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For CAS Faculty and Staff Ana María’s Retirement Guestbook — Sign it here: https://cas.wsu.edu/faculty-staff/ana-marias-retirement-guestbook/

Kimberly Green

Ana Maria,

Congratulations on your retirement! Your many contributions to students and faculty, and to undergraduate education, made WSU a much better place. With much appreciation for all you brought, I wish you the best in the new stage of retirement you've begun, despite beginning it in the pandemic. Thinking of you, with all good wishes!

Kimberly Green

ATL

Judy Hopkins

All the BEST in your New Adventures!

Dearest Ana Maria!
What an absolute delight it's been to partner with you across the WSU system in a myriad of ways–lots of dreams came true for wonderful, collaborative student engagement opportunities for our beloved CAS students–and many others! May you continue in strength and passion for many years to come, serving students and your community in new ways!
Your stellar commitment to creating opportunities for equalizing the playing field for student success and mentorship of professionals from every sector of the university are hallmarks of your career! I am SO blessed to be among them!! Thank you a million times over!!!!

With Warmest Regards,

Judy Hopkins

ASCC

Barb Schmidtlein

Dear Ana María,

I was going to gift you a new pair of virtual slippers for your retirement, as I am sure by now you have worn out at least one pair, but after reading the bio on you, I’m thinking a good pair of track shoes is better suited! Already missing you. Thanks for all your hard work and advice with curriculum and catalog. You never failed to answer a question, no matter how small, and always with “smile” in your replies. Though I only met you once in person, I will remember you fondly! Congratulations on your retirement! You beat me to it!

Barb Schmidtlein

Registrar’s Office: Catalog and Curriculum

Joanna Steward

Cheers to you, Ana Maria!

WSU will always shine a little brighter because of you and the positive impact you have had (and will continue to have!) on students, and on faculty and staff colleagues, all across the university.
You truly possess a heart in motion. Best wishes for your next adventure!

Joanna Steward

CAS Office of the Dean

Samantha Gizerian

Wishing you all the best!

Ana Maria, It has always been such a pleasure working with you to serve our students. You always had a clear vision of how things should go, and the ability to get others to see what you envisioned. I appreciate your time, enthusiasm, mentorship, and patience. I will miss seeing you at meetings, chatting about families and students and funny stories over catered lunches, and especially having your input on new projects. I hope that I will see you often and that you are able to focus on the things you love outside of academia.

Samantha Gizerian

IPN

Karen Weathermon

Congratulations, Ana Maria!

Ana Maria, It has been such a pleasure to work with you in so many different capacities through the past several years–WSU Performing Arts, MLK, AFW, Global Case Competition, and various academic committees. I value you so much as a colleague and friend, and I wish you the very best as you now have the opportunity to pursue other interests and activities. I hope they bring you immense joy!

Karen Weathermon

DAESA, First-Year Programs

Jenadee Nanini

Dear Ana Maria,

Congratulations on such an amazing career. You are such an inspiration to those around you and have impacted so many lives. You lighten up any room with your spirit and smile. Thank you for all you do for those around you. Your love and passion are infectious. I miss seeing you all the time. Maybe we can do another Hearts in Motion trip!

Jenadee Nanini

Second Daughter

Stephen Bischoff, Ph.D.

Congrats on this Milestone!

To Ana María:

I just want to say thank you for all your hard work and commitment to serving students all these years. Whether we worked together directly or indirectly, you have always been someone that I have seen offering important insights. Given your time and energy doing this work, your impact will continue on at WSU because of your passion and influence. As you begin retirement, my hope is that you get to fully enjoy your time. Many thanks again for all your work and support over the years!

Stephen Bischoff, Ph.D.

MSS

Katie Forsythe

Your light shines to all

Ana María,
Thank you for always making me feel welcomed and seen. I reflect fondly on the many AFW meetings we attended together – you were always one of the first people to say hello and ask how I was doing. Interactions with you are always genuine and warm.
You will be missed at WSU. I hope to see you around Pullman!

Katie Forsythe

Transformational Change Initiative

Vilma Navarro-Daniels

Querida Ana María:

La mejor mentora, una colega excepcional y una amiga inolvidable. Gracias por todo lo que has dado a nuestra unidad académica. Todo ese esfuerzo, tiempo, horas de trabajo incesante. Ese corazón sincero y generoso que se alegra de verdad por los logros de los demás. Te voy a echar muchísmo de menos. Pero ya iremos planeando algún viajecito… ya que pertenecemos al club de los pies con alitas 🙂 ¿Alguien dijo Lisboa o Ibiza, tal vez?

Vilma Navarro-Daniels

School of Languages, Cultures, and Race

Morgan Frisbie

Ana María,

Congratulations on such a huge milestone in life. We already miss the positive attitude, warm inviting smile, and energy you bring to the office on a daily basis. I appreciate all the help you gave me, and for making my first year here truly special. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work along side you.

Morgan Frisbie

CAS Deans Office

Alex Hammond

Dear Ana María,

Just a note to thank you for all the help with my modest projects in the College of Liberal Arts, and for your
years of fine management of the larger, often-thankless tasks that Liberal Arts (and later Arts and Sciences) brought your way . I suspect the 30 years were not always easy.
All my best,

Alex Hammond

Emeritus, Department of English

Lee Daffin

It’s Been Amazing Getting to Know You

Ana Maria, I am sorry to see such a wonderful person leave the college and WSU. I have worked with your for many years now and sat with you on more than a few Sundays while we interviewed CAS Student Ambassadors. It’s been fun. Thank you for your guidance over the years. Take care.

Lee Daffin

Psychology

Lisa Gloss

Dear Ana Maria

It has been wonderful to work with you in various roles, through AFW, as an Associate Dean, in support of Hearts in Motion, but most importantly as a co-conspirator in teasing Jeremy. Nobody but you could be so bold and wonderful as to get big J to wear a tiara–with photo evidence. You will be deeply missed–your smile, your always cheerful greeting and your warm, generous heart. I wish you all the best as you set forth on your next adventure. I sincerely hope that we can stay in touch. With fondest regards, Lisa

Lisa Gloss

Graduate School

Laurie Heustis

Dear Ana Maria:
It's amazing how quickly the years have gone by working with you in Foreign Languages, and now the time has come for your retirement! I have enjoyed working with you very much, and have appreciated your support over the years. We worked very hard, but along with the work, we also had some fun times – I will always remember the Sangria Wine and your sense of humor! Enjoy your time and family, Ana Maria, and do know that you are missed!

Laurie Heustis

Foreign Languages-SLCR

Faith Lutze

Ana María

I will always be grateful that our paths crossed. Your energy is inspiring, and how your intellectual curiosity translates into action brings meaning to the world. Enjoy every moment of your retirement. Your legacy is far from being written quite yet. I look forward to hearing about what is yet to come.

Faith Lutze

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Brian Saam

Hi, Ana Maria!

Just wanted to say again what a pleasure it has been working with you. Your compassion and insight in handling difficult problems involving our students has been invaluable to me, and we will all miss your presence in college leadership. I wish you nothing but the best in the next adventure!

Brian Saam

Physics & Astronomy

Pat Carter

Dear Ana Maria,

I have truly enjoyed working with you over the years. Perhaps more than that, I have treasured our conversations about families and cultures, and I will never forget that you are the only non-Jew on campus who wishes me L’Shana Tova every Rosh Hashana! Enjoy your retirement without any guilt!!!
xxoo

Pat Carter

 

Fran Meserve

Dear Ana Maria,

It has been such a pleasure working with you and having the chance to get to know you. You are an extraordinary person with such a generous soul and a loving heart. You have helped so many people in so many ways during your career here at WSU. Thank you for all your many contributions. I wish you all the best in your retirement and hope that we can meet for dinner or lunch sometime soon.

Fran Meserve

School of Music

Anne Cox

Thank you, Ana Maria!

Thank you so much for your service, your mentorship, your friendship and support. You have been simply an amazing person in my WSU life and I can’t imagine AFW without you. Thank you for all that you have taught me and for always having a caring, friendly attitude no matter how tired or stressed you must have been at times. You are the epitome of service and someone I hope to emulate as I continue to grow. Simply, thank you!

Anne Cox

Kinesiology and Educational Psychology

Kate McAteer

Dear Ana Maria

It has been such a pleasure working with you for the past several years. Thank you for your diligence in many matters that have benefited the Tri-Cities campus – a few come to mind – global campus contracts, your support for growing the Spanish minor, your leadership of general studies. I’m sure there are many more. Best wishes for a wonderful retirement. Stop by the campus in Richland if you’re ever in the area. I will miss you!

Kate McAteer

WSU Tri-Cities

Melanie-Angela Neuilly

Thank you for your mentorship

Dear Ana Maria,
I wanted to take the time to thank you for your mentorship. Seeing you in your various roles throughout the years, working together in different capacities, knowing that I would see a friendly face in meetings where I did not know many people, all of that has added up, over the year, to a whole lot of mentorship, and for that, I am grateful.
I remember meeting with you during my interview at WSU in 2011, and hearing your accent immediately made me feel comfortable, knowing I would have a community here.
I hope you enjoy every minute of retirement, and that we get to see each other in the not too distant future, at an AFW picnic or something 🙂

Melanie-Angela Neuilly

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Frank Hill

Congrats!!!

So you mean it only took one pandemic to get you out of here? I’m so envious. Enjoy retirement – after 30 years of service, you’ve more than earned it. So are they going to rename the conference room in Thompson Hall in your honor? Seems like a fitting tribute to me. Count my vote as “yes.” Take care and enjoy life.

Frank Hill

history/sociology

Dr. Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo

Querida Ana María

Fuiste un regalo para mí. Me ayudaste tantas veces y lo único que puedo decir es infinitas gracias. L población puertorriqueña en CAS se ha reducido un 50% :). Espero que tengas un retiro magnífico con viajes (una vez se pueda viajar, por supuesto). Y que puedas ver a tus chicos y tus nietos frecuentemente. Un abrazote.

Dr. Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo

SLCR

Gabi

Mama,

Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement! You’ve tirelessly kicked butt for 30 years and in that time you have helped your department flourish, started a life-changing program with Hearts in Motion, aided the success of thousands of students, propelled the arts at WSU, and countless other feats. All while juggling 3 kids! You’re the best role model a daughter could ask for and I’m so proud to call you my mama! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy retirement – you’ve earned it. Love you!

Gabi

 

Rachel Halverson

Dear Ana María,

You and I have been partners in crime since we both arrived on the Palouse in 1990 to begin our careers at WSU. Film series, co-authored articles and grants, departmental initiatives, writing at the computer side by side . . . What a wonderful and exceptional gift in life to have such a close friend and colleague! I wish you all the best in retirement. I know that you will continue working to lift others up and make the world a better place.

Rachel Halverson

 

Donna L. Potts

Dear Ana Maria,

I am so grateful to you for your empathy and advocacy for our students. You are a continual reminder of the true purpose of the university, and it’s been a joy to work with you. I hope to see you again, at AFW or the Lentil Festival, or even on Grand. I have no doubt your retirement will be as rich and rewarding as your career at WSU has been.

Donna L. Potts

English

Tammy Barry

Dear Ana Maria,

Congratulations on your retirement after 30 years of incredible–and energetic (!!!)–service to WSU. You have always been a wonderful colleague to have in CAS, and I have especially enjoyed getting to work with you through the Associate Dean’s council this past year. Your strong voice of wisdom in those meetings will be greatly missed. You have been an amazing and tireless advocate for students and a truly delightful colleague. Best of luck with this next exciting phase! Tammy Barry

Tammy Barry

Psychology

John Bishop

Dear Ana Maria,
How sad for me that I’ve only gotten to you know you in the last year of your WSU Career. Across the dozens of meetings we had I was so impressed by your depth of knowledge about both our system and our people, and greatly appreciated how much thought, care, and kindness you brought to considering the student and faculty experience. I wish you a wonderful and fulfilling retirement and I hope our paths cross.

John Bishop

 

Mary Wack

Dear Ana Maria,

Your heart has always been in motion — for the good of the students, for your college, for your colleagues, for WSU, and for the world beyond — for the last 30 years of your service to WSU. You have been such a wonderful contributor to the associate deans’ group and to the advising community that we are going to feel bereft without you and your good counsel!
There are so many wonderful adventures for you ahead, as you turn all that energy, passion, and savvy to the betterment of Pullman and the world! I wish you all the very best and will miss you as a colleague and comrade-in-arms here at WSU, but look forward to collaborating with you in new spheres in the years ahead.

Mary Wack

Provost’s Office

Katrina Choi

Congratulations!

Hello, Ana Maria,
It has been a pleasure working with you in my past 4 years with the College of Arts and Sciences. I have appreciated your leadership and that you include all campuses in your communications and decisions for CAS. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you as we hired our next CAS Director on the Vancouver campus. I wish you the best with your retirement. You will be missed here!

Katrina Choi

CAS

Rebecca Van de Vord

Dear Ana Maria,

Of all of the individuals I have worked with at WSU you have been the most consistently positive and encouraging, always looking for how we can get things done, never why we shouldn’t try something. You have been a light on many days of frustration. You are an absolutely delightful person and I will so miss working with you. I will, however, enjoy lunching with you and sharing grandchildren stories once I too cut the cord. I know you will embrace retirement with the same enthusiasm and love of life you have shown at work and wish you many years of happiness, family and travel. You most definitely achieve Cougar Gold status and have left some pretty big shoes to fill.

Rebecca Van de Vord

aoi

Lisa Guerrero

Dear Ana Maria,

Thank you for all of the work that you have done for the college and university, and all you have done to help make SLCR a success. I appreciate all of the support you have given me personally. I will miss you endlessly optimistic spirit. Enjoy retirement and come back and visit us! Besos!!

Lisa Guerrero

School of Languages, Culture, and Race

Harrison Higgs

Ana Maria–

It was a privilege to work with you last year on the search committee, but even more importantly to get to know the genuinely fine person that you are. I will remember your generous spirit and thoughtful manner as I wind down my own WSU clock. I sincerely hope that you enjoy an earned break from high responsibility, and that you are able to travel (safely) soon. Good luck and good health!

Harrison Higgs

Fine Arts Vancouver

Joan Grenier-Winther

Best wishes for your retirement

All our sincere best wishes to you on your retirement. I will always remember your kindness when I came for my interview, and we talked not all about work, but about kids! Doug and I wish you and Gustavo a happy and healthy retirement. Fondly,

Joan Grenier-Winther

Languages, Cultures & Race

Adrian Aumen

Appreciating you!

Thank you, Ana María, for being a wonderful colleague! It’s been a true pleasure to work with you! Your positive energy brightened many days and your compassion and generous efforts brightened many lives. We’ll miss your expertise and enthusiasm, but wish you countless happy adventures ahead! Felicidades~

Adrian Aumen

CAS Communications

Matt

Dear Ana María,

fireworks.I have been so grateful to have you on the dean’s office team. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you have done for WSU and for CAS. I’m so glad that you will still be around and will look forward to seeing you socially once life returns to normal. We will miss your good humor and always optimistic perspective in the dean’s office (not to mention the occasional sweets!). Take care, Ana María, and best wishes.

Matt Jockers

CAS Dean’s Office