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August 2010

Cameron Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Sponsor Benches in Bentley Gardens


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Sisters Susan Hill (left) and Rhonda Mahaffey reminisce about their late father, whom they honored with a memorial bench in Cameron University’s Bentley Gardens.

Cameron University students and visitors to Bentley Gardens can relax on one of the sponsored benches found along the garden’s winding pathway thanks to the generosity of Cameron alumni, faculty and staff. Donors of benches to date include Todd and Jennifer Holland, Dr. Teresa Lubrano, the Cameron University Class of 2008, and sisters Susan Hill and Rhonda Mahaffey.

“The support that Cameron University receives from Cameron alumni, faculty and staff is gratifying,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “The benches sponsored by staff members Todd and Jennifer Holland and Susan Hill, faculty member Dr. Teresa Lubrano, and alumni Rhonda Mahaffey and the Class of 2008 provide seating in a serene setting for visitors to Bentley Gardens, whether Cameron students or members of the community.”

Susan Hill, a Cameron staff member for 25 years, and her sister, Rhonda Mahaffey, a Cameron graduate, chose to sponsor a bench in memory of their father, Lawrence E. Simmons, who graduated from Cameron College in 1950. “From the moment we heard about the benches at the garden, we wanted to honor our father,” Hill says. “His time at Cameron had a tremendous impact on his life and that of his children and grandchildren. We believe our father’s bench is a reminder to his family that a significant part of his life’s story began at Cameron College in 1948. Our father loved Cameron and loved watching it grow - the new buildings, the beautification, and its progress. We chose to honor him now on what would have been his 86th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his graduation in 1950.”

“Todd and I met at Cameron, and we’ve been here ever since,” says Jennifer Holland, vice president for student services, of the decision to sponsor a bench. Her husband, Todd, is the coach of Cameron’s baseball team. “The university is a huge part of our life, and we spend a lot of time here. We are so excited to be a part of the Cameron family, and this is a little token of our appreciation for our Aggie experience.”

Dr. Teresa Lubrano, professor of foreign languages, sponsored a bench as a way of paying tribute to her father. “I chose to sponsor a bench in memory of my father, Michael Lubrano, because he was a lover of nature and would have enjoyed the beauty and serenity of Bentley Gardens,” she says. “He is buried on the island of Procida in Italy, but the bench provides me with a place here to commemorate his life.”

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