the City of Fairmont that flies over the J. Harper Meredith Building and the Gateway Connector. She is an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the United Methodist Women.
Watts and her husband Royal reside in Fairmont. They have one daughter, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The Regents Bachelor of Arts degree is a flexible program that provides adult learners the opportunity to turn life experience into course credit, if that experience is generally equivalent to a college course. For more information about the RBA Program at Fairmont State, call (304) 367-4709. Other resources for adult learners can be found at the state’s free college and career-planning web site at www.cfwv.com.
Sell Named Dir of Development at FSF
The Fairmont State Foundation has named Jessica Sell Director of Development. Sell comes to the Foundation after serving the last three years on the staff of Senator Joe Manchin following prior positions at non-profit TSEA, the University of California at Irvine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her appoint with the Foundation will begin in January of 2016.
"I am confident that Jessica will bring experience and energy to the job," Foundation President RJ Gimbl said. "Her familiarity locally as well as within the state will also benefit the Foundation as we work towards reaching the next level. We look forward to having her join the team."
As a member of Senator Manchin’s staff, Sell was a regional coordinator for twelve counties in North Central West Virginia after starting as a caseworker in the Fairmont office. Prior to joining the Senator’s team, Sell spent three years as a Partnership Director for the non-profit TSEA, Inc. In that capacity, she was responsible for management and coordination of memberships as well as partnership activities and event planning.
"The Foundation is very pleased to have Jessica Sell join our team. She has gained exceptional experience through her appointment with Senator Manchin and brings a wealth of talent and, most importantly, a deep-rooted passion for Fairmont State University and the community," said Foundation Chair Craig Walker.
Previously, Sell served as Compliance Coordinator at UC – Irvine for one year. She assisted in all facets of the compliance program for Intercollegiate Athletics after spending one season as an assistant basketball coach for the Anteaters.
Before her arrival in California, Sell served as the Assistant Director of Recruiting for the women’s basketball team at UNC Chapel Hill. This, after a standout career as a guard for the Tar Heels, where Sell was a part of two final four appearances, two ACC titles and accolades that included the Dean’s List and All-ACC Academic Honor Roll.
A native of Barrackville, WV Sell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. She plans to complete a master’s degree in education from Fairmont State University.
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Gimbl Named President and CEO - October 7, 2015
The Fairmont State Foundation has named RJ Gimbl as President and CEO. Gimbl comes to the FSU Foundation after serving the last three years as Vice President of Brown Equipment & Machine Company in Morgantown following prior development positions at Penn State University, Marshall University and West Virginia University. He brings 10 years of experience working in higher education development programs.
"RJ brings exceptional experience and expertise to our Foundation and we believe strongly he is a perfect fit for moving us forward to the next level, said Craig Walker, Chair of the Board of Directors. He has proven skills in developing and enhancing a culture of giving at each of the higher education institutions he has served. We look forward to his leadership and his outreach on campus and throughout the broader Fairmont State University community."
At Brown, he provided leadership and management, directing new business development for the 43 year old company. Prior to joining Brown, Gimbl spent four years as director of major gifts for the Nittany Lion Club at Penn State University. In that capacity, he was responsible for new major gifts and pledges exceeding $4 million. Among his duties was compiling and executing the fundraising plan for the Ice Campaign, securing endowments for the newly created Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey programs.
Previously, Gimbl served as Marshall's Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. He oversaw all areas of development for Marshall University Intercollegiate Athletics. At Marshall, Gimbl directed the re-organization of the annual giving program, instituted and branded a coaches tour, and re-created the game-day experience at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for premium seat holders.
Before his arrival at Marshall, Gimbl served as the Assistant Director of Development at West Virginia University since March of 2004. During his tenure at WVU, Gimbl oversaw the annual giving and ticket priority program, helped to manage more than 5,500 donors, and assisted in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors for the Mountaineer Athletic Club. He also was involved with the Mountaineer Athletic Club's annual Coaches Caravan, the WVU 1100 Club, and helped coordinate the WVU Varsity Club for former student-athletes.
A native of Holbrook, N.Y, Gimbl, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Psychology from Rutgers University in 2000. He earned a Master's in Business Administration from West Virginia in 2002.
Gift Supports WV FIRST LEGO League- 1/9/2014
A donor has made a $10,000 contribution through the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. in support of the West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics tournament for 2014-2015. The NASA IV & V Educator Resource Center coordinates the statewide tournament that has been hosted in Fairmont by Fairmont State University’s College of Science and Technology.
Cherie Bharti of Morgantown officially presented the gift in support of the FLL tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 7, to Todd Ensign, Program Manager for the
NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center and tournament director; FSU President Maria Rose; and Fairmont State Foundation President William Armistead.
“In over a dozen years conducting STEM outreach, this is the most generous donation any program I have been involved in has ever received,” Ensign said. “This funding will put FIRST® LEGO® League in a position to reach even more students precisely when we are shifting from a single statewide competition to five qualifying tournaments which feed into the final championship held at Fairmont State University. The timing simply couldn’t be better.”
Bharti’s son, Vijay, a student at Suncrest Middle School, and daughter, Dolly, a student at Morgantown High School, have participated in the competition and Bharti has been a FLL team coach for several years. She said she wanted to do something significant to help the tournament grow because it has been such a beneficial experience for her children and their teammates.
“I feel this is the best form of mental growth for kids who are excited but lost between games and education, by blending the two together,” Bharti said.
The FSU College of Science and Technology hosted the 2012-2013 robotics tournament on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, on FSU’s main campus. Sponsors of this year’s challenge were NASA IV&V, FSU, WV Space Grant Consortium, Par Mar Stores, Thrasher Engineering and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
“Fairmont State University is proud to support the West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League tournament which provides an exciting opportunity for middle school students to gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles, as well as teamwork and problem solving,” said Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President. “The College of Science and Technology is honored to host the more than 1,000 visitors this event brings to our campus.”
In the “2013 NATURE’S FURY Challenge,” more than 228,000 children, ages 9 to 14, from more than 80 countries, explored the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that are called natural disasters.
The 2014-2015 statewide championship tournament will take place in December 2014 on the FSU campus.
The FLL is part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) organization, an international nonprofit agency with the mission of inspiring the future workforce to appreciate the excitement and personal rewards of a career in science and technology. In partnership with LEGO®, the FLL is an international robotics program in which teams of young people assemble and compete with robots that are designed to accomplish tasks associated with a real-world challenge.
Funds Needed to Support One-Room Schoolhouse - 1/7/2014
With roots reaching back to the creation of the first private normal school in West Virginia in 1865, Fairmont State University has a long history of providing high quality training for the state’s educators. The One-Room Schoolhouse Museum, a campus landmark, remains a visible symbol of the University’s continued focus on teaching and learning. Efforts are under way to preserve the building for future generations.
“The Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. is currently raising funds to support needed restoration work for the schoolhouse in order to accommodate future programs and educational experiences,” said William Armistead, President of the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc.
The University is exploring programming ideas that would allow use of the One-Room Schoolhouse Museum by the community, specifically younger school-age children, who can experience a living history by visiting and participating in activities at the schoolhouse.
Located near the Bryant Street Entrance to main campus, the museum is also a significant artifact of regional and educational history. In 1840, William Snodgrass erected a log building—to serve as both a schoolhouse and a church building—next to his home in Rymer, located approximately 8 miles from Mannington. Later, a frame building replaced the log structure. In 1871 the 23-foot by 26-foot white frame schoolhouse was built, and it is that building that is now on Fairmont State’s campus as the One-Room Schoolhouse Museum. The Snodgrass School began as a subscription school, where local children could attend for a fee. It later became part of the free public education system as Mannington District School Number 13. The Snodgrass School ceased operation sometime before 1950. The school was originally placed on Fairmont State’s campus in 1962 and was moved in 1992 to its current location.
Contact the Fairmont State Foundation to help with this project.
Gift Helps Fund FSU Scholarships - 1/7/2014
A gift from the estate of Fairmont native James E. Walton will be used to support scholarship assistance to Fairmont State University students. Walton, from Salem, SC, designated the Fairmont State Foundation as a beneficiary of his IRA, leaving $253,600 in the distribution for FSU.
"Support from the Fairmont State Foundation and thoughtful donors such as Mr. Walton provides much needed scholarship funding. With this help, Fairmont State University continues to meet the students' needs for financial aid and to provide opportunities for students to meet their personal and professional goals," said FSU President Maria Rose.
The Fairmont State Foundation has received more than $1.4 million in bequests since July 1, 2013, and the Foundation's assets have exceeded $20 million.