Mary Maxwell, administrative assistant for the Office of College Advancement
On Friday, December 5, 2008, Mary Maxwell, administrative assistant for the Office
of College Advancement, was honored for her 40 years of service to the college.
Maxwell’s years of dedication to Randolph-Macon were lauded by faculty, staff, family
and friends at the college’s annual faculty/staff holiday dinner.
R-MC President Robert Lindgren expressed gratitude for Maxwell’s remarkable commitment
to Randolph-Macon. “Mary, your talent and dedication, coupled with your unwavering
desire to help everyone—students, faculty, staff and alumni—make you one of the
most respected and valued members of our college community,” said President Lindgren.
“I can’t thank you enough for the contributions you have made to the well-being
of this special College.”
Maxwell began her career at R-MC in 1968, working for 10 years as a keypunch operator
in the computer center, which was located in the basement of Mary Branch Residence
Hall. With the onset of the computer age, keypunching became obsolete, and Maxwell
began working as a secretary in the dean’s office. “I worked in the dean’s office
for 10 years,” says Maxwell. “Working in Peele Hall was wonderful because I got
to know all the faculty, staff and students.”
A vacancy in the development office spurred Maxwell to switch gears, and in 1988
she began working in the advancement office as an administrative assistant.
The college has changed quite a bit since Maxwell’s first days as a keypunch operator.
“When I began working at Randolph-Macon, the college was all-male, with a student
body of 700,” she says.” “During my career at R-MC I’ve worked for four deans. A
lot of things have changed, but the campus is still a close-knit community.”
Maxwell was touched by Friday night’s celebration. “The recognition of my 40 years
with R-MC was a memorable night—especially the standing ovation I received! Randolph-Macon
has been good to me, and I’ve given my best to Randolph-Macon. I hope to always
be part of the Randolph-Macon family.”
Approximately 230 attendees enjoyed the holiday dinner, which was held in the Alumni
Gym. The evening was an opportunity for faculty, staff and retirees to usher in
the holiday season and celebrate their dedication to the college. President Lindgren
welcomed attendees, saying “I want to thank you all for your loyalty, hard work
and commitment to this fine school. We share a noble calling that helps influence
the minds and character of tomorrow’s citizens, and we should take pride in a profession
that has so much value to society.”
Following a delightful dinner, President Lindgren announced the 2008 Service Award
recipients. “You give so much of yourselves every day to this important work and
teach, mentor and nurture our students both in and outside the classroom,” he said.
“It is somewhat symbolic that we gather like this because in a very real way, we
are a family, and what we do every day for our students and each other gives us
a common purpose. During a season that emphasizes the importance of family and relationships,
it is only fitting that we come together to celebrate our blessings and enjoy good
fellowship. Thank you for all that you do.” Below is a list of the other service
award recipients lauded at Friday’s fete: