Five Faculty Members Retire

The Nebraska Wesleyan community bid a fond farewell to five retiring faculty members this spring.

Professor Emerita of Music Jean Henderson (’64) taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University for 39 years. Henderson’s academic interests center on chamber music and early music. A gifted composer, Henderson has had many of her works performed by ensembles all over the world.

Professor Emerita of Art Susan Horn taught at Nebraska Wesleyan for 28 years. She is known on campus primarily for her work in photography and digital media, but she also sculpts and designs. She taught courses through photography’s evolution from film to digital, and was adept at bringing out students’ best work in both forms.

Just as Horn worked during a period of dramatic change in her field, Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Technology John Montag served as university librarian through the library’s transition from a print-oriented library to one that is mixed print and electronic. He has worked at Cochrane-Woods Library for 17 years.

Professor Emerita of Spanish Marie Trayer's career at Nebraska Wesleyan University began in 2003 after many years of teaching at Millard Public Schools in Omaha, Neb. Trayer coordinated NWU’s first-year Spanish instruction and supervised departmental student teachers.

And Professor Emerita of Music Jeannette Young taught at Nebraska Wesleyan for 14 years. Prior to joining NWU, Young taught vocal music in the public schools at Schuyler and Papillion-La Vista for a combined 22 years. Her teaching at Nebraska Wesleyan involved vocal music methods, brass and piano techniques and senior capstones. She directed the Women’s Choir, supervised music education student teachers and served as Music Department chair.

“Each of these faculty members has made considerable contributions to the university,” said Provost Judy Muyskens. “They have been excellent teachers and thought leaders during their many years here. When I reflect on their 107 collective years at NWU, I try to imagine the thousands of students they’ve supported. We will miss them very much.”


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