College Honors Faculty/Staff for Serviceby Steve Charles • May 12, 2012
- The Wabash College community gathered Friday in the Knowling Fieldhouse for the third annual Service Recognition Luncheon, paying tribute to staff and faculty who have served the College from 10 to 25 years and honoring Professor of Political Science David Hadley, who retires from the College this year after 43 years. Bookstore Tradebook Manager Judy Wynne has served the College for 15 years.
- For 15 years of service: Judy Wynne, Tradebook Manager, Wabash Bookstore
- For 15 years of service: Cheryl Hughes, Professor of Philosophy, Division II Chair
- For 15 years of service: Brian Victory, Campus Services
- Brian Victory
- Director of Marketing and Communications Jim Amidon ’87 was honored for 25 years of service.
- 'He tells the stories of Wabash when we celebrate, and he remembers well those we’ve lost when we mourn, President White said of Amidon. 'He’s been among the first people on the scene at our most difficult moments—the man you want on the job and I want by my side when things get tough. He’s someone you can trust to always give his best effort, with integrity and energy and who inspires and empowers his colleagues to do their own best work.'
- 'Jim Amidon holds up his mirror to the collective spirit of Wabash,' President White said. 'His record of who we are and his picture of what we might become continue to help us understand and discover what Wabash is and what we can be.' Photo by John Zimmerman
- Professor of English and College Poet Marc Hudson was honored for 25 years of service.
- 'While Marc is a wonderfully committed, passionate teacher, who, I can attest from my office vantage point in Center Hall, spends a tremendous amount of time working individually with his students, I think I can say that his soul belongs to poetry,' said Professor of English Warren Rosenberg. 'Marc’s beautiful and precise use of language, his uncanny powers of observation, and his rich vein of wisdom are on display in the three books of poetry he has published to date.'
- 'Thank you Marc for a quarter-century of great teaching, accomplished creative work, untiring community service, and unflagging collegiality.'
- Director of Campus Services David Morgan paid tribute to Campus Services Administrative Assistant Eva Legg, who has served Wabash for 25 years.
- For 25 years of service: Eva Legg
- John H. Schroeder Interdisciplinary Chair in Economics Kay Widdows was honored for her 25 years as a professor at Wabash.
- 'She has wide-ranging interests outside of Eeconomics in literature, music, and East Asian culture. Her current research on violin pricing reflects her long-standing love of music. It is entirely appropriate that Kay now holds the John H. Schroeder Interdisciplinary Chair in Economics.'
- 'She has brought a rigorous, quantitative approach to her teaching; she’s designed successful, new courses; and, finally, she is very much a liberal arts professor,' Professor Frank Howland said of his Economics department colleague.
- Professor of Political Science and former Dean of Students David Hadley stands with current Dean of Students Mike Raters ’85 as Hadley is honored for 43 years of service to Wabash.
- Professor of Political Science Melissa Butler said of Hadley: 'In 1990, in presenting him with the McLain-McTurnan Arnold Teaching Excellence Award, Dean Paul McKinney praised David Hadley as a 'creative and imaginative teacher' with a 'deep and abiding love' for his subject, a love he has now shared with many generations of Wabash students.'
- 'For David, politics was never a theoretical pursuit only—never merely a spectator sport. He embodied the classic Aristotelian ideal of a citizen as one 'able and willing to rule and be ruled well.' He blends theory and practice, and models responsible, engaged citizenship.'
- 'His colleagues have appreciated his logical approach, good humor, and endless patience. In all of these many difficult tasks he has undertaken, David followed the classic command of his Presbyterian faith that 'all things be done decently and in order.' David did not just teach about good, orderly process, he lived it.'
The Wabash College community gathered Friday in the Knowling Fieldhouse for the third annual Service Recognition Luncheon, paying tribute to staff and faculty who have served the College from 10 to 25 years and honoring Professor of Political Science David Hadley, who retires from the College this year after 43 years.
Members of the National Association of Wabash Men and the Board of Trustees joined President Pat White, administrators, faculty and staff for the event. Photos of the individuals honored can be found in the photo albums accompanying this article.
At the conclusion of the event and following a sustained standing ovation for Professor Hadley, President White paid special tribute to the late Bill Degitz, the College's former business office manager who died Wednesday at the age of 91. "One of Wabash's most loyal and quietly influential sons, he did much to advance the cause of Wabash in the 1950s and 1960s," President White said. "He was also a strong and vibrant leader in Crawfordsville—a gentleman and a citizen, Bill will be missed."
White noted that those honored Friday had served a combined 513 years at the College.
"But more than for the time you have served, we thank you for the contributions you have made to our mission," President White said. "Without your commitment, passion, spirit, and dedication, Wabash could not be Wabash. Thank you for your service in shaping our best imagination of who we are."