Coughenour earns Young Alumni Achievement Award

West Virginia University Potomac State College presents the Young Alumni Achievement Award during the annual Homecoming Honors Banquet. Chance Coughenour, class of 2002, was selected for the award but was unable to attend due to prior commitments. From the left are Alumni Association President Jay Courrier; Coughenour’s father, Michael Coughenour; his grandmother, Joan Coughenour; Potomac State College President Jennifer Orlikoff; and Derek Artimez, the coordinator of alumni relations.

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KEYSER, W.Va. — West Virginia University Potomac State College alumnus Chance Coughenour, class of 2002, was recognized with the Young Alumni Achievement Award during the annual homecoming banquet. 

As a program manager at Google Arts & Culture, Coughenour coordinates cultural heritage preservation efforts globally by organizing partnerships and leading projects focused on using innovative technology.  He has participated in archaeological research and digital heritage projects throughout Europe, Asia and Central and South America. 

Coughenour co-founded Rekrei.org, a volunteer, crowdsourcing online platform to commemorate destroyed heritage, which has been covered in international press and a Ted talk.  He received his bachelor’s degree in history from WVU, a master’s degree in archaeology and ancient history from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

Though Coughenour was unable to attend due to prior commitments overseas, his letter of appreciation and acceptance was presented by his father, Michael Coughenour. “By democratizing access to art, culture and history while preserving these stories, I hope we can learn from our past to make more educated decisions for our future,” Coughenour wrote.

He ended with a quote from Albert Einstein, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Thank you, Potomac State, for contributing to the balance along my journey.”

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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