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Presidential windup delivers payoff pitch

Bookended by Mohney and Blymier, President Gilmour watches a tribute video on the scoreboard at Historic Bowman Field ...
Bookended by Mohney and Blymier, President Gilmour watches a tribute video on the scoreboard at Historic Bowman Field …
... and joyfully relives the moment she walked through a 'tunnel" of student-athletes before a lacrosse game at UPMC Field.
… and joyfully relives the moment she walked through a ‘tunnel” of student-athletes before a lacrosse game at UPMC Field.
A legacy looms large over the Wildcats' home baseball field west of campus.
A legacy looms large over the Wildcats’ home baseball field west of campus.
The president erupts in gleeful appreciation, as others' gratitude is reflected in a one-of-a kind keepsake.
The president erupts in gleeful appreciation, as others’ gratitude is reflected in a one-of-a kind keepsake.
Gilmour shares a special afternoon with (from left) grandson Beckett, husband Fred and daughter-in-law Betty.
Gilmour shares a special afternoon with (from left) grandson Beckett, husband Fred and daughter-in-law Betty.

Saturday’s baseball doubleheader produced more than a Wildcat sweep of Penn State Berks; it also brought retirement gifts that surprised and delighted President Davie Jane Gilmour.

A “thank you” video featuring wishes from college athletics teams – along with appreciative messages from interim athletic directors Matt J. Blymier and Britni I. Mohney – was shown on the Muncy Bank Ballpark scoreboard.

“We are incredibly grateful for your leadership, guidance and unwavering support of our student-athletes,” Blymier said. “We can’t possibly thank you enough for everything that you have done, and we wish you a very happy retirement.” “Thank you for providing our student-athletes a wonderful experience, our staff a great place to work, and for being a role model and trailblazer for women everywhere,” added Mohney, head women’s basketball coach.

The big-screen tribute was followed by presentation of a numbered and framed jersey in honor of Gilmour’s 24 years as president, during which the college grew into full membership with NCAA Division III.
Photos by Mark Nance

 

 

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