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Five PJC retirees honored at reception

PJC Retirees 5-7-14Five longtime members of Paris Junior College faculty and staff were honored at a reception on May 7 in the PJC Student Center ballroom.

Having come to PJC in 1997, Billie Hippensteel is retiring after working 17 years in the Continuing Education department.

Randall Childres is retiring from the nursing faculty after 13 years, having come to PJC in 2001.   “I came out here to work five years,” said Childres, “and had so much fun I stayed decades.”

Next to be recognized was print shop coordinator Tim Shelton, who was a staff member for 36 years, coming to PJC in 1978.   “He made sure that faculty tests were copied, publications put together and deadlines met,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin. “Even when handed a short turnaround, miraculously, it happens.”

Jewelry faculty member Butch Munday has taught for 38 years, having come to PJC in 1976.   “He has trained countless jewelers who have gone throughout the world,” said Dr. Anglin.

Dr. Joan Mathis with whiteout bottle
Dr. Joan Mathis with whiteout bottle

English instructor Joan Mathis was a faculty member for 39 years, coming to PJC in 1975. She brought the house down with laughter.   “I brought with me a bottle of whiteout, as a symbol that there is nothing that has happened here, no student, no staff, not anyone, that I would like to whiteout,” Mathis said.

A well-attended reception with cake and punch followed as friends, family, and co-workers visited together.

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