Three retiring members of the Erskine community were honored April 9 at an annual dinner for faculty and staff members, and several others were recognized for years of service.
Administrative Assistant Jennifer L. Cooley, who works in the Student Services office, was selected as staff member of the year, receiving the “Ruble Award,” which was presented by President Emeritus Dr. Randy Ruble.
Two faculty members, Professor of Physical Education and Health Dr. Gid Alston and Professor of Psychology Dr. John Showalter, as well as Reba Stille, longtime college nurse, will be retiring this year.
Alston came to Erskine in 1987, and is known for his enthusiasm for exercise and healthful eating. Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Brad Christie paid tribute to Alston, who has has overseen the initiation and expansion of Erskine’s Sports Management and Athletic Training programs.
Showalter came to Erskine in 1974, and has guided many students through psychology courses and into careers. Dr. Steve Sniteman, who had to teach a class during the banquet, said later, “I have seen firsthand how he has truly made a difference in the lives of countless students as he has listened intently, cared passionately, and wanted those he has taught to be successful.”
Stille, who began work at Erskine, in 1973, was honored along with her husband, Dr. Harry Stille, who is officially retired but continues to teach driver education training courses each summer. Vice President for Student Services Dr. Robyn Agnew presented anecdotes from Stille’s 40-year career as Erskine’s nurse as well as poignant tributes from alumni. “I’ll miss the students,” Stille said.
Acquisitions and Office Manager Shirley Adams, an Erskine College graduate, was honored for her 20 years of service in McCain Library.
Younts Professor of Bible and Religion Dr. Bill Evans, currently chairman of the Department of Bible, Religion and Philosophy, was recognized for his 20 years at Erskine.
Professor of Sociology Dr. Steve Sniteman, who has also served Erskine in the areas of admissions and marketing, received recognition for his 20 years.
Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction Jeanne Bell was honored for her 10 years of service to her alma mater.
Director of Admissions Tobe Frierson, also an alumna, was recognized for 10 years of service.
Associate Professor of Education Dr. Joanne Jumper was honored for her 10 years of service.
Administrative Assistant Crystal Tolbert, who works at the Columbia Campus of Erskine Seminary, was also a 10-year honoree.