White receives award at Miners’ Celebration


Interim President Gary White received a “Because of You” award in the category of Management Professional at the 2015 Miners’ Celebration, which took place at  Tamarack in Beckley Thursday, Oct. 1. The event is sponsored in part by Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS).

The annual reception and dinner recognized some of those who play a role in the success of the state’s mining industry.

Also at the event, Logan native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the winner of the 2011 “America’s Got Talent” TV show and a successful performing and recording artist, was honored with a Spirit of the Coalfields award, which is presented to individuals who have overcome events to succeed. Jasper Sugg of Man received the Homer Hickam Collier Award, which goes to a coal miner who epitomizes the spirit, dedication and skills of the mining profession.

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Photo: President White (center) received an award at the 2015 Miner’s Celebration Oct. 1. He is shown with author Homer Hickam (left) and singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.