Faculty and staff recognized at Olivet College honors program
May 02, 2008
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.
Suresh Acharya, ITS director, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Administrator Award. Acharya is a resident of Battle Creek and has worked at the college for eight years.
Maria Davis, Ph.D., chair of the Natural and Physical Sciences Department and professor of biology, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in advising. She is a resident of Charlotte and has taught at the college for 14 years.
Nancy Van Hoozier, associate professor of HPERS, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in teaching. Van Hoozier also received the Betsy Dole Sisterhood Award. This 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. Van Hoozier is a resident of Lansing and has taught at Olivet for 16 years.
John Wilterding, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and chemistry, received the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in scholarship. Wilterding is a resident of Charlotte and has taught at Olivet for eight years.
The following faculty and staff also received awards.
Rev. Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, and assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and religion, received the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to community service by faculty or staff. Fales is a resident of Olivet and has worked at the college for 16 years.
Patrick Fields, adjunct instructor of biology, received the Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award. This award is given to an adjunct instructor for contributions to the campus community. Fields is a resident of Dimondale and has taught at Olivet for nine years.
Leah Knapp, professor of biology and biology program director, received the John J. Shipherd Award. This award honors the person who has been most helpful to the senior class. Knapp is a resident of Marshall and has taught at the college for 18 years.