April 2018

Dean's Message

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It’s difficult to believe that another successful academic year at the College of Education and Human Services is drawing to a close. As Commencement approaches, we experience the bittersweet feeling of saying ‘see you later’ to our graduates and the joy of watching them make their mark on the world.  

May is also a time of great celebration for our College, not only for our graduates, but also for our outstanding alumni. We are delighted to recognize four such alumni with Jasper N. Deahl Awards at our CEHS Alumni Dinner on May 4, 2018. The recipients of these awards represent the very best in professional leadership, community engagement and loyalty to our State and University. We are so proud of all they have achieved. 

Furthermore, our College has the great privilege of welcoming alumna Colonel Kristen Casto as our Commencement Speaker on May 13, 2018. Colonel Casto earned her BS in speech pathology and audiology and her MS in audiology, both from our College. She has served our country as an Army audiologist and now serves as director of the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Audiology and the Hearing Conservation Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. We look forward to hearing her wisdom for our graduates.  

While we celebrate the class of 2018 and the many achievements of our students and alumni, we are already hard at work preparing for another year at CEHS. We thank you for your support and enthusiasm for all that we do and all that lies ahead.  

CEHS recognizes four alumni with Jasper N. Deahl Awards

The West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018 Jasper N. Deahl Award, which honors CEHS alumni for demonstrated leadership in their personal careers, engagement in their communities and/or loyalty to the state of West Virginia or WVU. The 2018 awardees are Barbara N. Armstrong, Gretchen Gibson, Donna Hoylman Peduto and Lydotta M. Taylor. 

Barbara N. Armstrong, PhD, was a nationally recognized leader in family life and adult education, and held numerous teaching, administration and research positions during her academic career in home economics. During her career, Armstrong earned distinguished teaching awards from West Virginia University, the University of Akron and The Ohio State University. Other accolades included recognition as an Outstanding Home Economist by the Ohio Home Economics Association and the Distinguished Service to Families Award from the Ohio Council on Family Relations. Armstrong earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in family and child development from WVU, as well as a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Akron, and her PhD in human ecology from The Ohio State University. Armstrong passed away in June 2013.  

Casto to speak at spring commencement

When she completed her bachelor’s degree at CEHS in 1991, Col. Kristen Casto was selected as the student speaker for her Commencement ceremony. Twenty-seven years later, Casto will serve as the Commencement speaker for her alma mater at the College’s May 12, 2018, ceremony.  

For Casto, now the Director of the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Audiology and Hearing Conservation Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, speaking to her peers as a student was a nerve-racking task.