USM Bids Farewell to 2012 Class
As this new academic year gets underway, we pause to reflect on the close of the 2011-2012 school year and remember the well-loved faculty members who’ve moved on from our institution.
All three were honored, along with the graduating class of 2012, at USM’s commencement ceremony in May.
Mathematics Instructor Paul Dean was named winner of the Sullivan Teacher of the Year Award. Instructor Dean began teaching as an adjunct at USM in 2004, becoming a full-time instructor in 2010. He retired at the end of the academic year.
At the commencement ceremony, Academic Vice President Dr. Bryan Le Beau described Dean as “a caring instructor who provides outstanding support to his students… passion for teaching and his compassion towards his students have made him a favorite among the USM student body.”
USM also bade farewell to two long-serving faculty members, naming them professors emeriti:
Sister Frances Juiliano, associate professor of education and longtime chair of the university’s education department, and Rick Hite, associate professor and chair of information systems & technology and director of online learning.
“Students of all levels, elementary through secondary to baccalaureate and graduate levels, have been the focus of Sr. Frances’s greatest concern,” Dr. Le Beau told the crowd. “Her love for them has consistently shown in her meticulous care that her students ‘get it right’—that they be their most productive selves as future teachers entrusted with children.”
Of Professor Rick Hite, Dr. Le Beau said: “Rick created the department of information systems and technology here… Rick has a passion for his field of learning and teaching; but anyone who knows Rick Hite knows his profound commitments to his family, church, and God.”