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Retirees Honored at Town & Gown Luncheon

Carole Gustin, president of the Staff Retirement Association, addresses the crowd.

Photo/Irene Fertik

Forty-six newly retired USC staff members were honored at the annual Staff Retirement Luncheon & Recognition program March 15 at USC’s Town & Gown.

Carole Gustin, president of the Staff Retirement Association, welcomed the newly minted retirees and their guests, noting that, “the 46 retirees represented 1,129 years of USC service, or an average of 24.5 years per person. And three individuals served more than 40 years.”

Gustin encouraged the retirees to join the SRA, an organization that advocates for staff retirees and helps prepare staff members for future retirement. Its activities include SRA programs, joint programs with the retired faculty and the USC Emeriti Center, day trips, opportunities to be actively involved in the USC retiree community and more.

“And you can join the SRA even before you retire,” Gustin said, “you don’t have to wait.”

In addition to honoring the new retirees, the Emeriti Center presented its Eighth Annual Leibovitz Staff Service Award to Joan Ewing for her stewardship of the H. Dale Hilton Living History Program. Ewing, who retired in 1998, has been the volunteer coordinator of the program for eight years.

Staff retirees for the year 2005 and their departments and/or schools are: USC School of Pharmacy: Alfonso Barrientos (pharmaceutical sciences) and Valerie Basquette (dean’s office); Trojan Services: Donna Boettcher and Melba Key (housing); University Relations: Jim Browder (external relations); Keck School of Medicine of USC: Mary Anna Bresnahan (neurology); Sharon Cuthbert (surgery) and Amalia Mathy (pediatrics); Norris Cancer Center: Mary Elizabeth Little (preventive medicine) and Conchita Lugtu; USC College: Elois Love Brooks (French & Italian); Victor Jordan (machine shop); Edith Morales Provatas (College Business Center); Sonja Voskanian (German); Career and Protective Services: Robert P. De Vega (department of public safety); Academic Records & Registrar: Fred Dear (registration); Health Affairs: Suzanne Edwin (vice president’s office); John C. Hisserich; USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Mary K. Fernandes and Leon Lemons (civil and environmental engineering); USC Gould School of Law: Ellen Foon; USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology: Gertrude “Trudy” Kuijpers (Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center); Office of Compliance: Linda Neumaier; Auxiliary Services: Jesus Nunez (housing); Civic & Community Relations: Carolyn Watanabe; Office of the Provost/Vice Provost: Joyce Savage (vice provost, international affairs), Elizabeth Redmon (Emeriti Center); Facilities Management: Salvador Casteneda (central shops); Guadalupe Navarro (maintenance zone 3); Magadaleno O. Nuqui (operations management/DPS); Alicia Polanco (housing); Carmelita Rodriguez (facilities financial services); Graham Steenson (operations and maintenance); Financial and Business Services: Myrtle Kelley (collections); Trojan Services: Phil Chiaramonte (administration), Thelma Fuentes, Luis Gallardo (housing), Ernesto Gustave (management services), Suellen Hampshire (hospitality/guest services) and Cleophus Jarmon (hospitality); ISD: Alexander E. Ortiz and Marinette Proskurowski (ISOR); Dennis Smith (applications development), Francia G. Patolot; USC Ticket Office: Marilyn Segal; Office of Associate Senior Vice President: Kendall E. Snyder.

SRA Vice President Helen Jones was responsible for the “Mardi Gras” theme. Each table featured a feathered-mask arrangement, and USC Chef Mark Baida’s menu of grilled sea bass with mango-black bean sauce and fancy grits carried out the theme.

The event was sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President Administration, the Staff Retirement Association and the Emeriti Center.

In November, the provost’s annual Retired Faculty Luncheon at Town & Gown honored 26 faculty who retired in 2004-2005 for their distinguished service to the university.

“These faculty have contributed to USC’s reputation as the world-class research university it is recognized as today,” said Bob Coffey, president of the Retired Faculty Association.

“For the first time,” said Bob Biller, Emeritus Professor of Public Administration, “this luncheon had deans and designated representatives of deans for the academic units of all 17 of the 2004-05 faculty retirees who were able to attend the luncheon � to recognize that respect, recognition, colleagueship, support and the opportunity for continued meaningful contributions continues into retirement.”

The senior faculty who retired and their schools or units are: USC School of Architecture: Robert S. Harris; USC Marshall School of Business: Richard McBride, professor; USC School of Cinema-Television: Kenneth K. Miura, executive director, special projects; USC Annenberg School for Communication: Walter R. Fisher, professor; USC Rossier School of Education: Edward J. Kazlauskas and Donald E. Polkinghorne, professors of education; USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Hans H. Kuehl, professor of electrical engineering; Keck School of Medicine of USC: James R. Bading, research professor; Rodanthi C. Kitridou, professor of medicine; Margaret M. McCarron, professor of medicine; Mildred Milgrom, professor of medicine; Zdena Pavlova, professor of clinical pathology and pediatrics; Robert B. Sitzman, professor of medicine; Sharyn M. Walker, professor of pediatrics, Childrens Hospital; Albert E. Yellin, professor of surgery; and Mimi C. Yu, professor of preventive medicine; USC Thornton School of Music: Hans L. Beer, professor of conducting; James F. Hopkins, professor of composition; USC School of Pharmacy: Natalie S. Cohen, research professor (molecular pharmacology and toxicology); and USC School of Social Work: Barbara Solomon, professor of social work.

Janette Brown, director of the Emeriti Center, welcomed staff and faculty retirees. “The Emeriti Center is pleased to welcome our new USC retirees into the USC Retiree Community (USCRC),” Brown said. “As lifelong members of the Trojan Family, we hope that you will join us in opportunities for continuing growth as we strive to enrich the personal and professional lives of persons in the university and the greater community.”

Retirees Honored at Town & Gown Luncheon

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