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A fond farewell for retiring Mount faculty and staff

June 30, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Retiring Faculty

Mount Saint Mary College president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM recently thanked nine retirees for their years of dedicated service. From left to right: Fr. Mackin; Mary Spear, Curtin Memorial Library; Joseph Nunnari, natural sciences; Karen Baldwin, nursing; Beth Roeper, health services; Iris Turkenkopf, vice president for academic affairs; Theresa Lewis, education; Reva Cowan, chair of education; Harry Steinway, vice president for student affairs; and Karen Eberle-McCarthy, arts and letters.

This academic year, Mount Saint Mary College bid a fond farewell to nine outstanding retirees with 180 years of service between them.

Mount president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, commended the outstanding group for their time, effort and dedication to the college.

Iris Turkenkopf of Poughkeepsie, NY, vice president for academic affairs, served the Mount for 39 years – first as an instructor, followed by professor of biology and chair of the division of natural science, before being named VPAA in 2004. Turkenkopf was a strong promoter of Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, served as a coordinator of a National Science Foundation Award, and was elected a 2008-09 SENCER Leadership Fellow by the National Fellowship Board of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. At this year’s commencement ceremony, Turkenkopf received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Administration.

Harry Steinway of New Windsor, NY, vice president for student affairs, served at the Mount for nearly 30 years. As dean of students and then VP for student affairs, Steinway has been responsible for the wellbeing of resident and commuter students. A great believer in the complete life of the college and the importance of extracurricular activities – he helped build the athletics program to include 20 varsity teams as of the upcoming fall semester – “Dean Steinway” made himself visible and available to Mount students as the population grew. Like Turkenkopf, Steinway was honored with the Presidential Award for Distinguished Administration at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Sr. Ann Sakac, OP, former president of the college, described Turkenkopf and Steinway as “consummate winners.”

“Both of them have had a great opportunity to influence the culture and the academic life of students on campus, and indeed, they have,” she explained. “Perhaps the writer in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiasticus had them in mind when he wrote: ‘They have given us an inheritance.’ ”

Over her eight years at the Mount, Karen Baldwin of New York City and Rhinebeck, NY, served as graduate coordinator and associate nursing professor. She has written several articles for books and other publications, most recently “Voices Along the Journey: Midwives’ Perceptions of Implementing the Centering Pregnancy Model of Prenatal Care” in the Journal of Prenatal Education. She is a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including The American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Reva Cowan of Wappingers Falls, NY, chair of education, has served at the Mount for 13 years. After teaching in public schools as a literary specialist, Cowan enjoyed her time with the college’s teacher candidates at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her areas of interest include investigating the role that faculty-supervised, course-imbedded fieldwork plays in the development of good literacy instruction, and researching how teacher candidates become more reflective about their own practices.

Karen Eberle-McCarthy of Newburgh, NY, professor of Spanish, completed 37 years at the college. Early in her time at the Mount, she received a Fulbright Research Grant to study in Argentina, and returned to publish a significant amount articles and present papers at conferences. She has volunteered as an English as a second language teacher at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center for nearly two years, she received the Mount Saint Mary College Faculty Award at commencement, and was recently granted professor emerita status.

Theresa Lewis of Nyack, NY, professor of education, has served as the graduate coordinator of teacher education for eight years. Having worked in higher education for about three decades, she has researched women educators, and leadership/life history methodology. She is a member of several professional organizations, including Kappa Delta Pi.

Thirteen years ago, Joseph Nunnari of New Windsor, NY, natural sciences, joined the Mount Saint Mary College faculty. He remains grateful to Iris Turkenkopf and Sr. Ann Sakac, OP for selecting him as lab assistant. He helped manage the move to the college’s Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center. He and Irene, his wife and Mount professor emerita, were married at the Mount and are the proud parents of a son, Joseph Patrick.

Beth Roeper of Washingtonville, NY, served as director of Health Services since 1993. Under her leadership, the Mount became Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified, allowing the college to perform in-office lab testing, and offer flu and other vaccinations. The college has a professional relationship with Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and on-campus physical therapy is now possible. The Mount’s annual health fair, started by Roeper, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

Mary Spear of Washingtonville, NY, retired after nearly 13 years of service to Curtin Memorial Library. As evening supervisor, Spear has been the face of the library for faculty, as well as students who make the library their home after hours. She has also helped countless numbers of instructors put course readings and other materials on reserve for their students.