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Wilson College Employees Recognized at Annual Holiday Awards Luncheon

Posted: December 17, 2012

Wilson College honored employees at its 11th Annual Holiday Awards Luncheon, held Dec. 17 in the college dining hall.

Dec. 18, 2012
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. — Wilson College honored employees at its 11th Annual Holiday Awards Luncheon, held Dec. 17 in the college dining hall. Several outstanding service awards were presented by Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick, who also handed out awards for milestone service anniversaries.

The Outstanding Service to the College Award, which recognizes initiative, productivity, dedication and loyalty to the college, went to Debra Collins, director of communications. Collins, who has worked at Wilson since 2006 and lives in Mercersburg, was chosen for the award because of her diligence and dedication as a member of Commission on Shaping the Future of Wilson College and her attention to all of Wilson’s ancillary communications needs.

The Outstanding Service to Students Award, which is given to an employee whose contributions strengthen the quality of student life, was presented to Elizabeth “Liz” Thorpe, science program assistant. Thorpe, of Chambersburg, joined Wilson College in 2001. She received the award for her selflessness in serving students, including taking on the duties of choir director and helping with the spiritual life on the college community.

The award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the College, which is presented to individuals who make important contributions to Wilson by donating their time, effort and resources, went to Dianne Elsom. Elsom, of Chambersburg, is a longtime member of the college’s Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (FCSL) Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. She is a regular volunteer, helping in a myriad of ways, from working in the fields at Fulton Farm and assisting with CSA pickup days to tending chickens and taking pictures for the FCSA and farm web and Facebook pages. She has donated furniture and brought meals to the farm working crew, among other things.

Wilson College employees recognized for milestone years of service at the luncheon were:

30 years – Deb Gaynor, college store manager.

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25 years – Dr. Brad Engle, associate professor of biology; Lorie Helman, student development office manager.

20 years – Jack Kelly, director of facilities management.

15 years – Dr. Ed Wells, associate professor of environmental studies; Kevin Gallagher, director of computer services.

10 years – Elizabeth Keyes, food service worker; Chris Knouse, financial aid coordinator; Dr. Michael Cornelius, associate professor of English; Dr. Kathleen Kaminski, associate professor of education; Robin Herring, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Walt Jones, director of the Teacher Intern Program; Patricia Clark, food service worker; Kelly Spiese, librarian.

5 years – Dr. Jill Hummer, assistant professor of political science; Chris Mayer, Fulton Center for Sustainable Living program manager; Becky Hammell, associate dean of students.


Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college in Chambersburg, Pa., that is dedicated to the education of women and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Today, women and men can earn bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2012-13 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 695 and includes 17 students from 9 foreign countries. Visit for more information.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2012