SCC honors retiree Elaine Morganstein
Caption: SCC colleagues presented retiree Elaine Morganstein (center) a rocking chair at a recent reception celebrating her 25 years of service. From left, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs John Steiner, Vice President/Chief Academic Officer Mark McCormick, Associate Professor of Mathematics William Mays, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Howard Valentine, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Ken Robell and President Joan M. Baillie.
Salem Community College recently honored retiree Elaine Morganstein of Wilmington for dedicated service in teaching mathematics.
“For 25 years, Elaine’s focus was on our students’ success,” said President Joan M. Baillie. “She helped them progress through the rigors of developmental math. Her dedication and caring nature helped students when they needed it the most.”
After starting as the Project Outreach coordinator, Morganstein became an assistant instructor in fall 1988, was promoted to instructor in fall 1991 and promoted to assistant professor in 1994. She retired in June 2013.
Baillie pointed out that Morganstein’s combination of technical and interpersonal skills were the keys to her success. For example, she wrote programs for computer-aided instruction, created audiotapes of lectures and generated notes for each of her course objectives. “As important as these contributions were,” Baillie continued, “Elaine’s one-on-one time with students was even more important. She spent many hours outside of classes and office hours helping students. Any extra effort from a student was rewarded with just as much extra effort from Elaine.”
Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Mark McCormick shared examples of comments from students’ course evaluations. “They wrote statements such as, ‘She is amazing at teaching,’ ‘I really enjoyed her class!’ and ‘The class is always interesting.’”
At the ceremony, Morganstein reflected on her SCC career. “I’m happy I stayed at the College to do what I could to help our students,” she said. “I believe in this College and I encouraged students to come here.”
Morganstein is still active in the SCC community as a member of the Oak Singers.