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Hundreds Gather For 2012 Lehigh Appreciation Dinner

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“What makes Lehigh such a special place?” 
As President Alice Gast opened the annual Lehigh Appreciation Dinner on May 1, she asked the more than 500 faculty and staff in attendance this fundamental question. Her answer was literally staring right back at her.

“First and foremost,”
she stated, it’s the talented and dedicated people who call this university home. . .The good work that each and every one of us does is guided by our core values, the set of timeless principles that speak to us, as individuals and as an institution.”

J. Gary Lutz, Vice Provost of Institutional Research, returned to the podium to serve as emcee of the event, which this year was held at Stabler Arena. Gary first recognized those staff and faculty members with 25 years of dedicated service to Lehigh and invited those in attendance to join President Gast and Provost Farrel on stage for a photo.

The new members of the 25 Year Club for 2011-2012, some of whom are pictured below, are:

Mary Kay Baker – Conference Services
Matthew Beal – Centennial School
Robert Bruneio – University Police
Heidi Casciano – Development Office
Eric Daniels – Emulsion Polymers Institute
Frank Davis – Political Science
Jacquelyn Daws – University Police
Robin Dillon – Philosophy
Richard Eime – Facilities Services
Deborah Feldman – LTS Client Services
Keith Gardiner – Industrial & Systems Engineering
Parveen Gupta – Accounting
Jody Hijazi – LTS Library Access Services
Timothy Hinkle – Human Resources
Patricia Jones – Alumni Relations
Rosemary Krauss – Martindale Center
Steven Lichak – LTS Client Services
Lisa Luchini – LTS Technology Management
Mark Miller – LTS Technology Management
Kurt Pfitzer – Communications & Public Affairs
Mary Rader – Development Office
Richard Ringhoffer – Controller’s Office
Nancy Roman – Earth & Environmental Sciences
Nancy Ross – Journalism & Communication
Rebekah Schultz – Registrar’s Office
Michelle Sheehan – P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science
Gail Sheek – LTS Administration & Planning
Robert Siegfried – Finance & Administration Systems
Pamela Steigerwalt – LTS Administration & Planning
Gerald Trumbauer – Facilities Services
Israel Wachs – Chemical Engineering
S. David Wu – P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science

New members of the 25 Year Club present at this year's Lehigih Appreciation Dinner

Following dinner, Gary led a moment of silence for those members of the Lehigh family who passed away in the last year. 

As guests enjoyed dessert, Gary was joined on stage by Alice Gast, Pat Farrell, Peggy Plympton, and others to present this year’s Lehigh University Awards. You can read more and see photos of all the recipients in this In The Spotlight story.

The evening closed with recognition of this year’s retirees. More information and photos can be found in this In The Spotlight story.

As is our new tradition at Spotlight, a gallery of all of the photographs from the evening is available here:

2012 Lehigh Appreciation Dinner

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