Founder’s Day 2012 Held

The legacy of Williamson founder Isaiah V. Williamson was honored with a day of tributes on Feb. 9, also observing what would have been his 209th birthday.

In a special Founder’s Day chapel in the morning, Athletic Director Dale Plummer offered a tribute to Isaiah Williamson. Afterwards, the students, faculty, staff, and guests went outside to Williamson’s tomb for a moment of silence.

The evening’s program began with socializing and a buffet prepared by Tim Burbage, director of food services, in the dining room

Next, the crowed moved to the chapel, and listened to tributes to Isaiah Williamson by James Simpson 1W2, senior class president, representing the students; Ryan Myers 9W6, Alumni Association president, representing the alumni; and, the guest speaker, Thomas Wisneski, vice president of education. The ceremony opened with words from President Guy S. Gardner.

Kevin Lalor, a carpentry junior, received the William J. Yearsley 4W1 Award, from Greg Shively, president of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Philadelphia-Continental Chapter. The award, previously called the Outstanding Citizenship Award, was renamed to honor Yearsley, a long-time member of the SAR who brought the award to Williamson, upon his death.

The Artisans, lead by Russell Harvey, drafting instructor, sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and lead the group in the singing of the alma mater. Rev. Mark Specht 7W7, chaplain, provided the invocation and benediction, and Keith McCarthy 1W4 provided the prelude.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, many attendees went to the Restall Sports Center to watch Williamson’s basketball team defeat Devry University, 89-59.



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