Cèilidh Honors Dr. Smith
Posted on June 19, 2013
by Heather Busch
On the evening of Saturday, June 8, with bagpipe music in the air, 150 faculty, staff, board members, friends and family gathered at the Nicholas Student Center for a cèilidh to celebrate Dr. Marshall W. Smith’s retirement.
A cèilidh is a Gaelic celebration with stories and tales, poems and ballads, music and food, and the evening included all of those elements.
Smith family friends Marsha Summers (soprano) and Suzanne Riehl (keyboard) performed songs by Robert Burns. Faculty members Kerrigan Sullivan and Sandy Via read poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns, Carol Ann Duffy and Helena Nelson.
Delegate Riley Ingram presented Dr. Smith with a resolution created in his honor. Executive Director of the John Tyler Community College Foundation, Beverley Dew, and members of the Foundation Board announced that through generous donations from the community; the College family; and Dr. Smith’s colleagues, family and friends, the Dr. Marshall W. Smith Endowed Scholarship has been established.
Dew and Foundation Board members also presented Dr. Smith with a large, framed drawing of Dr. Smith created by Professor of Art Colin Ferguson. The drawing is a study for a painting of Dr. Smith that will be hung on campus.
Personal notes that were collected through the cèilidh invitation were given to Dr. Smith that evening in a handsome antique mahogany box with the College seal on it made by Mike Mathieu of Woodworking Plus.
Three videos were also shown during the evening. The first featured many of Dr. Smith’s former and current colleagues and employees telling funny stories about working with Dr. Smith. The second video detailed Dr. Smith’s many accomplishments during his career, notably the quarter system conversion, the establishment of dual enrollment, and the creation of the Midlothian Campus. The last video was a chance for many to let Dr. Smith know just what he has meant to them in their careers and personal lives.
After Dr. Smith’s son, Matt, gave a final toast, the group closed the cèilidh in the traditional manner by joining hands and singing Auld Lang Syne.
More photos of the event are available on the College’s Flickr site.
More informaiton on Dr. Smith's retirement announcement and more than 22 years of service to John Tyler is also available, and donations to the scholarship can be made at www.jtcc.edu/giving.
Information Maintained by:
Holly Walker, Public Relations Manager