23 years of dedicated service to OLLU, Nina Patrizio Quiñones, associate
professor of Spanish and Director for the Biliterate Certificate Program (BCP)
officially retired in December 2018. Professor Patrizio Quiñones taught two
classes this past spring and completed her service as director for the BCP
on half-time professor status in May. Her outstanding service and
contributions to students, the OLLU community and foreign language instruction
will be missed.
As a grant-writer,
Professor Patrizio Quiñones co-authored the FIPSE (Funding for the Improvement
of Post-Secondary Education) grant proposal, which funded the Biliterate
Studies Program at OLLU. She served as director of Curriculum Development for
the Biliterate Program in those early stages of the program when it focused on
the fields of psychology, social work, communications arts, speech pathology
and business. After the grant ended, the program was permanently adopted
by OLLU and Professor Patrizio Quiñones continued to serve as its director and
expanded it to all undergraduate majors.
Quiñones also designed and taught the first graduate Psychology course in
Spanish for OLLU’s Psychology Program in spring 2000. Between 2000 and
2004, she co-directed the Project Latin America Program (PLA) at OLLU, which
was another grant program, in conjunction with the University of the Incarnate
Word and St. Edward’s University, to provide opportunities for students to
travel to Brazil or Mexico to gain first-hand experience as interns in
different agencies. She supervised students’ experiences and service as
interns in different professional agencies in Querétaro, Mexico.
In addition to
service referenced above, Professor Patrizio Quiñones also served OLLU and its
students as director of the former Kliesen International Center, (between 2007
and 2009-2010). As an associate professor of Spanish at OLLU, Professor
Patrizio Quiñones was a dedicated instructor. In the classroom, she
consistently ensured that students achieved an awareness of their abilities, at
times hidden abilities, to learn and/or strengthen their proficiency in
Spanish. At the advanced level, Nina encouraged students to learn, apply,
and share their enthusiasm of Spanish grammar and literature and culture of
Spain and Latin America.
Professor Patrizio Quiñones’ work continues to impact the OLLU’s academic
disciplines mainly through work and service she carried out on the
Undergraduate Program Review Committee and the BCP Task Force just before she
officially retired last December.