By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~
Xavier will be saying goodbye to more than just seniors in the next few weeks. Next month Xavier will be celebrating the retirement of 19 faculty and staff members from various departments and positions, many of whom have worked at Xavier for over 20 years.
The full list of retiring faculty and staff is as follows:
— Thomas Barlow; Director, Auxiliary Services
— Dr. James Boothe; Associate Professor, Leadership Studies
— Dr. Gerald Braun; Associate Professor, Management Information Systems
— Maria Cipollone; Student Account Specialist
— Bonnie Fiedeldey; Administrative Assistant II, Office of the Registrar
— Nicolette Goller; Textbook Accounting and Supervisor, Bookstore
— William Hagerty; Associate Professor, Communication Arts
— Dr. J. Richard Hirté; Associate Professor, Finance
— Dr. Margaret O’Brien King; Graduate Professor and Associate Director, School of Nursing Undergraduate Program
— Karen Lyons; Administrative Assistant, Learning Assistance Center
— Rose McGrory; Endowment Analyst, Treasury
— Georganna Miller; Senior Academic Staff, Occupational Therapy
— Dolores Nedderman; Administrative Assistant II, Schiff Center — Harold Neuer; Accounts Receivable, Bookstore
— Dr. Priscilla O’Clock; Professor, Accountancy and Business Law — Fr. Kenneth Overberg; Professor, Theology
— Marcia Poggione; Head, Web Services/Open Access, Xavier Library
— Carol Reid; Administrative Assistant, Office of Student Affairs and Student Enrichment
— Patrick Sheridan; Assistant Director of Operations, Technical Director, Xavier University Cintas Center.
Many retirees mentioned in interviews that there will be much about Xavier they will miss upon leaving, but many have already made plans for their life beyond.
“(I will miss) the camaraderie of my colleagues and their ability to boost my spirits, as well as the students,” Dr. King said in an email. “There has never been a dull moment with a group of undergraduate and graduate students.
They keep me on my toes and have taught me much and have made me laugh and cry.” “(I will miss) working with students, adding services to support or build upon their needs,” Barlow said in an email. “Secondly, being part of Xavier’s excellence in Jesuit education and helping to build around its mission and seeing students become outstanding alumni and in turn giving back to see great wonders in our people and the environment created to support this positive outcome.”
“One of my favorite memories of Xavier is seeing the students come to Xavier their first semester and then following them through their career to graduation day,” Fiedeldey said in an email. “Actually I hope to continue teaching one course each semester for a while (after retirement),” Fr. Overberg said in an email.
“So the conversations (with colleagues, staff, and students) can continue, but I no longer must attend meetings!” “(After retiring) I hope to catch up on reading all the books that I have been collecting for years and also to travel more frequently to California to see my grandchildren,” Dr. O’Clock said in an email.
“In addition, I plan to change roles and become a student at Xavier, taking a fun class or two, and to pursue volunteer activities in the community.”
“(My plan is) to attend the U.S. open (tennis tournament) in New York and then travel up through the East Coast and Canada,” Dr. King said. “Then many more travels to include Alaska, Panama Canal, Australia, Hong Kong and other places of the world.
“After all of that, maybe clean up my house and yard.” The Newswire thanks the retirees for their contribution to the Xavier community and wishes them luck in the years to come.