I was surprised and honored. We attended the 23rd Annual Employee Recognition Celebration at Hiram College tonight. I knew something was up but was taken aback when I was named the inaugural recipient of the President’s Volunteer Award tonight! College President Thomas Chema had very kind words to say about my work with the college observatory and, as I understand it, this new honor was his idea. It was the result of a request by Physics Chair Dr. Laura Van Wormer that my work be somehow acknowledged. In private conversation I explained that I considered it a privilege to be allowed to run the observatory for the college but thanked all involved for the recognition. I was given a beautiful award piece made of heavy beveled glass, etched with the award wording. I’ve included a photo of the award here done in impromptu fashion; very nice to look at but very hard to simply photograph. What a night!
What a night!