West Virginia University's College of Human Resources and Education recently honored three newcomers to the 2012 Hall of Fame and student scholars at ceremonies held at the Erickson Alumni Center.
The awards began in 2004 and are sponsored by the HR&E Visiting Committee. Hall of Fame inductees are "individuals with a record of outstanding achievements and who have contributed in a significant way to the vision and mission of the college."
Chosen for Hall of Fame induction: Franklin Parker of Crossville, Tenn., a WVU Benedum Professor of Education Emeritus; Molly Brooke Vass-Lehman of Kalamazoo, Mich., a WVU alumna who taught in the counseling psychology and education programs at Western Michigan University and directed the Holistic Health Care Program in the College of Health and Human Services; and Diane T. Woodrum-Leuthold of Waynesburg, Pa., a licensed school psychologist for Fremouw-Sigley Psychological Associates in Morgantown.
During Parker's career, he wrote 50 books, more than 200 articles and many blog articles. He taught history and philosophy of education and comparative and international education at the University of Texas, the University of Oklahoma, Northern Arizona University and Western Carolina University.
He also served as president of the History of Education Society and as a senior Fulbright research scholar to Africa.
He is a Army Air Corps veteran and earned his bachelor's degree from Berea College. He earned his master's degree from the University of Illinois and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University.
Vass-Lehman's program became a national model on the integration of mind/body health approaches into mainstream health care and education. She won a national teaching award and was a national speaker regarding the impact of the holistic health field on counseling, psychology, medicine and education.
One of the founding fellows of the Fetzer Institute, she has been key to the development of several programs, including the Emmy-winning PBS series, "Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers."
She also designed and developed the Fetzer Institute's retreat center, GilChrist, a contemplative retreat center for individuals and groups. She earned three degrees from WVU: a bachelor's degree, which she earned in 1974, her master's (in 1976) and her doctorate of education (in 1978).
Woodrum-Leuthold completed her master's degree and doctorate of education from WVU and also earned degrees from Marshall University and Loyola College.
She is a licensed school psychologist for Fremouw-Sigley Psychological Associates in Morgantown, and works with children, families and WVU students. She retired from higher education in July 2011 after spending 22 years at WVU, where she was a professor of special education and helped design the special education component of the Benedum Five-Year Teacher Education Program.
She served as chairwoman of the faculty senate and graduate council and won the HR&E Outstanding Teacher Award three times. For the last 10 years, Woodrum-Leuthold has been the chairwoman of the education department at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa., and often serves as an expert witness in court cases involving special education.
Kay McCroy, the president of the HR&E Alumni Association, presented awards to outstanding students including Ahna Lewis and Molly Drescher, both of Morgantown, who earned the Dr. William G. Monahan Award.
Named in memory of the former dean of the college, the Monahan recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership and service. Lewis was the graduate winner; Drescher was the undergraduate designee.
Departmental awards went to Kaitlin Buchanan of Morgantown; Molly Drescher of Charleston; Jenica Hughes of Scott Depot; Allison Miller of Shepherdstown; Lindsey Mowery of Upper Tract; Allison Nettles of Beckley; Rachel Viglianco of St. Albans; and Ann Lefavor of Ester, Alaska.
Also honored at the event were more than 200 HRE undergraduate and graduate students named as recipients of scholarships established through the WVU Foundation.