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MORGANTOWN, WV -

West Virginia University's Department of Student Affairs honored outstanding achievements during a special awards ceremony Oct. 9 in the Mountainlair Ballroom.

Curtis "Hank" Barnette took home the Student Affairs Outstanding Achievement Award while the 2013 Student Affairs Hall of Fame Award went to Cindy Alderson and Mary Collins.

Barnette, born in 1935 in St. Albans, graduated from WVU in 1956. In Morgantown, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta and Sphinx and served as president of the Student Government Association. He also served as cadet colonel of ROTC.

He was a Fulbright Scholar in international law at Manchester University, then served as a Counterintelligence Corps officer in Frankfurt before completing military intelligence reserve duty in 1968. He graduated from Yale University's law school in 1962. 

He joined Bethlehem Steel Corp. in 1967 and became general counsel. He later attended Harvard Business School and was elected chairman and chief executive officer. Following his retirement in 2000, he became chairman emeritus.

Barnette then joined the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom before retiring again in 2011. 

He was elected chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute and received the Gary Medal and the Statesman Award. He served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Business Roundtable.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Barnette to the Administrative Conference of the United States. Barnette was also appointed to the President's Trade Advisory Committee under presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. 

Pennsylvania's then-Gov. Tom Ridge appointed him to the 21st Century Environmental Commission and former Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole named him to the Coal Commission.

Barnette served as chairman of the WVU Board of Governors and was elected chairman emeritus after completing his service. He was chairman of the WVU Foundation and is now a director emeritus. He has been named a Distinguished West Virginian and elected to WVU's Academy of Distinguished Alumni, the Business Hall of Fame and the Order of Vandalia. He served on the advisory boards of the WVU's law school and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Barnette and his wife, Joanne Barnette, also a WVU graduate, have established scholarships at St. Albans High School, WVU's law school and at WVU students studying at Manchester University.

Alderson has spent 32 years to the Division of Student Affairs. She began her career in 1980 at her alma mater, WVU. Upon graduation, she worked as a substitute teacher in Monongalia County. Having previous food service experience in catering and restaurants, she applied for a supervisor position at the dining hall in Towers. 

Alderson has risen through the ranks, working in all the dining halls in one capacity or another. She became assistant director in 1999. She has been recognized for being instrumental in the reopening of Stalnaker Dining Hall in 1993, the planning, development and opening of the Lyon's Den, Bits & Bytes, Sports Café, Waterfront Café and Brew n' Gold Café, along with various other dining service projects.

Alderson has been involved with the National Association of College & University Food Services since 1985 and has served as the chairwoman of the mid-Atlantic region's professional practices committee. She recently completed a two-year stint as treasurer for the region. Even in retirement, she is serving as treasurer for the 2014 National Conference. 

She was honored last year as just the fourth professional to complete the eight education institutes offered by NACUFS.

Collins has 17 years of experience in the field of student affairs and is the vice president for student affairs at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. 

She previously worked at WVU's student affairs department, most recently as assistant vice president, in which she supervised student support services, student organization services, Upward Bound, child development and family support services, Experience WVU, The Daily Athenaeum, assessment and substance abuse prevention efforts.

While at WVU, she led committees that created and established award-winning programs, such as WVUp All Night and the Senior Year Experience. Collins also was involved in the establishment and growth of the Mountaineer Maniacs, now the largest student organization on campus with more than 5,500 members. 

Collins was a founding member of the statewide Alcohol Coalition. Collins has been honored for her work by national and state student affairs organizations, and she won WVU's Richard T. Feller Outstanding Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to Students. 

At WVU, Collins earned both a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a master of arts degree in educational leadership. She was a member of the Pride of West Virginia marching band silk line and served as managing editor of the Daily Athenaeum.