The Last Word

College Announces
Research Fellowship Recipients
Jefferson Elementary-Muhlenberg College Partnership Receives $10,000 Community and Economic
Development Grant
Ninth President of Muhlenberg College, Jonathan Messerli, Passes Away
Alumni with children
ages 13 and under
Glass Slipper Project
Benefits Area Teens
Birds of Armenia Fly into Martin Art Gallery
Mourning John A. Deitrich:
Alumnus, Donor and Life Member
of the Board of Trustees
Getting to Know “General Pete”
Reaction to the New Life Sports Center
The Kresge Challenge is in reach!
Class of 1970 Reunion Challenge
Two Special Naming Opportunities for the Kresge Challenge

College Announces
Research Fellowship Recipients

Muhlenberg College recently granted the Donald B. Hoffman Research Fellowship to Dr. Bruce C. Wightman of the biology department and the Class of 1932 Research Professorship to Dr. Douglas P. Ovens of the music department.

Wightman has been a member of the biology department since he joined the College in August of 1996. In 2002, he was promoted to associate professor. Previously, he was a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley in molecular and cell biology and also in genetics and society. Wightman is an active member of the Muhlenberg community, serving as the institutional liaison to the College for the Council of Undergraduate Research and advising students applying for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Predoctoral Fellowships and the Muhlenberg College President’s Award. He received his B.A. in biology from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University.

The Donald B. Hoffman Research Fellowship encourages faculty members to engage in scholarship, research, or creative activity that results in publication or performance or exhibition while enhancing the reputation of the college.

Ovens has been a part of the College community since 1990. He is now a head of the music department. He graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University with a degree in theory and composition and received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ovens directs the electronic music studio and conducts the Muhlenberg Chamber Orchestra.

The Class of 1932 Research Professorship entails released time at full salary for up to one full academic year to focus on a project that meets the highest scholarly expectations and is oriented toward publication.

The awards will be formally presented to Wightman and Ovens at the Honors Convocation this spring.


Jefferson Elementary-Muhlenberg College Partnership Receives $10,000 Community and Economic Development Grant

State Representative Jennifer Mann presented Muhlenberg College Dean of Admission Chris Hooker-Haring ’72 with a $10,000 check from the Department of Community and Economic Development to benefit the Jefferson Elementary-Muhlenberg College Partnership.

The partnership is a long-standing commitment made by hundreds of the College’s students. Every year, Muhlenberg students contribute their time and talents by operating an after- school arts and crafts program for second graders; staging Jefferson Field Day on campus in May; participating in America Reads; volunteering for Jefferson’s FunFest; and coordinating a student-of-the-month field trip where 48 Jefferson students (known as Golden Stallions and Golden Thunderbolts) take a day trip to Muhlenberg as a reward for outstanding achievement.

The grant will be used for supplies, transportation and other services necessary to sustain the program. There are approximately 700 students who attend Jefferson Elementary.

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