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HALL OF FAME

2018 INDUCTEE

Lucille Cassino

Lucille Cassino

Lucille began her career at WVU as a part-time employee in the Mountainlair Food Services’ Bakery in the fall of 1985. She remained in the position until 1987 at which time she transferred to a full-time position in the Mountainlair Food Services’ Salad Department. While in the Salad Department from 1987 to 1989, Lucille worked her summers in the Rhododendron Room, Catering, and Hatfields. Also during this time, Lucille worked at the Gold Coat/Blue Coat Rooms at Milan Puskar Stadium making omelets for the guests. In 1989, Lucille transferred to the Mountainlair Hearthstone to serve as the manager. 

In 1990, Lucille transferred to manage JACS, Javas & Cream, Ooie Gooies, and Scoops. During this time, Lucille helped with the consolidation of these separate entities become a one-shop-stop in JACS. During her tenure at the ‘Lair, she hired and trained over 100 student employees to work in the areas that she supervised. Lucille stayed knowledgeable in her field by attending the yearly Regional Association of College Unions International Conferences and regional and national food shows. 

She volunteered each year for Mountainlair’s Cupid Corner, FallFest, Mountaineer Week, and the Student Life Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony. Lucille and her husband, Bob, have been married for 57 years. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. 

Peter Li

Peter Li

Peter Li was born and raised in Hong Kong. He went to the US in 1974 and completed his undergraduate degree at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky in 1978 and his master’s degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1981. 

In 1981, he began his work as a Case Manager at the Migration and Refugee Services of the Catholic Charities of Lousville before entering the field of international education in 1983. He then worked for five years as an International Student Coordinator at the University of Lousville before moving to West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia to assume his position as the Assistant Dean for International Students and Scholars in 1988.

Prior to his return back to Hong Kong to take up his current position as the Director of International Office in 2006, he held the title of Associate Dean, International Students and Scholars at West Virginia University. He has been a member of NAFSA: the Association of International Educators since 1983 and was involved as a regional chair and a member of NAFSA’s Diversity Committee on the national level. 

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Alan & Lisa Zuccari

Brenda, a Princteon, WV native, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Concord College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the WV College of Graduate Studies. She began her career at WVU in 1984. Brenda has held a variety of positions in the Financial Aid Office at WVU including interim Director, Associate Director and Director of Financial Aid. During her time in WVU’s Financial Aid Office, she was a member of the team that designed and implemented the WVU Scholarship Program, implemented the first fully automated financial aid system, oversaw the school’s transition to Direct Lending, and served as a member of the oversight team for implementation of the Banner Student Information System. 

In early 2001, she agreed to serve as the interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and later assumed the position of AVP for Enrollment Management. She remained in that role until 2015 when she transitioned to Administration and Finance as a Senior Advisor to the VP for Administration and Finance. In this position, she assisted with the implementation of the Mountaineer Hub and launched a financial literacy program, Blue to Gold. Brenda retired from WVU in October 2017. 

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2018 INDUCTEE

ZUCCARI

Alan & Lisa Zuccari

Lisa and Alan Zuccari have served and supported West Virginia University for many years. Lisa served on WVU’s Student Affairs Capital Campaign Committee. She is currently serving on the Development Committee of Women of West Virginia University’s Leadership council, a program that supports women programs in education. Zuccari’s personal philanthropic focus has been children with learning disabilities. She has served on the committee for the Blind & Dyslexic (2010). Having earned a degree in designing programs for children, she has gravitated to programs that enrich children’s lives in education and positive outlook. 

Alan Zuccari is a current member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors and has formerly served on the Mountaineer Athletic Club’s (MAC) Advisory Board. In the fall of 2011, Alan and his wife Lisa established the Zuccari Alumni Wall on the grounds of the WVU Erickson Alumni Center welcoming future generations of Mountaineers. Alan is currently the President and CEO of Hamilton Insurance Agency; one of the top leading brokerage firms in the United States based in Fairfax, VA. 

Lisa and Alan reside in McLean, VA and have three children that have all attended and graduated from WVU.

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