The campus community will recognize Interim Provost Beth Tyson Lofquist’s years of service with a dinner/roast in her honor of her retirement from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall.
There is no charge for the dinner, which Lofquist herself has financed, and she has requested no gifts, in hopes that attendees will contribute to a scholarship she has established.
An additional campuswide reception will be held for Lofquist from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Club Illusions in the A.K. Hinds University Center.
The Beth Tyson Lofquist Scholarship in Middle Grades Education, based on need and merit, is to go to a rising junior in middle grade education at WCU. Preference will be given to a Jackson or Haywood County student with further preference for a New Century Scholar. Recipients also must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. The goal is for the scholarship to reach the endowment level of $10,000, when it can then begin awards of approximately $500 per year, according to the WCU development office.
Lofquist earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from WCU and has served the university for more than 27 years as a faculty member and administrator. She won the 2012 Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award for Administrative Staff at WCU. Her retirement is effective July 31.
To contribute to the fund (note the fund name on the form and/or check), go here for a form to mail in with payment or payment information or here to contribute directly online. For more information about the scholarship, contact Natalie Clark, director of annual giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-227-3090.
To attend the dinner, RSVP with menu selection (breaded chicken with a lemon, white wine and caper sauce; tenderloin stuffed with spinach, goat cheese and Craisins; or baked zucchini layered with spinach and artichoke with a smoked tomato coulis) by 5 p.m. Monday, July 16, to Anne Aldrich of the Office of the Provost at email@example.com.