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Alumni Spotlight: Ian Gentile

Ian Gentile, Vice President of Hockey Operations with the United States Hockey League completed his master's degree online from West Virginia University in sport management in 2020 while working full-time. After over a decade working his way up the ranks in the Chicago Blackhawks organization, a stint that included three Stanley Cup championships, he served as the Director of High Performance and National teams for USA football for 14 months before returning to the rink in his current position. Read more about his current role, his career journey and the impact WVU has had on him, as well as advice for students aspiring to work in the sport industry.

Name: Ian Gentile
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Academic history: Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2008), Master of Science degree from West Virginia University (2020)  
Full-time employment history prior to new role as Vice President, Hockey Operations, USHL :
USA Football (2022-23)
Director, High Performance and National Teams

Chicago Blackhawks (2007-21), Stanley Cup Champions (2010, 2013, 2015)
Senior Manager, Player Development (2017-21)
Manager, Player Development (2014-17)
Manager, Hockey Administration (2012-14)
Coordinator, Hockey Operations (2010-13)
Scouting Coordinator (2009-10)
Hockey Operations Intern (2007-2009)

Brooks to be inducted into Order of Vandalia

Close-up photo of the Order of Vandalia medal in its case.

Dana Brooks, the former dean of the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, is one of five who will be honored Saturday (June 10) for their loyalty and service to  West Virginia University as they are inducted into the  Order of Vandalia.

The 2023 inductees include Brooks, Robert DiClerico, Pam Maphis Larrick, Nora MacDonald and J. Wayne Richards. Saturday's ceremony will also honor the memories of five Vandalians who have died in the past year — J. William Douglas, Class of 2015; Elmo Hurst, Class of 1994; Edna Bennett Pierce, Class of 2012; Peter White, Class of 2001 and Mary Kathryne Wiedebusch, Class of 2007.

Former faculty and CPASS Hall of Fame member Burdette-Good has passed away

Linda Burdette-Good headshot.

Record-setting former West Virginia University gymnastics coach and long-time faculty member in the College of Physical Activity and Sports Science Linda Burdette-Good died unexpectedly in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on June 6, family members have confirmed.

A native of Parkersburg, W.Va., Burdette-Good joined the Mountaineer athletic department following a one-year coaching stint at Fairmont State. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from WVU and served as a faculty member in CPASS from 1974-2009. In retirement, she continued to volunteer her time as a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame selection committee.

Student teacher recaps her year in the classroom

Braelyn Young photo outside.

Braelyn Young, senior in the elementary education program, spent the last academic year as a 4th-grade student teacher at Big Elm Elementary School in Harrison County, W.Va.

Young posted video updates throughout the year documenting her time as a student teacher, including projects she worked on with her students and the lessons she learned along the way.

CAHS recognizes outstanding faculty

Dr. Sean Bulger stands at a podium in the Blue Gold Room in towers presenting to a group of faculty and staff.

The College of Applied Human Sciences recognized four faculty members – Rawn Boulden, Patrick Hairston, Erin Jordan and Erin McHenry-Sorber – for outstanding work in the 2022-23 academic year at its all-college assembly on May 10.

Rawn Boulden was the recipient of the 2023 CAHS Outstanding Researcher Award. The award acknowledges a faculty member whose research has made significant contributions to one’s discipline in the past year. In the past year, Boulden’s work investigated issues of school counseling in rural areas, with special emphasis on Appalachia and culturally sustaining school counseling practices. His research portfolio included six peer-reviewed journal articles published or appearing in the press during the award period.

Programs earn top rankings from US News & World Report

Fall photo from the WVU Evansdale campus with a tree with gold foliage in the foreground and a water tower with the WVU logo in the background.

The College of Applied Human Sciences at West Virginia University is proud to announce that two of its graduate programs have been recognized in the 2023-24 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling program in the School of Counseling and Well-Being has been ranked as the 19th-best rehabilitation counseling graduate program in the country, placing it in the top quartile of programs nationwide. This ranking was determined through peer assessments.

Commencement 2023

Decorated graduation caps worn by students at commencement

The College of Applied Human Sciences will cap its inaugural academic year at Commencement on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. at the WVU Coliseum. Here is a look at several graduates from the College who will be earning their degree this weekend.

WVU student gets call to the big leagues as grounds crew member

WVU student Samuel Gambill talking in the bleachers at Monongalia County Ballpark in a black Baltimore Orioles polo shirt and sunglasses.

Sam Gambill's memories of going to baseball games are set mostly against the backdrop of Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. The venue, which sparked a renaissance in the aesthetics and design for Major League Baseball facilities, is now the backdrop for Gambill's learning experience as a member of the grounds crew for the Orioles.

"The first time walking out there and being on the field and being able to pick out every seat I had sat in over the years was a really special moment for me and something that I will cherish forever," Gambill said.

FiT Publishing welcomes new editor

Carmen Fullmer headshot.

Carmen Fullmer has joined FiT Publishing in the International Center for Performance Excellence at the College of Human Applied Sciences as an editor.