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  Laura Sloan Retires from Avila University    
  Kansas City, MO    
December 2, 2008

On December 18, Laura Sloan, Ph.D., will retire from Avila University after 22 years. Sloan is currently the dean of the School of Education and has taught children’s literature, assessment and remediation, reading practicum and general methods.

sloan“Dr. Sloan has been one of the School of Education’s biggest advocates,” said Julie Saviano, administrative assistant for the school. “Through her connections, Avila’s School of Education has become widely known.  Area school districts consider Avila’s program as one of the best.”

At a private party held on Nov. 14, the School of Education honored Sloan's work, revealing the creation of the Laura Sloan Children's Collection in Avila’s Hooley-Bundschu library.

“The naming of the children’s library after me is a great tribute,” Sloan said. “Avila is a wonderful university. Becoming a permanent part of the school is humbling and thrilling at the same time.  I hope that the children’s library will continue to grow and become an important resource for education students.”  

Sloan went on to say that there couldn’t have been a more perfect selection for her. She said she has always enjoyed reading children’s books and children’s literature was her favorite class to teach. Sloan also said she is honored to share a library space with a mentor and friend.

“It is fitting that I share that room with the Eschbacher curriculum library as Sister Marie Georgette Eschbacher was such a mentor and friend to me for many years in the School of Education,” Sloan said.

Sloan said that the faculty and staff in the school of Education have accomplished a great deal and she knows that the excellence will continue. She also said she thinks that now is a good time to retire.

“I think it’s good to be able to retire when you are still going to be missed and not when everyone is secretly glad you will be gone,” Sloan said with a smile. “I think that’s still true.”

Good friend and coworker Fred Geer, Ph.D. said that he will always remember Sloan for her “fun” costumes on Halloween.

“I have always enjoyed Dr. Sloan, not only as a colleague but as a warm, caring person,” Geer said.  

After retirement, Sloan said she is ready for different projects and challenges. She plans to travel with her husband, see her children (and grandchild in April), take master gardener, Spanish, and floral design classes, work on knitting, crocheting, mosaics and volunteering.

“My past years have been wonderful and I hope my future ones will be as well,” Sloan said. “For me, my time at Avila has been productive, fulfilling and challenging. I can honestly say I have enjoyed every year. I will miss, most of all, the people of Avila. We are a true family and I hope I will continue to see my many good friends here.”


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.