The founding dean of the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences, Dr. Lou Fincher, encouraged students Wednesday to “build wisely” as they complete their educations at Emory & Henry and embark on their futures.
Fincher spoke of “new beginnings and old traditions” as she delivered the 2015 academic convocation on the south lawn of Memorial Chapel.
She spoke of the School of Health Science at the E&H campus in Marion as a strategic opportunity for Emory & Henry’s success and sustainability. Health science education, she said, represents one of many new beginnings at the college that ensures new opportunities taught in the College’s traditions of service and civic engagement.
Among those in the audience were many of the 32 students representing the inaugural class of the doctoral of physical therapy program at the School of Health Sciences.
These students as well as the more than 300 students coming as first year undergraduate students to the College will have the opportunity to experience the magic of the institution, she said. “But to experience the magic, you must become actively engaged, forge new relationships and discover your passion.”
Students, she said, must build their futures wisely.
It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it only one day more, live it gracefully and with dignity.Dr. Lou FincherFounding Dean of the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences
Fincher brings more than 30 years of teaching and health care experience and more than 20 years of administrative and leadership experience to her position. She has published more than 20 articles and 10 research abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. She also has delivered more than 40 national and regional professional presentations.
Convocation ceremonies included awards for members of the faculty and staff, including Dr. Tal Stanley, the director of the Appalachian Center for Civic Engagement and the director of the academic program in civic engagement, who received the William Carrington Finch Award. Stanley was recognized for his leadership in creating a culture of service on the E&H campus and for acting on his own visions for service at Emory & Henry and in other communities.
Other award recipients included Dr. Ron Diss, professor of education, who received the college travel grant; Dr. Christine Fleet, professor of biology, who was honored with the Exemplary Teaching Award given by the General Board of Higher Education Ministry of the United Methodist Church; and Dr. Teresa Keller, professor of mass communications, and Ronnie Woodward, member of the campus facilities staff, each of whom won the Earnest E. and Elizabeth C. Maiden Award.