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Faculty and staff recognized at Olivet College honors program
Apr 20, 2006

OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College recognized the best of its student body, as well as faculty and staff, at the annual Honors Convocation held in April.

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.

Therese Wood, director of human resources, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Administrator Award. Wood is a resident of Bellevue and has worked at the college for 11 years.

Tim Flynn, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and music program director, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in scholarship. Flynn is a resident of Okemos and has worked at Olivet for three years.

Michelle Woodhouse-Jackson, Business Administration Department co-chair and assistant professor of business, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in teaching. Woodhouse-Jackson, is a resident of Lansing and has taught at the college for two years.

Phil Reed, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of the criminal justice program, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in advising. He is a resident of Battle Creek and has taught at the college for two years.

The following faculty and staff awards were also presented during Honors Convocation.

Diana Boatwright, academic counselor and adjunct professor of education, received the Faculty/Staff Award for Promoting Diversity at the college. This annual award is given to the faculty or staff member who has gone beyond the call of duty by taking the lead in activities such as mentoring, recruitment and retention, community-building and institutional development that honors and encourages diversity at the college. Boatwright is a resident of Lansing and completed her first year with the college.

Todd Hibbs, head wrestling coach and health, physical education, recreation and sport instructor, received the John J. Shipherd Award. This award is voted on by the senior class and honors the person who has been the most helpful to the class. Hibbs is a resident of Battle Creek and has worked at the college for two years.

Linda McWright, Ph.D., vice president and dean of student life and professor of sociology, received the Rita J. Bunton Commitment Award. This award is presented to an Olivet College employee who has worked tirelessly in support of students of color and the Office of Multicultural Education and Initiatives. McWright resides in Olivet and has worked at the college for nine years.

Cynthia Noyes, assistant professor of sociology/anthropology, received the Betsy Dole Sisterhood Award. The award was established to honor faculty and staff for contributions to the growth and development of Olivet College that exemplify social justice in the area of gender. Noyes is a resident of Olivet and has taught at the college for 10 years.

Clair Stevens, adjunct instructor of business, received the Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award. Stevens, is a resident of Marshall and has taught at Olivet for six years. He graduated from Olivet in 1980.


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