Eight of West Virginia University's top
graduating seniors were awarded the Order of Augusta, WVU's most
prestigious student honor, during the Weekend of Honors Convocation
Friday night (April 21) in the Mountainlair ballrooms. Herber, one of the linchpins of WVU's basketball revival, was one of the recipients.
The WVU Foundation established the Order of Augusta in 1995 to
recognize a highly select group of students based on their superior
scholarship, demonstrated leadership and record of community and public
service. A private, nonprofit corporation, the foundation generates,
receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of the
In addition to Herber, the 2006 recipients include Jennifer Audia of Salem; Daniel Carrier of
Morgantown; Christopher Deskins of Pineville; John Estep of
Sistersville; George Parish of
Masontown, Pa.; Tracey Safcsak of Wheeling; and Tiffany Taylor of
"The Order of Augusta is the most significant honor a West Virginia
University senior can attain," WVU Foundation President F. Duke Perry
said. "During their undergraduate years, these remarkable students
have demonstrated the University's highest ideals through their hard
work and contributions to the campus community."
WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. presented each of the honorees with
the Augusta medallion. In addition, each student's name will be
engraved on a plaque.
The Order of Augusta was so named for its historical significance in
the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the
Legislature when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863. Also, the
District of Augusta was the original name for a large area in what is
now the northern region of West Virginia, including Monongalia County.
Recipients of the Order of Augusta are selected from 30 WVU Foundation
Outstanding Seniors also recognized Friday for their achievements in
scholarship, leadership and service.