By Priscilla Aguirre
LOGOS ASSISTANT EDITOR
Three longtime professors in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences got kudos from colleagues Tuesday, Aug. 16, upon their retirements.
The honorees – who retired in May — were Sister Eilish Ryan, former director of the Pastoral Institute and a religious studies professor who will remain part-time; Dr. Sally E. Said, a former professor in the Department of Modern Languages, who also will remain part-time; and Dr. Matthias Schubnell, who chaired the Department of English.
Although the celebration was scheduled to be in May, Dean Kevin B. Vichales said it was decided to have it in August to note new beginnings for the retirees who received gifts from the college and honored with a reception.
Sister Martha Ann Kirk led a prayer in Ingrid Seddon Music Hall, then asked the audience of mostly current and retired faculty to give a choral thanks to the honorees. Several in the audience chimed in about the guidance each honoree had given them.
Dr. Julie Miller, an associate professor and chair of religious studies, shared how much Ryan, a native of Ireland, had contributed to the department and university.
Ryan has been a full-time faculty member for 37 years and directed the Pastoral Institute for 35 years. She began her career at UIW in 1980 as a campus minister for the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI), founders of the university.
Ryan taught undergraduate and graduate course in religious studies, as well as some undergraduate math courses. She won many awards and devoted her time in many programs that had anything to do with improving student learning, Miller said.
Ryan is teaching two courses this fall but is taking the spring semester off for personal renewal and for writing.
“My long-range plans are still a little loose but I wouldn’t be surprised if I taught some more,” Ryan said.
Dr. Amalia Mondriguez, a professor in the Department of Modern Languages, gave a tribute to Said’s 28-year history at UIW. Said taught Spanish language and linguistics at UIW. For 15 years, she chaired the department when it known as the Department of Foreign Languages. She also has co-chaired the unit. Said was a founder of the Headwaters Project and remains on its board. She plans to teach three courses this fall.
Dr. Emily Clark, an associate professor and new chair of the Department of English, shared what Schubnell, the former chair, had meant to the unit and his colleagues. Schubnell, who worked here 27 years, helped create the department’s “Water and Culture Reader.” He was a mentor and friend to many and always found ways to help out the community, Clark said.
Schubnell said he plans to travel, explore and use his time home to do maintenance, most recently damaged from the spring’s hailstorm.
“I’m grateful to have been part of the dedicated and commented faculty in the English Department whose friendship and support I will always cherish,” Schubnell said.