The Stevenson community is saddened to announce the passing of Christine Noya, former Assistant Professor of Business Communication, on March 7. A few months prior, in September 2018, family, friends, and colleagues celebrated her retirement after 33 years of dedication to Villa Julie College and Stevenson.
“Chris’ big heart is what we will miss the most,” said her longtime friend and colleague, Chip Rouse, Associate Professor of Business Communication. “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.”
There were few parts of the university where Noya had not served in one capacity or another during her lengthy career here. From her first position as a special assistant to Dean Rose Dawson and later directing career services and experiential learning, to helping new students transition to college through the Faculty in the Halls program, it was clear that Stevenson students were her number one priority.
“She loved Stevenson and would go to any lengths to help a student succeed,” said Claire Moore, retired Vice President of Student Affairs, who worked together with Noya throughout her 33-year career at Villa Julie and SU. “She has made a loving impact on Stevenson and its students that will forever be part of our history and culture.”