We are excited to welcome the following individuals who will be teaching in the ACCEL program for the first time this fall.
Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, became the 13th President of St. Ambrose University in 2007. From 1998 to 2007, she served as President of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, the oldest Catholic liberal arts women's college in the country. A native of Albany, N.Y., Sr. Joan earned a doctorate in English literature from Brown University and master's and bachelor's degrees in English literature from the College of Saint Rose.
Sr. Joan has been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis, MO, since 1965. Among her personal pursuits, she enjoys organic gardening, art appreciation and is currently pursuing a private pilot's license.
She has taught for the English Department since 2007 and says she looks forward to facilitating her first ACCEL course.
Sarah Vordtriede-Patton, PhD, an entomologist by training, has taught Principles of Biology, Forensic Biology, Environmental Biology, Biodiversity, Invertebrate Zoology, Entomology, and Parasitology in her 10 years at St. Ambrose University. Cancer widowed her, with the death of her husband, at the age of 36, in 2007. She looks forward to pulling from her training and experience to explore The Biology of Cancer with ACCEL students this fall.
Christopher Lee, PhD (shown at left with his wife), worked 25 years for the U.S. Department of Defense in contracting and market research. He started teaching part-time prior to his retirement. He served as a full-time economics professor for SAU from 1995 to 2005. Since then he has stayed active as an adjunct professor. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Lee says he is looking forward to teaching online classes for ACCEL. He prides himself in making time available for students, providing prompt feedback and quick turnaround for grading assignments.
John Lindberg (shown at left with his wife) is a Minnesota native who earned degrees at St. Cloud State University and studied at Karelia Pedagogical University in Russia. His area of research has been in ecotourism but considers himself a well-rounded geographer with an interest in anything geography related.
In May, the ACCEL Program said best wishes to Judy Stoefen on her retirement from St. Ambrose University. Judy worked for nearly 13 years as the liaison between the university and the Rock Island Arsenal, supporting adult undergraduate, MOL and MBA students.
John Cooper joined us in June as the new Vice President of Enrollment Management. Cooper has worked with adult students at three different institutions over a 20-year period. He has helped adult students attain associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and has served college students ranging in age from 16 to 75-years-old. He believes that every student has a special story and that every student's story matters. He is excited to work with the students, staff and faculty in the ACCEL program as college education dreams are realized. If you ever need to reach him, feel free at 563/333-6480 or email him.
Effective July 15, Kristi Hansen and her family relocated to Cedar Rapids. Hansen, an alumnus of the St. Ambrose MOL Program, has worked for four years with recruiting and advising initiatives. She says she was sad to leave, but will continue her involvement with ACCEL students through adjunct teaching in the fall.
We now welcome Jen Aplington, who comes to us from Eastern Iowa Community College where she facilitated and guided nursing students for 12 years. She has an abundance of experience in providing student services and assistance to adult learners, and is excited to fulfill the role as academic advisor. She can be reached at 563/441-9500 or via email.
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