West Virginia University Student Affairs officials recently honored two husband and wife teams for their dedication and service to WVU and its students.
Thomas and Janet Rogers received the Outstanding Achievement Award for their contributions to the University, and AugustoGusand Joan Paglialunga were inducted into the Student Affairs Hall of Fame.
The Rogers are devoted to WVU and the WVU Foundation,said Phil Comer, retired director of WVU s Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services,and they are models of success in their professionalism and loyalty to the students, faculty and staff at the University.
Tom Rogers has a bachelors degree in pharmacy from WVU . He sits on the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Board of Advisors and served as board chair for five years. He is also active on the Board of Visitors for the Blaney House and the College of Creative Arts.
In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors for Monongalia General Hospital for 10 years and served as president of West Virginia Public Theatre for 20 years. Among his honors is a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the theater.
Janet Rogers graduated from WVU with bachelors and masters degrees in social work. She is secretary for the WVU Foundation Board of Directors and is on the College of Human Resources and Education Visiting Committee. Her activities also include co-chairing the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Gala Committee in 1996.
The Rogers reside in Morgantown. They have both served on the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce Board.
Another outstanding couple, the Paglialungas, received the Student Affairs Hall of Fame Award.
Gus Paglialunga is a longtime professor of voice and artist-in-residence at the WVU College of Creative Arts. He has a bachelors degree in education from West Liberty State College and a masters in music from the New England Conservatory of Music. Using his own experience as an opera singer, he has mentored and encouraged artists who have gone on to successful international careers in the opera world.
Joan Paglialunga received two bachelors degrees: one in dental hygiene from West Liberty State College and the other in gerontology from WVU .
Together, they have served as Resident Faculty Leaders at the University.
When WVU students and alumni speak about the Paglialungas, they often describe them as a couple that created an exceptional campus living and learning
environment for the entire WVU community, said Ken Gray, vice president for Student Affairs.
As Resident Faculty Leaders, they planned special activities and trips, hosted
social events in their home, provided academic support and guidance and served as mentors to countless students.
The Paglialungas began their tenure as Resident Faculty Leaders when the program first began in 1996. As one of only two couples remaining from the early days of Operation Jumpstart (now known as the First-Year Experience), they have contributed significantly to the direction of the Resident Faculty Leader Program at WVU , Gray said.
Since the beginning, Gus and Joan Paglialunga have been exemplary RFLs and role models for our students,wrote David Pariser, a fellow RFL and professor of accounting, in his nomination letter.They have dedicated their professional lives to serving the needs of students in Bennett Tower and have been excellent colleagues to all Student Affairs employees.
Since retiring this year, the couple resides outside of Phoenix.