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Dr. Jeanine Samuelson retiring
Has devoted 24 years to University
April 20, 2010--Dr. Jeanine Samuelson, an adjunct professor of German and speech, will retire from Trine University in May after 24 years with the institution. Samuelson has taught German and speech since 1991, and German in the continuing education program from 1986-91.
Her impact on students has been profound, according to Dr. Timothy Hopp, associate professor and chair of the Department of Language & Humanities. “Dr. Jeanine Samuelson embodies outstanding teaching,” Hopp said. “Students who leave her classroom know their material, but somehow she is beloved by students; she is what I aspire to become in the classroom. I have been fortunate to participate in her class, like many students during her 24 years at Trine University.”
With her husband, Larry, also retiring this spring after 27 years at the university, Samuelson has invited students to her home as a celebration of work during the semester. She has provided advice for any student group which asks, including those interested in cooking, cycling and fencing. She has often supported her students by watching their achievements outside of the classroom.
Along with Dr. Dolores Tichenor, she has led students on international trips to Paris, Vienna, Munich and Berlin. As a result of those relationships, alumni routinely ask about Dr. Samuelson and contact her directly. In addition, she has supported the university through a variety of activities, participating in the pep band, playing piano for commencement, helping with musical auditions for Drama Club and serving on a variety of committees, including the Humanities Institute.
In recognition of her dedication to teaching, the university honored her with the Jannen Renaissance Scholar Award in 2003. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of German and the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.