Lander assists docent who spent many hours as a university volunteer
April 23, 2009
Lander University has said goodbye to Barbara Dunn, one of its longtime volunteers, who has moved back to New York to be closer to her family.
Known to her friends as Babs, Dunn was a Lander docent, one of the first to join the volunteer program that was introduced in 2004. She commuted between her home at Wesley Commons and the Lander campus where she was active in several volunteer positions.
Lander president Dr. Daniel Ball said, "Babs' first love was working with our students as a tutor and mentor. She had a knack for connecting with them, and while helping them with their academic pursuits, she also took an interest in their personal lives, which is very important especially for students who are away from home."
Dunn also assisted Lander's Wellness Center during the university's participation in Greenwood's Shrinkdown campaign, and she was a volunteer in the Greenwood Lander Performing Arts Outreach Program, escorting schoolchildren to cultural performances on campus.
In a letter to Dunn, Ball wrote, "Your valuable contributions will be realized for many, many years to come. Please know that things were accomplished that would not have been possible without your help."
She is credited with helping spread the word that Lander's Cultural Center Auditorium is equipped with an assistive listening system for concert-goers who are hearing impaired. Dunn is well acquainted with the technology because she has worn hearing aids in both ears for most of her life. She regularly attended events at Lander and used one of the Cultural Center's assistive listening devices, which are available at each performance.
Dunn's decision to move back to New York was prompted by the recent death of her husband, Larry. Because of her connection to Lander, which spanned more than four years, three student-athletes volunteered to help her move from her apartment at Wesley Commons. Soccer players Jamie Davison and Aaron Brittain of Middlesborough, England, and Craig Hughes of Sunderland, England, and Van Taylor their coach, teamed up to help load her belongings into a truck for the trip north.