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WVU Will Honor Alumni Including Antonik And Rotruck

By Staff | Oct 19, 2010

John Antonik

Stephen L. Douglas, president of the WVU Alumni Association announced that John Antonik, formerly of New Martinsville, was selected by the association as the 2010 Paul “Buck” Martin Award winner.

The award acknowledges a graduate of West Virginia University who has worked to preserve, maintain, and promote the traditions of their Alma Mater. The award is named after Paul B. Martin, long time editor of the Martinsburg Journal and WVU alumni leader for more than 50 years.

Antonik will be recognized during the annual WVU Homecoming celebration on campus Oct. 22 as a part of the Homecoming Parade down High Street at 6:30 p.m. On Oct. 23 Antonik will be the guest of the WVU President and Mrs. James Clements at a pre-game brunch at Blaney House followed by watching the WVU vs. UConn football game from the President’s Suite.

Antonik, a two-time graduate of WVU (’90 BS, ’92 MS), most recently authored two popular books about WVU athletics: “West Virginia University Football Vault: The History of the Mountaineers” and “Roll Out the Carpet: 101 Seasons of West Virginia University Basketball.”

Antonik is director of new media for the WVU Sports Communications Office where he is responsible for coordinating West Virginia University’s official athletic Web site MSNsportsNET.com, in addition to mobile.msnsportsnet.com, MountaineerAthleticClub.com, WVUGame.com, WVUVarsityClub.com, and ShopWVU.com for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He also oversees the department’s social media program through Twitter and Facebook.

Scott Rotruck

Antonik joined the WVU athletic staff in 1991 where he served as associate sports information director. He was responsible for coordinating the publicity efforts of West Virginia University’s 19 varsity sports as well as working with the Mountaineer football and basketball programs. In addition to his publicity duties, Antonik also directed WVU’s community relations program.

In 1999, Antonik, a past member of CoSIDA, the West Virginia Sports Writers and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers associations, assumed his current role as director of new media in charge of promoting West Virginia University’s 17 intercollegiate sports through the World Wide Web. He is responsible for all facets of the department’s Web services program, including editorial oversight, content development, and site design.

The New Martinsville native also received “The Lifetime Achievement Award” from Magnolia High School in August 2008.

Scott Rotruck of Morgantown is the recipient of the James R. McCartney Community Service Award which is given to a Mountaineer who has provided outstanding citizenship and service to his or her community.

Rotruck received a bachelor’s degree from WVU in 1977 and an MBA from Frostburg State University in 1986. He currently serves as VP of Corporate Development and State Government Relations for Chesapeake Energy Corporation. He previously served as director of economic development for WVU and is past chairman and president of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce. Rotruck is a committed volunteer to his alma mater where he has served on the WVU Extension Service Visiting Committee, taught classes in entrepreneurship, and served on the Advisory Committee of WVU’s Technology Transfer Office.

In addition to his service to WVU, Rotruck is an active member of the local community and state, where he volunteers his time and expertise to a number of boards and organizations, including serving as a member of the University of Charleston’s Board of Trustees; the American Lung Association Board of Directors; executive committee member of The Power of 32; and chair of the West Virginia Tourism Commission and Vision Share Inc., to name a few.

Rotruck has been recognized as a Distinguished West Virginian and received the 2006 WV Vision Award. He and his wife Carol, also a WVU alumna, are the proud parents of three WVU graduates/students. Carol is the daughter of the late Terrell Coffield of New Martinsville.

The other 2010 alumni chapter and service award recipients are: Laura and Lee McCrory of Raleigh, N.C., recipients of the John F. Nicholas Jr. Award; Casey Quinlan of Morgantown but a native of St. Albans, W.Va., will be honored as the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award; and Dr. Carolyn Zinn of Morgantown will receive the David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award.