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HALL OF FAME


Student Life Hall of Fame inductees have dedicated 10 or more years of service to furthering the WVU Student Life mission of creating an extraordinary and transformative experience for every WVU student.

1997

Neil E. Bolyard (Charter Member)
Philip E. Comer (Charter Member)
Gordon R. Thorn (Charter Member)

1998

Alice E. “Betty” Boyd* (Charter Member)
James F. Carruth* (Charter Member)
Joseph C. Gluck* (Charter Member)

1999

Dorothy Jean Benson*
Cornelia M. Ladwig*
Robert F. McWhorter*

2000

Horace E. Belmear*
Annette Kunst Smith Ireland
J. Joseph Lawless*

2001

Barbara R. Alvis
Mary-Jane Schuster English*
Edwin J. Morgan

2002

Geraldine C. Belmear*
Arlene T. Hahn*
Emma M. Jackson

2003

Frank Carney
William Livengood*

2004

Herman Moses
Kenneth Sears
Joe Summers

2006

Brenda Eli*
Brentz F. Thompson*

2007

Augusto Paglialunga
Joan Paglialunga

2008

George Bryan Denis, Sr.*
Ilene M. Livengood
Charlene J. Marshall

2009

Joyce L. Aitken*
Shirley A. Daft
Margaret E. “Peggy” Kovac*

2010

Linda Hausman
Steve Taylor

2011

Kenton Colvin
Marion “Mun” Kostka*
Carolyn McDaniel

2012

Mary Ann Barill
Sally Duncil*
Barbara Wilkins

2013

Mary Collins
Cindy Alderson

2014

Gretchen A. Brown
Madeline Colvin
Kenneth D. Gray

2015

Melanie Cook
Jan Palmer
Dave Taylor

2016

Betty Bea Cox
David Master
Tom Sloane

2017

Charles Blue, Jr.
Edna “Franny” King
Alan Waters

2018

Lucille Cassino
Peter Li
Brenda Thompson

2021

Bruce Brubaker
Kim Harrison
Virginia Pailes
Cathy Yura

*Deceased

2021 RECIPIENTS

Bruce Brubaker

Bruce Brubaker

After 32 years of working to advance student recreation and physical activity at WVU, Brubaker retired in 2019. He managed WVU Intramural and Campus Sports since 1986, and during his tenure, the number of club sports teams grew from 11 to 56.

Brubaker also pioneered the Athletic Training program for many of the club and intramural competitions, served as an instructor for the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Basic Instruction Program and coordinated the annual Mountaineer Week Bob Huggins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to help raise awareness and funds to benefit the Norma Rae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund.

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Kim Harrison

Harrison began her tenure at WVU in 1989 as the program assistant of the student-run radio station U92 the Moose, and in 2001, she was promoted to general manager.

From 2008, until her retirement in 2020, Harrison served as the assistant director of Student Engagement and Leadership. In this role, she oversaw the process of recognizing more than 450 student organizations. She worked to enrich the student experience by cultivating engaging and meaningful experiences and other leadership opportunities.

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

virginia pailes

Virginia Pailes

Pailes devoted 27 years of service to the Office Campus and Community Life before retiring in 2020. Dubbed the face of WVU’s Elizabeth Moore Hall, Pailes greeted students and other guests for nearly three decades while managing the front desk of her much beloved building. Extending beyond her regular duties, Pailes voluntarily served as a mentor to the numerous students who visited E. Moore to study or attend events.

Not only did Pailes exhibit a deep respect for others, 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

Cathy Yura

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

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

Perpetually searching for innovative approaches to mental health, her idea to provide students in recovery with a safe and supportive environment within the campus culture came to fruition in 2016 with the launch of the Collegiate Recovery Program and Serenity Place . Yura directed these programs until her retirement in 2020.

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

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