October 2017

WVU to host first Day of Giving

On Nov. 8, West Virginia University will hold its first Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraising effort to support the University’s greatest priorities and opportunities, as well as those of the College of Education and Human Services. 

Year after year, generous support from alumni and friends like you makes a difference in the lives of our students. The Day of Giving is an easy way to help WVU as we wrap up the “State of Minds” comprehensive campaign and celebrate the University’s 150th anniversary. Through matches and challenges, your donation could have double the impact and directly benefits various initiatives at CEHS, including student financial aid, technology upgrades and faculty research.

Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Cox

When she was in high school, Jennifer Cox was torn between two career paths – becoming an educator or becoming a hairdresser. After some advice from her mother and personal reflection, Cox landed on teaching.  

“My mom said to me, ‘You’re going to work long hours and be on your feet all day if you become a hairdresser,’” Cox said. “Little did she know that that’s what you do as a teacher, too. We laugh about that. But I chose teaching because I just love children, and I felt this passion to do better for the world.” 

Faculty Spotlight: Terence Ahern

According data on the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (WV FRIS) website, an American is sexually assaulted every 1.85 minutes. Since Jan. 1, 2017, more than 227,000 sexual assaults have occurred. 

WV FRIS was established in 1982 and is comprised of nine rape crisis centers across West Virginia. The foundation works to strengthen services and develop intervention and prevention programs to address sexual violence, stalking and dating violence. 

Student Spotlight: Ally Sanderbeck

Since high school, Ally Sanderbeck has had a passion for helping children with special needs. Through her work volunteering with The Miracle League, an organization that provides the opportunity for children with mental and physical disabilities to play baseball, Sanderbeck became convinced that education was the right career path for her.  

“I just had the best time working with these kids,” Sanderbeck said. “It was so much fun and I decided that maybe I would enjoy working with them in the classroom as well.” 

WVU Connect: Empowering Mountaineers to to Help Mountaineers

Mountaineers are known for helping other Mountaineers, and this year, the WVU Alumni Association is introducing a platform that will empower our community to do just that. This platform, called WVU Connect, will serve as a bridge for mentorship, engagement, and connection in the WVU Community. 

We are excited about this platform and we know that its successful implementation begins with you! You may have already received an invitation, but if you have not, all WVU alumni can now join at wvuconnect.com!  Upon joining, you will be able to participate in one or more of its many benefits including: 

Three inducted into CEHS Hall of Fame

Three outstanding individuals were inducted in the CEHS Hall of Fame for 2017 at the College’s annual induction ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 26. The three inductees were Dr. Diane L. Kendall, Dr. Mary Marockie and Michael A. Oliverio, Sr.  

“This year’s inductees are exemplary representations of our College’s mission and values,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “Their commitment to fostering knowledge and prosperity in their communities embodies what we hope to instill in all of our graduates.”