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2011 Faculty & Staff News

Three recently retired Longwood faculty awarded emeritus status by Board of Visitors

June 14, 2011

Longwood University

Three recently retired Longwood University faculty members have been awarded emeritus status by the Board of Visitors.

They are Dr. Sarah Bingham, professor of physical education; Dr. Don Merkle, professor of biology; and Dr. Geoff Orth, professor of German, director of the Cormier Honors College, and associate vice president of academic affairs. They retired at the end of the spring 2011 semester.

Dr. Bingham, who joined the Longwood faculty in 1985, was an aquatics specialist who advised the former Catalinas synchronized swimming club, oversaw successful NCATE recognition of the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education program, and mentored teachers in health and physical education, practicum students in secondary education, and liberal studies students in elementary schools.

Dr. Merkle, who came to Longwood in 1975, is the only Longwood faculty member to twice (1991 and 2004) receive the Maude Glenn Raiford Award for Outstanding Teaching, and in 1997 he received the Student Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to Students. He directed the Longwood Greenhouse and also pre-professional medical programs for 30 years and was adviser for 33 years to Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society.

Dr. Orth, who joined the Longwood faculty in 1977, had been the chief faculty marshal since 2006 and had directed the Cormier Honors College since 2001. He has been president, treasurer and secretary of the Longwood chapter of the American Association of University Professors.