The Last Word

New Department Chairs Named
College Mourns the Loss of Wilson “Willie” Hendricks
College Gains National Recognition in Guidebooks
Muhlenberg Awarded $900,000 Kresge Challenge Grant for Sports Center Project
Egner Memorial Chapel Celebrates its 75th Birthday
Journalist Deborah Horan is Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Visiting Fellow
Hillel Awarded Grant, Receives Foundation Status
The Department of Theatre and Dance Announces
Spring Schedule

New Department Chairs Named

Four members of the Muhlenberg College faculty have been named heads of their respective academic departments.

Tammy L. Lewis has been named chair of the sociology and anthropology department. An assistant professor, Lewis joined the Muhlenberg faculty in 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Davis.

David A. Nelson has been named chair of the mathematics and computer science department. An associate professor, Nelson joined the Muhlenberg faculty in 1989. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the U.S. Air Force Academy, his master’s degree at North Carolina State University, and his doctorate at Penn State University.

Richard A. Niesenbaum has been named chair of the biology department. Niesenbaum joined the Muhlenberg faculty in 1993 and is an associate professor. He holds bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

Christine T. Sistare has been named chair of the philosophy department. A professor of philosophy, she joined the Muhlenberg faculty in 1989 and is co-director of the philosophy/political thought program. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Connecticut College and her master’s and doctorate degrees at Emory University.


College Mourns the Loss of Wilson “Willie” Hendricks

Wilson “Willie” Hendricks, a beloved fixture in the Muhlenberg equipment room, was killed in a car accident on July 26, 2004. He was 60.

The news stunned not only the athletic department, but the entire Muhlenberg community. Hendricks had the longest continuous tenure of any employee at the College. He began working in 1967 in the maintenance department and moved to the equipment room in 1981. Thousands of athletes came to know “Willie” and his unique style over the years.

“There are probably as many ‘Willie’ stories around Muhlenberg as there are people who came to know him over his long career on this campus,” said Sam Beidleman, director of athletics. “But there will only ever be one Willie. Those of us who knew him best still walk the halls expecting to see him come around the corner or hear his standard ‘Hey, what’s up.’”

For his many contributions to all of Muhlenberg’s sports teams, Hendricks received the Scotty Wood Community Service Award in 2002.

As Beidleman says, “He will be missed at every level of this institution but never forgotten.”


College Gains National Recognition
in Guidebooks

Muhlenberg College has been selected as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the Princeton Review’s 2005 annual college guide, The Best 357 Colleges, published by Random House. The College’s theater department was ranked #19.

The Best 357 Colleges includes only “the cream of the crop” among undergraduate institutions, according to the book’s publisher, representing approximately 15% of the four-year colleges in America.

Muhlenberg was also recently ranked #70 in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of liberal arts colleges, a spot that the College also held last year.

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