Appreciation Dinner Celebrates Staff and Faculty Achievement

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


In early May, more than 500 Lehigh employees gathered for the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner. The dinner, which also included the presentation of the Lehigh University Awards, was a celebration of achievements and service with the theme “Where Passion Meets Possibility.” The emcee duties were once again shared by Mary Kay Baker, director of Conference and Special Housing Services, and George White, Professor of Educational Leadership program and Managing Director for Student Access and Success.


Reflecting on the role faculty and staff play in the ambitious plans Lehigh has for the future, President John Simon addressed the audience. “You provide the passion that drives our great university,” he noted. “Thank you to each and every one of you for making Lehigh University the very special place that it is.”

New members of the 25-Year Club in attendance at the dinner gathered on stage for a photo (above). All new members were recognized. They include:

Johanna Brams –  College of Arts and Sciences

Manoj Chaudhury –  Chemical Engineering

Marian Gaumer –  Religion Studies

Karen Mack – Mailing and Printing Services

Matthew Melone – Finance and Law

Donald Morris – Earth & Environmental Sciences

William Michalerya – College of Engineering and Applied Science

Patrick Murphy – LTS Technology Infrastructure

Jeffrey Rickman – Materials Science and Engineering

John Santamaria – Distance Education

Robert Trent –  Management

Daniel Zeroka – Civil and Environmental Engineering


More Coverage of the Celebration


A photo album from the evening is available here.

Read more about the recipients of the 2018 Lehigh University Awards here.

This year's retirees are beginning the next chapter of their lives. Read about them here.

During the event, we also enlisted the help of a number of employees who shared their favorite things about working at Lehigh for a video we’re working on for new staff. Here is a preview of what they had to say: