WVU Student Life Hall of Fame inducts five new members | WVU today


An innovative healthcare leader serving local communities and beyond, a longtime program manager who has worked tirelessly to enrich student learning opportunities outside of the classroom and a licensed psychologist who dedicated four decades of his career to advancing student mental health services are among the five new inductees to be honored for their outstanding contributions to University of West Virginia.

The Student Life Division will honor the recipients of the 2021 Hall of Fame and Outstanding Achievement Awards at an induction ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. As per WVU guidelines, all people, regardless of immunization status, are required to wear an indoor mask in all WVU system buildings and facilities until October 6.

Dr Lisa M. Costello
Costello, of Weirton, is an assistant professor in the departments of internal medicine and pediatrics to WVU School of Medicine and a hospital pediatrician in WVU Medicine Children. Costello is dedicated to improving communication between patients, healthcare professionals, and the public, and using technology and media to amplify advocacy and education among healthcare professionals.

She has also helped develop a mentorship program for the National American Academy of Pediatrics, is chair of the Legislative Committee of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and former director of the WVU Medicine Mountain State Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program.

In 2011, the WVU School of Medicine Alumni Association selected Costello as the recipient of the President’s Young Alumnus Award, in 2015, she received the Advocate for Children Award from the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2017, she received received the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumnus Award from the WVU Alumni Association.

Costello earned three degrees from WVU, including a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in public health, and a doctorate in medicine.

Bruce brubaker
After 32 years of working to advance recreation and physical activity for students at WVU, Brubaker retired in 2019. He was successful WVU intramural and University sports since 1986, and during his tenure, the number of club sports teams increased from 11 to 56.

Brubaker was also the pioneer of the Athletic training program for many club and intramural competitions, served as an instructor for the College of Human Kinetics and Sport Basic training program and coordinated the Mountaineering week Bob Huggins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to help raise awareness and fundraise for the Norma Rae Huggins Endowment Fund for Cancer Research.

Kim harrison
Harrison began her tenure at WVU in 1989 as a program assistant for the student-run radio station U92 moose, and in 2001, she was promoted to Managing Director.

From 2008, until his retirement in 2020, Harrison served as Deputy Director of Student engagement and leadership. In this role, she oversaw the recognition process of over 450 student organizations. She has worked to enrich the student experience by cultivating engaging and meaningful experiences and other leadership opportunities.

Recognized for her dedication to improving the WVU community for students and staff, she is the recipient of the 2019 David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award.

Virginie Pailes
Pailes has dedicated 27 years of service to the Campus and Community Life Office before retiring in 2020. Dubbed the face of WVU’s Elizabeth Moore Hall, Pailes has hosted students and other guests for nearly three decades while managing the reception at her beloved building. Beyond his usual duties, Pailes voluntarily served as a mentor to the many students who visited E. Moore to study or attend events.

Not only did Pailes show a deep respect for others, but she also holds the integrity of the building in high regard. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, E. Moore Hall was like her own home, and she treated it that way – an approach that has become contagious to others.

Cathy Yura
A long-time supporter of student well-being, Yura has been committed for nearly 40 years to advancing a holistic approach to student mental and emotional health through education, service and advocacy. Rights.

Yura joined the Carruth Center in 1980 as a graduate assistant, and in 1997 she became director, a position she held until she was appointed deputy vice-president of WELLWVU, in 2009. In this role, she helped lead the vision for an integrative approach to student health and wellness at WVU.

In perpetual quest for innovative approaches to mental health, his idea of ​​offering recovering students a safe and supportive environment within the culture of the campus materialized in 2016 with the launch of the program. College recovery program and Place of serenity. Yura led these programs until his retirement in 2020.

In recognition of its commitment to students, the Cathy Yura recovery grant was established in 2020 for the benefit of students in sustained recovery who are actively involved in service efforts.


ta / 09/30/21

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