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Eastern Campus unveils Emeriti Wall

A standing room only crowd of faculty, staff, community members and special guests were on hand to celebrate the distinguished careers of 16 honorees with the unveiling of the Emeriti Wall at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus on Tuesday afternoon.

Eastern Campus Dean Rich Greenlee and Interim Associate Dean Michael McTeague each gave a brief presentation about the significance of this special event in the history of the Eastern Campus.

Greenlee began the ceremony by extending a warm welcome to the crowd, and continued with a brief history of the Emeriti designation. According to Greenlee, former Ohio University President Herman Jones introduced the title of emeritus in 1940, to recognize those who had served the University with distinction. From that moment until today, more than 680 faculty and staff have been recognized with this status.

Greenlee then made it clear how vital the recipients were to the Eastern Campus. 

He beamed, “There can be no doubt that the heart and soul of a university is its people. We stand on your shoulders, and the fine work that you have done in the past, in pursuit of our goal to make Ohio University Eastern the best student-centered learning experience in the valley and beyond.”

McTeague, a 45-year employee of the Eastern Campus, followed with a heartfelt, personal description of each honoree. 

“We could not accomplish now, what we are presently doing, without the building blocks you laid while you were here. This wall signifies the special place that you hold in our hearts,” he said.

A series of bronze wall plaques recognizing the following individuals were then revealed: 

  • E. Robert Bovenizer, Dean Emeritus
  • Thomas C. Stubbs, Assistant Dean Emeritus 
  • Adam M. Giandomenico, Associate Professor Emeritus of Hearing and Speech
  • Thomas Lawton Helms, Associate Professor Emeritus of Education
  • Michael A. Mormanis, Associate Professor Emeritus of Physical Education
  • Claude R. Colvin, Associate Professor Emeritus of English
  • Barry K. Hess, Director of Student Services Emeritus
  • Howard I. Wisch, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
  • John H. Bisbocci, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
  • Richard Guy McMann, Associate Dean Emeritus