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Rev. Thomas

The Rev. Richard Thomas, chaplain and professor of history emeritus, received the 2007 Petersen/Harlan Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa. The award recognizes his 40 years as an outstanding advocate for the study and appreciation of Iowa history. Among his many qualifications: In 1974 he became the first chairman of the Iowa State Historical Department. In 1977 Gov. Robert Ray appointed him chairman of the Terrace Hill Authority, which transformed the Governor’s mansion into one of the nation’s best examples of adaptive reuse of a historic building. Margaret Keyes ’39, former director of the Old Capitol in Iowa City, is a previous winner of the award.

Rev. Richard Thomas

Melissa Baker, associate director of residence life (2002–07), has resigned
her position to pursue other higher education opportunities in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area.

Devan Baty was appointed to a tenure-track position in the department of classical and modern languages (French). She has been a visiting assistant professor of French for two years, after coming to Cornell as a lecturer in 2001.

Don Chamberlain, associate professor of music, spent May in residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Neb., working on an orchestral piece that incorporates many aspects of blues music.

Linda Givvin, recorder in the registrar’s office (1994– 2007), is leaving Cornell to join her husband, Joe, a philosophy professor at Mount Mercy College, on his sabbatical at Palacky University in the Czech Republic.

Melinda Green was appointed to a tenure-track position in the department of psychology. She has served as a visiting assistant professor for two years. Laura Krouse, lecturer in biology, joined a panel discussion when nationally known farmer, writer, conservationist, and philosopher Wendell Berry lectured at Iowa State University. Krouse grows seed corn and vegetables for a community supported agriculture enterprise.

Jeff Ramsey, director of leadership and service (2004–07), is leaving Cornell to pursue a master’s degree in history at the University of Northern Iowa.

Mary Rettig is the new director of college advancement. She was Cornell’s registrar for two academic years, 1993–95. Most recently she was with the University of Iowa Foundation, as director of development, working primarily with the College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy.