C-SC bids farewell to long-time faculty members
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
CANTON, Mo. -- After years of dedication and service to Culver-Stockton College, three faculty members have announced plans to leave Culver-Stockton. Sue Abegglen, professor of education, Mike Bradshaw, senior lecturer in criminal justice and Tom Kenney, assistant professor of business administration and economics will retire from their positions at the college at the end of the academic year. “Culver-Stockton College faculty, staff and students will greatly miss Professors Tom Kenney, Sue Abegglen and Mike Bradshaw. Their combined years teaching totals more than three-quarters of a century! We wish them safe travels, continued good health and lots of time to enjoy their families and avocations,” said C-SC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College D’Ann Campbell.
Sue Abegglen has spent nearly three decades teaching young, aspiring educators at Culver-Stockton College. In addition to working as a professor of education, Sue is also a former chair of the Education Division. During her time at C-SC, Abegglen has received numerous awards and accolades including the T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence in 2001, Outstanding Female Teacher in 1993, Outstanding Academic Advisor in 1987, she was named to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers four times and she received the Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 1985, the highest honor awarded to faculty at C-SC. Abegglen is also a member of the International Reading Association, the National Council for Teachers of English and is the faculty sponsor of Phi Eta Sigma, among other organizations. In 2008, Abegglen began volunteering at the Training Christians for Ministry in Europe and Central Asia (TCM), which is an institute of higher learning where men and women from Eastern Europe and Central Asia can earn their master’s degree in Christian ministry and Christian education. Abegglen plans to continue her work with TCM following her retirement from Culver-Stockton. Abegglen and her husband will travel to Vienna, Austria in June 2011 to teach a graduate program at TCM International Institute. “With the close of the school year, as the faculty in the education division prepares to bid farewell to Sue Abegglen, it is with high regard for her many contributions to the college. She has had a long and successful tenure at Culver-Stockton and has done much to advance educational programming across campus. Most importantly, she has made an indelible impression on the lives of countless students who have passed through the doors of her classroom. We wish her a prosperous journey in her new career,” said Ann Hammer, senior lecturer in education and chair of the Division of Education and Applied Arts. “Since arriving in Canton in August, 1982, I have had many valuable, life-changing experiences and met fascinating people who have become life-long friends and mentors in all areas of this college community,” said Abegglen.
“I will treasure each friendship and each memory of both the successes and challenges along the way throughout the past 28+ years. I will cherish each act of kindness and encouragement I have received from both colleagues and students through the years and will try to pass that tradition along in my new position. I will especially cherish the successes of past students as they have gone out into the world to use their C-SC education and training.”
Hired in 2005, Mike Bradshaw brought more than 20 years of on-the-job experience to Culver-Stockton College. Prior to beginning his post as C-SC senior lecturer in criminal justice, Bradshaw worked in the law enforcement field including holding the chief of police position for the city of Pittsfield, Ill. That experience combined with Bradshaw’s dedication to educating future generations made him an extremely effective and valuable member of Culver-Stockton’s faculty. In addition to teaching all the courses directly related to criminal justice at Culver-Stockton, Bradshaw developed new courses including “Deviant Behavior,” “Police in Society” and “Current Issues in Criminal Justice.” Division of Humanities Chair Patrick Hotle says Bradshaw’s commitment to the students of Culver-Stockton College was unprecedented. “Mike worked with Quincy Police Department Chief Rob Copley to establish a ride-a-long program in which C-SC students spent time working with police officers from the Quincy Police Department. He maintained a close relationship with law enforcement professionals to ensure the regular presence of criminal justice practitioners and valuable field experiences for all of his classes. Mike has done a great job developing the Criminal Justice major into one of the most popular majors on campus. His broad professional experience, dedication to excellent education and good humor has made him a valued colleague,” said Hotle.
“Culver-Stockton College has been a huge part of my life for the last few years, and I'm sure I will miss it,” said Bradshaw. “I want to thank the faculty and staff for their kindness and help through the years, as I transitioned from law enforcement to academia. I am most proud of the many students from our department who have graduated from C-SC and assumed positions of responsibility or have gone on to post graduate studies. After all, that's what it's all about -- our students! I will continue to follow the growth of Culver-Stockton under the capable leadership of President Valentine. I intend to follow the advice I frequently give my graduating seniors, I will not be a stranger.”
Tom Kenney, assistant professor of business administration and economics, began teaching at Culver-Stockton College in 1969. Through the years Kenney has become an esteemed member of the Business Division, who has inspired countless students. Kenney was awarded the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award in 1990 and served as advisor to C-SC’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, an organization for students interested in business. He received his Bachelor of Art and Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1967 and 1968 respectively. “Tom Kenney has been a dedicated and loyal member of the C-SC business program. He has served in numerous leadership roles on campus throughout his tenure including Business Department Chair, Committee on Faculty Chair and Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees. The business faculty members thank him for his tremendous contributions and service to the program during the past 40 years,” said Dell Ann Janney, professor of accounting and chair of the Division of Business.
Culver-Stockton College would like to thank all three departing faculty members for their dedication, service and commitment to excellence through the years.
Culver-Stockton College will be conducting a national search to fill all three positions. Search committees have already been formed, and the college expects to begin bringing candidates to campus in February or March. C-SC faculty and staff are encouraged to refer any qualified and interested applicants.
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