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Cheyney University Recognizes Retirees

November 15, 2013

Cheyney University President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital (far left) poses with 11 of 21 retirees honored at a dinner banquet.  Pictured (from l. to r.) Professor Jan Ellis-Scruggs (in cream scarf), Instructor Stuart Richman, Dr. S. Jean Wilson, Dr. Beatrice B. Johnson, Dr. James E. Perry, Dexter Armistead, Dr. Judith Ray, Dr. Julius “J.B.” Flynn,  Linda Robinson, Dr. Robert “Lut” Nero, and (front center) Professor Teresita- Fernandez-Vina.

Cheyney University President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital (far left) poses with 11 of 21 retirees honored at a dinner banquet. Pictured (from l. to r.) Professor Jan Ellis-Scruggs (in cream scarf), Instructor Stuart Richman, Dr. S. Jean Wilson, Dr. Beatrice B. Johnson, Dr. James E. Perry, Dexter Armistead, Dr. Judith Ray, Dr. Julius “J.B.” Flynn, Linda Robinson, Dr. Robert “Lut” Nero, and (front center) Professor Teresita- Fernandez-Vina.

Cheyney University recently recognized 21 retirees at a dinner banquet in Carnegie Hall on campus. The honorees stepped down from service between 2011 and 2013. Jo-Anne Harris, Director of Human Resources at Cheyney University, welcomed the retirees back and thanked them for their dedication to CU.  Between them, she said, they had nearly 586 years of service to the university and its students.

Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital brought greetings on behalf of the entire university.  Rev. Etta Baldwin gave the invocation and a brief talk about Thanksgiving.

Eleven of the retirees attended the dinner: Professor Jan Ellis-Scruggs, Dr. Robert “Lut” Nero, Professor Teresita-Fernandez-Vina, Dr. M. Bernadette Carter (36), Dexter Armistead, Dr. Judith Ray, Linda Robinson, Dr. Beatrice B. Johnson, Dr. James E. Perry, Dr. S. Jean Wilson, Dr. Julius “J.B.” Flynn, and Instructor Stuart Richman who served longer than any of the honorees--nearly 48 years. He was hired by Cheyney in 1966.

Besides Richman, those with at least 30 years of service to the university were: Armistead (33), Dr. Carter (36), Dr. Flynn (45), Dr. Johnson (38), Emmett A. Jones (32), Dr. James E. Perry (39), Dr. Ray (36), Robinson (35), Yvette M. Rudolph (32), and Dr.Wilson (41).

Harris called each of the honorees in attendance to the podium, citing when they were hired, which department they served in, and how many years they worked for Cheyney.  Five retirees were recognized with EMERITUS status: Carter, Wilson, Perry, Johnson, and Nero, and given engraved clocks for their years of service.  The rest of the retirees received engraved acrylic statuettes, trimmed in the Cheyney blue.  

To see pictures from the evening, click on www.cheyney.edu/campusuite/modules/photo-gallery.cfm