A standing-room-only crowd attended a reception and dedication ceremony Oct. 26 for the Susan Reeves, ASC Memorial Conference and Research Center in the lower level of McNeill Hall. The center is named for former Associate Professor of Education and Newman alumnae Sister Susan Reeves, Ph.D., who died of cancer July 7, 2007.
The ceremony included remarks by School of Education Director Steven Dunn, Ed.D.; Reeves’ longtime friend Sophia Kammer, ASC; former education faculty member and current Director of Transfer Student Orientation and Retention JoAnn Mark, ASC, and Associate Professor of Education Karen Rogers, Ed.D. Kelley Rogers-Graham, executive director of the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), also spoke. WIN is a program Reeves helped found in 1997 that provides a supportive environment for women who are homeless, living in poverty or in transition from abusive situations. At the end of the ceremony, Newman Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Theology Joseph Tatro blessed the center.
Reeves made her first profession on July 23, 1977. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1979 from Kansas Newman College. She then earned a master’s degree in Counselor Education in 1986 and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in 1994, both from St. Louis University.
Reeves held many roles within the Department of Education at Newman including director of the Graduate Program in Adult Education, co-coordinator of Professional Development and interim dean. She also worked diligently in the accrediting process.