Marywood Blogs

Thank You, Mrs. Rima Anescavage!

Posted by Byrne on 2017 May 4

Mrs. Rima Anescavage, Administrative Secretary of the Reap College of Education and Human Development

Marywood University is blessed to have numerous, valuable staff and faculty members all across the campus. Some faculty members excel at teaching or in areas of their profession, whereas other staff members excel at maintaining the building, cooking for the residents, and executing countless other vital jobs. However, there is one staff member in particular who has spent the past 24 years going above and beyond to help the Reap College of Education and Human Development run as smoothly and efficiently as it does now: Mrs. Rima Anescavage.

Mrs. Anescavage, Administrative Secretary of the Reap College of Education and Human Development, is an essential key staff member who has contributed to the consistent success of the Reap College. She began working at Marywood University in 1993 as a Secretary in the Department of Public Administration with her supervisor, Dr. Alice McDonnell. In 1998, she continued to work for the Department of Public Administration as well as the Ph.D. Program with Sister Gail Cabral and Dr. Marie Loftus, respective Directors of the Ph.D. Program at the time. Shortly after in 1999, Mrs. Anescavage became the Administrative Secretary in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with Dean Lois Draina, Ph.D.

In 2003, Marywood University established Colleges, in which the McGowan building became known as the Reap College of Education and Human Development. Since that time, Mrs. Anescavage has served as the Administrative Secretary to the different deans of the Reap College. She presently works alongside Dean Terri Peters, Ph.D. since the beginning of her term in 2015.

Throughout the past 24 years, Mrs. Anescavage has taken on a multitude of intense responsibilities. Since 1999, she has aided in the organization of every graduation ceremony. For the past eight years, she has served on the Support Staff Executive and Hospitality Committees. Since 2010, Mrs. Anescavage has planned and carried out numerous student trips to New York City, the King of Prussia Mall, and group outings to the Penguins Hockey Games. She even has planned and organized the McGowan Christmas Party for staff and faculty members every year!

After 24 years of service and success as an Administrative Secretary to Marywood University, we are bidding a bittersweet farewell to Mrs. Rima Anescavage. She will be retiring on August 4th, 2017. When asked what she has loved most about her job through the years, she stated:

“I’ve met so many wonderful people and had such a great experience with all faculty, staff and students. I’ve learned and grown so much. I will miss everyone, and will always cherish the many fond memories I’ve made at Marywood as I travel through this new phase of my life.”

Over the past 24 years, Mrs. Anescavage has worked alongside many co-workers and has made a multitude of friends. All of whom have appreciated her dedication and hard work towards the university. Dr. Terri Peters, present Dean of the Reap College of Education and Human Development stressed, “Rima saved my life when I started working at Marywood. She knows every procedural detail about EVERYTHING!  Marywood is losing a seasoned employee who is everyone's ‘go to’ person when they have questions.” Dr. Joseph Polizzi, Associate Professor of Education stated, “I’ve always been able to depend on Rima. Her wisdom, wit, and attention to detail were evident in her ability to juggle many responsibilities and keep a cool demeanor. She will be missed and hard to replace.”

Although we are saddened to see a valued staff member, co-worker, and friend leave, we are excited for her to seek new endeavors and adventures outside of Marywood. Mrs. Anescavage is “looking forward [to] not waking up to an alarm every day and [sleeping] past 6:00 am!” Her big plan after retirement is to take a cross country road trip all the way to California with her husband. We wish her the best of luck and a happy future in retirement. Thank you, Rima, for your outstanding hard work and accomplishments achieved through 24 years of service to Marywood!

Topics: Education Psychology&Counseling CSD PHD SOAR

Posted by Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne, who is pursuing a master's degree in speech language pathology at Marywood, is a graduate assistant in the Reap College of Education and Human Development.

Read more from Erin Byrne