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College Recognizes Faculty and Staff for Service Milestones

More Than Three-Dozen Faculty and Staff Represent 575 Years of Service to the Institution

September 26, 2013

President Jim Reynolds (back) celebrates with those faculty and staff recognized for longevity milestones from the College's arts area. They are, from the left, Catherine Roma, professor of music; Hal Shunk, professor of art; Elizabeth Haskins, assistant professor of music; Corey Cockerill, assistant professor of communication arts; and Becky Haines, theatre technician and fine arts secretary.

President Jim Reynolds (back) celebrates with those faculty and staff recognized for longevity milestones from the College's arts area. They are, from the left, Catherine Roma, professor of music; Hal Shunk, professor of art; Elizabeth Haskins, assistant professor of music; Corey Cockerill, assistant professor of communication arts; and Becky Haines, theatre technician and fine arts secretary.

Wilmington College honored more than three-dozen members of its faculty and staff for 575 years of service to the institution at a campus gathering Thursday (Sept. 26) afternoon.

President Jim Reynolds noted how, when he travels throughout the country meeting with alumni, they speak of faculty and staff whose impact literally transformed their lives while they were at WC.

“As our current students will go out into the world, they one day will be mentioning the names of persons in this room — names that are synonymous with their success.

“All of you make a difference in the lives of our students.”

Leading the parade of employees recognized for longevity were Becky Haines, who has served WC for 40 years as fine arts secretary and theatre technician, and Elizabeth Haskins, assistant professor of music, who has been on the faculty for 35 years.

Haines’ and Haskins’ affiliation with Wilmington College even supersedes those numbers, as each is a WC alumnus.

Three employees earned 30-year recognition, including Vinton Prince, professor of history; Mary Ellen Batiuk, a professor of social sciences that started with WC’s Project Talent program in the 1980s and later became dean of its corrections program; and Rhonda Burton, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. Burton also worked with Project Talents and in the financial aid area.

Other recognition included:

25 years of service — Larry Howard, professor of athletic training; Hal Shunk, professor of art; Iris Kelsen, originally dean of the Cincinnati Branches and current vice president for external programs; and Tina Garland, who has advanced from admission counselor to assistant and associate director to her present position as director of admission.

20 years: Edward Agran, professor of history; Catherine Roma, professor of music and former director of the College Chorale and UMOJA Men’s Chorus; and Lorie Watts, who started as student accounts manager and is currently associate director of Student One Stop.

15 years: Ron Combs, head coach for cross country and track & field, and intramurals director; James “Trip” Breen, director of aquatics and head swimming coach; Tara Lydy, director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, who started as director of the Campus Village and later coordinator of Service Learning; Ken Lydy, associate vice president for student affairs, who originally held the position of Campus Village manager and later director of students activities and associate dean of students.

Also, Mary Burnell, specialist in public relations and Copy Center coordinator, who originally was secretary in student life; Carl Coatney, athletics equipment manager; and Kenna Edwards, switchboard operator and clerk in human relations.

10 years: Lisabeth Bauer, associate professor of education; Michael Goldcamp, associate professor of chemistry; Martha Hendricks, associate professor of education, who recently served as interim associate vice president for academic affairs; Stephen Potthoff, associate professor of religion and philosophy; Jennifer Walker, assistant professor of athletic training.

Also, Ruth Brindle, curator of the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, who originally was an adjunct faculty member in history and later associate director of the Peace Resource Center; Randy Gerber, coordinator of the Barrett Farm; Sylvia Stevens, associate vice president for external programs, who started as director of the Cincinnati State degree completion program; and K.C. Hunt, head basketball coach, who originally served as assistant coach.

Five years: Corey Cockerill, assistant professor of communication arts; Charles Dick, assistant professor of business; Kim Isaac, assistant professor of athletic training; Marlaina Leppert-Wahl, assistant professor of social science; Ursula McTaggert, assistant professor of English; Dan Kasztelan, campus minister; Debra Myrick, enrollment specialist at Blue Ash; Leslie Nichols, assistant to the president; Heath Whittamore, network manager and network/PC support; Cindy Dawson, specialist in accounts payable; and Shari Rolston, administrative secretary in student life.