Long-serving SU faculty member passes away

In Memoriam: Stevenson Announces the Passing of Long-Serving Faculty and Administrator Chris Noya

Stevenson University is deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Noya, former assistant professor of business communication, on March 7.

A retirement party was hosted for Christine Noya to celebrate her 33 years of teaching at Stevenson University. Several former faculty, staff and students came to say goodbye, and she was presented with a gift from Dr. Elliot Hirshman. Here, she is surrounded by her family. (Photo from Stevenson University Flickr)

On Sept. 6, 2018, Chris celebrated her retirement after 33 years of dedication to Villa Julie College and Stevenson University, from her first position as a special assistant to Dean Rose Dawson to directing career services and experiential learning and finally as a full-time faculty member. She also was a proud member of the university’s Faculty in the Halls program, which she continued to participate in until early this week.

Chris’ longtime colleague, Chip Rouse, associate professor of business communication, said, “Chris’ big heart is what we will miss the most: she loved people, loved to listen to their stories, loved to advocate for them and rejoice in their success. She was proud of being honored with the President’s Medal, but she was equally proud of having been the coach of the cheer team in those early Villa Julie days. She never backed down from a challenge, and was a strong and loyal Stevenson supporter. She was a tremendous mother, a thoughtful teacher, and a great colleague who always put the interests of the students first.”

“She loved Stevenson University and would go to any lengths to help a student succeed,” said Claire Moore, former vice president of student affairs, who worked together with Chris throughout her 33-year career at Stevenson. “She was kind and generous and was the person who would welcome new SU faculty and staff, even showing them around town. She has made a loving impact on Stevenson and its students that will forever be part of our history and culture.”

While we remember Chris’ many contributions to our university, we also wish to express our sincere condolences to her family and many friends at this difficult time.

Originally published by the SU Marketing and Digital Communications team. Funeral arrangements can be found here.

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