Asbury Bids 'Farewell' to Retiring Faculty

(From left) Dr. Shirley Pauler, Dr. Bea Holz, Dr. Paul Vincent, Dr. Becky Oswald, Dr. Del Searls and Dr. Ike Adams
(From left) Dr. Shirley Pauler, Dr. Bea Holz, Dr. Paul Vincent, Dr. Becky Oswald, Del Searls and Dr. Ike Adams

In addition to Asbury University bidding its graduating seniors “farewell,” Asbury University also acknowledges the contributions and legacy of several retiring faculty members. Between them, they represent more than 150 years of experience in the classroom and leave a legacy of excellence in education that cannot be counted.

Ike Adams, Social Work
Idus W. "Ike" Adams taught at Asbury for 22 years as a professor of Social Work and Sociology and Director of Field Placements for Bachelor of Social Work students. With teaching experience in Russia and China, his background is interdisciplinary and includes graduate degrees in social work, military science, divinity and higher education/historical sociology from University of Kentucky. His primary interests are international social issues, urban studies, Appalachian Studies, and history of social thought, especially in the 1800s in America and England. He is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel.

Bea Holz, Music
Dr. Beatrice Holz, known to her students as "Dr. Bea," taught at Asbury for 21 years as a professor of Music Education and Voice. She directed the Asbury University Women's Choir, served as one of five private vocal instructors, and taught classes in Conducting, Vocal Music Education and Opera Workshop. A third-generation Salvationist, ("soldier" of The Salvation Army,) Holz is also the founding director of the Salvation Army Student Fellowship Vocal Ensemble, which she began in 1981.

“One of my favorite anonymous quotes is: ‘Today is a gift from God; that's why it's called the present!’’ Holz said. “I try to encourage myself and others to remember that God is present in every moment of every day of our lives. If we are in the midst of troubling circumstances, God will walk us through. If we are filled with joy, we should have an attitude of eternal gratitude. He is in control! As I leave Asbury, I face the difficult task of saying goodbye after living and working in this community for years, but I am comforted by the eternal truths and I look forward to ‘singing in the angel choir’ someday with all my Asbury friends!”

Rebecca Oswald, Education
Dr. Rebecca Oswald taught at Asbury for 24 years as a professor and Associate Dean of the School of Education. Her teaching responsibilities included a focus on technology in education, which led to collaborative partnerships with public schools, and coordinating teacher candidate practicum placements. Oswald’s research centered on the use of the education portfolio in employment and on discovering the strengths and weaknesses of individual personal styles in relating to others in the educational realm. Travel, music and gardening are also passions.

Shirley Pauler, Education
Dr. Shirley Pauler taught at Asbury for 22 years as a professor of Education. With experience in public elementary schools, higher education and the elementary department of a school for missionary and expatriate children in Malaysia, she focused on reading and ESL education (among other things) at Asbury. In addition to teaching, Pauler served as the faculty sponsor for T.A.G., a transition-assistance service for new students, and as co-director of the Summer Youth Leadership Institute.

Paul Vincent, English
Dr. Paul Vincent taught at Asbury for 37 years as a professor of English. He is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and holds an M.A. in literature from State University College in Buffalo, N.Y., and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. A regular presenter in Chapel, he spoke on “Our Use of Words” in April 2013. The podcast is available here.

Delmar Searls, Math
Delmar Searls taught at Asbury for 30 years as an associate professor of computer science and mathematics, including such courses as Finite Mathematics for Business, Business Calculus and programming courses in Java and C++. His leisure interests include travel, nautical history in the age of sail (he is a member of the Nautical Research Guild), building and flying radio control model airplanes, reading and woodworking.

His ‘famous last words’ to the Asbury community: “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1: 7, NIV).”

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