The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 5, 2013

Five will be honored by UC-Beckley

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— The University of Charleston-Beckley and the Beckley Area Alumni Council will soon induct five new members into the UC-Beckley Hall of Achievement.

Dan Bickey, Sherrie Hunter, Linda Sumner, Mona Wiseman and Frank Wood will be honored as the new Hall of Achievement members Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at a ceremony and dinner at the John W. Eye Conference Center.

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

Dan Bickey is the owner of Mine Power Systems Inc., which supplies batteries and chargers to the mining industry. He is also a successful real estate developer who is responsible for several restoration projects in downtown Beckley, including the recent McBee’s Irish Pub and community theater.

A native, of Bridgeport, Conn., Bickey holds degrees from Beckley College, Concord University and the University of Charleston.

Sherrie Hunter is the director of education for the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority. She is very active in the community as well, lending 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.

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

Mona Wiseman worked in several different health care 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.

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

He has been honored for his community service 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.

For more information, contact UC Communications Director Scott Castleman at 304-357-4716.