Mary Baldwin Honors Retiring Members of Faculty, Staff

May 2, 2002

Mary Baldwin University will recognize three faculty and staff members who have devoted a collective 80 years to the college. President Cynthia H. Tyson will honor the retirees at a reception Wednesday, May 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at her campus residence, 240 Kable St.

Retiring are the following:

  • Roy Koiner, custodian since 1973.
  • Dr. Celeste Rhodes, associate professor of education for the Master of Arts in Teaching program and director of research for the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. From 1989 to 2001, Rhodes was executive director of the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and had been assistant director since 1985.
  • Dr. Robert Weiss, professor of mathematics since 1968.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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