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Distinguished Career Award 2013

Wanda Oney Tiffany '63

Wanda L. Tiffany, a 1963 graduate of MacMurray College, majoring in elementary education, your alma mater and fellow alumni are pleased to honor you as a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Career Award.

As an active MacMurray student, you were an assistant to Dr. McKendree Blair; chaplain; and member of the following groups: Methodist Student Movement, choir, Madrigals, and the Education Club for Elementary Majors.

After graduation, you taught in the public schools of Jacksonville and Champaign, Illinois and St. Paul, Minnesota in elementary classrooms and special education. You also taught classes at the Jacksonville Developmental Center and worked in public relations for Community Counseling. You juggled all of this while raising two children.

Your career continued to grow as a music teacher, speech and language worker, and physical therapy aide at Pathway School, now called Pathway Services Unlimited, in Jacksonville from 1980-1984. You worked with the developmentally disabled population, at that time, ages 3 to 80.

You have shown your love of teaching at The Nursery School, in Jacksonville, from 1984-1988, as a teacher of preschool children, supervisor of student teachers, and parent counseling.

Your next career move was back to First Presbyterian Preschool, a position in which you first served from 1966-1969 prior to your departure from Jacksonville. In 1988, you returned as director for the next six years. Under your administratorship, you were responsible for early childhood programs, parent counseling, training of assistant teachers and student teachers, Christian education, assisting families through life transitions such as death and divorce and the serious illness of a parent or grandparent, grief training and counseling, and public relations.

While working at the preschool in 1991 you became curator of the Heritage Cultural Center in Jacksonville. During your twenty two year tenure, you have created and continue to develop educational programs for all ages. You give programs and tours and work independently under the supervision of a board of directors. You have made contacts with senior citizens of the community, which includes presenting programs for seniors regularly.

In 1994, you left the preschool because of caregiving duties for your parents. You had been doing both of the above positions simultaneously and retained the curator position because it enabled you to schedule your work hours around your family’s needs.

You have maintained professional and community affiliations with the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, and the Jacksonville Education Association. In addition, you are an ordained deacon at First Presbyterian Church, volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent and nursery coordinator, directed children’s choirs and vacation Bible school, and served on the Jacksonville Conference of Churches Board. You have also served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Area Center of Independent Living and the Jacksonville Theatre Guild. You have performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorale, volunteered with Boy Scouts and as a band parent.

Wanda L. Tiffany, you have brought honor to your alma mater through your professional achievements. It is with great pride that the Alumni Association of MacMurray College honors you as a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Career Award and presents to you this plaque at MacMurray’s Homecoming, October 19, 2013, in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Presented by the MacMurray Alumni Association Board.

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