The Belmont Abbey College community gathered today for our annual Employee Recognition Banquet. The luncheon, which featured crab cakes, chicken and a cheesecake dessert, recognized the dedication of employees celebrating key anniversaries with the college from 5 years to 20 years. Dr. Thierfelder gave a heartfelt thanks to the entire mix of faculty and staff for their sacrifices and contributions to the success of the college. He reminded those gathered of recent accolades the college has received as well as accomplishments such as increased enrollment, athletic successes and academic accomplishments.
In addition the Spirit of St. Benedict Award, presented by Chancellor Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., was given to Dr. Julia Beeman. Beeman was also recognized for her 10 years of service, and was chosen by her colleagues as this year’s employee that best represented the marks of a Benedictine institution through her service with students as Chair of the Criminal Justice program and as the academic athletic liaison. Dr. Beeman also was instrumental in the development of the James Buie Scholarship a joint scholarship with the Gaston County Police Department and Gaston County Schools that provides a full scholarship to one high school student and one rising college junior to major in Criminal Justice. Recipients who complete their degree are guaranteed a position with the Gaston County Police Department after graduation.
Congratulations to all recognized, and to our entire community for the continued success of our college, in serving God’s kingdom through the accomplishment of our mission, so “that in all things God may be glorified.”