Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

In Appreciation: Joan P. Cerstvik

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

In Appreciation: Joan P. Cerstvik

Article excerpt

Many of you who have been in

contact with us since we began

publishing Black Issues In Higher

Education in 1984 have had the god fortune of

speaking and working with Joan Cerstvik, our

longtime Operations Manager and our first

retiree. Your comments to us about her have

always been along the lines of how well she

responded to your questions and how well you

were treated. Likewise, the grammatical excellence

of Black Issues has served as a source of

pride for all of us. Joan, a former English

grammar teacher, came very much out of the

old school. She could tell you more about a

dangling participle than anyone we have ever

encountered.

When we hosted her retirement celebration

in 1995, the cheer that permeated the event

was tempered by the knowledge that they just

don't make English teachers like Joan Cerstvik

anymore and that she would be very sorely

missed. With her typical wit, she said that she'd

be more than happy to find time between

traveling with her beloved husband, Ted, and

enjoying her children and grandchildren to

check for split infinitives.

Always first among the staff to arrive and

last to leave, Joan was the kind of person

supervisors dream of having in their organizations. …

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