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Faculty and staff recognized at Olivet College honors program
Apr 26, 2012

Olivet College recognized the best of its student body, as well as faculty and staff, at the annual Honors Convocation held April 18 in the college’s Mott Auditorium.

The Drs. M. Gorton and Peggy Riethmiller Awards are given to an outstanding administrator and faculty members for excellence in advising, scholarship and teaching. M. Gorton Riethmiller served as president at Olivet from 1957 to 1970.

Dustin Byrd, assistant professor of humanities, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in scholarship. Byrd is a resident of Kalamazoo and has taught at the college for eight years.

Susanne Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and chemistry program director, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in advising. In addition, she received the John J. Shipherd Award, which honors those who have been most helpful to the senior class. Lewis is a resident of Charlotte and has taught at the college for eight years.

Jake Schuler, assistant dean of student life, Blair Hall director and director of intramural sports, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Administrator Award. Schuler is a resident of Olivet and has worked at the college for eight years.

John Wilterding, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and chemistry, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in teaching. Wilterding is a resident of Charlotte and has taught at the college for 12 years.

The following faculty members also received awards:

Regina Armstrong, Social Science Department chair and assistant professor of criminal justice, also received the John J. Shipherd Award. Armstrong is a resident of Eaton Rapids and has taught at the college for six years.

Walker Beverly, adjunct professor of education, received the Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award. This award is given to an adjunct instructor for contributions to the campus community. Beverly is a resident of Lansing and has taught at the college for 10 years.


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