Longtime faculty member and current curator of the Stephens College archives, Dr. Alan Havig was honored today at an all-campus ceremony celebrating the history and future of the College.
President Dianne Lynch announced the creation of the Alan R. Havig Award for Distinguished Service, which will be presented periodically to an individual whose contributions to the College have had a lasting and significant impact.
"We are establishing this award in Alan's honor to recognize him for all he has done for Stephens,” Lynch said. "It is a tribute to hisextraordinary service, not only as a revered faculty member but as the College's longtime archivist. Thanks to Alan, the College has been able to capture and retain its rich and important history."
A Minnesota native, Havig has been a fixture at Stephens since 1966 when he joined the faculty after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.
During his more than 40-year tenure, he taught history and social studies, served on the Searcy House Plan faculty, chaired the Dorothy Martin Endowed Scholarship Committee, was an elected member of the Curriculum Committee, was a faculty sponsor of the Student Government Association and for decades has served as the unofficial historian of Stephens College. Havig received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985 and again in 1994, the Distinguished Adviser Award in 1990 and the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. He continued to teach through 2005 and was popular among students.
On online rankings, students dubbed him “awesome,” saying they loved his class and that he "knows everything you ever wanted to know about Stephens and the world."
"I loved the class and he's awesome, subtly hilarious," wrote one student who took Havig's 19th Century American History course. "I wish I could take another one of his courses"
Havig is also an author. He published an illustrated history of Columbia in 1984, a book about Fred Allen's Radio Comedy in 1990, and a history of Shelter Insurance Company in 1995. He also completed "A Centennial History of the State Historical Society of Missouri" in 1998.
Havig oversees the Stephens archives in the basement of Tower Hall, where he assists faculty and staff needing historical documents. "We're lucky to have Alan as the gatekeeper of our history and records," Lynch said. "This award will ensure that his legacy at Stephens will be remembered for generations to come."
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