Boulder Campus Staff Council honors retirees, years of service

Appreciation event honors 118 members of community
By Staff
Boulder Campus Staff Council.

Toni Smollen of IBG and Laura Border, Graduate Teacher Program, with Chancellor Phil DiStefano. Smollen and Border each celebrated 35 years of service to CU-Boulder. Photos courtesy Boulder Campus Staff Council.

What do 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977 have in common? These years were the starting points of University of Colorado Boulder careers that have lasted between 20 and 35 years, and were recognized at the annual Staff Council “Years of Service” appreciation event.

Chancellor DiStefano opened the event by expressing his deep appreciation for the staff being acknowledged and for the vital role that staff plays in the everyday operations of the university. Staff Council Vice-Chair Philip Bradley emceed the event, sharing historical tidbits about the milestone years and reading the honorees’ names.

Staff Council has hosted this reception for the campus since 1977, honoring recent retirees and staff who have reached significant employment milestones; 118 staff members reached the 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service marks, including six staff members reaching 35 years of commitment to the university.

The 55 staff who retired in 2012 came back to share stories of trips, adventures and life without alarm clocks. In attendance were almost 200 colleagues, family members, friends and honorees celebrating careers dedicated to making CU-Boulder a great place to learn and work.

See the full list of 2012 honorees, and join us in congratulating our colleagues on their commitment and service to CU-Boulder. Pictures taken at the event will be sent to the recipients, and some will be posted on the Staff Council website.

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Submitted by Boulder Campus Staff Council