February 2018

CEHS raises record $9.8 Million

On December 31, 2017, West Virginia University’s ‘A State of Minds Campaign’ came to a close with more than $1.2 billion donated. For CEHS, it was a milestone event. Generous contributions, totaling $9,876,999 from alumni and friends set CEHS well above its $6.6 million goal.  

“This accomplishment is amazing,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “Our alumni and friends devote their entire careers to educating and helping other people.  They also make giving to their alma mater a financial priority. We have the most loyal donors, who care deeply about the success of our students and the future of the College of Education and Human Services.  CEHS students and faculty members have greatly benefitted from the generosity of our donors and they will continue to thrive in the future.” 

Student Spotlight: Brandon Kerr

One of the most memorable moments in Brandon Kerr’s time at CEHS occurred at a McDonald’s in Romney, W.Va.  

Kerr, a second-year master’s student in CEHS’ speech-language pathology program, had the opportunity to work with a child and his family at Camp Gizmo, a five-day summer program held at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney, W.Va. For the duration of the camp, Kerr was paired with a young boy who was nonverbal and his family.  

Alumni Spotlight: Phil Caskey

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” These words, which hang in Phil Caskey’s social studies classroom, have inspired and shaped his career as an educator at University High School in Morgantown, W.Va.  

Caskey, who left a long career as a sports information director at WVU to pursue teaching, integrates experiential learning into every facet of his work as a social studies educator. His decision to switch careers in 2010 was prompted not only by his love for history, but also by his desire to give back.  

Faculty Spotlight: William Beasley

Throughout the course of his career, Dr. William Beasley has been seeking ways to improve students’ classroom experiences with technology. Beasley, who holds his EdD in education of the gifted, began his career by researching ways to use what were then termed “microcomputers” in gifted education.  

“I’m an early adopter, which is why I’ve spent my professional career teaching people how to use technology,” Beasley said.