Message from Dean Gypsy Denzine 

Gypsy Denzine

Greetings from Allen Hall! 

This month, we welcomed our students back to campus and celebrated the exciting start to another successful year. We are equally excited to announce the College’s new mission and values, which you can read in their entirety on our website.  

Our mission and values will define and direct us as we move forward. And, throughout the process of establishing these core values, we came to realize that they are more than aspirational – they’re the principles that have already been shaping our research, outreach and service activities. The process of writing our new mission and values was a collaborative effort to put our actions into words, and you’ll see how we already embody those values in this month’s e-news.  

Chelsea Latorre, a doctoral student in our counseling psychology program engages her fellow students and the surrounding community to facilitate inquiry about social justice and diversity.  

Dr. Karen Rambo-Hernandez, works to create opportunities for engineering and computer science students to learn about the significance of diversity and inclusion in their professions. Her work fosters collaboration among scholars across West Virginia University and the nation, and her efforts have recently been funded by the National Science Foundation.  

Our College’s commitment to our land-grant mission continues as we prepare to launch the Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education this September. The Center’s scholars work to determine how to bridge the gap between academic inquiry and public need in order to best fulfill our responsibility as a land-grant institution.  

There’s no question that the semester ahead will be a busy one for our College. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our work!

After surprise discovery, alumnus establishes CEHS scholarship

Nancy G. McGreevy passed away in April 2010. Years later, her husband Frank McGreevy found a note from his wife in a book written by Dr. Carolyn Peluso Atkins, a long-time faculty member of the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services and creator of the Student Athletes Speak Out (SASO) program at WVU.  

The bookmark said, “Carolyn – endow scholarship.” In 2016, McGreevy reached out to the WVU Foundation to discuss his options for establishing a scholarship in honor of Atkins.  

Rambo-Hernandez receives NSF funding to support student diversity in engineering

Dr. Karen Rambo-Hernandez, an assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development, has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve the classroom experiences for all students in engineering and computer science. The project, in collaboration with Dr. Christina Paguyo from the University of Denver and Dr. Rebecca Atadero from Colorado State University, aims to continue an initiative that fosters inclusion among engineers and computer scientists.

“The overarching purpose is that we want to develop inclusive professional identities in our students,” said Rambo-Hernandez, the project’s principal investigator. “Engineers and computer scientists who possess this inclusive professional identity are excellent in their technical skills, recognize the need for diversity within their field, and behave in ways that welcome people from many different backgrounds.”

Alumni Spotlight: Andrea Fata

The individuals who work for the United States Secret Service sit on the sidelines of history. Charged with protecting the country’s highest elected officials in an environment with increasing security threats, employment in the Secret Service is arguably one of the most stressful jobs in the nation.                   

While these men and women support the nation’s leaders, CEHS alumna Andrea Fata supports the Secret Service. A counselor in the Secret Service’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fata provides counseling and consultation services to those men and women to help cope with the stresses of the profession.

Student Spotlight: Chelsea Latorre

Chelsea Latorre has known that she wanted to pursue a career in counseling since she witnessed the impact of counseling in her family. When Latorre’s younger brother struggled with bullying in elementary school, he benefited greatly from the help of the school psychologist. After a year, Latorre’s brother transformed from a student who hated school to a student who loved school.  

“Watching this change unfold made me interested in being a supportive help to individuals in my community, and counseling was the perfect fit,” Latorre said.