HACC remembers Ellen Kessler

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Tracy Ren­necker, Editor-in-Chief

Ellen Kessler, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of com­puter infor­ma­tion sys­tems at HACC — Lan­caster, passed away unex­pect­edly on Fri­day, June 29, 2012. Born in York, PA, on May 29, 1948, she was the daugh­ter of the late Jack E.B. and Ver­netta M. (Keller) Kessler. A funeral Mass was held to cel­e­brate her life on Thurs­day, July 5, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Dal­las­town, PA. Kessler is sur­vived by one sis­ter and three broth­ers, sis­ter Kathy Ness of Red Lion, PA, broth­ers, Edward Kessler, Tim­o­thy Kessler, and Thomas Kessler all of York, PA; 11 niece and nephews, two great-nieces, and three great-nephews.

Accord­ing to Judy A. Sher­wood, pro­fes­sor of early child­hood edu­ca­tion, Kessler had strong fam­ily ties. Her nieces and nephews were very impor­tant  to her.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed the the­ater and movies. She also loved the beach, vis­it­ing Ocean City N.J. and Bethany Beach, Del., with friends sev­eral times a year.

“To say Ellen was com­mit­ted to HACC would be an under­state­ment!” said Sherwood.

“When I met her she was the interim dean for Lan­caster cam­pus. I watched her role change to a men­tor for so many fac­ulty. She chaired the Lan­caster Cam­pus Fac­ulty Orga­ni­za­tion, orga­nized a tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence and par­tic­i­pated in col­lege in-services. She vol­un­teered for every pos­si­ble com­mit­tee involv­ing tech­nol­ogy in higher education.”

“Ellen was a teacher. She spent end­less hours devel­op­ing and improv­ing her courses. One of her great­est joys was attend­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the annual national Teach­ing Pro­fes­sor Con­fer­ence. HACC stu­dents will remem­ber her eager­ness to help them to suc­ceed. She met indi­vid­u­ally with stu­dents who needed assis­tance. This pro­fes­sor touched lives at HACC in a quiet, gen­tle man­ner. She enjoyed life and pro­vided a pro­fes­sional exam­ple to live on for all of us,” said Sherwood.

Brit­tany Queen, a stu­dent of Kessler’s, said, “She got to the point when she was teach­ing, and I like that. She was very help­ful and always made her­self available.”

Gina Bowers-Miller, pro­fes­sor of counseling/CIS said, “Ellen always had a smile on her face, was will­ing to help out and was excited about cre­ative ways to bring tech­nol­ogy in the class­room. We were work­ing on sev­eral projects together … I will miss you Ellen. You were a kind soul.”

Diane Mauro, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of marketing/mgt. said, “Ellen was always there when you needed her and she helped me out many times. Ellen will be remem­bered as a kind soul who touched so many lives at the Lan­caster Campus.”

A stu­dent schol­ar­ship is being devel­oped in her name. Memo­r­ial dona­tions to the schol­ar­ship fund can be mailed to The Ellen Kessler fund, HACC Foun­da­tion, One HACC Dr., Har­ris­burg, P.a. 17110.

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