Three Honored at Retirement Reception

Three faculty members from the College of Arts and Humanities were recognized during a retirement reception on Thursday in the Witherspoon Building Lobby.

During the reception, those retiring were presented a plaque for their service.

Nita Herrick, associate professor of music, was honored after serving 34 years at Tech.  She joined the faculty in 1976.

Herrick says she will miss Arkansas Tech but is glad to see music still part of the rich history of Tech.  She adds, “The vocal music program has continually grown over the years, and it is exciting to see students wanting to study and perform.  I have enjoyed getting to be a part of the program all these years.”

Herrick says she plans to travel to several places upon retiring, including a trip to Ireland.

David Kreuger, associate professor of history and political science, is retiring after 50 years of service to Arkansas Tech.

Krueger says the students are his favorite part about Arkansas Tech.  He adds, “When I came here 50 years ago, I never intended to stay this long, but you just take it one day at a time.  After all this time, I still say the student body at Arkansas Tech is what makes this place special.  These students are some of the best around, and if they know what you expect of them, they will also work for you.”

Upon his retirement, Krueger says he plans to spend time with his family and spend more time gardening.

Ruth Harrison, associate professor of English, is leaving Arkansas Tech after being in the classroom for 40 years.  Harrison joined the Arkansas Tech faculty in 1970.

See photos from the reception.