Six members of the Siena Heights University faculty were recently awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus or Emerita by the Board of Trustees.
This rank is recommended by the division chairs, deans, the faculty Rank and Promotion Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board and the Board of Trustees.
This year’s class includes Joseph Bergman, Sister Marilee Ewing, OP, Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP, Susan Matych-Hager, Lana Taylor and Susan Conley Weeks.
Bergman, a professor of Art, has taught in the art department at Siena Heights since 1972. His initial focus at Siena was in the areas of printmaking and design. However, he shifted his focus to digital graphic design and the computer applications necessary to teach that discipline in today’s world. Bergman also helped establish the Mac laboratory and has consistently worked with the Computer Services and Systems Division.
Sister Marilee Ewing, OP
Sister Marilee began teaching as an assistant professor in Teacher Education at Siena in 1997. The culmination of her dedication to her students came in 2003 when she was awarded the Sister Eileen K. Rice Award for Outstanding Teaching. She has served on numerous committees, most notably the Committee on Liberal Arts, commonly known as COLA. While on COLA she revised the learning outcomes and the methods of assessing the accomplishment of the outcomes which are currently in use at Siena. Sister Marilee also served as interim director of the Teacher Education Program.
Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP
The associate professor of Music began as an instructor of music at Siena in 1968. During her tenure, she has received many awards, including the Sister Eileen K. Rice Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2005 and the Fred Smith Champion Award in 2006. Sister Magdalena has also served on the board of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and the board of advisors for the Siena Heights University Youth Symphony. She is an accomplished pianist, recognized composer and an outstanding accompanist and performance coach. She coached and directed the SHU Chamber Ensemble and served as instrumental music director for 25 years of Madrigal Dinner concerts.
The associate professor of Music, joined the music department during the 1973-74 academic year. Over the years, Matych-Hager has taught a variety of courses within the music program, with a focus on choral music. Under her direction, Siena Heights students have sung with the Toledo Symphony (1994), at Carnegie Hall (1993) and at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Sue initiated, coordinated, costumed and directed the Madrigal Dinners, which were a high point of Siena’s Christmas season for more than 20 years.
She also established the Children’s Chorus and was also a motivator behind the Youth Symphony. Matych-Hager served as coordinator of the music program and as chairperson of the Performing Arts and Education Division from 1990-95.
The associate professor of Mathematics began her work at Siena Heights in the mathematics skills laboratory in 1985, becoming its coordinator as a faculty member in 1987. She helped develop the visual mathematics class aimed at art majors at SHU. Taylor received the Eileen K. Rice Award for Outstanding Teaching in the 2000-01 academic year. She was an active member of the new building task force that planned for Dominican Hall. Taylor chaired the Division of Computing, Mathematics and the Sciences from 2001-05, and co-chaired the Self Study Steering Committee for the 2002 North Central review process.
Susan Conley Weeks
The professor of Religious Studies completed her 23rd year of teaching at Siena Heights. During this time, Susan has served as coordinator of the Religious Studies Program, assistant dean for Faculty and Curriculum Development and chair of the Faculty Development and General Education committees. As coordinator of the Religious Studies Program, she was responsible for curriculum development. Most notable, Conley Weeks coordinated the development of the Pastoral Ministry Program which has served the Diocese of Lansing for more than 10 years. Recently this program has expanded to the Saginaw Diocese.
The six faculty members honored represent nearly 160 years of service to Siena Heights University and its students.