July 2016 

Order of Vandalia recognizes two of CEHS's most dedicated

Considered West Virginia University’s highest honor, the Order of Vandalia Award was conceived in 1960 by former WVU president Elvis J. Stahr. Since then, there have been more than 150 individuals inducted into the Order for their service to the University. Past honorees include such recognizable names as Robert C. Byrd, Mylan Puskar and Hazel Ruby McQuain.

Among this year’s four inductees, two called the College of Education and Human Services their home: Anne Nardi and Deborah Smyth Green. Both were honored at the Erickson Alumni Center for going above and beyond the call of duty to improve WVU.

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Kristin Moilanen, a "scholar of adolescence"

As a high school student, Dr. Kristin Moilanen wondered what led some of her peers to engage in risky sexual behaviors (specifically, having sex without contraception and/or with more than one partner in a committed relationship) while others chose not to. This question led her to pursue degrees in developmental psychology and become a “scholar of adolescence,” as she puts it, and it has been the driving force of her research ever since, as she has strived to uncover developmental predictors for risky behaviors in adolescents and young adults. 

Read more about Moilanen's research in her Faculty Research Spotlight

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CEHS faculty member establishes first endowed scholarship for CRCCP

Dr. Ed Jacobs, a professor of counseling at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services' Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology, has created the first endowed scholarship for the department.  The gift will support students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Counseling.  The $25,000 endowment will establish the Ed Jacobs Counseling Scholarship.   “I decided to start the endowment because I felt it would help one or more students pay for books or some of the tuition given the high cost for getting a master's degree,” said Jacobs.  After 44 years as a professor, Dr. Jacobs understands first-hand the challenges many students face with the burden of increasing tuition and costs of attendance.

Jacobs sees his gift as an opportunity to give back to the department that he says has been exceptionally kind to him for many years. “I’m 71 years old, and I could retire if I wanted to, but I won’t,” Jacobs said. “There’s not a person on the planet who loves their job more than me. I work with a great dean, department chair, office manager and exceptional faculty.  It is so nice to work in such a positive environment.”

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Student Spotlight: Madeline Collins

Madeline Collins, a student in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) and a member of the prestigious West Virginia University Dance Team, ultimately credits her academic adviser with her decision to transfer to WVU.

“Before I made my final decision, I met with my CEHS adviser, Anita Garten,” Madeline recalls. “It was only after that first, long meeting that I knew I could and should transfer. She alleviated my concerns about a delayed graduation date and provided a clear outline of what my course schedules would be for the following two years.”

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