WILMINGTON — Wilmington College recognized nearly two-dozen faculty and staff members as part of the institution’s Opening Year Meeting Monday, the institution’s traditional gathering of employees at the advent of a new academic year.
President Trevor Bates lauded the team members’ cumulative 280 years of service and commitment to the College and its students. “At this college, I believe we are caretakers for moments in time,” he said. “Every bit of ourselves that we pour into this place is a gift, a blessing.”
Recognized for 35 years on the faculty was Dr. Steve Szeghi, professor of economics, while Kathern Hatfield, library collections and technical services manager, and Tammy Shadley-Hutton, senior director of advancement operations, were recognized for 30 and 25 years of service, respectively.
Four faculty members observed 20-year milestones, including Dr. Martha Hendricks, professor of education; Dr. Angela Mitchell, professor of business management; Dr. Jeffrey Stahley, associate professor of Spanish; and Dr. Laura Struve, professor of English.
Recognition of 15 years of service went to Sigrid Solomon, vice president, chief student affairs officer and dean of students, and Elizabeth Floyd, head softball coach and instructor of coaching, while 10-year service milestones were observed by Brian Dykhuizen, head athletic trainer; Vinson Harcourt, systems analyst with IT; and Kristin Zeller, assistant director of IT.
Those recognized for five years of service included Mitch Blankespoor, director of athletic communication; Dr. Matthew Bliss, assistant professor of exercise science; Dr. Mark Chrisman, assistant professor of chemistry; Corey Fillipovich, head football. coach; Simon Lucas, assistant professor of marketing; Dr. Brianna Matzke, assistant professor of music; Dr. Daryl Nash, assistant professor of agriculture; Dr. Keith Orejel, assistant professor of history; Nina Talley, director of career resources; and Amber Walters, disability services director.