William Woods University will hold a reception Wednesday to say farewell to three faculty members with a total of 113 years of service to WWU.
The event, which is open to the community, will be held April 14 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the Aldridge Patio.
Paul Clervi, professor of art and chair of the division of arts and science; Gayle Lampe, professor of equestrian science, and Harriet Yelon, associate professor of social work, have made the decision to leave their full-time teaching roles with the university at the end of the academic year.
“Professors Clervi, Lampe and Yelon are prime examples of the culture of sharing that we have at William Woods University,” said Dr. Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean.
“They have shared their knowledge, experience and expertise, not only with the students but with the community, staff and other faculty as well. Each has excelled in his or her respective fields, making William Woods so proud that these three chose our institution at which to develop and expand their careers and bring recognition to the institution as well as to themselves.”
Clervi has been a professor at William Woods since 1968. During his WWU teaching career, he has served as the chair of visual, performing and communication arts, as well as the chair of the division of arts and science.
The focus of Professor Clervi’s teaching has been in ceramics and sculpture. Over the years he has received several awards, including the 1994 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has exhibited his sculpture and ceramic work nationally. His most recent exhibit has been as part of the ART ST. LOUIS, Articulated Vision juried exhibit this past January.
“As an artist/teacher for more than 40 years here at William Woods, I have tried to share my vision of art, and the history and theory behind that discipline with my students. It has been a time of joy and hard work. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with wonderful students and faculty, and I look forward to continuing that relationship as an adjunct for several years to come.”
Lampe, too, has taught at William Woods since 1968. She has served as an instructor, coach, trainer, judge and rider. She has been an instrumental force in William Woods University’s nationally acclaimed equestrian studies division, where she participated in the development of the country’s first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science and she has personally trained several William Woods horses to world and national championships.
“I have loved teaching at William Woods University for the past 42 years,” said Lampe. “One main thing I have to be thankful for is all the wonderful horses people have donated to us over the years. Actually, the horses are the teachers and I have just put the horses and the students together for a learning experience.”
She added, “I am grateful for all the support my friends have shown to William Woods by donating horses and scholarships, by helping us renovate barns, and by financing the building of new barns and arenas.”
Lampe went on to say, “I also truly appreciate the support President Barnett has given to the equestrian division. My favorite years here were the ones when she and her husband, Eddie, rode with me in a riding class twice a week.”
During her time at William Woods Lampe received a number of honors and awards, including Missouri Horse Shows Association “Trainer of the Year” award, two-time recipient of the “Distinguished Professor Award” at William Woods, United Professional Horsemen’s Association Equitation Instructor of the Year and the American Riding Instructor Certification Programs Instructor of the Year Award.
She was also inducted into the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show “Hall of Fame” and was the American Royal Missouri-Kansas Horse Person of the Year, recipient of the Lurline Roth Sportsmanship Award at the American Saddlebred Horse Convention, the Audrey Gutridge Award, American Riding Instructor Association’s “Master Instructor” Award and the General John B. Castleman Award.
“Gayle has contributed a great deal of time and effort to the development of the high quality of our saddle seat program,” said McCarthy.
Yelon has taught at William Woods since 1985. During her time at WWU, she has taught classes on sociology, social problems, ethics in social science, human behavior and the social environment, race and ethnicity, social movements and women in third world countries.
She co-authored the book, “Contradictions in Women’s Education” (Traditionalism, Careerism and Community at a Single-Sex College) with Barbara J. Bank. She was the recipient of the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992 and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999.
“I am very pleased to have been able to teach a wide variety of students with different interests,” Yelon said. “It is my hope that they have gotten as much from me as I have from them. It has been a very rewarding experience in my years at William Woods. My interactions with faculty and staff have always been of the highest caliber.”