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IU Northwest honors longtime employees retiring this semester

Most have spent decades serving the university

Friday Jun 27, 2014


The colleagues and families of retiring Indiana University Northwest staff and faculty members gathered on campus June 23 to recount fond memories and show appreciation for the 15 individuals who are leaving the university this month and beginning a new chapter in their lives.

The retiring individuals honored at the reception include: Jackie Coven, Dorothy Grier, Carolyn Hartley, Faye Howard, Thandabantu Iverson, Lou Ann Karabel, Henrietta Moore, Elaine Morrone, Robert Mucci, Diane Robinson, Juanita Robinson, Richard Sheffer, Angie Stojanovic, David Strupeck and Kay Washington.

IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe welcomed each retiree and recapped their various titles and responsibilities throughout the years.

Jackie Coven             

Jackie has been with IU Northwest for more than 20 years. She will be remembered for the facilitation of IT training programs she has presented for the campus faculty, staff and students. Jackie says she will miss training and all her students. Jackie’s greatest professional accomplishment is the positive feedback she has received from those she has taught over the years.

During retirement Jackie plans on “sleeping past 6 a.m. and digging in the dirt at home.” She’s not sure on what she’ll do with the rest of her spare time, but says she will probably become more involved with the arts. She may explore some of the more traditional art forms or expand her ability to use technology to create art.

Dorothy Grier            

Dorothy has been a faithful IU Northwest employee for 25 years. Dorothy will miss interacting with her colleagues, and just being the “helping hand” to all who needed her. She enjoys bowling, movies and shopping. In retirement, Dorothy plans on traveling, enjoying time with her family in Houston and possibly, relocating.

Carolyn Hartley                                                         

Carolyn has served the campus as director of Human Resources for 10 years.

Some of the campus and community organizations she has been affiliated with include: The Diversity Advisory Committee, The Council of Equity Advisors Information Technology Council, Student Behavior Consultation Team, Crisis Management Team, IU Northwest Leadership Council, Northwest Indiana Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapter Board of Directors, Chair of the College Relations Committee of the Northwest Indiana SHRM Student Chapters, The Caring Place Board of Directors, and Porter County VNA Hospice Volunteer.

Carolyn is a first-generation college graduate. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, as well as a certificate in public administration, all from IU Northwest.  She also has a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR). During her retirement, Carolyn plans on traveling, gardening, playing golf and spending more quality time with her grandchildren.

Faye Howard 

Faye has been a dispatcher for the IU Northwest police department for 25 years. During her service, a few campus members helped her with her professional development that she marks as memorable experiences in her career. Faye credits Jackie Coven with helping her with various computer skills and Dorothy Ige’s speech class in developing her public speaking skills. Faye says that the first thing she will do in her retirement is rest. Then maybe she will be able to think of other things to do with her spare time. Faye enjoys gardening, crafts, and traveling.

Thandabantu Iverson 

Thandabantu earned his Ph.D. in political science from Clark Atlanta University in Georgia in 2007. He has been with the university for 18 years as a lecturer in Labor Studies. His subfields include comparative politics, women’s studies and feminist theory, African American political theory, and labor studies. Thandabantu was known for his work and efforts with the Equity Advisors serving since 2007.  

Lou Ann Karabel                   

Lou Ann Karabel has served the campus for 20 years as senior lecturer in English and coordinator of developmental writing in the English department. She says the most enjoyable part of working at IU Northwest was the students she was able to reach; particularly the ones who managed to juggle attending classes, while working full-time jobs and raising a family.     

Henrietta Moore

Henrietta has been employed by IU Northwest 24 years. She served as the coordinator for multicultural affairs in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. Henrietta worked with a number of committees and organizations including: Equity Advisors, National Society of Leadership and Success, Helping Young People Through Education (HYPE), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Her professional accomplishments include: coordinating the gifted and talented program with the Gary Community School Corporation and arranging cultural and educational trips to plays in Chicago. 

Elaine Morrone

Elaine has served IU Northwest for 33 years in the registrar’s office as the principle records clerk. Elaine was responsible for all activities related to the scheduling of classes, verifying enrollments, instructor assignments and class sizes during the academic terms. She was recognized as the Outstanding Clerical Staff Member in 2003.

Robert Mucci 

Serving the campus for 32 years, Bob was hired in 1982 as an adjunct faculty member to teach the one anthropology course being offered. His efforts led the creation of the bachelor’s program in anthropology. He served on the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum committee for more than 20 years, and served as chair for the past 10 years.  Bob was also the director of the Masters of Liberal Studies Program for the past four years.

Upon his retirement, Bob plans to travel and catch up on the “Game of Thrones.” He has an urban rooftop garden and will also be tending to that during his free time.

He will miss the students, especially in the lab courses; the anthropology club, the dollar book sales and Darwin Day.

Diane Robinson         

Diane has been with IU Northwest for 27 years. Starting as a secretary in 1987, Diane has dedicated her work and career in the College of Arts and Sciences. Diane has been assistant to the dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and has been an experienced and accomplished academic advisor to thousands of students during her career.

Juanita Robinson

Juanita has served the campus for 25 years. She most recently served as the program director of dental education in the College of Health and Human Services. Juanita enjoys listening to music and reading. During her retirement she plans on spending more time with her grandson.

Richard Sheffer

Richard is an Associate Professor of Biology and has worked at IU Northwest for 37 years. He has always found satisfaction in helping and encouraging students reach their highest potential including admission to professional and medical schools. Among his professional accomplishments are serving as a research associate with Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis since 1979. His greenhouse collection of anthurium and synagonium were the second largest collection of these species in the world outside the tropics. Richard will miss the camaraderie among his colleagues in the biology department, the students, and certainly the department secretary, Kay Washington, whom he considers a good friend.

Angie Stojanovic

Angie has worked as the admissions processor since 2002. Angie was honored for 40 Years of service this year. Angie sets the bar for expressing real dedication to students.  She has worked hard to assist students prior to and during the admissions process. Angie has worked in many capacities on campus, she started in the registrar’s office and also as the switchboard operator during her time at IU Northwest.

David Strupeck

Most recently, David has served the campus as an associate professor of accounting in the School of Business and Economics, and has provided quality education to IU Northwest students for more than 20 years. He has also served as the director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program from 1993 to 2005. This program was recognized for its Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to Public Service by the Indiana Conference of Higher Education in 1998.  David is a certified public accountant and his research has been in the area of pedagogy and accounting practice. He has published articles in the CPA Journal, the Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, the International Journal of Accounting (Top Flight Journal), the Accounting Historians’ Journal (Top Flight Journal), and the Business and Tax Planning Quarterly.  David is the founding director and president of the Academy of Business Disciplines.

Kay Washington       

Kay has been with IU Northwest for 27 years. During that time, she has served as the secretary of the biology department. Kay enjoys reading, cooking and jigsaw puzzles. Once she retires she wants to “relax and enjoy life.” Kay says she is pleased and honored to retire at the same time as Richard Sheffer, whom she calls “one of the originals, her good friend and the life of the party.”

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