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Showing appreciation

Annual end-of-year dinner celebrates achievements, milestones and faculty promotions

May 11, 2018

President Ann McElaney-Johnson hosted the University's annual Appreciation Dinner for faculty and staff on May 10 to celebrate achievements and to recognize the Mount community’s hard work throughout the year.

The president honored employees celebrating milestone anniversaries, including professors Tori Canillas-Dufaiu (25 years), Terri Eichman (30), Millie Kidd (30) and Fr. George O’Brien (40).

Also honored that night were two retiring faculty members: Katherine Brueck, chair of the English department; and Pat Disterhoft, who has been granted faculty emerita status.

Congratulations to the following professors on their promotions: 

Professors Greg Travis, Diana Taylor, Stacey Peterson, President Ann McElaney-Johnson, Lia Roberts and Sylvine Deprele at the annual President’s Appreciation Dinner on May 10.
Professors Greg Travis, Diana Taylor, Stacey Peterson, President Ann McElaney-Johnson, Lia Roberts and Sylvine Deprele at the annual President’s Appreciation Dinner on May 10.
President Ann McElaney-Johnson, fourth from left, with Associate Professors Michelle Melendres, Erin Jacobs, Robin Bishop, Charles Bunce and Bryant Adibe.
President Ann McElaney-Johnson, fourth from left, with Associate Professors Michelle Melendres, Erin Jacobs, Robin Bishop, Charles Bunce and Bryant Adibe.

Promotion to professor:

  • Sylvine Deprele, Physical Sciences
  • Lia Roberts, History/Political Science
  • Stacey Peterson, Biological Sciences
  • Diana Taylor, Education
  • Greg Travis, Psychology

Promotion to associate professor:

  • Bryant Adibe, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Robin Bishop, Psychology
  • Charles Bunce, Film, Media, and Communications
  • Erin Jacobs, Biological Sciences
  • Michelle Melendres, Sociology
  • Julia Tang, Psychology

Promotion to assistant professor:

  • Marie Anne Legaspi, Nursing-ADN Program

Sabbaticals in 2018-19:

  • Diana Taylor, Education, Spring 2019
  • Luiza Nogaj, Biological Sciences, Spring 2019
  • Montserrat Reguant, Modern Languages, Spring 2019
  • Paul Green, Philosophy, Spring 2019
  • Afsane Arvand, Fall 2018

New department chairs:

  • Pam Haldeman, Sociology                             
  • Amanda Romero, Social Work
  • Laurie Wright-Garry, Religious Studies
  • Matthew Brosamer, English
  • Robin Bishop, Psychology