December 2016

$1 million gift establishes endowed directorship and support fund for WVU Nursery School

The West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services has received a $1 million gift, the largest single private donation ever made to the college, to support the WVU Child Development Laboratory , better known as the WVU Nursery School. 

The gift, from donors who wish to remain anonymous, will support an endowed named directorship and an endowed enhancement fund. The directorship will support Dr. Barbara Gibson Warash, providing a broad range of support for research, teaching and service. The enhancement fund will provide funds to broadly support the educational and training mission of the WVU Nursery School. 

Teacher education student receives scholarship in time of need

Caroline Miskovsky Snyder anxiously awaits her first day in her own classroom, thanks to the generosity of private donations and support from faculty and staff at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services.

In Snyder’s case, the William Joseph Sturgis Endowed Scholarship was both a gift to her and her family in their darkest time. According to Snyder, she never would have been able to continue her education at WVU while also working and supporting her family during her mother’s terminal illness.

WVU graduates first-ever communication sciences and disorders Ph.D. student

The first-ever West Virginia University Communication Sciences and Disorders Ph.D. student graduated on December 16, 2016. Mary E. Weidner joined the WVU College of Education and Human Services in the fall of 2013 to pursue her doctorate in communication sciences and disorders with an emphasis in stuttering.

“We are thrilled to see Mary graduate as our first student in the program. The primary objective of the program is to assist students in developing in-depth mastery of a specific area within the discipline and Mary did just this,” stated Dean Gypsy Denzine. “We are so proud of her and her accomplishments while at WVU and wish her success in her career.”

WVU student veteran and athletes 'speak out' to the WVU Board of Governors

Three West Virginia University student athletes and one student veteran presented at the November Board of Governors meeting. These four students presented speeches prepared as part of Veterans Speak Out and Student Athletes Speak Out, programs led by Dr. Carolyn Peluso Atkins, a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the WVU College of Education and Human Services.

“This semester’s group had meaningful messages,” Atkins said. “While they are typically nervous about speaking before groups, they were especially anxious because of the particular attendees.  It is not often that students have the opportunity to speak before the Board of Governors. We appreciated President Gee’s invitation to do so.”