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Community leaders inducted into UC-Beckley Hall of Achievement

Release Date:  Wednesday, October 09, 2013

by Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter

Community leaders inducted into UC-Beckley Hall of Achievement 

Frank Wood, from left, Sherrie Hunter, Linda Sumner, and Dan Bickey all were honored and entered into the University of Charleston–Beckley Hall of Achievement Tuesday. Inductee Mona Wiseman was not present.
Chris Hancock/for the Register-Herald

BECKLEY — Five outstanding individuals were recognized Tuesday night, as they were inducted into the University of Charleston-Beckley Hall of Achievement.

Sherrie Hunter was presented with the community service award; Frank Wood was given the career achievement award; Dan Bickey was awarded with the distinguished service award; Linda Sumner was given the Amanda Marcella Adkins spirit award; and Mona Wiseman was selected for the distinguished friend award.

“These individuals were selected based on their commitment to this institution and their leadership in the community,” said Bridgette Borst, 2007 UC Director of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Sherrie Hunter said it really warms her heart to be selected as a community service award recipient.

“It seems like just yesterday I was a student at Beckley College,” Hunter said. “I try to continue to do what was fostered in me as a young adult at Beckley College, to be invested in the community and to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

She said she was taught to extenuate the positive and she feels as though she may have been able to accomplish that.

“It’s our responsibility to lift the community up and make it shine.”

Hunter is the director of education for the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority and she lends much of her time to Raleigh County Make it Shine, the annual Education Conference on Litter Control, Mac’s Toy Fund, the Earth Day 10k/5k Race, the National Day of Prayer reading in Beckley, the Catholic Diocesan School Board of Wheeling-Charleston and the United Way of Southern West Virginia.

Frank Wood said he was humbled and grateful to be presented with such an honor.

He has been in the newspaper industry for the past 44 years, and he said it has “made my life richer, more meaningful and more satisfying.”

Wood is the publisher of Beckley Newspapers, which includes managing day-to-day operations of the Beckley Register-Herald, the Fayette Tribune an the Montgomery Herald.

He has been honored for his community and volunteerism numerous times throughout his career, including the 2013 Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award winner and the 2009 Governor’s Service Award recipient for volunteerism.

Dan Bickey, owner of Mine Power Systems, Inc., said he was happy to be awarded for his efforts in the community.

“I’ve been giving back to the community since I started a business back in 1977,” Bickey said.

He said he is striving to make Beckley’s Neville Street into a tourist attraction, similar to the downtown Lewisburg area.

“Beckley has been good to me. I’m from Connecticut, but I met my wife here and I’ve made a lot of friends here. I now have four children, 12 grandkids and two great-grandkids.”

Bickey said much of the work he is doing is for his family, and he continues to build his business with them in mind.

He holds degrees from Beckley College, Concord University and the University of Charleston.

Linda Sumner said receiving her award was an overwhelming feeling of humility.

“There are so many wonderful and well-deserving people in Raleigh County who contribute so much to their community,” Sumner said. “I am humbled.”

She represents Raleigh and Summers Counties in the House of Delegates from the 27th District. A lifelong Raleigh County resident, she holds degrees from Beckley College, Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) and West Virginia University.

Sumner also volunteers at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging serving meals or planting flowers. She supports many other community activities including picking up litter for Sherrie’s Sweep, a semi-annual Raleigh County Make it Shine event.

Mona Wiseman, who was unable to attend the ceremony Tuesday, worked in several different healthcare settings throughout her career, from hospital laboratories to working as a physician assistant. She participated in numerous research projects, co-authored many articles, and received invitations to present her findings on the international level.  

Wiseman rounded out her career by starting a home medical equipment business and operated it for 20 years before retiring. Wiseman and her husband, Chuck, helped establish a respiratory care program at the former Mountain State University, as well the Wiseman Family Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“We are thrilled to induct these five very deserving community members into the UC-Beckley Hall of Achievement,” UC-Beckley President Jerry Forster said.

“They have given invaluable support to the University and the Greater Beckley area over their diverse careers. We hope our current students will learn more about these inductees as they are excellent examples of living the UC mission.”

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