TheEberly College of Arts and SciencesatWest Virginia Universityrecently announced its 2008 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Each year, the Eberly Colleges Departmental Alumni Recognition Program recognizes alumni for their civic leadership, social welfare activities, professional accomplishments and intellectual and cultural pursuits. The awards honor individuals whose accomplishments represent the highest level of professional and personal excellence and whose lives reflect the enrichment gained from a broad arts and sciences education.

Graduates of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences make outstanding contributions to our state, country and the world,said Mary Ellen Mazey, dean of the Eberly College.These awards recognize alumni who bring honor to WVU through their work and service to their communities. We are proud call each of them alumni and friends of the institution.

Brief bios of honorees follow:

  • Dr. Thomas E. Hunt Jr. earned his bachelors degree in premedicine from the Eberly College in 1950. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland, graduating in 1954. Hunt engaged in the private practice of orthopedic surgery from 1959-2006, when he retired. Hunt is an active member of the WVU Alumni Association and of the Baltimore County Medical Society, where he has long been active in local charitable endeavors. In 2004, the League for Crippled Children celebrated its 70th anniversary and gave its highest award to Hunt in recognition of his 40 years of volunteer service. He was inducted into the Schmeisser Society of Johns Hopkins University in honor of his exemplary service.
  • Eddie O. Barrett is a native of Fairmont who earned his bachelors degree in English from the Eberly College in 1952. After beginning his career as a sports writer, he joined the staff of the Department of Athletics at WVU , eventually becoming sports information director. He later served as athletic director at Marshall University. In 2000, the WVU Alumni Association recognized him with the PaulBuckMartin Award for his efforts in preserving, maintaining and promoting the spirit and tradition of WVU . Eddie Barrett and his wife, Betty, received the WVU Foundations 2007 Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropists Award. Both are members of the Woodburn Circle Society, the Foundations most prestigious philanthropic society.
  • Rebecca Fitzsimmons received her bachelors degree in forensic and investigative science in 2006 and completed an internship with the Naval Crime Investigation Service during her time at WVU . Fitzsimmons has received training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. Currently, she is a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. She has worked on numerous forensic cases. Her dedication to her field is illustrated by her selection as a federal agent in a field that is extremely competitive.
  • Tina J. Cartwright graduated from WVU in 1994 with a bachelors degree in geography and received her masters and doctoral degrees in meteorology from Florida State University. While at WVU , she received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and a fellowship with the National Science Foundation, and she did collaborative research with the National Weather Service, investigating the effects of forest fires on flash flood events. Currently, Cartwright is an assistant professor of science education for the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University and the West Virginia state climatologist. She is also a member of the Governors Commission on Graduate Studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), an educational program that seeks to remove barriers for students interested in the sciences. Additionally, Cartwright completed Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) training. She provides workshops on scientific inquiry and how to incorporate GLOBE into the classroom.
  • Gen. Harley F. Mooney Jr. graduated from WVU in 1954 with a bachelors degree in history. He is a decorated, retired, U.S. Army brigadier general, holding 34 U.S. and foreign commendations. Since 1989, he has acted as a managing partner for Mooney-Osborne and Associates Management Consultant Services. He is also director of Stationers Inc., a Mooney-Osborne company subsidiary. Mooney is a former superintendent of the West Virginia State Police. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the restructuring and diversification of the work force. Additionally, he participated in the development of the associate degree program for troopers with Marshall University, where he served as a member of the MU Board of Governors. Since 1995, Mooney has been a director of Ohio River Bank (Ironton, Ohio). He is chairman of the board of directors for Caspian Industries and a board member of Champion Industries.
  • Judge Irene C. Berger graduated from WVU with a degree in mathematics in 1976 and a law degree in 1979. She was the first black woman appointed to the circuit court bench in the state of West Virginia and currently serves as a judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Kanawha County. As an attorney, she served the Legal Aid Society of Charleston in the Office of the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney as well as an assistant in the U.S. Attorneys office. Berger has received numerous awards, including 2006 Outstanding Alumna of WVU , the Distinguished West Virginia Award, Community Champion Award from the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action, and the Mountain State Bar Association Merit Award. She has served as president of the WVU Alumni Association board of directors and a member of the Student Affairs, College of Law and Social Justice visiting committees, and she was named a fellow of the American Bar Association.
  • David C. Hardesty Jr. , WVU president emeritus, earned his bachelors degree in political science from WVU in 1967. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned his masters degree in philosophy, politics and economics in 1969. In 1973, he graduated from Harvard Law School. Hardesty was an associate and partner in the law firm of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff&Love in Charleston. There he specialized in state and local taxation, corporate and banking law and administrative law. He served as the West Virginia tax commissioner from 1977-80. Hardesty is a member of the American Bar Association, West Virginia State Bar and Bar Association, and National Association of College and University Attorneys. In 1995, he became the 21st president of WVU . Hardestys honors include the Big East CEO Distinguished Leadership and Service Award in 2007, Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2004, the Earl Core Award for distinguished service to Morgantown in 2004 and the Education and Alliances Graduates of Distinction Award in 2007.
  • Philip Comer graduated from WVU in 1955 with a bachelors degree in economics, a masters in rehabilitation counseling in 1960 and a doctorate in psychology in 1965. Comer was a clinical psychologist for the Center for Psychological Services at Ohio University until 1966. He joined the WVU faculty in 1966 and rose through the ranks from assistant professor to professor. He was assistant director of the WVU Counseling and Psychological Services Center until 1988, at which time he was promoted to director. From 1988-97, he served as director of the WVU Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. Since 1997, he has held the rank of director emeritus. Comer made extraordinary contributions as a teacher. He has been honored with over a dozen teaching awards, including the Faculty Merit Foundations Professor of the Year Award for the state of West Virginia in 1991, Most Loyal Faculty/Staff Mountaineer in 1997 and WVU Presidents Bright Shining Star Award in 1999 and 2006. Comer is the only person to receive the award twice.
  • Keith Tomlinson graduated from WVU in 1987 with a Regents Bachelor of Arts. He is currently the manager of the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Va. In 2003, he received the Washington Academy of Sciences Biological Sciences Award for his work on the native plant communities of the Potomac River. In spring 2007, he was elected vice president of the Washington Academy of Sciences. Tomlinson was a symposium speaker in Barcelona, Spain, at the World Botanic Garden Congress in 2004. In 2006, he taught two workshops on plant diversity conservation at the 6th World Botanic Garden Congress in Oxford, England. In addition to his work at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Tomlinson acts as a natural history tour leader for the Smithsonian Associates.
  • Dr. Charles Merrill received bachelors degrees from WVU in religious studies and biology in 1987. In 1991, he graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. After receiving his medical degree, he completed an internship and two-year residency in family practice at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Fla. Merrill resides in Marietta, Ohio, where he is in family practicethe Merrill Health Clinic is affiliated with Selby General Hospital. He and his wife have four children.
  • Sam Hickman received a bachelors degree from Marshall University in 1974, and he graduated from WVU in 1977 with a masters in social work. He has been the chief executive officer of the National Association of Social Workers in West Virginia Chapter for 22 years. Currently, Hickman is a member and secretary of the WVU Division of Social Work Visiting Committee, vice president of the board of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and secretary of Good News Mountaineer Garage, which has provided safe, reliable transportation to hundreds of low-income West Virginia families. He chairs the FACES on Medicaid Coalition, a group of consumers, advocates and labor organizations that is concerned with the Medicaid State Plan Amendment and related issues. He is also a 26-year member of the National Rural Social Work Caucus.
  • Gregory Totterdale earned two degrees from WVU , a bachelors in mathematics in 1972 and a masters in statistics in 1974. He graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He completed postgraduate studies in operations research while serving on active duty as an officer in the Air Force. Prior to his retirement, he was president of the Totterdale Group Inc., a strategic marketing research, analysis and consulting firm based in Irving, Texas. He also served as a managing partner of the Totterdale Group II LLP , a partnership which included his firm and four marketing research companies specializing in data collection. In 1988, he received the DFW Chapter of the American Marketing Associations Marketer of the Year Award.