Peggy Kovac remembered with national award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Longtime West Virginia University Student Health employee Peggy Kovac, who died of cancer last year, has been named recipient of the American College Health Association’s (ACHA) Ollie B. Moten Award.

“It is clear she was a real gift to the field of college health,” said Jenny Haubenreiser, chair of the ACHA Awards Committee.

“Peggy Kovac was a gift to the students of WVU,” said Jan Palmer, M.D., director of Student Health at WVU. “She dedicated her life to helping and educating everyone she came into contact with.  She is greatly missed by everyone who knew her, and I am pleased that she is being recognized with this award.”

The award, established in 1992, honors ACHA members who have made a significant impact on the institution of higher education in which they work. Ollie B. Moten, R.N., was past chairwoman of the Nursing Section of ACHA and former director of the Student Health Center at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Kovac graduated magna cum laude from WVU with a bachelor's degree in community health education and secondary education in 1980. She received her master's degree in community health education in 1984. In 1988, she became WVU's first health educator. She then went on to serve as the health promotion coordinator and was the adviser for WVU's Student Health Advisory Board.

Peggy Kovac



For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ab: 2-24-09

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