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English department honors Dr. Diamond at Senior Send-Off

George Diamond, professor of English, is honored at the English department Senior Send-Off in April.

Photo by Michael P. Wilson

Moravian College’s English department held its annual Senior Send-Off in April. The event was the best attended send-off in recent memory and drew together students, faculty and administration.

Most of the attendees came to spend time with retiring English professor George Diamond, who has served at Moravian for 47 years. Diamond was honored by the English department and Moravian’s chapter of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, which Diamond founded 25 years ago. He was the chapter’s faculty advisor until his retirement. 

The Senior Send-Off is the largest of the numerous student-faculty socials held each year within the department. The intent of the event is to honor graduating English majors and give them a final opportunity to gather with their classmates and teachers from the English department.

The social also doubles as the induction ceremony for Moravian’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. The officers of Sigma Tau Delta opened the program by honoring new members. Nicole Tabor, assistant professor of English, Diamond’s replacement as advisor, said it was an honor to serve the organization.  “The students did an excellent job planning and executing an inspiring ceremonial experience.”

During the event, members of Sigma Tau Delta presented Diamond with two gifts, one of which was a plaque from the International Sigma Tau Delta headquarters recognizing his 25 years of service. The second gift was a custom-bound compilation of letters written to him by current and past students, co-workers, and others at Moravian whom he has touched during his 47 years.

“It is wonderful knowing that you have so many friends, and, also, that so many students found my courses worthwhile,” Diamond said.

Joyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of English, led the next portion of the program, which recognized the achievement of graduating English majors and minors, announced the winners of the College’s upper-division writing rizes, and then made its own announcement to honor Diamond. Beginning next year, the writing prizes will be renamed in Diamond’s honor. “I’m stunned and overwhelmed,” Diamond said.  “The honor has been mine teaching at Moravian.”

Generous donations from alumni whom Diamond has impacted allowed for the renaming. Anne Gaza ’94 and her husband Charles made a leadership gift to fund the George S. Diamond Writing Prizes over the next five years. Eric Ruskoski ’69 also made a donation that will extend the life cycle of the award almost indefinitely. His leadership gift provides half of the funds needed for a $25,000 endowment that will continue to support the prize after its initial five years.