Four outstanding individuals were inducted in the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) Hall of Fame for 2016. This year’s inductees were Dr. Richard Cavasina, Dr. Catherine Perry Cotton, Dr. Patricia Love, and Dr. Patricia Obenauf.
“These four inductees are extraordinary individuals, making great contributions to their professions and communities. It was my pleasure to participate in such a lovely event to recognize their many accomplishments,” said Gypsy Denzine, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “They exemplify the pioneering graduates we tell our students they someday will be. “
Dr. Richard Cavasina graduated from WVU in 1987 with his Ed.D. in counseling practice. A Professor Emeritus of California University of Pennsylvania, Cavasina served in many roles over his 28 year career there, including tenured professor of psychology, director of the school psychology program, interim associate director of University’s Advising, Placement, and Testing Center, and interim chair of the Counseling Education Department. Cavasina has been heavily involved in his community as the director of a mental health center. He also served as the school psychologist for the Hardy County school system for 10 years.
Dr. Catherine Perry Cotten received both his B.A. in Mathematics and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from WVU. She then earned her Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi in Science Education with major areas in mathematics and educational research. Cotten has served in public and private education for 40 years. She has held teaching and administrative positions at the elementary, secondary, and university level. During her tenure in secondary schools, two-year colleges and universities, Cotten was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in state, federal, and private funds that helped support curriculum development, teacher education activities, and technology innovation.
Dr. Patricia Love received an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance in 1978 and an Ed.D. in Education in 1980 both from WVU. Love is a distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and a long-time clinical member and approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Love’s work has been featured on TV, and has included repeat appearances on Oprah, CNN, and The Today Show. She has also been featured on a number of websites, and in a number of popular magazines Her teaching is known for its humor, warmth, research-base and practicality.
Dr. Patricia Obenauf retired faculty emeritus from CEHS in 2015. Obenauf served the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as a professor, administrator, researcher, advisor, and scholar for more than 40 years. She chaired nearly 80 doctoral student committees and has written several grants. Obenauf is most known for her open and honest approach to students. She has always shown a genuine interest in her students’ hopes, dreams and ambitions and has been known to go above and beyond to inspire, mentor and assist aspiring teachers with embracing their full potential.
This is the thirteenth class to be inducted into the CEHS Hall of Fame. The award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in their field, exemplified outstanding leadership qualities, and those who possess strong community and West Virginia ties. Strong consideration is given to those who have demonstrated support of and/or service to the vision and mission of the WVU College of Education and Human Services. Inductees are representative of the tremendous successes of our many CEHS graduates and friends of the college.