Years of Service Reception

Mar 25, 2015

For many years, it has been a favorite tradition to gather as a campus community to recognize those of our friends and co-workers who have faithfully served Marywood University and its students, and who have now reached significant service achievements at Marywood.

While today we especially honor these special people, it is also a day for expressing gratitude to all of you in our Marywood working family for the many contributions you make and the diversity of talents you share with all of us. I am delighted to have this opportunity to say “thank you.” From those who work so tirelessly to maintain the beautiful appearance of our campus and buildings…to those who keep our infrastructure functioning so smoothly…to those who share knowledge and expertise with students in the classrooms…all of you have been an important part in the remarkable accomplishments of the past year.

This afternoon, I have the opportunity to especially recognize those who have reached special milestones in their service to Marywood. It is significant, I think, that there are so very many of you…so many who have been here 5 years…or 10 years…or 15 years…so many who are committed to the mission of Marywood and continue to contribute their talents to serve the university and its students. 

This fact alone says much of the quality of individuals who are part of this Marywood family. Time forbids reading all the names of all of those who mark milestones of service. Their names are listed in the program, and I congratulate and thank each one. 

I ask that all those who have marked 5 years of service to Marywood please stand, so that we may all offer our thanks and applause for their work.

I would now ask that all those who mark 10 years of service please stand and be recognized.

I would ask that all those who mark 15 years of service please stand and be recognized. 

Today, I also offer a special expression of appreciation to six of our co-workers who have advanced the mission of Marywood University and enriched all of us in the campus community throughout a full 20 years of service.  We are delighted to recognize them by presenting them with the Sister Theresa Maxis, IHM Service Award.  Designed in the form of a commemorative medal, the award is named in honor of the co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—Sister Theresa Maxis—whose life truly exemplified service.

20 Years: Lisa Casella

For 20 years, Lisa Casella has been serving her alma mater. She started as a student, working part time in the Marketing and Communications Department. After graduating, she became an admissions counselor, reaching out to share the Marywood experience, helping to bring promising students to campus. She then served as coordinator and the program director for the Professional Continuing Education division, before returning to the Admissions Office as Assistant Director, then Associate Director, finding the best and the brightest on graduate and undergraduate levels. Her vision has been creative and informative, including development of plans for integration of social media in recruitment.

Lisa is a doer…not simply a talker, says Ann Williams, Director Alumni Engagement, who has worked closely with her. She believes in the mission of Marywood and shows her support through her actions. For the past several years, Lisa has spearheaded a community project during the St. Joseph’s Festival. Marywood staff happily joined in—as did Lisa’s family: husband, Vinny; sons, Vinny and Nicholas…manning the “Big Six Wheel” in support of the center. Recently, she joined the Alumni Gifts Committee to engage alumni from her class year. “With Lisa,” Ann says, “what you see is what you get. She is strong, funny, and compassionate. She has a wicked sense of humor. She is a joy to work with…an even greater joy to be friends with!”

Admissions Director Christian DiGregorio adds, “If I need a sound perspective or an honest response to a question, Lisa is my go-to person. It is a joy to collaborate with her on a daily basis. She is part of the glue that holds the 24 of us together…and that smile is infectious! Lisa, you are irreplaceable!”

Lisa, for two decades of dedicated service, warm friendship, and an infectious smile, we thank you. 

20 Years: Elizabeth Ann Connery

For the past 20 years, Liz Connery, Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts, has fulfilled the vital role of seeking donations to support Marywood and its students. Her efforts have been incredibly successful. In fact, she solicited and obtained the largest bequest Marywood ever received—over $3.5 million—which has made a huge difference in the facilities and advantages Marywood can provide for students. In 2011, she was honored as Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year by Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her travels on Marywood’s behalf take her across the country. Alumni Director Ann Williams, who sometimes has the exhausting experience of traveling with her, observed that Liz is like the Energizer Bunny—times 10. “I need to eat my Wheaties to keep up!” Ann says.

When you meet Liz, you’re likely to be greeted by her trademark, “Hi, Buddy!” because you will immediately be a friend. Her trademark hearty laugh quickly follows. She is simply a people person and a role model in every way. If she doesn’t know you, she’ll get to know you. A confirmed lover of animals, who adores her dog and three cats, Liz also is a fervent gardening enthusiast—an appropriate metaphor for her skill in cultivating prospective donors. Renee Zehel, Vice President for University Advancement, points out that one reason Liz is so successful in securing scholarship funding is her genuine, deep concern for the benefactors with whom she works. Alumni with whom she meets look forward to seeing her again. Liz plays a key role in securing Marywood’s future through her work with benefactors on estate planning. In fact, Renee says, Liz is probably the only person in the area who is not an attorney, but knows more about wills and estates.  

We are delighted to claim Liz, who earned her MPA from Marywood, as one of our own, and to recognize her during this Centennial year for serving the University for 20 years with her own bold heart!  

20 Years: Cheryl Ann Kosydar

For two full decades now, Cheryl Ann Kosydar has relentlessly pursued her mission of keeping Marywood spotless: as a Housekeeper; as a Coordinator of Housekeeping; and now as Lead Housekeeper, overseeing the care and attention of the buildings on campus—along with the people who work in them—a mission she accomplishes with efficiency, alacrity, and always a smile. Cheryl famously has a smile for everyone she meets, Building Services Supervisor Joe McCormack declares. He adds, “If you see someone coming around a corner with safety glasses on, it will likely be Cheryl. She is a staunch supporter of job safety. And she believes in setting the example.”

When she’s not wearing her “Marywood green,” she’s sporting the black and gold of her favorite NFL team—the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ironically, in the Kosydar household, black and gold must share with blue and red: her husband, Bill, is a Giants fan, but such a generous one that he actually took Cheryl to a Steelers game himself! That is chivalry, and that may be why they’ve been married for 35 years.

Housekeepers on the staff who work with Cheryl are quick to note their appreciation for not only her pleasant, competent leadership and thoughtful consideration, but also in the way she simply, quietly lives her faith. She is deeply committed to Marywood’s core values. She is a youth minister, and, for 15 years, she has been a lector and Eucharistic minister at the Church of the Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament in Olyphant. She also recently joined in the thoughtful study of an IHM Associate.

Cheryl, for 20 years of extending your genuine care and friendship to all of us in the Marywood community, we sincerely thank you.

20 Years: Pete Zadzura

Fans coming into the Center for Athletics and Wellness for sporting events of one kind or another probably never realize that before the whistle blows or basketballs hit the floor or swimmers splash in or athletes even start to get their game on, there is someone who already has his game on, who has made it possible for all of the games to begin. For 20 years, Pete Zadzura has been one of these important someones.

Pete is a hardworking custodian, who completes set ups for sporting events, sees that facilities are in top shape, and helps keep the Center for Athletics and Wellness up and running for students, staff, faculty, administrators coaches, athletes, and fans. Pete is on the ball early, in order to open the fitness center for 6:30 a.m. and to ready the pool for daily activity.

Pete is also, incidentally, a top notch automotive mechanic…so it’s probably not too surprising that he is a motorcycle enthusiast. Come spring, you will find Pete out there, taking to the highway on his motorcycle. He is an avid hunter who grows his beard out every hunting season, although his friends in Maintenance have expressed some doubt as to whether he does this to lure in his prey or scare them away.

Pete is dedicated to his family. His son and daughter are involved in youth sports, so he spends a lot of time in the bleachers and on the fields in the Valley View area. Pete, for two decades of being a star MVP on the Marywood team, we truly thank you. 

20 Years: John Zlotucha

For 20 years, John Zlotucha has been faithfully on the job, caring for the vital infrastructure of Marywood University. John, a Utility Mechanic, is the guy who looks after the heating, plumbing, and air conditioning—all those things that make it possible for us to be here, at least in any degree of comfort. He takes great care of those things we don’t see, or usually even think about—that is, of course, till they stop working. This past winter, there were times when they did stop working. Pipes froze. We sometimes had to cancel or move classes. At these critical times, it was the hard-working Utility crew to the rescue. So, if ever we had the occasion to visualize our dauntless utility crew in the Superman capes, this was it.

John, however, pretty much knows how to handle the uncertainties of Northeast Pennsylvania weather. He’s a Dickson City man, born and bred. When he’s not at work, you will likely find him prowling around local auctions and flea markets. His friends say John can spot a good deal a mile away, and he has a nose for sniffing out a treasure. John, also, by the way, has a nose—and a palate—for discovering a different kind of treasure: a liquid kind. He and his wife enjoy going on wine tours throughout the area.

John, we are happy to know you as a wine connoisseur, as a genuine American Picker, and as a steady, reliable friend. Admittedly, it’s easier to picture you in a hard hat than a superman cape, but, either way, we have learned a deeper appreciation for the work you so skillfully and faithfully do and have been doing so capably for 20 years.

Although the following individuals could not be with us today, I am happy to recognize them for 20 years of dedicated service:

Erin Mitchell, after 20 dedicated years, continues—with love, enthusiasm, and energy (in her position, one needs energy)—to watch over the children at the Fricchione Daycare Center.

Marie Huester—sometimes part-time, sometimes full-time, sometimes as a graduate assistant—has shared her computer savvy, her research expertise, and her valued friendship in Academic Computing, Career Services, Human Resources, Institutional Research, and the Office of Planning for the past 20 years.

Sandra Ward Povse, a gifted artist and Marywood’s Gallery Curator, has given us 20 years of professionally-executed art exhibits; of graduate and undergraduate exhibitions; of community outreach; inviting the public to artist talks and show openings. She has been the organizer for our regional Scholastic Art Awards competition, showcasing the area’s young artists, and it has been—in no small measure—Sandy’s vision and persistence that helped bring the renowned Maslow collection to Marywood.

In addition to these wonderful, loyal individuals whom we have honored for 20 years of faithful service, there are a number of other individuals who mark still longer milestones this year.

25 Years: Lisa Hetsko

For 25 years, Lisa Hetsko, Day Receptionist at the Athletics and Wellness Center, has be both a welcoming face and sort of an organizational referee. According to Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Lisa is “supremely competent, a whiz with numbers, and a major support for me in keeping the Center running small challenge, since the work load has increased unbelievably over the years, with the University going from five sports to 19—from zero recreational programs to over 40—plus more than a tenfold increase in student athletes. 

 Lisa clearly enjoys interacting with students, faculty, staff, and in fact—everyone who passes by her desk—and she just as clearly cares about people.  Her family is her priority—her husband, Keith, two sons, both Marywood graduates, a daughter and two grandchildren, Alyson and Justin. She bakes to die for. She is an artist with a crochet hook. Her favorite image is the hummingbird—which is appropriate because, in a sense, it reflects her work ethic: always busy, always in motion…completing tasks with quick, quiet efficiency.  She loves reading, needlework, crafts—and oh yes, a good tennis match...which is why one thing that may actually call her away from her desk is attending the U.S. Open.  Lisa, I must add that no “serve” you might witness at the open is more noteworthy than the dedicated 25 years of “service” you have given us in the Marywood community.

25 Years: Martin O’Connor

For 25 years now, one famous member of our Marywood community, who is less often seen than heard, is Telecommunications Manager Marty O’Connor. In fact, Marty just may be the best known individual on campus. At least, his voice is, since, when the world turns white, it is Marty who makes that welcome announcement of “snow day.” And I don’t need to tell you how busy—and probably popular—this made Marty during the past winter. Besides always staying on top of the weather situation, Marty even manages to sound cheerful about it. Dr. Pat Dunleavy confirms that Marty is not only always awake, but actually sounds chipper when the call comes in a 5 a.m. to change that phone message.

 “Snow day” messages, however, are just the “sound bites” of Marty’s complex and demanding job, which involves keeping phone lines and communication systems functioning efficiently across the campus. We couldn’t ask for a finer, more efficient person to do this.

While he may, with some accuracy, be described as a “Fighting Irishman”—or, in other words, a die-hard Notre Dame Fan—he  is in truth, “the Quiet Man”: generous, unassuming, with an Irish wit that also makes him a sly practical joker...and...(little known fact) the author of four hilarious online short animated stories. Above all, he is simply the best friend you could ever have, and, as all who know him will attest, one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Chief Information Officer Tony Spinillo says, “Marty is the unassuming guy who keeps everything running in the sound and data world. With his sense of humor and enormous heart, Marty is the face and voice of OIT.”

Marty, for 25 years of timely messages, unfailing service, wondrous Irish wit, and warm friendship, we thank you!

25 Years: James Kanuik

During this Centennial year, as we look back on some previous decades, we might recall that mantra of the 60s—Flower Power. I must note that the expression has been given a centennial update on our campus by James Kanuik, Grounds Department group leader, who, for 25 years, has been putting his heart, soul—and very green thumb—into Marywood’s gorgeous floral displays—from spring tulips to the bright summer plantings to fall mums. Thanks to his creativity, hard work, and keen eye for flowering design, Marywood continues to be one of the most beautiful campuses in Pennsylvania.

However, Jim is hardly resting on his laurels just because he’s not planting. Every winter, he spends endless hours removing snow, salting, helping make the campus safe for everyone—being here till the job is finished; sometimes, says Grounds Superintendent Mark Burns, to the point where we have to tell him to go home.  “When he’s out moving snow,” Mark says, “I’ve actually had to send people out to find him just to be sure he’s all right, because with the noise of the machine, you can’t hear a text or phone call.”

I personally might add that if ever we had reason to be grateful for Jim’s dedication, it was this past winter. Mark confirms that. “I’ve supervised a lot of people,” Mark says, “and Jimmy is absolutely one of the most dedicated I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”

Jim, for 25 years of extraordinary commitment and service—flower powered and snow plowed, we sincerely thank you.  

30 Years: Nancy Gibbons

This afternoon we are delighted to recognize Nancy Gibbons for 30 years of service to the University. In a sense, that 30-year figure somewhat belies real time. Nancy began her career as Assistant to the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs. She left for a while to be a full-time mom—but she never could totally leave Marywood. She returned to share her expertise, juggling part-time and full-time in MIS (now known as OIT), in Human Resources, and then again in Fiscal Affairs. Today, with her family grown, she is Manager of Fiscal Operations, efficiently keeping Purchasing and Accounts Payable under control for the University—a role that Patrick Castellini is hoping she keeps for a long time to come.

Clearly, the pride and joy of Nancy’s life are her grandchildren, Mason and Marty. She travels to Portland, Oregon, to visit her daughter, Rachel, when she can. At home, her buddy is her ever-present pup, Kelly.

Nancy’s efficiency is as integral to her department as her ready smile. Patrick Castellini, Controller and Assistant Treasurer, says, “I look forward to Nancy’s contagious smile and great positive attitude brightening our office. I’m forever grateful,” he adds. “I feel fortunate that she is a key member of the Fiscal Services team.”

We, too, are grateful for Nancy and all she has brought to Marywood for the past 30 years.

30 Years: Carol Yanusauskas

I am delighted to express my appreciation today to another numbers whiz who has applied her genius in service to this University for a full three decades now. As an undergraduate, Carol Yanusauskas earned her degree in Biology. In 2002, she was awarded her MBA. Now, certainly, a person with the extraordinary intelligence and ability to earn two academically demanding degrees is exactly the person we’d hope to have heading our vital Cashier’s Office. To our good fortune, that is exactly what Carol has been doing—with quiet, thorough proficiency. She joined the Cashier’s Office in 1985 and took over the responsibilities of Head Cashier two years later. Since then, she has survived endless lines of students, sorted out answers to countless complex questions, and brought billions of numbers in proper balance. Her co-worker, Maggie Sanfilippo, calls her their “go-to” person when problems crop up.  

Lately, she’s been “Florence Nightengale for her husband, Vince, who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. But that doesn’t mean Carol won’t stop to shop at her favorite spot—Kohls—or to indulge her passion for Vera Bradley bags (six that we know of). She’ll curl up with her tuxedo cat, Spotty, and her favorite TV fare: movies, documentaries and the History Channel. She loves to garden—which is probably the reason the office plants thrive.

Carol, as an alumna and as co-worker, your service for the past 30 years is simply incalculable. We sincerely thank you—and wish Vince a speedy recovery. 

30 Years: Karen Nealon

For the past 30 years, every co-worker or supervisor asked to describe Karen Nealon invariably begins with the words, “hard worker.” These words are also followed with such descriptors as “knowledgeable,” “ready to help,” “energetic,” “enthusiastic,” “upbeat.”  Also invariably, somewhere in the lengthy list of descriptors will be the words, “best friend you could have.” 

Karen’s first years on campus were spent helping to keep the Book Store operating smoothly. She then showed her tech-savvy side and joined the Office of Information Technology, taking time off now and then to have three beautiful daughters—an endeavor so worthy, says John Porter, that we don’t hold that against her. Her family has always been the center of her life. Her three beautiful daughters, whom she faithfully supported through school, sports, and cheerleading are fast becoming three beautiful young women: one graduated from college; one in college—and one to go. 

Chief Information Officer Tony Spinillo, who heads OIT and who is a notorious car guy, says "Karen is like the gears deep in the engine; when they break, you find out just how much she takes care of." She is a methodical, multi-talented person who accepts nothing less than excellence in whatever she does. Her former co-worker, Marilee Sweeney, once offered this succinct description: Karen is a “summer person...she reflects sunshine and positives wherever she goes.” 

Karen, I think that you are most especially appreciated as a “summer person” after the trials of this past winter. So, for three decades of bringing us warmth and sunshine and the good things of summer—all year round—we thank you.

Now, we move to the portion of the program during which we must say farewell to several of our friends and dedicated colleagues as they retire.

Retiree: Gwynne Gilbert

There is perhaps no finer example of loving service than one who renders it to the smallest members of our community. Hundreds of children (and not so young children) in Northeast PA will know who you mean if you ask them about “Miss Gwynne.”

For 24 years, Gwynne Gilbert was the Director of the Fricchione Day Care Center at Marywood. Actually, Gwynne is the founding and only director of the Center. During those years, she lovingly guided the educational growth and development of hundreds of young children; expanded the Center and its services; encouraged the continual professional development of her staff; and demonstrated her creativity and skill in grant writing, fundraising, and resource allocation to support the Center. Gwynne successfully led numerous national re-accreditations of the Center by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and repeatedly achieved 4-star status, which is the highest recognition in Pennsylvania for early childhood education centers.

Gwynne accomplished all this with competence, grace, charm, and an unwavering dedication to the education of young children. The Fricchione Center, Marywood University, and the children of Northeast Pennsylvania have been blessed! Clearly, Gwynne, you will be missed not only by the Marywood community, but by a whole wide world of childhood memories!

For 24 years of loving service, thank you, Miss Gwynne!

Retiree: Alice Grimm

This year, we’ve had to say goodbye to a conscientious, hard-working member of our Housekeeping Staff: Alice Grimm. For nearly 10 years, Alice would cheerfully and efficiently work her way from one site to another across the campus…from Immaculata Hall…to Marywood auxiliary houses…and most recently Loughran Hall, where she was famous for singing her favorite songs from the sixties—and probably even more famous for dyeing her hair different colors, which, of course, the students absolutely loved. When she was finished for the day, Alice would dance her way to the time clock!  (Much to the special delight, I might add, of her coworker, Lisa Sinclair.)

Alice was dedicated to caring for both the facilities and the people in her assigned locations…and it is the people Alice encountered every day who will tell you that what stands out most, aside from her colorful hair, is her happy attitude and pleasant demeanor. Alice has been an asset to Marywood’s housekeeping, says department supervisor, Joe McCormack. Alice, we will indeed miss your conscientious efficiency—not to mention your happy dance to the time clock every day…but surely we wish you all good things in your retirement and the years ahead.

Retiree: Joann Lucke

Unquestionably the iconic image and the single most readily identifiable landmark, which is absolutely unique to Marywood, is our magnificent Rotunda. It is one of the most valuable art and architectural treasures of the region. Renowned artist Gonippo Raggi had earned the praise of popes and kings for his illumination of 100 cathedrals, basilicas, and churches across three continents. It was here at Marywood that he drew upon his great talent to create in marble and paint a message special and specific to this institution—an expression of the history and principles of Christian education. For those of us who love Marywood, it is priceless.

So. why do I pause to talk about this in the middle of an event recognizing Marywood’s faithful, diligent employees? Because one hard-working dedicated member of our incomparable housekeeping staff—Joann Lucke, for nearly 20 years, before her retirement, took great and special care of our magnificent Rotunda.

At night, when the campus bustle had died down, JoAnne would be on the job, scrubbing, buffing, and keeping the Rotunda shining, even as she also went through the Liberal Arts Center, readying classrooms for the next day. She took pride in her work, as if she were an art gallery curator, caring for a treasured painting—and she really was. 

Joann, we will miss the conscientious care you gave our prized treasure—but we wish you many happy years ahead to enjoy your retirement.

Retiree: Bernard O’Malley

A gentleman who has served Marywood University with energy and skill, wearing the hats of different assignments, over the course of nearly a quarter of a century is Bernard O’Malley. When Bernie started at Marywood, he was a mainstay in Physical Plant, working in building maintenance. Then he donned a different hat and moved to a post in the Housekeeping Department. We might guess, though, that one of his favorite hats would bear the logo of the New York Yankees—of which he is a die-hard fan...or the Valley View Cougars of which he is probably an even bigger fan.

Bernie has been, simply put, a sportsman, through and through. He supported community youth teams, especially through involvement with the Archbald Athletic Club for little league. And he is a long-standing member of the Upvalley Sportsman’s Club.

The hat he might wear most proudly, though, would bear the legend of the Pennsylvania State Police, since his son graduated from the state police academy. It’s a pride we can all share. Over the past year, as you well know, we’ve all had occasion to renew our appreciation for our Pennsylvania State Troopers.  

Bernie, we thank you for your years of loyal service. May you have many years ahead to cheer on your favorite teams…but, for the sake of a long and healthy life, we urge caution when driving over the West Market Street Bridge in Scranton. Did you think we’d forget that little incident when you drove off the bridge and landed in the Lackawanna River?

Retiree: Marilee Sweeney

Marilee Sweeney doesn’t look very intimidating, but, for many years, you couldn’t get into the Office of Information Technology without getting past Marilee. She was the vigilant, efficient, if not-very-intimidating, more-like-welcoming gatekeeper for OIT.

As Wendy Brenzel, Director of Application Services, described it, “Marilee greets, screens, and directs the incoming while keeping track of the locals who go out in the field.” Like Lucy in the “Peanuts” comic strip, Wendy says, Marilee should also have had a “Doctor Is In” sign on her desk, since she was also the unofficial psychiatrist. Across from her desk was the “patient’s chair,” and it welcomed anyone to sit while Marilee lent her sympathetic ear—and often sensible opinion, which didn’t even cost five cents.

She had started working at Marywood in the cafeteria before taking on the job as department secretary in MIS—a position that morphed into administrative support for OIT and indispensable right hand for Tony Spinillo, Chief Information Officer. “I may be the CIO,” Tony observed, “but Marilee was the ‘Chief Get It Done and Keep It In Order’ Officer. She was an outstanding assistant—but an even better friend!”

It was easy to see that Marilee‘s life has always been family centered. Over her 22 years at Marywood, we watched her lovingly care for her parents; and we saw her pride as her daughter and son grew into wonderful young adults. Marilee for over 20 years of good psychiatry, good organization, and good friendship—we all say thank you….including John Porter, although he still tends to use the term, “decided to desert us” in place of “retire.”   

Retiree: Patricia Trojanowicz

Another dear friend and gracious lady who has retired, leaving an enormous hole in the hearts of all in her department, is Pat Trojanowicz, secretary, gentle listener, peerless organizer, den mother, and overall sweetheart of the Communication Arts Department for 31 years. 

“Pat’s primary concern was always for our students,” said Dr. Mike Mirabito. “Her ability to remember everyone’s name was amazing!” For Dr. Doug Lawrence, a standard ritual during orientation for new students was to bring them to Pat and introduce her as “your lifeline for the next four years.” As far as Dr. Lawrence was concerned, Pat was indispensable. “Organized is an understatement,” he would declare. He also used such words as “high level competency…understanding and compassion…sharp, witty…her stories are like her: full of wisdom and fun.” 

“She is the glue that held the department together,” was a description offered by more than one faculty member. “To us, she was much more than a secretary,” said Dr. Paulette Merchel. “She was a beloved friend. She’d listen quietly as each of us muddled through our crises. She cried with us…prayed for us. Despite her quiet exterior, Pat was a fiercely loyal and protective mother bear. She had our backs, and won our hearts forever.”

“Pat’s dedication was not limited to one department,” Dr. Lawrence was quick to add. “Her giving spirit extended to people everywhere. In all seriousness,” he says, “we counted our blessings that such a gentle and lovely spirit worked next to us day in and day out.” Pat, for more than three decades of blessing us with your loving spirit—and mama bear protection—we thank you. And, in the finest tradition of the theatre, I would add, “Parting is such sweet sorrow…”

Although they could not be with us this afternoon, I did not want the day to go by without expressing my appreciation to Marie Troy Huester and Patricia Kurilla, who are also retiring this year.

As we conclude this wonderful celebration, I do also want to mention some of our distinguished faculty members and administrators who were honored on Sunday night at the Cor Mariae Dinner for their service milestones.

Mr. Steven Alexander, Dr. William P. Conlogue, Dr. Lloyd L. Lyter, and Mr. Samuel L. Olfano were inducted into THE ORDER COR MARIAE PRO FIDE ET CULTURA, for 20 years of distinctive service.

Commemorating 25 years are Wendy Brenzel, Dr. Stephen C. Burke, Dennis C. Corrigan, Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Dr. Thomas Michael Jackson, Pamela Parsons, and Mathew R. Povse.

Marking 30 years of dedication to Marywood are Robert Arthur Griffith and Michael Patrick Gibbons.

Celebrating 35 years at Marywood are Ann Boland-Chase and Dr. Patricia E. Dunleavy.

Also, Sister Gail Cabral IHM, Ph.D. has been honored for her remarkable 45 years of service.

We bid a fond farewell to our dear friends and distinguished colleagues who are retiring, including Dr. Ann Bush, Mr. Michael H. Freund, Dr. Raymond Heath, Gregory Keane Hunt, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Kenny, Dr. Kathleen Munley, and Sister Joan Paskert, IHM.

Please know that as you look back at the accomplishments of your years at Marywood…or at the accomplishments of the past semester…or even of your working day, you may truly do so with satisfaction, for you have done something of importance. You have helped assure a bright future for this University and for its students. You have all been partners in the important work of transforming today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders.

Finally, I would like to thank John Coval and his staff for their tireless efforts to coordinate this event and Tom Notchik and the Chartwell’s staff for their exceptional food service.

God bless each and every one of you, this day and every day!