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Father and son provide donation to support physical education for children with special needs

The Friday Adapted Physical Education Program (APE), a CPASS initiative which provides weekly developmentally appropriate physical activity programming for more than 80 school-aged children with disabilities from Monongalia County Public Schools, received a generous donation from Dustin and Damon Casseday in April.

Damon Casseday, WVU Recreation, Parks and Tourism student, and his son, Dustin, have always had a close bond. Until the age of five, Dustin was nonverbal. It wasn’t until he started in the “Son-Rise” program, designed to help Monongalia County parents encourage their children to learn, that Damon saw progress as his son exploded with excitement to learn.

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Son of the late Emery L. “Bud” Prunty donates to his father’s memorial scholarship

Tom Prunty is honoring his father’s legacy as a cattleman and educator by making a planned gift to The Emery L. “Bud” Prunty Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship supports West Virginia residents enrolled in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design  and majoring and in animal and nutritional sciences.

Alumnus Emery L. Prunty passed away in January 2016. Shortly after his passing, his wife of 57 years, Sharon Prunty, endowed the scholarship.

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WVU names 2019 Foundation Scholars

Lillian Bischof, a Wheeling native, who discovered her love for science in sixth grade through the Regional Environment Action Program at Oglebay Park, is anxious to research the role of genetic modification for food security and accessible health care. She will major in chemical engineering and finance and join the Society of Women Engineers and other student organizations that empower women in STEM. She is a four-year member of Wheeling Park High School cross country team, former member of the swim team and as the president of Key Club, she spearheaded a winter weather fundraiser for local homeless youth. She also serves as a docent at the Oglebay Good Zoo. She is the daughter of Deborah and Lee Bischof, a WVU alumnus.

Piper Cook, who will major in biology with an emphasis in neurobiology, made the decision in middle school to become a pediatric neurosurgeon while serving as a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital. After witnessing a swath of destruction from the opioid crises in her hometown of Danville, she is excited to immerse herself in research on deep brain stimulation for the treatment of addiction. She will volunteer her time to WVU Camp Kesem and the Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center. Cook will use her stipend to expand her research on safe non-pharmaceutical alternatives to opioids. She attends Scott High School and is the daughter of Roger and Lisa Cook, who named her after a fictional character from the television series “Charmed.” She is a first-generation college student.

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