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Colby-Sawyer College Hosts 2014 Faculty Emeriti Luncheon

Colby-Sawyer College hosted its 2014 Annual Faculty Emeriti Luncheon on Tuesday, July 22. Eight of 18 faculty emeriti attended and were welcomed by Colby-Sawyer President Thomas C. Galligan Jr., Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Deborah A. Taylor, and Senior Staff Assistant in the Office of the Academic Vice President Sue Maurer. Faculty emeriti in attendance were Marc A. Clement, Hillary P. Cleveland, Nancy J. Draper, Larry Dufault, Dorothy A. Egan, Rebecca Irving and Ronald E. Robar, all of New London, and Anthony Quinn of Hopkinton, N.H.

President Galligan thanked them for their longstanding support of and dedication to Colby-Sawyer College and its students. “Thank you for teaching our students and helping build the college to what it is today,” he said. He welcomed Quinn, recently retired assistant professor of business administration, as the newest member of the faculty emeriti group and congratulated him on his appointment.

Quinn believes that the college has conferred on him a great honor by appointing him to the rank of faculty emeriti. “[The appointment] will allow me to stay connected to the institution, its faculty and staff with whom I have enjoyed wonderful association over the years,” he said. Though he just retired in June, he enjoyed the opportunity to see and talk to former faculty members whom he had not seen in a while as well as with former colleagues. “I think the tradition is very important because it recognizes the loyalty of former faculty who were instrumental in creating the culture and atmosphere of the institution,” he said.

After lunch, President Galligan and Vice President Taylor updated the attendees on developments at Colby-Sawyer College and achievements of the students, including the college's curricular conversion from a predominantly three-credit per course model to a predominantly four-credit per course model; the introduction of online baccalaureate degrees in accounting, business administration, and healthcare management; the online R.N. to B.S. in nursing degree; articulation agreements with Plymouth State University, Springfield College, Wheelock College, University of New Haven, and four New Hampshire community colleges; promising student enrollment and retention rates; post-graduate student success; and budget matters. The faculty emeriti asked questions and kept the environment lively.

Vice President Taylor describes the luncheon as a wonderful tradition that allows the college to thank the faculty emeriti for their dedicated service to the college. “It allows the attendees, who have served together for many years and through different eras in the college's history, to spend some time together” she said. “It is yet another way we honor the community, continuity and tradition of the college as we plan for the future.”

The faculty emeriti luncheon tradition began in 1995. To achieve the faculty emerita/us status at Colby-Sawyer, an individual must have served as a full-time member of the faculty for 12 years or more. When eligible for appointment, the academic vice president and dean of faculty, with the concurrence of the department chair and the president, recommends the appointment to the Board of Trustees. When approved, the academic vice president and dean of faculty notifies the faculty member. Colby-Sawyer faculty emeriti receive such benefits as all library privileges given to current faculty, admission to all college-sponsored co-curricular events at rates established for the college community, participation in formal academic events, use of college facilities as available, use of the college dining room at meal rates established for the college community, tuition-free admission to college courses on a space-available basis, and nonvoting membership in the faculty of the college.

- Anurup Upadhyay '15

Anurup Upadhyay is a business major at Colby-Sawyer College and a student writer for College Communications.

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