Honoring Flagler Retirees
Sep 29, 2014
With a combined 128 years of Flagler College experience between them, this year’s retiring faculty and staff members have done it all. We’d like to honor this year’s retirees for their dedication to the Flagler community. Paul Crutchfield??
Crutchfield, who started at Flagler in 1978, was influential in starting the college’s deaf education program, which is now regarded as one of the top programs in the country.
“Over the years the program has grown and stabilized, but what we’ve always prided ourselves on is the level of student we are training,” Crutchfield said. “We have turned out so many exemplary teachers that it’s an honor to have been associated with it.”
The education professor has also taught at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and the Central North Carolina School for the Deaf. He has also served with the Association of College Educators: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Council on Education of the Deaf, and Florida Educators of the Hearing Impaired????
“It’s been glorious,” said Crutchfield about his time at Flagler. “When I came here the student body was about 750 students, so it’s been fascinating watching how things have changed over the years.”
Crutchfield says he plans to enjoy the next chapter in his life in New Mexico, where he will pursue his love of hiking and the outdoors.???
“New Mexico is the fifth largest state and is near the bottom in population so it should be pretty easy to find a parking spot,” joked Crutchfield. “But honestly I’m just looking forward to enjoying the adventure.”????
Twardy didn’t know much about Flagler when she was hired in 1984. She’s had plenty of time to learn over a 30-year career, which included 19 as chair of the sport management program, which she founded.??
Twardy came to Flagler as the chair of the physical education and recreation management program. After 10 years, Twardy realized that fewer and fewer students were looking to become physical education teachers. It was after plenty of research that she recommended the idea of a sport management program.
There was just one problem: Twardy wasn’t certified to teach a sport management curriculum. So she did what any dedicated educator would do. She went back to school, and in 1995 helped launch the program, which had just 27 students its first year and more than 100 by its third.
“I am so proud of where the program has gone. It’s much broader, more challenging and more associated with the business of sport,” said Twardy, who will have graduated more than 500 students with degrees in sport management. “The philosophy when I built the program was that I wanted the students to not only have a good knowledge base but also real life experience and professional behavior. I feel like I’ve accomplished that.”
Twardy’s love of sports was on full display throughout her time at Flagler. In addition to her teaching and administrative duties with the college, she has also served as Flagler’s men’s and women’s basketball coach as well as the men’s golf coach.?But as much as Twardy professes her love of golf, it’s the students that held the top spot in her heart.??
“Watching these kids come in as wide-eyed freshman and leaving with so much growth and maturity,” Twardy said. “I’m just so honored to have worked with so many of them and to see them prosper and take their places in society. I’ve had the best job on the planet.”
Social Sciences professor Jerry Noloboff has made a career out of researching and teaching concepts such as meditation to his students since coming to Flagler in 1976.
Now that he’s retiring, Noloboff plans on focusing on his own stress relief in his wood shop.
“I feel very fortunate to have had such a long and rewarding career at Flagler,” Noloboff said. “I look forward to being out of the harness and pursuing my interest in furniture making more whole heartedly.”??
Noloboff, who is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida, earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Kansas and his B.A. in Psychology from The University of Maryland.