Six Mount Union Employees to Retire

May 04, 2012

ALLIANCE — Several University of Mount Union faculty members will begin a new chapter in their lives as they retire at the end of the academic year. Those retiring are Dr. John Bienz, professor of English; Rosemary Bienz, director of academic support; Dr. Douglas Hendel, professor of theatre; David Kuhlke, associate professor of economics, accounting and business administration; Linda Pauli, RN-BC, director of the health center and Dr. Frank Triplett, professor of French.

Dr. John Bienz
Dr. John Bienz has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 1985, teaching courses including early modern English literature, Shakespeare, linguistics and expository writing. He is a member of the Modern Language Association and the Renaissance Society of America. Bienz earned a doctorate from Indiana University, an Master of Arts in English literature from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in European history from the University of Michigan.

In 1996, Bienz was awarded the “Sponsored Travel and Research Grant” from Mount Union to attend one of the first Berkeley Summer Research seminars, “Philosophy and the Embodied Mind” with George Lakoff. He also received the grant in 1991 for two weeks of library research at Durham, England.

Rosemary Bienz
Rosemary Bienz has worked at Mount Union since 1985. She has served on the Women’s History Month Committee, the Task Force on Students with Disabilities and the Information Service Center Task Force. She has been a member of Pi Lambda Theta, an education honorary, the College Reading and Learning Association and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She earned a doctorate in Cultural Foundations of Education from Kent State University, a Master of Arts degree in reading education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Indiana University.

Bienz is president of the board of the Alliance Farmers' Market and is on the scholarship committee at the Alliance YWCA.

Dr. Douglas Hendel
Dr. Douglas Hendel joined the Mount Union faculty in 1982. He is a member of the American Theatre Association and the University and College Theatre Association. Hendel has served numerous stints as chair of the Department of Theatre at Mount Union and has performed in more than 75 productions while at the University. In 2000, he presented the annual faculty lecture, “Every Inch a King: Playing Shakespeare’s King Lear.” He is a member of AQIP, is co-chair of the Imagine Mount Union Steering Committee and serves on the Faculty Hearing Committee. He has also been a member of the American Theatre Association and University and College Theatre Association.

Hendel earned a doctorate in speech communication, a Master of Arts in speech communication and a Bachelor of Arts in education from Bowling Green State University.

David Kuhlke
David Kuhlke has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2001. He served as chapter advisor for Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Tau Omega. He was recently honored as Advisor of the Year and Outstanding Faculty Member during the 2012 Greek Awards. He earned a bachelor of science degree in management science from Oakland University, a Master Arts degree in finance from the University of Akron and is working on a doctorate degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.

Linda Pauli
Linda Pauli just completed her 25th year at Mount Union. While at Mount Union, Pauli initiated the first celebration of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, HIV testing on campus, the celebration of World AIDS Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Healthy Heart Month, the Great American Smokeout, a Health Fair for students, health screening for employees and random patient satisfaction surveys. She conducted a research project concerning employee wellness programs and the reduction of absenteeism and helped initiate and set up the Bloodborne Pathogen Plan for Mount Union employees.

In 2009, Pauli received the Jane Weston Chapman Award from Mount Union. She has served as a member of the Alcohol Task Force, the Women’s History Month committee and the Partnership for Assuring Student Success team. She is a member of the American College Health Association and the Ohio College Health Association. She received a nursing degree from Walsh University, a management degree from Malone University and has an emergency medical technician certificate, a pharmacy technician certificate, a phlebotomy certificate and a substitute teaching license for the state of Ohio.

Dr. Frank Triplett
Dr. Frank Triplett has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 1993. Since his arrival at Mount Union, the University now offers majors in the traditional languages as well as Japanese and courses in Chinese and Russian. Triplett became a frequent traveler to Russia, where he first went at the invitation of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1997 to help with service projects. Triplett was also instrumental in bringing teaching assistants to the University each year from Germany, France, Spain and Japan.

While at Mount Union, he received the Ed Allen Award for Outstanding College Foreign Language Instructor from the Ohio Foreign Language Association.

Triplett earned a doctorate and Master of Arts in French from the University of Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Ricker College and a Master of Science in counseling/psychology from the University of LaVerne.

All retiring employees were honored with a retirement reception recently.


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