Moravian’s Retiring Faculty Recognized at Reception May 8
Two days before Moravian College celebrated its commencement exercises, the campus community gathered in the PPHAC atrium for a May 8 retirement reception, recognizing four retiring longtime faculty members.
With introductions from Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Gordon Well, the College toasted the contributions and years of service of Dawn Ketterman-Benner, professor of physical education, Art Lyons, professor of psychology, Al Martin, associate professor of chemistry, and Joel Wingard, professor of English. All told, the foursome has more than 150 years at the College.
Weil began the program highlighting Ketterman-Benner, who has served the College for 43 years, beginning in 1971. Detailing her career, which included founding the Moravian College Dance Company and successful stints as the College’s tennis and volleyball coach, among other sports, the dean commended Ketterman-Benner saying, “You have given more students more of you than I can believe.”
“She has given her heart and her soul to Moravian College like no one I know,” added Weil.
Lyons, a licensed psychologist, was recognized by Weil for his contributions spearheading the College’s Planning and Budget Committee and First-Year Seminar program. According to Weil, Lyons' efforts earned him the President’s Award in 2009, recognizing outstanding individual action, achievement or performance – above and beyond normal work requirements.
“Thank you for all that you have done for us, for your colleagues, and for the College,” said Weil to Lyons, who worked on campus for 38 years.
ABOVE: Dean Gordon Well (left) congratulates Art Lyons, professor of psychology, at the College's May 8 reception.
ABOVE: After 43 years at Moravian, Dawn Ketterman-Benner (left) is set to retire this year.
Like Lyons, Martin also concluded his 38th year on campus this year. Weil called the professor “the heart and soul of our chemistry department for years and years.” In addition to his work in the class, Martin served as a longtime advisor to the College’s Equestrian Club.
“Al does anything for students,” Weil said. “His heart is with his students, and there is no end to what he would do.”
According to Weil, Wingard has served the College in a “very distinctive role” during his 33-year tenure.
During his acclamation of Wingard, Weil recounted a story of how, before he arrived at Moravian, he knew of the English professor’s success teaching students to write. A former colleague of Weil’s vouched for Wingard’s abilities to develop strong writers. Weil agreed that Wingard was as good as advertised.
“You have provided a whole lot of service to a whole lot of people,” Weil said.
Prior to Weil’s introductions, President Bryon Grigsby ’90 toasted the gathered retiring faculty.
“For all the work, all the commitment, all that you do for our students, to change their lives and transform who they are, so at the end of the day they can call this place their alma mater, here’s to you,” Grigsby said.
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