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Faculty Members Honored at Wilson College Academic Awards Dinner

Posted: June 9, 2011

6/9/2011 Wilson College honored faculty members at its annual Academic Awards Banquet held April 15 in Jensen Dining Hall.
DATE: June 9, 2011
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College honored faculty members at its annual Academic Awards Banquet held April 15 in Jensen Dining Hall.

Four faculty members received the Donald F. Bletz Awards for Teaching Excellence:

Senior Faculty Member – Dr. Melanie Gregg, associate professor of French and chair of the foreign languages department. She lives in Carlisle and began teaching at Wilson in 1999.
Junior Faculty Member – Two professors won the award this year: Dr. Aimee-Marie Dorsten, associate professor of mass communications, who lives in Chambersburg and joined the Wilson faculty in 2007. Dr. Laura Altfeld, assistant professor of biology, also of Chambersburg. She has been teaching at Wilson since 2008.
Adjunct Faculty Member – Christine Mayer, program manager for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living. Mayer, who lives in Shippensburg and joined Wilson in 2007, teaches in the environmental studies department.

Criteria for receiving the teaching award includes: using effective, creative and/or innovative teaching techniques; staying up to date within the discipline; inspiring students; outstanding performance in a variety of teaching responsibilities, and participating in leadership activities related to teaching.

In addition, two other awards were presented. The Assessment Excellence Award was given to Dr. Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin of Chambersburg, professor of psychology; and the Assessment Innovation Award went to Donald Kelley of Chambersburg, associate professor of computer science/management information systems.

For more information, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178, or


Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011