May 31, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College’s nursing professors Patricia Sagar (left) and Jill Sussman (right) were honored by the college community at a retirement celebration on May 24, 2018.
This academic year, Mount Saint Mary College bids a fond farewell to three outstanding retirees with nearly five decades of service between them.
Priscilla Sagar, professor of Nursing, joined the Mount in 1998 and quickly became an integral part of the college’s School of Nursing. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she has had several articles and books published and has given dozens of presentations on nursing, particularly in her focus area of transcultural nursing, at the college and beyond. Additionally, Sagar has received numerous awards and recognitions for her hard work, including being named a New York Academy of Medicine Fellow and receiving the Columbia University Teachers College’s R. Louis McManus Medal.
Jill Sussman, associate professor of Nursing, joined the Mount in 2007. She began as an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing, but was quickly promoted to full-time professor. During her 35-year career as a nurse, she has focused on mental health nursing and was a pillar of the Mount’s annual Nurse Pinning ceremony for graduating nurses. One of her most recent presentations, “Classroom Mental Health Simulation-Based Experience,” was given with fellow Mount Nursing faculty members Andrea Ackermann and Nancy Owen at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference in Texas.
After nearly 20 years of service, Joan McAdam, coordinator of Community Education at the Mount’s Desmond Campus, celebrated her retirement recently.
Joan McAdam, coordinator of Community Education at the Mount’s Desmond Campus, retired after 19 years of service to the college. Under her direction, the Desmond education courses grew in popularity, becoming a staple of the college community. McAdam was especially dedicated to the campus’s mission of lifelong learning. She noted that one of the best parts of her job was interacting with students: “Everybody is happy to be here and they’re always having a good experience in any of our classes,” she said.