Commencement services on June 9 honored more than graduates. Awards also went to the following:
Michaelynn Paul, instructor in nursing, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. It is Paul’s second year of teaching at WWC.
Terrie Aamodt, professor of English and history, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Aamodt recently published a new, scholarly book, titled Righteous Armies, Holy Cause: Apocalyptic Imagery and the Civil War.
Tom Emmerson, professor of art and chair of the Art Department, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Advising. Emmerson’s students say he is always willing to meet with them and describe him as “a wonderful Christian and human being.”
Molly Hanson, executive secretary for the education and psychology department, received a Staff Recognition Award.
Gene Jacobsen, manager of the grounds department, received a Staff Recognition Award.
A President’s Citation Award was presented to Pastor Jorge Tenorio, for his untiring efforts to help members of his congregation, at every level, receive Christian education. Tenorio pastors the Milton-Freewater Spanish Adventist Church.
A President’s Citation Award was presented to Gem State Adventist Academy for having the highest percentage of graduating seniors attending WWC.
Helen Thompson Zolber was presented the Charles Elliott Weniger Award for Excellence, on behalf of Pacific Union College. Zolber, a 1949 graduate of WWC, formerly served the College in the roles of women’s dean, English professor, and alumni director.
Michael Vercio, Senior Class president, announced the Class gift—funding the design and creation of a new WWC sign. •