Bridgewater College celebrates Founder’s Day on April 5

bridgewater collegeBridgewater College will celebrate 136 years of its founding on Tuesday, April 5, presenting three awards during the 9:30 a.m. convocation in Nininger Hall.

President David W. Bushman will recognize three faculty members for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Dr. Robyn A. Puffenbarger, associate professor of biology, will receive the Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teacher Award; Dr. Stephen F. Baron, the Harry G.M. Jopson Professor of Biology, will receive the Martha B. Thornton Faculty Recognition Award; and Prof. Scott D. Jost, associate professor of art, will receive the Faculty Scholarship Award.

The Founder’s Day observance at Bridgewater commemorates the April 3, 1854, birth of Daniel Christian Flory who, at the age of 26, began a new school at Spring Creek in Rockingham County in 1880. The school, first known as Spring Creek Normal School, moved to Bridgewater two years later and changed its name to Bridgewater College on July 12, 1889.

The college’s observance of Founder’s Day began in 1920.

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