The Dewald Honors Celebration is a significant event in the life of the institution because we pause to recognize high academic achievement among our students. Although we aren’t able to join together in person, we didn’t want to let the opportunity pass by without recognizing our students for their accomplishments.
Through this virtual celebration, we recognize students who have proven their ability as members of our Honors Program, Presidential Scholars, Investment Alliance Award recipients, and incoming students who have achieved academic honors while in high school. Also, we acknowledge those who have attained Deans’ List status during one or more semesters last academic year.
The Dewald Honors Celebration was made possible through the vision and dedication of two people, husband and wife, who cared deeply about advancing academic achievement and spiritual growth. That couple is the late Dr. Donald and Effie Dewald.
Dr. Dewald was a graduate of the College of Wooster and the Medical School at Case Western University. He was a practicing physician in Mansfield, Ohio. Mrs. Dewald was a 1938 graduate of Mount Union and during her career, she taught a combined third and fourth-grade class, as well as junior high school science, and helped in a settlement school in Cleveland.
I’m sure you also realize that the Dewald name is on our campus chapel. That facility, which was the first freestanding chapel in our history, was made possible through the generosity of Don and Effie.
- Jeff Breese, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs