Heyduk, Schramm Honored at Faculty Farewell Party

May 10, 2010

Hartwick College bid a fond farewell May 6 to two faculty members who have dedicated a combined 62 years to the College. Faculty and staff gathered in the Shineman Chapel House for this year's Faculty Farewell Party, recognizing Professor of Psychology Ron Heyduk and Professor of English Maggie Schramm for their years of inspiration and loyalty to the Hartwick community. Each will be promoted to Professor Emeritus, effective September 2.

Commending their careers of exploration, inspiration, deep thought, and immersion, President Margaret L. Drugovich welcomed the roomful of Hartwick community members and friends who had gathered to share personal and professional memories of the retirees’ time at Hartwick.

“What you’ve already found is what many seek,” she said, noting the pair’s lasting legacies with students and colleagues.

Having joined the Hartwick family in 1980, Heyduk was recognized for his 30 years with the College. He was granted tenure in 1983, was promoted to full professor in 1996, and in 1994 was chosen to receive the Margaret B. Bunn Award for teaching excellence.

Taking the podium, Professor of Biology Laura Malloy noted Heyduk’s sense of humor, love of nature and writing, and penchant for weather tracking. But most importantly, for helping her learn the personalities of Hartwick in her early days on campus. Counting down the top 10 things she learned from Heyduk—“Statistics means never having to say you’re certain” and “Don’t panic too often; just often enough to get focused” among them—Malloy concluded with a quote that resonated with those whose lives and careers Heyduk has touched.

“It is statistically impossible for us to be normal,” she read. “But we can be transformed.”

Dean of Academic Affairs Gerry Hunsberger (reading on behalf of Professor of History Peter Wallace) and Professor of Psychology Lynn Elmore also spoke in honor of Heyduk, recounting Saturday morning faculty/staff basketball games, college rock-keyboard performances, teaching methods, and accomplishments.

“Ron has contributed a lot to Hartwick,” Elmore said. “First and foremost, he is a teacher, and he is an excellent teacher. He will be sorely missed.”

Thanking the crowd, Heyduk then offered a few words to his friends and colleagues.

“So much has been so good,” he said. “I’ve given a lot to Hartwick, but I’ve gotten back more than I’ve given. Hartwick’s been good to me, it’s been good for me, and it’s always going to be right there.”

A member of the Hartwick faculty since 1978, Schramm received tenure in 1987, was promoted to associate professor in 1988, and was promoted to full professor in 1995. She received the Margaret B. Bunn Award in 1996 and the Teacher Scholar Award in 1999.

Professor Emeritus Tom Beattie first spoke of Schramm’s “passion for teaching and determination to be the best educator possible.” He applauded her dedication to her students, and noted the endless hours of one-on-one time she spent with them, especially those who were struggling.

“Maggie isn’t retiring,” he said, listing the community education Schramm will undertake after leaving Hartwick. “She’s just extending her career.”

Elmore and Professor of English Kim Noling also commended Schramm for her dedication not just to Hartwick, but to learning—“reading everything she can get her hands on to give her students a rich experience,” Noling said. “Our graduates remember her for all of her devotion.”

Elmore then praised Schramm’s work with students in Hartwick’s Honors Program, commending her tireless work with “just about every honors student we’ve had.” Outside of Hartwick, she recognized Schramm’s continued dedication, including her work with Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Boston.

“She’s very generous with her time,” Elmore said. “And she’s not going to stop. She will always be a teacher.”

An alumna of Hartwick before returning to teach at her alma mater, Schramm then thanked the room not just for their words, but for their friendship and loyalty.

“It took me over 40 years to move on from Hartwick College, and I think that’s because of what Hartwick College is,” she said. “It’s in my blood, it’s in my veins, it’s part of who I am. I can move on, but I will always be Hartwick.”

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