Malone University recently celebrated the contributions of six notable members of the campus community announcing their retirements at the close of the 2011 academic year.
Comments and reflections of the new retirees:
For Charlene Willey, a highlight was the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions – from part time government documents librarian to adding part time reference librarian to fulltime reference librarian. “The end did not look like the beginning,” she says.
Fourteen years as chair of the Department of Fine Arts allowed Sandra Carnes to see the music program through significant improvements, moving from a small hallway in Founders Hall to the state-of-the-art facility currently housed in Johnson Center. She will always be remembered for producing seven brilliant Grand Piano Extravaganzas – the proceeds of which purchased two Steinway pianos for Malone’s music program.
Paul Davidson recalls helping post-baccalaureate students obtain a teaching license, continuing close ties between public schools and Malone University, and returning to Malone after his own 1965 graduation as highlights. He enjoyed working with the entire Malone community, and counts his involvement with the basketball program – receiving the Barnabus Award – as a special honor.
John Williams counts the many students with whom he had the privilege of knowing, encouraging, and having as friends; and the opportunity to serve on the senate and as faculty chair, representing his colleagues, as career highlights.
Stan Terhune recalls his involvement in the development of the Ohio Private Academic Libraries, working closely with consortiums OHIONET and OhioLINK as a career highlight. His fondest memory will be that of investing time in students.
Dave Snyder appreciates having opportunities and challenges to grow professionally, and developing new teachers. Dave plans to “drown worms and lose golf ball” in retirement. He says, “I never imagined these 15 years would go by so quickly, or that they could be so enjoyable and rewarding because of the wonderful Christian people who have surrounded me, supported me, encouraged me, and prayed for me. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work here, and everyone with whom I’ve been privileged to work.”