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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Thanks Employees for Service


November 19, 2012

Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
413 528 7209

Bard College at Simon’s Rock Thanks Employees for Service

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock presented service awards to longtime employees at its annual recognition dinner on Friday, November 16, 2012. Provost Peter Laipson, faculty, and staff paid tribute to twenty employees for their contributions to the College.

Larry Wallach, Priscilla Cote, Don Roeder
Photo: BCSR/Lee Rogers

Larry Wallach, faculty in the arts, was celebrated for 40 years of teaching, composing, performing, and bringing music to the region. A resident of Great Barrington and organizer of the South Berkshire Concert Series for over 30 years, Wallach continues to bring a wide variety of musical experiences to the Berkshires.

Don Roeder, faculty in science, mathematics, and computing, and Priscilla Cote, registered nurse, were recognized for 35 years of service. Roeder is the cofounder of the Berkshire Environmental Research Center and serves on the board of the Housatonic River Initiative.

Joan DelPlato and John Myers, faculty in the arts, Collette van Kerckvoorde, faculty in languages and literature, and Gill Panchy, student life, were honored for 25 years of service.

Leila Miller, security officer; Judy Moro, business manager, and Barbara Shultis, housekeeper were recognized for 20 years of service.

Anne O’Dwyer, dean of academic affairs, was honored for 15 years of service.

Russell Miller, database applications specialist was recognized for 10 years of service.

Employees recognized for 5 year of service included Debbie Dillon, database applications specialist, Brendan Matthews, faculty in languages and literature, Julie Rathbun, business office clerk, Steve Carignan, director of physical plant, Denise Dufault, application intake coordinator, Steve Coleman, director of admission, Melanie Guerin, external initiatives assistant to the provosts office, and Valerie Fanarjian, director of activities.

About Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.