Newman to Dedicate Sr. Susan Reeves Conference Center Monday

Oct 23, 2009

The public is invited to a reception and dedication ceremony on Monday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 40 of McNeill Hall with remarks scheduled between 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. University and Diocesan dignitaries will participate in the remarks and blessing of the center.

Former Associate Professor of Education and Newman alumnae Sister Susan Reeves, Ph.D. passed away on July 7, 2007. She 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.

Sister Susan 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.

The School of Education faculty and staff completed the Conference and Research Center in memory of Sr. Susan (1950 – 2007) because she was to the School of Education what Cardinal Newman and Saint Maria De Mattias were to Newman University.

She was knowledgeable and visionary. Like Cardinal Newman, she was a true intellectual in the classical sense, and like Saint Maria, she was a compassionate carrier of mission to be a teacher to all who came into her presence.

She was collaborative and reflective. Open to new ideas, she was a listener with a childlike curiosity and creativity; never judgmental, always self aware, and always humble.

She was ethical and caring. Susan was truthful when asked for advice, and always gentle in giving it. Her mission was with the poor, the disadvantaged, and the students who needed the most care.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and family are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.