March 17 2017
On Saturday, March 11, Elmira College celebrated teachers and the College’s legacy as an historic institution that continues to play an important role in preparing teachers. A partnership between the Office of Alumni Relations, the Teacher Education Department, the Rho Mu Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, and the College’s Teacher Education Club (TEACH) enabled the program, which highlighted the accomplishments of alumni from throughout the College’s history.
The morning began with the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Induction Ceremony for outstanding education majors. Senior members of the honor society were awarded KDP cords, and outstanding Education and Speech and Language Disabilities majors completing their junior year, were inducted into the prestigious honor society for educators. The keynote speaker was Dr. Deborah Owens, Director of Teacher Education at Elmira College. Recalling achievements of the most noted Kappa Delta Pi members since the creation of the honor society in 1911, Dr. Owens challenged the new inductees to continue the contributions made by these individuals to the educational well being of students.
Dr. Thomas Fiala, Professor Emeritus, Arkansas State University, presented research highlighting Elmira College’s historic and rich legacy in preparing teachers. His presentation, entitled “Teacher Education at Elmira College: Building on the Past for a Stronger Future” was the result of collaborative work with College Archivist, Nathaniel Ball. The presentation honored the many College alumni who greatly contributed to the education profession, the College, and the communities in which they lived and worked.
The event concluded with Lynn Hardman Winner ’73, president of the Elmira Alumni Chapter, recognizing the outstanding local educators who have provided service to the College, the Elmira community, and the education profession. The honorees included Mr. Michael Hamula ’98, high school English teacher for the Horseheads School District; Ms. Peggy Hadlock ’06, second grade teacher at Riverside Elementary School; Ms. Christy Smith-Nichols ’08, fifth grade teacher at Beecher Elementary School; and Mr. Ron Hoodak ’71, educator and community leader. In addition, Ellen Himmelreich, Director of Alumni Relations, recognized all College alumni with a “pinning ceremony.”
Senior Cord Recipients: Junior KDP Inductees:
Kathryn Austin Elijah Butler
Kristen Fecteau Elizabeth Charity
Zachary Gretsky Alyssa Coon
Seneca Hofbauer Megan Fitzgerald
Antionette Jones Michaela Marrone
Emily Presser Sarah McCaffrey
Sarah Kall Erin McCarney
Brandon Payne Rachael Mullen
Lindsay Wargo Kiersta Pino
Michaela Johnson Cynthia Rivet
Ashley Fredericks Tiffany Robillard
Morgan Gosciak Colby Runk