Dottie Callender Honored For Twenty-Eight Years of Service to Mount Union College

April 05, 2010

Mount Union faculty and staff gathered together Wednesday, October 25 to bid farewell to Dottie Callender.

Sharon, Dottie and Bob Callender

After 28 years in various capacities, most recently as Executive Assistant to the President, she will be taking advantage of an early retirement, effective November 3.

At the reception, Dr. Richard Giese, president of the College, presented Callender with a Mount Union chair. A plaque on the chair had been engraved with her name and years of service to the College.

Callender started at the College as the secretary in the Alumni Office in 1978 and also served in clerical positions for the director of development, then the vice president for development and from that position to the Office of the President in 1987. In 2002 she was promoted to an administrative position as assistant to the president for board relations and two years later was named executive assistant to the president and assistant to the president for board relations. She has also served as assistant to the college marshal for many years beginning with Lyle Crist.

'Often the first contact that people have had with Mount Union, Dottie created many positive impressions, Giese said. 'Beyond her day-to-day duties, she has been valued for her insight, professionalism and a natural ability to defuse potentially volatile situations. Her diplomacy and deft ability to interact with a wide variety of people have been very much appreciated.'

Her activities both on behalf of the College and in the Alliance community have been exemplary. She has earned leadership positions in virtually every organization to which she has belonged. Her work on behalf of the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women, Quota International, YWCA Board, Carnation Festival Board and Alliance Chamber of Commerce, to name a few, has placed her in high profile positions on behalf of the community. Her civic activism and professional accomplishments earned her the prestigious Athena Award from the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce in 2000.

During the past several years, Callender has been the administrative liaison to the College's Board of Trustees, an important role in which she has earned the respect and admiration of Board members.

'Dottie possesses a wealth of information and insights given her status within the College and in the community and will be greatly missed,' Giese said.

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