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IU Northwest honors retirees

Staff, faculty come together to recount memories, contributions of seven retiring individuals

Thursday Dec 19, 2013

The colleagues and families of retiring Indiana University Northwest staff and faculty members gathered on campus to recount fond memories and show appreciation for the seven individuals who left the university in December, and who are now, beginning a new chapter in their lives.

The retiring individuals honored at the reception included: Samuel Flint, Ph.D.; Patricia Hicks, Ph.D.; Kathryn Lantz; the late Alex Mitic; Ella Morgan; Peggy Ruckman; and Stan Wigle, Ph.D.

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

Professional Highlights

Samuel Flint, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Associate Director, School of Public Environmental Affairs, 8 years of service

In 2005, Flint joined the IU Northwest campus, where he taught health administration, and is recognized for being a nationally-known expert witness in Medicaid cases. Over the years, Flint has extensively used his advocacy research expertise in federal court.

Flint is most proud of the service-learning projects that he conducted with graduate students from SPEA, in particular, a partnership with Meal on Wheels of Northwest Indiana. Flint worked with his students to research the impact of nutrition program service cuts experienced by the local senior population as a result of funding shortages. The study received significant media coverage with stories and editorials featured in the Northwest Indiana Times, the Post-Tribune, and WMAQ-TV (NBC).

Flint and his wife, Rebecca, will be relocating to the Philadelphia-area to be closer to their daughter, and their two grandsons.  During retirement, he also plans to start playing guitar again and do some writing.

Patricia Hicks, Ph.D.
Director, Student Support Services, 24 years of service

Hicks, the director of Student Support Services, also taught courses as an adjunct professor in the Department of Minority Studies and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Hicks worked closely with student organizations and groups on campus, including Brother2Brother and with the New Student Success Program (NSSP), as well as serving as an advisor for the student organization Gold Stars.

Kathryn Lantz
Director, Facilities Planning, 21 years of service

Lantz retired as the Director of Facilities Planning. While in that role, one of her most recent contributions to the IU Northwest campus was the launch of the IU Northwest RedHawk Shuttle, offering transportation between the main campus and Arts on Grant.

Over her time at IU Northwest, Lantz has held several different roles. While serving as the director of Graduate Programs, she helped the School of Business and Economics increase enrollment in the MBA program. Other significant contributions during her career included the installation of the PeopleSoft system and the implementation and design of the first Admissions telecounseling program.

Alex Mitic (1950 - 2013)
Physical Plant, 32 years of service

Mitic, a member of the Physical Plant department, said he most enjoyed the flexibility the university provided with his work, and will miss most the people from the Northwest campus. He prided himself in knowing someone in every building on campus.

Mitic had strong interests in the areas of astronomy, science and space programs. Sadly, Mitic passed away in late December, just a few days following the retirement reception.

To learn more about Mitic, and his many contributions to IU Northwest, click here.

Ella Morgan
Physical Plant, 21 years of service

Morgan said that one of the things she most enjoyed during her career is the family atmosphere of the IU Northwest campus. While retired, she will miss most the relationship with her co-workers in Lindenwood Hall, one of her first assigned areas.

Audrea Davis, of the John W. Anderson Library, was one of the most influential individuals to Morgan. Helping in many ways, from being a friend, to offering professional advice, Davis helped Morgan overcome her “fear” of using a computer. 

In retirement, Morgan will be doing some traveling, volunteering, and just enjoying life.

Peggy Ruckman
Lecturer, Department of Biology, 35 years of service

Ruckman, a lecturer from the Department of Biology, said she will miss the students and people she has worked with over the last three decades.

During her time at IU Northwest, she participated in Gary Public Schools’ University Workshops, and worked with Science Olympiad, a national non-profit dedicated to improving K-12 science education.

Stan Wigle, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor, School of Education, 14 years of service

Wigle, the former dean of the School of Education, served as Dean and Professor over the last 14 years.

His professional accomplishments are vast, having led three successful accreditation efforts for the School Education, being a founding member of the Northwest Indiana Consortium for Teacher Education, and elected member of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers four times in his career. 

He was active in scholarship, having published 41 articles in various professional journals, and presented 76 scholarly papers at meetings of various professional associations.

Wigle said he will most miss the people with whom he has worked with in the School of Education, and whom he has come to know as great colleagues and friends.

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