November 2017

Entrepreneurs in Education & Human Services

Working in the education and human service fields is often a selfless act. It takes passion, hard work and an exceptional amount of patience. These careers are highly personally rewarding, though they don't always offer the same financial rewards as other occupations. But what if they could?

Take a look at five CEHS alumni who took their work in education and human services to the next level by becoming entrepreneurs, while continuing to stay focused on their passion for people.

Faculty Spotlight: Derek Headley

Dr. Derek Headley began his role as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders this fall, but he was already well-acquainted with CEHS. Having earned his master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the College in 2001, Headley now works alongside many of his former professors as a fellow faculty member.   

“I had such a great experience as a master’s student at WVU,” Headley said. “I just loved it. Several of the faculty members are still here, and it’s been a great experience to now work with them as colleagues.” 

Student Spotlight: Lorena Ballester

Lorena Ballester, a third-year doctoral student and Chancellor’s Scholar Fellow in CEHS’ higher education administration program, has flourished as a scholar and researcher during her time at the College. Ballester credits her success to the program’s thriving community of students and faculty.  

“I think the faculty members make a big difference in the educational experience of students,” Ballester said. “Their investment in student success is key for us in reaching the goal of graduating. Their availability and their engagement with our learning experience has been so important for me.” 

CEHS mourns the loss of long-time professor

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dr. Richard ‘Dick’ Walls on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Walls was a long-time professor of educational psychology at CEHS, having served here for 47 years.  

“Many members of the CEHS family have such fond memories and stories of Dr. Dick Walls,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “He was truly a legend at our College and his loss is deeply felt by all.” 

WVU Speech and Hearing Clinic offers Caption Call service for individuals with hearing loss

The WVU Speech and Hearing Clinic offers a wide variety services for clients, including its new Caption Call program, which provides captioned telephones to anyone with hearing loss or a hearing aid. 

Caption Call phones are funded by the Federal Communications Commission through the Americans with Disabilities Act, making the phones free for all who qualify.