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After 6 years of service to Central, Cecelia L. Altuna has retired as professor emeritus of modern languages.
Cecilia came to Central in 1988, at which time she was hired as an assistant professor. Prior to that, she taught for eight years at the University of Washington, Seattle; three years at the University of Kansas, Lawrence; and six years at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Her education includes a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; a master’s degree in Portuguese and a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin.
During her tenure at Central, Altuna was active in various campus committees and organizations. She was an advisor to HALO, the Hispanic student organization, and was a member of the Women’s Studies Council.
She said the opportunity to hear students acknowledge her influence in their personal and professional growth gave her the most satisfaction as an educator.
Now enjoying her retirement from her home in Seattle, Wash., Altuna plans to put her knowledge of foreign languages to good use during her retirement as she travels to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Portugal. When she’s not visiting family and friends in New Mexico and Missouri, expect to find her reading a good book.
Altuna has one daughter, Ana Cartwright-Shumway.