Casey Malone Maugh '00
Outstanding Young Alumna, 2011
While at Huntingdon, Casey Maugh lived the College’s motto of applying wisdom in service through work as an orientation leader, sorority recruitment counselor for Panhellenic, Alpha Omicron Pi treasurer, officer in the Student Government Association, and as a resident assistant in Blount Hall. After graduating from Huntingdon with a degree in communication studies, she completed her master’s degree at Colorado State University and completed her Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, she continued in the service to others that was so much a part of her college experience at Huntingdon by raising money for tsunami victims in Indonesia and helping to raise funds for AIDS and HIV research. Service was the center of her life in college, and her desire to serve became her life’s work.
Dr. Maugh has served on the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Park Campus as a visiting professor of speech communication and director of the Speaking Center since 2008. Prior to taking the position at Southern Mississippi, she dedicated her time in service in the Cape Verde Islands off the African coast. Casey joined the Peace Corps in July 2005 and was stationed in Cape Verde with the Corps until 2007, working at the University of Cape Verde as a teacher trainer and student teaching coordinator. She taught courses in syllabus design and curriculum development and design.
When her two-year term with the Peace Corps ended, Dr. Maugh chose to stay in Cape Verde and continue to help the people of that country. She opened a school, English Unlimited, to continue to teach English to the people of Cape Verde in an effort to improve their job skills. She developed course curriculum and taught all levels of English, including translation from Portuguese. She served as college adviser and witnessed her students become some of the first in their country to earn college degrees and go on to become teachers in local high schools.
Before joining the Peace Corps, Dr. Maugh attended both Colorado State University and Pennsylvania State University on full-paid teaching assistantships. She was the recipient of the Kay DeBoer Distinguished Teaching Award from the Pennsylvania State University Department of Communication Arts and Sciences. She was also a nominee for the Pennsylvania State University College of the Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students and the Colorado State University Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award.