May 2016

Matthew Campbell takes lead on MTE partnership

Matthew Campbell, an assistant professor of secondary mathematics education in WVU’s College of Education and Human Services (CEHS), was recently appointed as WVU’s representative in the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership). Campbell succeeds a professor in the department of mathematics in this leadership role, and he is eager to bring his specialized focus on secondary mathematics teacher education to the table.

The MTE-Partnership is part of an initiative created by the APLU (Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities) dedicated to the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers in public and land-grant colleges and universities across the nation. The Partnership’s mission is to address the nation’s shortage of secondary mathematics teachers who are well-prepared to support all students toward new standards for mathematics learning. The MTE-Partnership is made up of 103 institutions of higher learning and K-12 school stakeholders across 31 states. Collectively, they have helped prepare 15% of the new secondary mathematics teachers in the U.S.

Jasper N. Deahl Awards 2016

The Jasper N. Deahl Award is an alumni recognition program designed to honor College of Education and Human Services alumni for demonstrated leadership in their personal career, engagement in their community and/or loyalty to the state of West Virginia or WVU. The 2016 recipients are Harry Bostic, Joanie Davis, Candi Johnson, Ruth Lewis, Joy Myers, Laura VanHorn, Lonny Watro and Mary Beth Sickles (honorary recipient).

Harry (Hank) Bostic is a certified rehabilitation counselor, licensed social worker in WV, and certified community work incentives coordinator. Harry has been working professionally in the rehabilitation field since his graduation starting as a disability program navigator for West Virginia University Research Corporation in 2006, a community work incentives coordinator specialist for West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities in 2007, a rehabilitation counselor for West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services in 2008, rehabilitation program specialist for West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services in 2010, and in his current position as a community work incentives coordinator specialist/employment program specialist at Disability Network Southwest Michigan since 2013. Harry was awarded the President’s Call to Service Award from George W. Bush in 2004, a volunteer service award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for dedicating over 4,000 hours to volunteer services.

CEHS graduating senior wins 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholarship Award

Jaida Lawrence, a member of the WVU Gymnastics Team and graduating senior from the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, won the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholarship Award for her outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and community service. She is the only gymnast in the country to be nominated for the award. Lawrence’s other awards include, Deans List, Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and Garret Ford Academic Honor Roll.

“It is a great feeling to be represented for a black athletic award,” Jaida says, “and I am happy that I was able to give WVU some recognition!”

Country Roads in ASL

Three students from the CEHS Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders created a YouTube video in which they perform "Country Roads" using American Sign Language (ASL).