Maura Reynolds Receives Annual
Posted May 5, 2003
HOLLAND -- Maura Reynolds, director of advising
and associate professor of Latin at Hope College, has been
named recipient of the college's fourth annual "Vanderbush-
Weller Development Fund" award for her strong, positive
impact on students.
The award recognizes and supports the efforts of
Hope faculty and staff who make extraordinary contributions
to the lives of students. Reynolds was recognized during a
dinner held on Thursday, May 1, in conjunction with the May
meeting of the college's Board of Trustees.
"Maura is an exceptional choice for the
Vanderbush-Weller award," said Dr. Richard Frost, who is
vice president for student development and dean of students
at Hope, and chairs the selection committee of students,
faculty and staff. "She handles her responsibilities with
competence, compassion and care that extend far above the
standard. She is perhaps one individual who knows more
students than anybody else through her teaching, advising,
planning, first-year scheduling and just helping out with
academic questions in general. In short, Maura is awesome."
Reynolds joined the college in 1974 as director of
the Academic Support Center, a position she held for four
years, also teaching expository writing. She began teaching
Latin at Hope in 1980.
She was appointed director of advising in 1988.
She also served as coordinator for pilot sections of Hope's
"First-Year Seminar" program. She delivered the college's
Commencement address in May of 2001, and Opening Convocation
address in August of 1998.
Reynolds has helped plan and implement New Student
Orientation at Hope since 1987. Since 1989, she has been a
member of the staff of the college's Teaching Enhancement
Workshop, which is geared toward faculty members about to
begin their first year at Hope.
She has made several presentations at professional
conferences, discussing advising and teaching. She is
currently serving a three-year term as chair of the Small
Colleges and Universities Commission of the National
Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Reynolds holds bachelor's and master's degrees in
Latin from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prior to coming to Hope, she had taught Latin at West Ottawa
High School and at Thornton Township High School in Harvey,
The "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" was
established in honor of longtime Hope professor and football
coach Alvin Vanderbush of Bloomington, Minn., who retired in
1972. It was created by Ken and Shirely Weller of
Knoxville, Iowa. Ken Weller is one of Vanderbush's former
players and also a former Hope faculty colleague.