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R-MC Honors 2014 Retirees
R-MC Honors 2014 Retirees
Professor Amy deGraff with her husband Galen and daughter Gigi
R-MC Honors Retirees
The Randolph-Macon College community gathered to celebrate and honor faculty and staff retirees May 5, 2014 in the Alumni Gymnasium.
“R-MC’s faculty and staff love what they do, are loyal and committed, value the role that Randolph-Macon plays in society, and are dedicated to the well-being and success of our students,” said President Robert R. Lindgren. “We are all part of the Randolph-Macon family, who value each other and the many talents we bring to this great enterprise.”
Provost William T. Franz spoke about this year’s faculty retirees.
“We honor this afternoon six of our colleagues who have collectively provided 144 years of incredible service to Randolph-Macon College,” he said. “We have been a better place for their being here, and it is appropriate to take a few moments to think about some of their accomplishments.”
The following faculty were honored at the celebration:
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Bruce joined the faculty in 1999. She oversaw the mentoring and tutoring programs in the Higgins Academic Center (HAC). Bruce was also responsible for running the Macon Academic Progress (MAP) and Early MAP programs for first-year students. Bruce was a member of the Education Department, and she worked closely with the Athletic Department to help student-athletes balance the demands on their time. Bruce earned her B.S. at Murray State University, her M.Ed. from University of Louisville and her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
deGraff, who joined the faculty in 1978, served as chair of the Department of Romance Languages for 11 years. She was the recipient of the Helen Warriner-Burke Distinguished Service award from the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (2012), an Outstanding Chapter Award from The American Association of Teachers of French (2009) and the Palmes Academiques from the French Government (2008). deGraff earned her B.A. from University of Michigan, her M.A. from University of Illinois and her Ph.D. from University of Virginia.
Leska joined the faculty in 2001 and served as chair of the Computer Science department for the past four years. He also served six years on the Curriculum Committee. A member of both the Technology Advisory Committee and the Committee on Faculty Development, Leska earned his B.S. from LeMoyne College, his M.A. from University of Vermont and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Mattys, who joined the faculty in 1990, directed 50 R-MC theater productions, including more than 100 performances of Christmas Carol during the past 24 years. Mattys served as chair of the Department of the Arts since 2005, and for the last several years, he was the director of the First-Year Experience program. In 2009 he was the recipient of R-MC’s Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Faculty award. Mattys earned his B.A. from Colorado College, his M.A. from Illinois State University and his M.F.A. from University of Virginia.
McCaffrey joined the faculty in 1975. An early user of computerized instruction for teaching Classical languages, he also pioneered the computer literacy program on the Randolph-Macon campus. McCaffrey received the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award in 2012 and the Samuel Nelson Gray award in 2002. He also served on the faculty of the annual Governor’s Latin Academy, which is held at R-MC. McCaffrey earned his B.A. from Fordham University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Resnick joined the faculty in 1996. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the area of ADHD. Resnick has served as an expert for the Virginia State Police, a volunteer at the Fan Free Clinic, a member of the advisory board for the Daily Planet, and a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Center. Resnick earned his B.A. from Syracuse University, his M.A. from Temple University and his Ph.D. from University of Tennessee.
The following staff were honored at the celebration:
Caldwell joined the staff in 2000. Caldwell was an excellent communication officer who understood the complexities of her position, which included answering the college switchboard, dispatching officers to incident and service calls, and monitoring and updating numerous database systems. Caldwell was a true professional in every sense of the word.
Earles joined the staff in 1996. Earles was very skilled at negotiating with vendors and helping the college get the best value for dollars spent. He developed important one-on- one relationships with key vendors and contractors through the years that were (and continue to be) invaluable to the Physical Plant and operations area.
George was the library assistant for cataloging from 1998 until her retirement in 2013. She came to Randolph-Macon College from the Henrico County Library System, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience. George was a valuable team member and performed her work efficiently and carefully for 15 years.
Gillend joined the staff in 1994. In her role as payroll administrator, she worked with four presidents, three treasurers and three controllers. During her tenure, R-MC has had a 25% increase in full time employees and 9% increase in part-time employees. Gillend was witness to many changes from the day of regular paychecks to automated deposit and on-line payroll information.
Glessner joined the staff in 1999. A “voice of calm,” Glessner was R-MC’s primary player in the Physical Plant work-order system as well as pool and van requests from internal customers. On more than one occasion, Glessner helped out in other R-MC departments when needed. An avid gardener, she was often asked to weigh in on plant selections for landscaping projects on campus.
Martin, who joined the staff in 1981, began her career at R-MC in the Registrar’s Office, where she served as receptionist and record keeper. She then moved to the Print Shop, where her design capabilities and enthusiasm served the college well. She saved the college countless dollars and hours through her expert skill and talent. In the Mail Room, Martin also saved the college money by identifying the least expensive means to mail packages.
Thompson joined the staff in 1997. Known for her excellent customer-service skills and outgoing personality, Thompson assisted in functions outside of her housekeeping responsibilities throughout the years, including helping various departments with special projects and supporting special events in Copley Science Center.
Conkright joined the staff in 1980 as associate director of admissions. He served as director of admissions and dean of admissions and financial aid before beginning his tenure as executive assistant to the president in 2006. Conkright served on the President’s Cabinet and the Strategic Planning Committee, and he played a key role in the college’s success in recruitment, image building, and program development. In his most recent role he served as liaison to the Board of Trustees and was instrumental in developing partnerships with prestigious higher education institutions. Conkright earned his B.A. from LeMoyne College and his M.A. from Ohio State University.
“It is safe to say John admitted more alumni to R-MC than anyone else in the history of the college, and it could be argued that few, if any, individuals have had a more significant impact on the character of our student body in the last quarter century,” said Lindgren.
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