October 02, 2009
Susquehanna faculty and staff put in time, marking multiple-year anniversariesIn July and August, 16 members of the faculty and staff celebrated anniversaries. Each has given 5, 10, 15 or 30 years of dedicated service to Susquehanna.
These members of the campus community have served in the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Life, the Athletics Department, University Communications, the Blough-Weis Library and in each of the three schools.
Two of the deans are celebrating 15- and 10-year anniversaries: Valerie Martin, Dean of
Arts, Humanities & Communications; and Terry Winegar, Dean of Natural & Social Sciences, respectively.
In addition to their work as school deans, Martin and Winegar each teach classes and Winegar is scheduled as a guest lecturer in Dr. Simona Hill's "Black Feminism" class on Oct. 21.
Registrar Alex Smith has been part of the Susquehanna family for 30 years. Smith has seen the school transform from a 1,200 student institution to its current level and said, "all these changes leave me eager to see what will be coming next."
Smith received his bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He also received his master of arts degree from the University of Chicago.
Other 15-year anniversaries include housekeeper Shirley Hudock in Facilities Manage-ment, Robert Jordan in athletics, Anne Lawrence in the music department and Karen DeFrancesco in the communications department.
Ten-year anniversaries include Nick Stephenson, who works in University Communications and as a graphic design professor, Mark Bailor and Juanita Young in Facilities Management and Peter Macky from the accounting and information systems department.
Rounding out the anniversaries are faculty and staff members from around campus who have been with Susquehanna for five years, including Stephanie Thomas from the Blough-Weis Library, Mark Huber from Information Technology (IT), carpenter foreman Robert Brubaker in Facilities, Jennifer Botchie from University Communications and Assistant Vice President of Student Life and Director of Public Safety Tom Rambo.
Sophomore Sean Thistle has worked with Stephanie Thomas in the library and "couldn't say a bad thing about her."
Thomas helps oversee the posting of class materials to electronic reserves and manages in books that are put on reserve.
Jenna Fredericks, assistant director of residence life for student conduct, said that Rambo is "one of her favorite people" and that he "has been one of the biggest supports" for her work at Susquehanna.
Fredericks also said that Rambo is a student cheerleader behind the scenes and works hard to make sure all Susquehanna students are safe on campus.
"He always makes you feel like you're his number one priority," despite his busy schedule, Fredericks said.
She also noted his involvement in the larger community and his work on H1N1 preparations and other emergency procedures that are new on campus, such as the blue light call boxes and siren system.
Rambo received his bachelor of arts degree from La Salle University Pennsylvania and his master of sciences degree from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
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