In Memoriam: Stevenson Announces the Passing of Long-Serving Faculty and Administrator Chris Noya
Stevenson University is deeply saddened by the passing of Christine A. Deegan Noya, former assistant professor of business communication, on March 7.
On Sept. 6, 2018, Noya celebrated her retirement after 33 years of dedication to Villa Julie College and Stevenson University, from her first position as a special assistant to Dean Rose Dawson to directing career services and experiential learning and finally as a full-time faculty member. She also was a proud member of the university’s Faculty in the Halls program, which she continued to participate in until early in March.
Noya's longtime colleague, Chip Rouse, associate professor of business communication, said, “Chris’ big heart is what we will miss the most: she loved people, loved to listen to their stories, loved to advocate for them and rejoice in their success. She was proud of being honored with the President's Medal, but she was equally proud of having been the coach of the cheer team in those early Villa Julie days. She never backed down from a challenge, and was a strong and loyal Stevenson supporter. She was a tremendous mother, a thoughtful teacher, and a great colleague who always put the interests of the students first.”
“She loved Stevenson University and would go to any lengths to help a student succeed,” said Claire Moore, former vice president of student affairs, who worked together with Chris throughout her 33-year career at Stevenson. “She was kind and generous and was the person who would welcome new SU faculty and staff, even showing them around town. She has made a loving impact on Stevenson and its students that will forever be part of our history and culture.”
While we remember Chris Noya's many contributions to our university, the department of Business Communication shares their condolences with the Noya and Deegan families.