CSM rec­og­nizes fac­ulty, staff for years of ser­vice

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - To view a gallery of photos from the Ser­vice Recog­ni­tion Cer­e­mony, go to http://csm­photo.zen­fo­lio.com/16svcrec. For in­for­ma­tion on em­ploy­ment at CSM, go to www.csmd.edu/em­ploy­ment.

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land rec­og­nized 67 em­ploy­ees who have ac­cu­mu­lated more than 720 years of ser vice to the col­lege at a cer­e­mony on Feb. 24 at the La Plata cam­pus.

“This col­lege is spe­cial … be­cause of all of you,” CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried said to fac­ulty and staff gath­ered for the cer­e­mony. “I want to thank you for who you are, what you do and how you care. We should all be very proud of what we’ve ac­com­plished.”

Em­ploy­ees were cited for years of work for com­plet­ing mul­ti­ples of five-years in their CSM ca­reer, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the col­lege. Hazel Wood­land, as­so­ci­ate team leader of building and grounds, was cel­e­brated for hav­ing worked for 40 years at the col­lege, the long­est ten­ure of those hon­ored at the event.

Among other em­ploy­ees rec­og­nized were Peggy Jones with 35 years of ser­vice; Chris­tine Arnold-Lourie and Earl Brawner, both with 25 years; and Vince Dobbs, Barry Hamil­ton and An­nie Jack­son, all with 20 years.

Jones at­tended the col­lege as a full-time stu­dent af­ter grad­u­at­ing high school. “I started as a stu­dent worker in the bookstore,” she said in the re­lease. “I thought the col­lege was so big and im­pres­sive, and it was awe­some that I was able to work and take classes at the same lo­ca­tion.”

Jones pro­gressed quickly from that part-time po­si­tion. First she ap­plied to be­come a per­ma­nent full-time cashier. “I re­ported to work one day and was asked to re­port to the HR depart­ment,” she said. “To my sur­prise, when I got to HR, Ruth Wade started giv­ing me forms to fill out for my per­ma­nent po­si­tion — I had not in­ter­viewed nor had I even been of­fered the job. When I re­turned to the store, Robin Bladen, the bookstore man­ager, said ‘Well,’ and I replied, ‘Well, I guess I got the job.’ That is how it all be­gan. The hir­ing process has changed a bit since then.”

Jones is now the lead sched­ul­ing and con­fer­ence ser­vices sup­port spe­cial­ist for the col­lege, work­ing in the sched­ul­ing and con­fer­ence ser­vices sec­tion of the mar­ket­ing depart­ment.

“She cer­tainly has made her im­pact in many dif­fer­ent ways,” said Michelle Goodwin, vice pres­i­dent of ad­vance­ment.

Arnold-Lourie started at CSM as a full-time in­struc­tor af­ter an­swer­ing an ad in The Wash­ing­ton Post. “My in­ter­view was sched­uled dur­ing Spring Fling, and I was so im­pressed with the charm of that idea. I also thought the cam­pus was beau­ti­ful.”

Now a pro­fes­sor in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, arts and hu­man­i­ties, Arnold-Lourie serves as the co­or­di­na­tor for CSM’s his­tory pro­gram. In that ca­pac­ity, she su­per­vised the re­design of on­line classes and de­vel­oped the pro­gram as­sess­ment plan. She ini­ti­ated the peer tu­tor­ing pro­gram for his­tory stu­dents, and de­vel­oped nine cour­ses, in­clud­ing The His­tory of Race and Racism, Women in Amer­ica, Women in Europe and The Amer­i­can Ex­pe­ri­ence.

In ad­di­tion to teach­ing, Arnold-Lourie has pub­lished a num­ber of schol­arly works and reg­u­larly presents at con­fer­ences, an as­pect of her work that she be­lieves ul­ti­mately ben­e­fits her stu­dents. “I be­lieve that re­search and teach­ing are in­sep­a­ra­ble as­pects of my pas­sion for his­tory,” she said. “Re­search keeps my teach­ing fresh and up-to-date.”

Af­ter all her years of teach­ing, Arnold-Lourie says she en­joys keep­ing in touch with her stu­dents, call­ing it a “priv­i­lege.” “I have at­tended many stu­dent wed­dings, for­mer stu­dents bring their ba­bies by to show me, and I can now count a num­ber of for­mer stu­dents as friends.”

Dobbs came to CSM as a ca­reer-changer 20 years ago. He had spent 11 years as an engi­neer in the field of elec­tro­chem­istry, fol­lowed by three years with an­other firm as an en­vi­ron­men­tal engi­neer. He came to CSM af­ter an­swer­ing an ad in the news­pa­per for a part-time li­brar y as­sis­tant to su­per­vise the Prince Fred­er­ick cam­pus li­brary.

“It was a very in­for­mal at­mos­phere back then,” Dobbs said. “The Prince Fred­er­ick cam­pus and the oth­ers had only the ProQuest data­bases at that time, which were in the form of CDs mounted in ‘juke­boxes’ and which had to be switched out ev­ery month. There were re­ally no print ma­te­ri­als to check out un­til I started or­der­ing a few.”

Af­ter three years with the col­lege, Dobbs earned a master of li­brary science de­gree from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park. He was of­fered the po­si­tion of ref­er­ence li­brar­ian at the La Plata cam­pus and re­mem­bers that, even then, the at­mos­phere at the col­lege was very in­for­mal, and stu­dents were not re­quired to show their ID cards to check out print ma­te­ri­als.

“I find my job to be very re­ward­ing, and I en­joy equally work­ing with stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff,” Dobbs said.

In ad­di­tion to those em­ploy­ees with 40, 35, 25 and 20 years, CSM rec­og­nized the fol­low­ing for their years of ser vice: 15 years

Chris­tine Deen, Joyce Em­brey, Marcy Gan­non, Karen Smith Hupp, De­bra Jac­ques, Ulana Koropeckyj Chor­ney, Judith Mills, El­iz­a­beth Rourke, Michelle Ru­ble, Sue Sh­elor, Su­san Strick­land, Bruce Wash­ing­ton, Dick Whalen and Cyn­thia Wright; 10 years

Sara Cano, Morag Dahlstrom, Cyn­thia El­lis, So­nia Fer­nan­dez, Bradley Got­tfried, Robin Griv­etti, Erich Hintze, Shaunda Holt, Cather­ine Jor­dan, Stephanie McCaslin, Thirza Mor­gan, Ge­or­gia Neil, Karen O’Con­nor, Kath­leen Par­sons, Amee Pa­tel, Fawaz Roumani, Re­becca Welch, Michael Whe­lan and Kim­berly Yell­man; and Five years

Julie An­drews-Walker, Lau­rie Can­gelosi, Pa­tri­cia Christo­faro, Robert Cochrane, Thomas Cox, Wil­liam Dove, Cicero Fain, Sa­muel Flem­ing, Tif­fany Gill, Yikui Gu, Lena Han­cock, Philip Hawkins, Alise Jor­gensen, Krista Keyes, Kath­leen MacA­dams, LaShonda Mar­shall, Mary Os­borne, Bran­don Pat­ter­son, Ileatha Price, Deb­o­rah Rut­ledge, Va­lerie Shel­ton, John Short, Tracey Stuller, Christina Thompson, Mary Wash­ing­ton, Kelly Win­ters and Re­nata Zgorski.


Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Trustees Chair Dorothea Smith, left, and Tony Jerni­gan, vice pres­i­dent of fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices, laugh dur­ing Jerni­gan’s com­men­da­tion of An­nie Jack­son and her 20 years of ser­vice at CSM.

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Trustees Chair Dorothea Smith, left, con­grat­u­lates Peggy Jones for her 35 years of ser­vice to the col­lege af­ter Jones’ col­leagues dressed her in a sash and tiara and gave her flow­ers.

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