Reception Held and Scholarship Established in Honor of Professor Estela Matriano
Date: Dec. 7, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
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The College of Education faculty and students held a warm sendoff reception Dec. 5 for professor Estela Matriano, retiring from the University of Cincinnati after 26 years of service. Matriano dedicated her career to bringing globalization to the classroom with the philosophy that cultures must share five basic world values: social justice, economic equality, political participation, ecological balance and peace. She took her message around the world, presenting at conferences and publishing papers. Her philosophy, her dedication and her support of students and fellow faculty earned praise from colleagues and administrators at the reception in the Annie Laws Drawing Room.
"This is a bittersweet occasion. We're going to miss you dearly," said Lawrence J. Johnson, dean of the College of Education.
"We're losing a dear friend and colleague, but we're celebrating a career and sending you off to your next career," said Anthony J. Perzigian, UC senior vice president and provost.
Matriano is taking a post-retirement position at Alliant International University's San Diego where she says she will develop the global education program specifically for graduate level students. Her niece, executive assistant Carole Caparros, will take an accompanying instructor position at the California campus, where they will also move the administrative office of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI), of which Matriano is executive director and Caparros is treasurer. The WCCI is a nongovernmental educational organization of the United Nations committed to the advancement and promotion of a peaceful global community through human rights and social education.
"Estela, your influence goes far beyond what we've seen you do here on this campus," said Professor Piyush Swami. "You brought globalization to campus, you globalized the faculty and through your efforts and conversations, we've been able to work with people around the world. It's not easy to say what you've done, but it's easy to see what you've done. What a wonderful colleague and sister you have been to me, and what a wonderful teacher you have been to all of us."
Swami added the Global Education Scholarship Fund has been established in honor of Matriano's contributions to the College of Education. The scholarship fund will benefit graduate students at the College of Education. Donations should be made payable to the UC Foundation.
"Carole and I have enjoyed the comradeship. Thank you very much to all of you," said Matriano. "We are all teachers, we are all students, so we will keep on learning from one another."