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Seven retirees recognized at Presidential Address and Farewell Ceremony

May 1, 2019

On Monday, April 29, Flagler College recognized seven employees who have announced their retirement. The Presidential Address and Farewell Ceremony was immediately followed by a reception in the Solarium.

Stage in Lewis Auditorium set with screen that says Presidential Address with Dr. Joyner and seven retirees on stage.

President Joyner addresses the faculty and staff. Photo by Monarch Studio.

The Farewell Ceremony introduced the retirees with a photo slideshow and proceeded with gifts from Flagler’s Legacy, a photo with President Joyner, and the chance for the celebrants to make remarks.

Those recognized include:

Michele Gregoire, Professor of Education, specializing in exceptional student education and art education, 31 years;

Margaret Finnegan, Coordinator, Education of the Deaf MA Program and Online Instructor in Deaf Education MA Program, 26 years;

Donna DeLorenzo, Executive Director of College Relations and Enactus Co-Advisor, 21 years;

Barry Sand, Instructor in Communications and Enactus Co-Advisor, 20 years;

Elizabeth Robbins, Associate Professor of English, 18 years;

Don Berglund, Associate Professor of Public Administration, 16 years;

Skeeter Key, Director of Student Success and Advising, 11 years.

Two retirees gave remarks on the occasion. DeLorenzo lauded her “Capable and fun staff” and reminisced on her introduction into the world of higher education, having come from retail, and what an “Unexpected surprise” it was that she grew to love it so much. Gregoire remarked that she enjoyed the professionalism and friendship of each and every person with whom she’d worked over her 31 years of service.

Joyner spotlighted the individuals’ contributions to the campus community over the years: he mentioned Key’s natural ability to connect with struggling students; applauded Berglund for his founding of the Public Administration program; praised Robbins for her exceptional poetic talents and contributions to the inspiration for the alma mater; thanked Sand for choosing Flagler for his second career after a successful writing career with the David Letterman show; expressed gratitude for Finnegan’s remarkable career in deaf education and her tireless efforts in helping start the master’s in deaf education program.

Farewell ceremony with Michele Gregoire at the podium, on the stage with the six other retirees, seated.

Michele Gregoire addresses the crowd, while the six other retirees are seated on stage at the Farewell Ceremony. Photo by Monarch Studio.

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