NEWS

A fond farewell for retiring Mount faculty, staff

May 26, 2017

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Farewell 2017

Nine beloved faculty and staff members of Mount Saint Mary College will be retiring at the end of this academic year. From left to right, Dee Berlinghoff, professor of education; Janet Zeman, executive director of the Career Center; Frank Davis, academic advisor/faculty liaison for the Office of Student Success; Maureen Markel, professor of information technology; Nancy Trenz, administrative assistant for the Office of Admissions for Graduate Programs and Adult Degree Completion; Ilona McGuiness, vice president of Academic Affairs; and Lee Zawistowski, director of Human Resources. Not pictured: Fr. Francis Amodio, O. Carm., campus chaplain and director of Campus Ministry; and Dan Twomey, director of Athletics. 

 

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

Fr. Francis Amodio, O. Carm., came to the Mount in 2010 as the chaplain and director of Campus Ministry and has been an active presence on campus ever since. He was an adjunct professor in the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies and he lived in Sakac Hall during the school year. He leaves the Mount community to assume his duties full-time within the order as the Provincial Director for Lay Carmelites and the Vocation Director for the order.

Dan Twomey, director of Athletics, joined the Athletics Department in 1995 as the women’s assistant basketball coach and started full time in the department five years later. Twomey worked closely with coaches and athletes to establish programs like Knights in the Community, and helped lead the department through the addition of new teams and new facilities.

Maureen Markel, professor of information technology, came to the Mount in 1976 and has been an active part of the Division of Math and Information Technology and the campus community for more than four decades. During her time at the Mount, Maureen served as chair of the division and helped to oversee the development of several new programs. At the college’s recent Commencement ceremony, Markel was given the Faculty Award for her dedication to education.

Dee Berlinghoff, professor of education, has been an integral part of the Mount’s Division of Education for 17 years. Her latest endeavor was the co-creation (along with philosophy professor Ed Teall) of the Davidson DiPaola Educational Innovations Cooperative, which focuses on the professional development of faculty.

Lee Zawistowski, director of Human Resources, has worked at the Mount for 20 years. Throughout his time in the Human Resources office, he has assisted in the hiring and promotion of hundreds of staff and faculty members.

Ilona McGuiness became vice president of Academic Affairs in 2015, overseeing the Mount’s six divisions and two schools, and the addition of several new academic programs. During that time, she has diligently promoted student scholarship and academic achievement.

 

Farewell 2017

Fr. Francis Amodio, O. Carm., campus chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, distributes ashes to the Mount Saint Mary College community on Ash Wednesday 2017. Fr. Amodio will bid the Mount farewell in June 2017. 

 

Frank Davis, academic advisor/faculty liaison for the Office of Student Success, has been at the Mount since 2000. He has aided countless students through academic advisement and as an adjunct professor in the Division of Arts and Letters.

Nancy Trenz, administrative assistant for the Office of Admissions for Graduate Programs and Adult Degree Completion, joined the Mount in 2006. She has worked with hundreds of adult students as their first point of contact at the school, managing all the inquiries and applications for the program.

Janet Zeman, executive director of the Career Center, came to the Mount in 1980, and launched the college’s Cooperative Education Program in 1989. She has guided the Career Center since its inception and provided numerous career and professional services for almost three decades of Mount students and graduates.