For Distinguished and Exceptional
Service to Muhlenberg College
Christopher Hooker-Haring '72 returned to his
alma mater in 1987 to join the admission staff. He is now the
dean of admission and financial aid at Muhlenberg, and during
his tenure the admission staff has seen nine straight rises in
applications, including six straight records. Muhlenberg has also
seen a dramatic rise in both admissions selectivity and yield.
In the past six years, under Hooker-Haring's leadership, the College's
acceptance rate of applicants has dropped from 75 percent to 35
percent, vaulting Muhlenberg into the "highly selective"
category in all major college guidebooks.
Hooker-Haring was also instrumental in the transition to Muhlenberg's
SAT-optional program and has become a national spokesperson for
SAT-optional programs. He is widely sought after as a speaker
and expert source on issues including SAT-optional programs, early
decision success and general admission and financial aid policies.
Hooker-Haring's opinion pieces on a variety of admission issues
have appeared in newspapers across the country.
In 1996 Hooker-Haring won the Student Council Award for service
to students by a member of the faculty, management or staff. In
2000, he won the Chairman's award. Hooker-Haring remains involved
in student programming on campus. He works closely with student
interns and has volunteered for various alumni and career activities.
His wife Jan (Hooker) is a member of Muhlenberg's class of 1975.
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Attainments in Life
The two recipients of the award for Distinguished and Exceptional
Attainments in Life are Shirley Kistler Baker '65 and
Sam Stovall '77.
As the dean of university libraries and vice chancellor for information
technology at Washington University, St. Louis, Kistler Baker has
expanded and enhanced the university's library services.
Baker heads the Olin Library, which circulates 300,000 books a year
and manages a staff of 130. Baker has been employed at WU since 1989
and oversees 10 of the university's 14 libraries. Baker has been a
pioneer in combining traditional library management and operations
and has worked to advance the interlibrary loan program and sharing
Baker has served as president of the Association of Research Libraries,
has published scholarly pieces and has done international presentations.
Stovall joined Standard & Poor's in April 1989. As senior investment
strategist, he has responsibility for the Monthly Investment Review
and is a member of the S&P Investment Policy Committee, where
he focuses on sector allocation strategies and industry recommendations.
Stovall is also the author of the Standard & Poor's Guide to Sector
Investing and "Stovall's Sector Watch," a page on S&P's
Web site www.personalwealth.com, that identifies sector top-outs and
Stovall is a frequent guest on Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN-FN, as well
other investment-oriented T.V. and radio programs.
Prior to his time at S&P, he served as editor in chief at Argus
Research, Inc. an independent investment research firm located in
New York City.
Stovall was a kicker on the varsity football team and a founder of
the Cardinal & Grey Society. He continues to provide support to
Muhlenberg's athletic programs and was instrumental in making upgrades
to the athletic fields a reality.
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Service to the Alumni Association
John Rosenberg '63, president of the Alumni Association, presented
the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Service to the Alumni
Association to Walter Staehle '76. Muhlenberg's past,
present and future has benefited from Staehle's dedication and volunteerism.
A former member of the varsity football team, he remains an avid supporter
of the college's athletic programs and is a member of the Century
Staehle is a general representative of the executive council of the
Alumni Association and currently chairs the alumni trust fund committee.
He has spearheaded efforts to rejuvenate this fund through marketing
and reorganization to benefit the entire Alumni Association and college
community. Staehle has assisted the executive committee with the comprehensive
planning and execution of a number of alumni initiatives. He has volunteered
for his alma mater in many capacities including the Alumni-in-the-Classroom
Week program and Reunion. Staehle and his wife, Loran (Duemmel) '75
are members of the parents' council and he served on Muhlenberg's
board of associates.
He is the director of manufacturing execution systems for Kraft Foods