Faculty and staff retire after long careers at Roanoke College

Salem, Va.- Nine Roanoke College faculty and staff members are retiring this year, at the end of the spring or summer academic sessions, after 10 or more years working for the College.

The retirees include:

Norma Clifton first began teaching at Roanoke as a visiting finance and accounting instructor, and she was hired full-time in 2001. Clifton is a 1983 Roanoke graduate.

Arby Frost retires after 10 years as a full time professor. He joined Roanoke in 2002 as a teaching associate, teaching French courses in the Department of Modern Languages.

Bayard Harris, an attorney who brought his experiences in labor law to Roanoke's Business Administration & Economics Department, began teaching courses at the College in 1996. Last year, Harris was named Lawyer of the Year in labor law-management for the Roanoke Valley by the publication, "Best Lawyers."

Robert Hines joined Roanoke in 1989 as associate dean of Student Life. He has played a strong leadership role at the College. In 2005, Roanoke's InterFraternity Council named its annual leadership award after Hines (the Dean Robert Hines Leadership Award). He retires as associate dean of Student Affairs.

Roberta Hipp began working at Roanoke in 1983. She retires as the supervisor for the College's Fine Arts Library.

Dr. Benjamin Huddle came to Roanoke in 1968. He has taught courses in the College's Chemistry Department, including physical chemistry, forensic chemistry and honors general chemistry. He was named Professor of the Year for the College's Blue Key National Honor Society in 1986, and he received the Roanoke College Service Award in 1990. Huddle also won the College's Teaching Award in 2007.

Dr. Jane Ingram came to Roanoke in 1978 to teach mathematics. Later, she helped start Roanoke's computer science major. She was named Professor of the Year by the College's Blue Key National Honor Society in 1987, and in 2010, she won the Dean's Service Award.

Dr. Pamela Turpin has been a professor in Roanoke's Chemistry department for 25 years. She has taught a variety of courses, including lab and general chemistry classes. Professionally, she is interested in the history of science and late 19th century science education.

Dr. Gregory Weiss joined Roanoke's Sociology department as a professor in 1975. He was named Professor of the Year for Roanoke's Blue Key National Honor Society in 1985. Also, he received the Dean's Council Exemplary Teaching Award in 1996 and the Dean's Council Professional Achievement Award in 2003.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Released: June 8, 2012
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