USciences Community Gathered for Misher College Retiree Celebration on June 2

Written by Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis
Published on June 17, 2015

The University of the Sciences community gathered to recognize three Misher College of Arts and Sciences faculty retirees during a special on-campus reception in the McNeil Science and Technology Atrium on June 2.

The following professors were recognized for their years of service and dedication to students at University of the Sciences:

peterPETER HOFFER, PhD, came to USciences in 1982 as an assistant professor of German, and was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and full professor in 1996. 

He contributed substantially to the curriculum of the department, the college and the University with his courses in the German language and literature, as well as European and world literature, western civilization, English composition and, especially, intellectual heritage, where his “Power, Democracy and Oppression” course became a beloved staple.

As a scholar, Dr. Hoffer ascended to the top-level of his discipline by virtue of a series of major, influential publications. Nearly a dozen articles in top-rated journals, and five published volumes, now standards in the field, have defined in important ways how Sigmund Freud will be understood for many years to come. 

GinaGINA KAISER, MS, joined the Department of Information Science in the fall of 1997 as an instructor, and was promoted to assistant professor in 2001. She researched and then migrated the library catalog to the Voyager integrated library system. She implemented the University's Journal List, more recently our journal/e-books list, into a more efficient way to access our electronic journal and e-book holdings, and continued to update the entries as needed.  

Gina has already begun volunteering her time at the Library for the Blind narrating books on tape.  She looks forward to playing her flute, cooking at a more relaxed pace, reading, and traveling and fly fishing with her husband.

BOB MANBECK, PhD, came to USciences in 1980. Throughout his career at USciences, Bob taught a 4-4 load, and his expertise was obvious in the variety of courses he taught. Classes in writing proficiency, freshman composition, public speaking, as well as surveys of literature, and—two of the mainstays of the curriculum—Belief and Thought and the Short Story. His commitment to his students was reflected in the awards he has won, including the Homiller Award for Excellence in Teaching and, notably, his promotion from assistant to distinguished assistant professor rank.

Bob’s resume is a testament to his intense involvement with curricular, administrative, and faculty concerns. He served on nearly 30 committees, many of them for a number of years; hardly a spot in the administrative life of the University has been unaffected by his good sense and balanced judgment.


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