ALUMNI “WALL OF HONOR” The West Liberty University Alumni Board of Directors instituted a project in 1990 to demonstrate to current students, visitors, and friends that the college has some very successful graduates. This project, known as the “Alumni Wall of Honor,” is a dramatic way to honor some of the college’s most distinguished alumni and display pride in the accomplishments of its graduates. The concept was suggested by then Associate Professor of Physics Robert W. Schramm, who is a 1958 graduate of the college and a 2002 Alumni Wall of Honor inductee. The Alumni Wall of Honor is housed in the south end of the Union known as the Alumni Lounge.
Elizabeth J FeinlerInducted 2001
Known to friends as “Jake,” Elizabeth Feinler was at the forefront of the development of the Internet and is credited with having coined the phrase and context of “dot com.” A 1954 graduate of West Liberty State College, she received her master’s degree from Purdue University. Throughout her career, she cultivated computer information services for universities, government agencies and private firms. She ran the Network Information Center for the Science Research Center, which developed the earliest Internet search engines, the concept of menu-driven computer interfaces, and techniques for displaying and composing e-mail offline long before the creation of Windows or Macintosh. Her group also created the naming registry for world wide web domains, resulting in the now famous “.com” designation behind web addresses, along with “.edu,” “.gov,” “.org,” and “.mil.”