The Class of 2014 will be officially welcomed to the Keuka College campus Tuesday, Aug. 31 at academic convocation.
The ceremony begins at 4:15 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
One of the highlights of convocation will be the presentation of the Norton-Blyley Presidential Medallion to Katherene Meisch, a resident of Canandaigua and 1958 graduate of Keuka.
Meisch will become just the sixth person in Keuka annals to receive the medallion, which bears the images of the two Keuka College presidents (Arthur Norton and Katherine Blyley) and recognizes service to the College “above and beyond an extraordinary high standard.”
The late Edith Estey, a 1933 Keuka graduate and founder of Field Period, was the first recipient of the medallion in 1990. Former College President Arthur Kirk became the second recipient of the medallion in 1996 and in 1997, College President Joseph G. Burke presented it to Frank Strong Jr. Strong, an emeritus member and former chair of the Board of Trustees, twice served as interim president of the College. In 2003, the medallion was presented to 1960 Keuka graduate Esther Yoder, a member of Keuka’s governing board since 1993 and former chair. Walt Scott, an emeritus member of the Board, was honored in 2006.
A member of the Board of Trustees from 1991-2000, Meisch rejoined the Board in 2001 and served until 2010. She has served on the Keuka College Alumni Association Executive Council and Advisory Board, and she and husband John have hosted many alumni events. For those contributions and others, Meisch received the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service to Keuka Award in 1995.
A chemistry teacher at Webster High School for 33 years, she also received the Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award in 1983. In 2002, Meisch was inducted into the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) Alumni Hall of Distinction.
Also at convocation, Amanda Harris, the 2009-10 Professor of the Year, will address the new students. The event will also feature remarks by Christopher Iversen, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, and President Joseph G. Burke.
Fall semester classes get under way Monday, Aug. 30.