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Faculty and staff recognized at Olivet College honors program
Apr 16, 2007

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 12 years.

John Wilterding, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in scholarship. Wilterding is a resident of Charlotte and has worked at Olivet for seven years.

John Homer, chair of the Business Administration Department and professor of economics, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in teaching. Homer also 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. Homer is a resident of Olivet and has taught at the college for 28 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 three years.

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

Jake Schuler, Blair Hall director and director of intramural sports, 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. Schuler is a resident of Olivet and completed his third year with the college.

Jack Brown, adjunct instructor of religion and pastor at the Olivet Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 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. Brown resides in Olivet and has worked at the college for one year.

Joanne Williams, assistant professor of journalism/mass communication and theatre, 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. Williams is a resident of Olivet and has taught at the college for nine years.

Ramona Kime Graessle, adjunct associate professor of music, received the Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award. Kime Graessle is a resident of Marshall and has taught at Olivet for 22 years.





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