Monday, November 19, 2012
UWG recently hosted a retirement reception to honor retiring faculty member Laura Lamb for 31 years of service and commitment. Faculty, staff and students held back tears while speaking of the endless love Lamb displayed towards every student she encountered.
Lamb spent the last 12 years of her career at the university working as the associate director and academic advisor for the Advanced Academy.
Dr. Sethna, president of the University of West Georgia also attended the event to express his gratitude for Lamb’s devotion to the students.
“It is incredible what you’ve done for the students,” said Sethna. “The students have always appreciated your love for them and for that we will always be in your debt.”
UWG alumna Kristen Matus, who started the academy at the tender age of 15, credited Lamb for her continued success at UWG. “She was always ready to listen to whatever issue I had,” Matus recalled. “If it had not been for her strong force of encouragement, I would have left the university.”
Lamb’s passion for her job not only left an irreplaceable mark with the students, but the faculty as well.
University counselor, Terri Ducker remembers working with Lamb. “It’ll be hard to imagine the Academy without her. She was always the first one here and the last one to leave.”
The heartfelt speeches from students and faculty drew tears from an emotional Lamb as she thanked everyone for their love and support.
“31 years is a long time, but one of the best things about being here so long is that you get a chance to see the students grow and become successful working adults,” Lamb said. “Having the students come back once they are done has been the greatest reward.”