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Wesley College Celebrates “Memories and Milestones” during Founders Day


Wesley President Dr. William N. Johnston awards Dr. Lucille Gambardella a faculty emeriti award.

Wesley College celebrated its 140 year history at Founders Day on March 20 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover. Founders Day is a tradition for the College that acknowledges students and faculty with scholarships and awards. This year’s theme was “Memories and Milestones,” featuring former Wesley President Dr. R. Jervis Cooke as a guest speaker. Dr. Cooke served for 15 years as a trustee, was named president in 1977 and served until 1983. He was given the title of president emeritus by the board of trustees after his retirement in 1983.

Approximately $76,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 63 students.  In addition, 23 students also received academic departmental awards. Many of the scholarships were merit based and specific to areas of study. Departmental awards recognize the top students in each department based on grade point average and other factors.

Former professors, Lon Fluman and Dr. Lucille Gambardella, who retired in 2012, were named faculty emeriti at the event. Fluman’s teaching career spanned 48 years from 1964 through 2012. He taught art-related subjects and was known for his individualized teaching style that encouraged his students’ creativity. Gambardella was assistant professor of psychiatric mental health nursing before she took on the role of chair of the department of nursing and director of graduate programs. What she believes to be her greatest achievement is the initiation of the nursing school master’s program in 1995. This allowed working nurses to earn their advanced degrees without repeating undergraduate classes; therefore, a student could receive a graduate degree in just three years instead of the more typical five or six. Gambardella retired last summer after 28 years of teaching at Wesley.

For pictures of the event please visit Wesley's flickr account.