Dr. Sherry Queener Retirement Reception - June 18


Dr. Sherry F. Queener has served the graduate community for over 40 years as faculty at IU School of Medicine and as Director of the Graduate Office.

Please join us at The Tower, University Ballroom (850 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN, 46202) on June 18, 2014 between 3:00-5:00 p.m. to honor her.

If you would like to leave a message for Dr. Queener on this page or in private, please follow the RSVP link, or send them to gradoff@iupui.edu. We will post the public messages as we receive them.

We look forward to celebrating this exciting time in honoring Dr. Sherry F. Queener and the many contributions she has made to the university.

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Dear Sherry- On behalf of my colleagues in University Academic Affairs, let me offer congratulations on your retirement and your outstanding 44 years of service to Indiana University. Your 15-year tenure as Director of the Graduate Office at IUPUI is distinguished both by the increase in degree offerings and the improved access to graduate degrees by students of many backgrounds. Your individual record of research provides a strong example for the students that you have assisted. It has been a tremendous personal pleasure to work with you, and I will miss seeing you regularly at ALC and other meetings. My colleagues and I wish you all the best in future years and thank you for hard work and contributions to IU. Sincerely, John Applegate Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs

Sherry, I wish we could make it today. Congratulations to my fabulous sister! —Teresa Fream

Sherry, I’ll miss you, and wish you the very best as you move toward the next phase of your life! I have always considered you to be a role model. You are the perfect blend of professionalism, guts, and quiet resolve. You are to be commended for all that you have done build IUPUI on behalf of our community of scholars, professionals, and students. Congratulations on your retirement! Warm Regards, —Teresa Bennett

I wish you all the best Sherry. You have been a wonderful advocate for graduates students as well as mentor to many staff at IUPUI. You will be greatly missed! —Jennifer Pease

Sherry - wishing you health and happiness in your retirement. Your contributions to the school have been immense – as an administrator, a mentor, a teacher, and a researcher. You will be greatly missed! Best, —Andy Hudmon

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, I thank Dr. Queener for her remarkable and noteworthy support of our efforts to develop and implement the graduate program in physician assistant studies. We wish you the best as you move into a new phase of your life. Happy retirement! —Austin Agho

Dear Sherry, I regret that I am out of town during your reception. It has been a personal and professional joy to watch you inspire others at IUPUI. Your systematic tireless approach to move the graduate school forward in Indianapolis is to be applauded. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to this wonderful place - for sharing your deep respect for research and scholarship, commitment to the mission and the intent of the academy, and confidence in each new student attracted and degree program approved. I am proud to have served alongside you at IUPUI. Congratulations on your remarkable journey and I wish you well in the years to come. —Amy Conrad Warner

Sherry, Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for all that you have done to foster and promote excellence in graduate education! It has been a great pleasure working with you and I am especially thankful for your level-headed guidance and counsel. You will be missed and I wish you all the best. —David Daleke

Dr. Queener, As your student, I will always remember your dedication for graduate education and encouragement along our path. Enjoy your retirement! —Wendy Lee

All the best Dr. Queener. You have been such a strong and thoughtful leader. You will be greatly missed and not easily replaced. —Jill Murrell

Sherry, Thank you for all you have done to advance graduate education at IUPUI. —Tom Hurley

Dear Sherry, You have been one of my most favorite colleagues at IUPUI, and it has always been a great pleasure working and interacting with you. Thank you for all your efforts which have made a significant impact on the growth and development of graduate programs at IUPUI. Moreover, as you start a new chapter in your life, enjoy your retirement and I wish you all the best. —Kody Varahramyan

Dear Dr. Queener, It has been a pleasure knowing and working with you over the years. I have greatly admired and attempted to emulate your quiet, caring, determined leadership style. Thank you for leading so well by example. IUPUI is a better place for your having been here. Go and enjoy retirement with our best wishes. —Ann Kratz

Dear Sherry, It's been a pleasure working with you. Your support in upholding high standards for the international graduate students at IUPUI has been invaluable. You are a role model of professionalism. Enjoy the next chapter of your life! Warm regards, —Estela Ene

Dr. Queener, Thank you for your commitment and your many contributions IUPUI. You will be missed! Best wishes for a fun-filled and relaxing retirement. Fondly, —Vicki Bonds

Thank you so much for your wisdom and advice. Congratulations as you transition into this next phase of your life. —Katie Starks

Dear Older Sis, It's very impressive to read the many lovely accolades from your peers. Clearly, you have had a great impact on IUPUI throughout your career there. I can't say I'm surprised. Speaking as your first follower, I can personally attest to your natural leadership and teaching abilities. Nobody can take on problems with your combination of calm, logic and, when needed, reassurance. I envy your lucky co-workers for the time they got to spend with you every day. Love you, Sis. —Anita

It has been a rare pleasure and privilege to have worked with a colleague and administrator who has been clear in her goals: to expand and support graduate education at IUPUI while mindful of its role at IU and PU; to represent us well on and off campus; to educate and encourage faculty and staff in their respective roles to make graduate programs work and improve their administration; to consider and support the academic success of graduate students as an integral part of the whole person; and to do all of that efficiently and with grace. With best wishes for the next stage in her life's journey. —Marianne S. Wokeck

Dr. Queener, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support and guidance throughout the years. From knowing you when you were on committee's with Dr. Palmer to working with you when you were a graduate advisor to becoming an Associate Dean, it has been nothing but a pleasure and I am so very grateful to have known you and worked with you. I will truly miss being able to just call you if necessary but more importantly, your pleasant demeanor and smile. I wish you all the happiness that a retirement can possibly bring a person, you deserve it! Enjoy!!!!!!!!! —Kelly Forestal

Sherry--no one has been better able to "lead by example" than you. Your interest in and passion for graduate education, compassion and professionalism, are models we should all aim to emulate. Best wishes in your retirement!—Randy Brutkiewicz

Sherry, We will miss your calm, unflappable spirit and student-focused perspective. You have demonstrated, over and over, that there is a way through every crisis, and a resolution to be found for every dilemma. You are the 'queen' of patience and grace! —Sara Allaei

Your caring ethic, your commitment to equity of opportunity and outcomes, your thoughtful analytical ability-- all will be missed! —Khaula Murtadha

It has been a joy to have Dr. Sherry Queener heading up the Graduate Office for the past several years. Her flexibility and action-oriented approach to working with students and academic units reflect her focus on helping graduate students at IUPUI to be successful. Her approach to working with difficult students was masterful as well. I learned a lot from Dr. Queener and will miss her positive way of approaching sometimes challenging situations. She will be sorely missed! —Margaret Adamek

Dear Dr. Queener, Thank you for being an asset to students across campus. Your dedication and presence warms our hearts. We also thank you for being there for UPnGO. You will be greatly miss. —Sharvonne WIlliams

Dear Sherry, since I won't be able to attend your reception, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in your retirement. It was a pleasure working with you through all these years. You will be missed. Best wishes. —Dominique Galli

As an administrator, faculty member and scientist, you are great role model. I have enjoyed working with you and have learned so much. I will miss your heart, spirit and smile. Here's to you and wishing the very best as you embark on the next great chapter in life! —Yolanda Trevino

Sherry-You have been a personal touchstone for me over the years, and I will miss your gentle guidance. I mean that not only in your role as Grad School head, where you were crucial in shaping and carrying our interdisciplinary PhD proposal through the process from initial vision to ultimate approval, but also in your role as a faculty colleague, where you have given me very sage advice about my own professional pathway and helped me avoid some naive choices. I imagine that you have had that same influence on countless people here at IUPUI, and have in the process made this university a fantastic place to do research and teach. Thanks! — Gabe Filippelli, Earth Science and Center for Urban Health

I am remembering great times in our cooperative research with Pneumocystis carinii. — Marilyn Bartlett

Dear Sherry, There is no way to quantify the profound impact you’ve had on students, postdocs, faculty, and more during your years at IU, not to mention your extraordinary scientific contributions to the fields of pharmacology and infectious disease. You will be missed as you turn to the next chapter, but your spirit will be felt at IU and beyond for decades to come. Your perfect mix of intellect and passion will be emulated by the many people who’ve had the pleasure of working with you. Academic life is sometimes like a ride in Norton Juster’s “Phantom Tollbooth”, but you always rescued Rhyme and Reason, reminding us what a marvelous privilege it is to work in the sciences. You’ve been a wonderful faculty mentor and colleague, and I will never forget the many selfless opportunities and advice you’ve constantly provided for me. —Bill Sullivan

Sherry, Best wishes for your retirement! It has been a pleasure working with you on a host of issues. —Andy Gavrin

Hi Sherry, Greetings from Pace and New York City ! Medha and I will not be able to make it to your sendoff party, but I wanted you to know that I really appreciated your enthusiastic participation in the EVC Core Group for 6 years. We made IUPUI a better place, and got a lot of great ideas implemented. I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your dedication to IUPUI. I valued the sound advice you always provided, and it was a wonderful privilege to work with you. HAPPY RETIREMENT !!! —Uday Sukhatme

Dr. Queener has been an inspiration to faculty and students throughout IUPUI. A true translational academic and a real triple threat, excelling in research, teaching and service. And on top of that, she is just a joy to have as a friend and colleague. —Ted Cummins

Thanks for being a wonderful colleague. You will be missed. Please stay in touch. All the best. —Pratibha Varma-Nelson

Dr. Queener, You will always be one of my favorite resources and mentors as I learned about administrating the graduate programs in the school of nursing. I was greatly influenced by not only what specific information you provided, but also by your thoughtful and kind demeanor, and wise counsel related to strategy. Enjoy your new journey, especially as Grandmother. Much happiness and joy to you! —Pat Ebright

I've so appreciated Sherry's passion for graduate education, her dedication to supporting the research mission of IUPUI, and her calm, wise, steady leadership through so many changes on campus. Sometimes in challenging situations I've actually tried to channel Sherry (WWSD?) and I will certainly continue to rely on her as a valuable role model, even as she takes some much-deserved time to enjoy her growing family! —Kathy Johnson

Sherry, Thank you so much for your remarkable commitment to IUPUI. Your student-centric approach, your amazing professionalism, your diplomacy in the face of the unreasonable, and your sense of humor have made you a role model to so many of us on this campus - certainly me! We will miss you but we wish you all the very best, —Simon Rhodes

Dear Sherry, I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to work with you on the Graduate Affairs Committee. You have led the committee with great skill and grace, qualities that have made a wonderful and lasting impression on me, and I'm sure on many others who have had the good fortune to work with you and learn from you. I wish every happiness as you move on from IUPUI. Sincerely, —Fred DiCamilla

Thank you, Sherry, for your dedication and service to IUPUI. We have all benefited from your standards of excellence, professionalism, caring presence and commitment to our community. Thanks too for your support of the Office for Women and serving on the Advisory Council! We will miss you! Best wishes for a happy retirement! —Kathleen Grove

Dear Sherry, You planned and oversaw the greatest advance in graduate programs this campus has ever known; I learned so much serving on the IU Grad Council and seeing how you helped our campus develop and present convincing graduate program proposals in the Humanities. Thanks for encouraging our own development of graduate studies in the forensic world of textual scholarship; that paved the way for our Ray Bradbury Center and our restored editions of his early work. Late in life, Mr. Bradbury knew you were a reader of his books, and I will always be grateful for your love of literature. Many scientists across America learned to dream about the future through Ray Bradbury's stories and novels, but you are one special scientist who helped us realize our research dreams right here in Indiana. —Jon Eller

Dear Sherry, I will be on travel on the day of your reception and very much wish I could be there to help honor you and your service to IUPUI. It's hard to imagine this campus without you, so pervasive has been your influence and integrity. It is perhaps, therefore, just a tad ironic that our main opportunities to collaborate over the past 10+ years have been in the area of scientific integrity. Your leadership and wisdom on committees established to address this somewhat unhappy reality of university life (on which we both sat) serve as a reminder that ethics and virtue are alive and well. You lived these qualities every day. It was a pleasure to work with you. —Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D. Director, IU Center for Bioethics

In my experience, Dr. Queener always has a smile on her face and a kind word on her lips. Her presence will be dearly missed on campus! —Christy Cole

Dr. Queener brought a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to her work in the Graduate School that was evident in all my interactions with her over the years. Her commitment to making graduate education at IUPUI the best it can possibly be was infectious and inspired others. This is really what leadership is all about and she did it all with a combination of confidence and humility. IUPUI will miss her. —Fred Pavalko