The recipients will be recognized at an induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
The Student Affairs Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to former Director of Athletics Edward “Ed” Pastilong. The 2010 Student Affairs Hall of Fame awards will be presented to former WVU employees Linda Hausman and Steve Taylor.
Edward “Ed” Pastilong, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WVU, joined his alma mater as the recruiting coordinator in 1976.
In 1978, he became the scholarship officer, and in 1979 he was named the assistant athletic director and helped with the planning of the new Mountaineer Field and the WVU Coliseum.
In 1987, he was promoted to the position of associate athletic director where he was responsible for 17 varsity sports programs. During Pastilong’s 20-year tenure, his achievements at WVU have included renovations to the WVU Coliseum and Hawley Field, and the construction of numerous athletic facilities, including the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility for football, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Cary Gym for Mountaineer Gymnastics and a state-of-the-art wrestling facility. Construction of the new basketball practice facility is in the near future.
He also initiated the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll, where nearly 4,000 student-athletes have been recognized for outstanding work in the classroom, and the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, where more than 125 former Mountaineers have been honored.
Among his accomplishments, Pastilong organized more than $65 million in facility renovations, increased the department’s budget from $20 million to more than $50 million and steered WVU into the BIG EAST Football Conference, earning full-fledged member status in the league in 1995. Under Pastilong’s guidance, WVU is proud to be one of only 14 self-sustaining athletic departments in America.
During the 20 years that Ed Pastilong served WVU, he guided, mentored and coached numerous student athletes in their quest to be great Mountaineers.
Linda Hausman began working for WVU in 1983, and quickly adopted West Virginia as her new home.
She worked for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for 14 years. During her tenure, she served as manager of Student Organizations Services and advisor for the Student Government Association. She also served on the senior staff of the Office of Student Activities.
Hausman was the first full-time program advisor for Student Organizations Services.
Under her leadership, she established many programs that are still in existence at WVU. Examples include the first Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities for Student Organizations, the annual SHOP program that has been in existence for 25 years, the annual Greek Awards Banquet, the Student Organizations Fair and Service Learning program.
In addition, she oversaw the transition of WVU’s current identification card system from the manual system that was in place. Long before WVU had a parent network, Hausman organized networking offices to increase communication and to share information. She also created all the procedures for recognizing student organizations on campus, a system that is still used today.
In 1999, Hausman decided to change careers and pursue the legal profession. While attending the WVU College of Law, she continued her service to the University working in both the General Counsel’s Office and the Student Legal Services Office.
She was also a member of the Executive Committee of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties and served as the chairperson of the United Way Citizens Review and Allocations Committee.
Hausman was employed at McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, L.C. shortly after her admittance to practice law in the fall of 2003. She is a graduate of the American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Program. Hausman is also a well-respected family law mediator and is certified by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. She joined Kaufman & McPherson in August 2009 and continues to practice primarily family law.
Steve Taylor began working in the Office of Admissions, later known as the Office of Admissions and Records, as a part-time admissions counselor in 1970. Two years later, he was promoted to a full-time admissions counselor.
When he wasn’t on the road recruiting students, he was in the office evaluating students’ applications and transcripts. During that time, he was the only recruiter to bring in the targeted number of students, a job that requires 14 recruiters today.
Taylor continued as a recruiter until he was promoted to a records coordinator, overseeing all aspects of the Records Unit. He received another promotion in 1981 as the admissions/records officer III, where he was given additional responsibilities associated with the Registration and Records Unit.
In 1985, his title changed to manager of Student Records Operations. It was during this time that Taylor managed the Registration Unit and Communication Unit.
In 1989 he was promoted to assistant director of Student Records Operations. In 1992 his title was changed to registrar. During this time, Taylor spent endless hours working with the implementation of Banner, which was brought up in 1997. His title changed again to associate director of Admissions and Records. He oversaw the Records and Registration Unit along with fees, enrollment verification, orientation, registration of students, transcripts, diplomas and graduation.
Taylor was a longstanding member of both the regional and national American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers where he held several offices.
Taylor frequently came in early and would stay until the job was finished. Those who have worked with him speak of him as a loyal and dedicated employee. In 2004, he was awarded WVU’s Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer award.
For more information about the program or the recipients of the 2010 Hall of Fame Award and Outstanding Achievement Award, contact Sonja Wilson, event program coordinator at Sonja.Wilson@mail.wvu.edu or 304-292-2702.
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CONTACT: Sonja Wilson, Student Affairs Hall of Fame