Education professor wins distinguished faculty award

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Fort Lewis, Wash. - Eileen Reilich, assistant professor of education, has been named distinguished faculty member for the Saint Martin’s College Fort Lewis extension campus.

The annual award is decided upon by military programs director Cindy Richards and her assistant, Hopie Lopez.

“We are looking for a professional who is willing to work with the students, staff, and military personnel in a positive manner,” Richards said. “Feedback from students is equally important. We also consider the person's ability to represent Saint Martin's in a manner compatible with the college mission and philosophy.”

Reilich has worked as a high school teacher, tutor, special education aide, homebound instructor, a mentor teacher for cooperative learning courses and as a science department chairwoman. She has conducted biomedical research and currently divides her time between Saint Martin’s main campus and its Fort Lewis extension campus. Reilich also consults for Americorps, Washington Reading Corps and Thurston County Medic One.

“Dr. Reilich embodies the Saint Martin's spirit with her compassion and empathy for the extension campus students,” Richards said. “She is a great role model for all future educators.”

Reilich was presented the award by Gen. William Brandenburg, deputy commanding general of training and readiness of I-Corp and Fort Lewis, at the extension campus’ Jan. 11 graduation ceremony.

“I am very honored, and delighted with the award,” Reilich said.

For more information:
Cindy Richards, director
Saint Martin’s College Military Programs
253-964-4688 or

Kara Klotz, media specialist
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or