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Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Lehigh Community

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    Over 500 Lehigh University faculty and staff members gathered for the 2011 Lehigh Appreciation Dinner – Celebrating Achievement…Committed to the Future –at Rauch Fieldhouse on Tuesday May 2.

    Vice Provost of Institutional Research J. Gary Lutz (left) served as emcee of the evening’s proceedings. His notorious humor and wit were on full display.

    Lehigh President Alice P. Gast welcomed the group noting, “Tonight, we celebrate the contributions of our co-workers, and we congratulate those who are achieving milestones of service,” She added, “We also renew our commitment to making Lehigh the best possible learning experience for our students.”

    After being introduced to this year’s group of employees reaching their twenty fifth year of service (photo below, mouse over photo for names), guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and rich cheesecake for dessert.

New members of the 25-Year Club, (pictured with Peggy Plympton and Alice Gast) from left to right: Susan DeAngelis, Norma Vazquez, Peggy Plympton, Susan Kitei, Mary Beth Zingone, Toni Lee Febbo, Alice Gast, Wayne Ferencin, Marie-Sophie Armstrong, Nancy Freeman, Sibel Pamukcu, Tsai-An Hsu, Linda Lowe-Krentz, Gregory Tonkay, Pam Pepper

    The centerpiece of the event - the presentation of the twenty-one Lehigh University Awards - followed the meal.  More information and photos of the awardees are in this In The Spotlight story.

    Faculty and staff marking their retirement in the past year were also honored. Read more about Lehigh’s newest group of retirees and see photos of those present in this In the Spotlight feature.

    Enjoy the evening all over again through a full gallery of photos.

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