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|Rita Resch is honored with new scholarship.|
What kind of retirement gift do you give a faculty member who has devoted more than three decades of her life nurturing the talents of hundreds of students?
For the UCM Department of Music's current and emeriti faculty, starting a scholarship seemed the best way to honor long-time friend and colleague, Rita Resch. She retired in May as professor emerita of music.
Mia Hynes, a music faculty member who donated to the scholarship, said the endowment was developed with gifts provided by past and present faculty members. Resch also made a matching gift.
The fund was started through the UCM Foundation as a way "to honor Resch's service, and with hopes that the scholarship will be able to assist students in pursuit of vocal studies at the university," Hynes said. She noted that many of Resch's former students will soon have the opportunity to help the scholarship grow to the $10,000 required to set up an endowment.
"We're going to ask our alumni for gifts to further the endowment. The scholarship will be a joint partnership between current faculty, emeriti faculty, and, hopefully, now our alumni," Hynes said.
In starting the scholarship, the Department of Music recognized that Resch has been an inspiration through her commitment to the department. She came to UCM in 1974 and taught singer's diction, vocal literature, piano accompanying and applied voice.
In addition to being an outstanding classroom teacher, she found time to participate in a number of professional activities that allowed her to share her knowledge and abilities with others and grow in her field. She was an adjudicator, vocal soloist, and piano accompanist at many music events on and off campus. She was active in several professional organizations, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Resch was also involved in scholarly endeavors, including serving as one of four co-authors of all three editions of Artsong in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography, the most recent edition published in 2001 by Scarecrow Press.
By Jeff Murphy '76 hs, '80, '95