to Watch Over Me
dean of CGS leaves it ready for growth. From
a campus e-mail by Curt Keim, vice president for academic
Our friend and
colleague Linda Heindel, an extraordinarily caring, dedicated,
and competent professional
who has devoted much of her life to our College,
will retire June 30. After more
than 26 years, 21 of them in continuing educatio, the time has come for her
to retire from full- time service so that she may indulge
her other interests: the
history of science, local history, Native American literature and culture,
caprine husbandry (goats), gardening, and playing the piano.
Linda received her A.B. from Lebanon Valley
College, her M.A. from the University of Delaware, and
her Ph.D. from
Lehigh University. She began her career as
a high school English teacher, then moved to the college level, teaching
University of Delaware, Lehigh University, and Allentown College of St. Francis de
Sales (now DeSales University) as well as Moravian College. At
Allentown College, she became part-time coordinator of its
Access program, which led to her change in career paths to
continuing adult education. Linda became assistant dean
of the Division of Continuing Studies in 1982, then dean
of Continuing and Graduate Studies in 1993.
creative leadership has resulted in the certificate programs,
May Term, the master’s degree in education,
outreach programs to Arabic and Vietnamese communities,
custom contract courses for area businesses, one-night-per-week
scheduling, and the Windmill Foundation Scholarship (from
a private donation of $140,000). Her leadership has
made it possible for us to embark on our current pathway
toward separation of day and evening classes.
Most of all,
we know Linda as someone whose energy, enthusiasm, and
warmth have enriched us, strengthened us, and provided
us rays of sunshine on gloomy days.
a farewell letter by Linda Heindel
I have met such a remarkable
group of people in these two decades—more than
anyone else, you students.
have seen examples of enormous courage in overcoming
personal illness, the illness of children
or of parents . . .
courage in meeting economic catastrophe, when a spouse cleaned
out the bank account and left you with nothing, or when your
company closed and left you with only a pink slip . . . courage,
and imagination, in fighting for an education.
And I have been privileged to rejoice in
the new job, in the honors project successfully defended,
in the graduation
attended by your relatives from continents away.
been thrilled at your accomplishments, at how well you
have done, how fiercely you have fought to get this
precious education that lets your
innate intelligence find avenues of expression.
My biggest thrill, perhaps,
has been to see you discover just how really smart you
are. That door of opportunity opened, and you just flew
You have been role models for your friends
and most of all for your children. They’ve seen
that an education may be hard won but is worth every
So I thank each and every one of you CGS
students for what you have contributed to my lifelong learning.
are indeed very special teachers.
Originally printed in the spring issue of The Lamplighter,
newsletter of the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies.
farewell dinner for Linda will be held Friday, June
20, in the HUB. Contributions in honor
of her retirement may be made to the scholarship funds of
the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies.
In the fall,
Linda will work part-time for the College, advising
students in the post-baccalaureate education certificate
program while Jack Dilendik is on sabbatical.