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Overdue recognition for a stellar staffer

One colleague praised Linda Broder as "the heart" of the USC Davis School of Gerontology. (Photo/Jonathan Riggs)

Lifelong Trojan and USC Davis School of Gerontology mainstay Linda Broder won the Staff Monthly Recognition Award from USC’s Staff Assembly and Staff Club.

The award, given to individuals who exhibit constant and dedicated service while making a genuine contribution to the quality of life at USC, comes during an auspicious time for Broder, who celebrates her 40th year at USC and her 37th at USC Davis and the Andrus Gerontology Center.

“I am grateful for and humbled by this recognition,” Broder said. “It has been my honor to serve the students, staff, faculty and friends of the USC Davis school, and I look forward to many more adventures at this wonderful institution.”

A key support staff member who is frequently the first point of contact for anyone getting in touch with the school, Broder is also the coordinator of the Andrus Volunteers, a group of older adults who are committed to promoting and enriching the study of aging by offering their perspectives, time and support.

“Linda Broder is always available for help and doesn’t give up until she finds an answer for anyone who comes to her,” said Andrus Volunteer Muriel Rothenberg. “She brings empathy to her position. We all know and appreciate Linda for her support.”

USC Davis doctoral student Patrick Beck added: “Linda is the glue that has held together the efforts of the center from its inception. She is an integral staff member with knowledge and ability that transcends generations. Never has there been a person in the building with a bigger smile or warmer heart.”

Information Technology Director May Ng agreed. “In many ways, Linda is the heart of the USC Davis School of Gerontology. It is a wonderful testament to her impact on so many lives that she is recognized with this award.”

At the next general meeting of the USC Staff Assembly, Broder will receive a check from the USC Staff Club and a framed certificated of appreciation signed by USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

According to colleagues, Broder’s exceptional reputation and decades of selfless service made her a natural for this award.

“Linda Broder is not only my supervisor but also a dear friend,” said Elena Gonzalez, graduate student and assistant coordinator of the Andrus Volunteers. “I am in awe of all that she does for our school. She dedicates the overwhelming majority of her time to making others feel special and appreciated.”

There was additional praise from the school’s top administrator.

“Although she never draws attention to herself and her countless good deeds, we are all proud to see Linda Broder honored,” said Pinchas Cohen, dean of USC Davis. “Besides being a model employee, Linda inspires us all with her compassion, cheerfulness and tireless dedication to all the best USC Trojan ideals.”

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