Two Newman faculty members are retiring after lengthy service at the university.
A special retirement reception was held on Thursday, May 4, 2017, to honor Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Radiologic Technology Janie Ward, and Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of Occupational Therapy Clint Stucky.
Both have been at Newman for a long time — Ward for 20 years and Stucky for 23 years.
“I got my degree from Newman,” said Ward. “And I’ve never felt more welcomed by staff, professors, and students then right here. Everyone’s so professional and kind.”
Ward said she is looking forward to her upcoming two-week cruise this summer. Once returning from her vacation, she said she will be spending more time painting and gardening. She added, with a smile, that she might even help her husband do more housework, too.
Stucky is also looking forward to his time at home, although he expressed how much he would miss the students and the teaching.
“I’m going to miss everything,” said Stucky. “I am very blessed to have been asked to work here with this excellent faculty, excellent staff, excellent students, and excellent sisters. It’s a privilege and an honor to which I’ve been trying to become worthy.”
“I think most teachers are a little bit addicted to it, so i’ll have to be lecturing to my cat, Olive. He has a very short attention span, so I’m not sure how that will work.”
Stucky added, “Breakthrough, which has been a partner of ours for over 20 years — I’ve been going down there with students for over 20 years — I’m trying to get a volunteer gig there teaching literary.”
Stucky mentioned that he enjoys playing the accordion, “but accordions get heavier and heavier every year.” He also mentioned that he might try to tackle the two giant stacks of books he’s ordered from Amazon but has never had time to read.
Both retirees have many fans within the Newman faculty, staff and student body, and their daily presence will be greatly missed on campus.