Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Remembering Nadean Napier

Nadean Napier passed away last week from a heart attack.  She was a fixture in Student Services for fourteen years. You won't find many pictures of her in the official Vol State picture files, primarily because she always threatened me with great bodily harm if I took her picture. And that was Nadean- gruff, funny and before you knew it, a good friend. She was known as Mama Nadean to many students over the years. She helped them through their struggles and shared in their victories.

“I was a veteran that attended Vol State from Fall 09-Spring 2011,” said alumnus Buddy Daniel. “She took care of all the needs of the veterans that attended Vol State and was loved and appreciated by all. She was always ready to assist and provide many laughs for anyone who came into the Student Services Office! We are going to miss Ms. Nadean!!”  
“I always learned something from Nadean,” said alumnus Jennifer Easton. “She was like the ‘on-campus’ mother to me as well as many other students and employees at the college. You always felt that genuinely cared about your success and well-being.  Like a mother, she would give advice or quickly put you in your place if needed, but she was also your biggest cheerleader - even when you made mistakes.”

Nadean started at Vol State in 1998 and worked as a secretary in Students Services until her retirement in 2012.

There is a Mama Nadean scholarship that was established in her name a couple of years ago by the Student Government Assocation. If you would like to donate to that fund please send a check through office mail to the Foundation and put in the subject line "Mama Nadean Scholarship".

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