Newsmaker: Sister Rita Yeasted
Noteworthy: Named the first-ever Dr. Dorothy Saladiak Distinguished Professor of English at La Roche College in McCandless.
Education: Bachelor’s in English literature, La Roche College, 1968; master’s in 1974 and doctorate in 1981, English literature, Duquesne University.
Occupation: Served 34 years as English Department chair at La Roche.
Hobbies: Gardening and writing. She recently finished writing a book, “JON: John Oliver Nelson and the Movement for Power in the Church,” a biography of the Pittsburgh-born founder of Kirkridge Retreat Center.
Explanation: In her new role, Yeasted will be asked to foster the Catholic intellectual tradition at La Roche, perform occasional public lectures and engage in mission-related writing. She plans to write a history of the school’s Pacem In Terris Program, which has attracted more than 450 students from war-torn countries.
Quote: “It’s not that I don’t think about (retirement). I’m still healthy, I love to teach, I’m very committed to the college, and I’m one of those few people who loves to get up and go to work every morning.”