Calling the University's sabbatical leave program "one of the most important strategies for faculty development," Eastern President Elsa Nunez wished 11 faculty members well on April 11 as they take sabbatical leaves for the next year. Keynote Speaker and HPE Professor Neil Williams presented his 2009-10 sabbatical leave project.
Faculty taking leave include David Belles, associate professor of performing arts; Maryanne Clifford, associate professor of economics; Alita Cousins, associate professor of psychology; Anne Dawson, professor of art history; Dan Donaghy, associate professor of English; Suzanne Dowling, psychological counselor in Health Services; Kehan Gao, associate professor of mathematics and computer science; Raouf Mama, professor of English; Jamel Ostwald, associate professor of history; Ben Pauley, associate professor of English and Leslie Ricklin, professor of education.
"We send you off with the hope that you will return from your sabbaticals feeling professionally renewed, academically strengthened, spiritually enlightened and physically rejuvenated -- armed with new knowledge and energized with a new pride for your profession," said Nunez. "We hope that you will come back with your axes sharpened -- because everything that you do and everything that you become will bring even more success to you and to the Eastern community as a whole."