September 2016

Dr. Ernest R. Goeres establishes first higher education administration support fund

Past dean and faculty emeritus of the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services, Ernest R. Goeres, has established The Dr. Ernest R. Goeres Higher Education Administration Endowment Fund. The $25,000 endowed fund will provide support to the college for research, teaching and service activities, as well as for the “extras” that come with a highly respected program.

Goeres served as an assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean of CEHS, before serving as the director of the higher education administration program. As a retired administrator, he understands first-hand the importance of discretionary funds. His decision to give back to the college that he helmed for years was instinctual.

CEHS student wins Pearl S. Buck writing contest

The Pearl S. Buck Writing Contest is a statewide competition sponsored by West Virginia University with prizes for high school, undergraduate and graduate student writers. In honor of Pulitzer Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck, who was born in West Virginia and raised in China, the contest guidelines encourage writers to submit fiction or nonfiction pieces which express appreciation for differing cultures, including but not limited to Appalachia and China. Writing that promotes social justice and features women’s perspectives is also encouraged.

The winner in the graduate student category for 2016 and recipient of the accompanying one thousand dollar award is Chad Cowell, a Morgantown native who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in secondary education from the College of Education and Human Services.

Negro Leagues "Beisbol" Exhibit: Opening Day

A traveling exhibit celebrating Hispanic/Latino and African American baseball players is coming to Morgantown. “Negro Leagues Beisbol: African American Baseball and Hispanic Culture 1860-1960” will make its way from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, Missouri to West Virginia University's own Erickson Alumni Center, where it will remain open for public viewing from September 18-October 28.

Spanning one hundred years of Hispanic/Latino and African American professional baseball in the United States, the exhibit is part of an educational initiative created by Dr. Robert Waterson, a professor in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) and director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education (CDCE). In addition to being available for public viewing, the exhibit will also serve as a classroom to over 900 middle- and high-school students from across the state of West Virginia who are scheduled to attend special “student sessions” over the next two months. These sessions will be led by both graduate and undergraduate members of Dr. Waterson’s secondary social studies methods courses as part of their teacher training experience.

Dr. Monica Leppma teaching mindfulness

Many people with and without psychological disorders struggle to cope with the overwhelming stressors and emotions associated with everyday life. One approach to solving that problem that is gaining traction among clinicians is a practice called mindfulness. Rather than change or ignore stressful feelings, counselors teaching mindfulness encourage clients to acknowledge and accept their thoughts and feelings without passing judgement on them.

To read more about Dr. Leppma's research and practices, please visit her Faculty Research Spotlight