- Clinton Neill‘s article, “Strengthening Practice through CAS Reviews” has been published in the January/February 2013 issue of Campus Activities Programming, a publication of the National Association of Campus Activities.
- Chris Harney ‘97 earned his 150th win as St. Mary’s Men’s Basketball Coach on January 7th against Franklin & Marshall College.
- Artist-in-Residence Brian Ganz was featured in The Washington Post article “Pianist’s focus on Chopin paying off in ways small and large.” The article highlights Ganz’ undertaking to perform the complete works of Chopin, and his performance at the Music Center at Strathmore on Jan. 19.
- The Office of International Education organized the first-ever St. Mary’s Study Abroad Fair on Feb. 6th.
Can’t imagine ever leaving this place? The following staff and faculty made the leap to retirement during 2012:
- Nancy Abell (19 yrs)
- Lisa Crowe (37 yrs)
- Darlene Defibaugh (11 yrs)
- Arthur den Hartog, Jr. (8 yrs)
- Laraine Glidden (35 yrs)
- Joseph Milburn (31 yrs)
- Robert C. Sloan (31 yrs)
- Joe Storey (33 yrs)
- Merideth Taylor (22 yrs)
- George Waggoner (8 yrs)
- William Williams (24 yrs)
Congratulations to the following staff who have served the College for 5 to 30 years (and more!). If you see these folks on campus or in town, stop and say “Thanks for a job well done!”
30 Years of Service:
- Joseph S. Goddard – General Trades Mechanic, Office of Physical Plant
- Lucy H. Myers – Fiscal Associate II, Kent Hall
- Gail A. Wood – Fiscal Administrator, Montgomery Hall
25 Years of Service:
- Margaret R. Slaughter – Caretaker I, Physical Plant
20 Years of Service:
- Brian P. Ganz – Artist in Residence
- Stacey L. Goddard – Data Manager, Admissions
- Celia E. Rabinowitz – Director of the Library/Faculty/Librarian
- Frances B. Titus – Fiscal Associate II, Schaefer Hall
15 Years of Service:
- Daniel S. Branigan – Director of Design and Construction, Planning & Facilities
- Lee W. Capristo – Director of Publications
- Symaria A. Enoch – Fiscal Associate II, Human Resources
- Kathy J. Grimes – Assistant Vice President for Board Relations
- Carol L. Morris – Evening/Weekend Circulation Supervisor, Library
- Irene Y. Olnick – Senior Accountant, Business Affairs
- Joan E. Pickett – Executive Assistant, Office of VPAA/Dean of Faculty
- Jack D. Short – Computer Programmer/Analyst, Information Technology
- Elizabeth N. Williams – Dean of the Core Curriculum/First Year Experience
10 Years of Service:
- Deborah M. Brooks – Office Administrator, Information Technology
- Rachel E. Brooks – Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- David V. Groupe – Technical Director/Lighting Designer, Montgomery Hall
- Judy L. Johnson – Office Associate II, Planning & Facilities
- Jeffrey E. Smith – Associate Director of Admissions/Coordinator Recruiting
- Jennifer A. St. Germain – Animal Caretaker/Departmental Technician, Psychology Department
- David M. Sushinsky – Director of Alumni Relations, Office of Advancement
5 years of Service:
- Elizabeth A. Byrd – Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Office of Advancement
- Kathy I. Cheek – Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Robert E. Clements – HVAC Mechanic, Physical Plant
- Thomas W. Fisher – ARC Director/PE Coordinator, Athletics & Recreation
- Joyce C. Goodwine – Fiscal Administrator, Physical Plant
- Laura J. Gordon – Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Juliet M. Hewlett – Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Susan K. Mazuc – Office Associate II, Schaefer Hall
- Melvin A. McClintock – Assistant Director of Human Resources/AA/EEO Officer
- Chris D. McKay – Groundskeeper I
- Nairem Moran – Sports Information Director, Athletics & Recreation
- Amanda L. Pilkerton – Accounts Receivable Specialist, Business Affairs
- Eric J. Reed – Groundskeeper I
- J. Sara Slaff – Legal Counsel
- Stephanie M. Somerville – Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Derek M. Young – Associate Director of Residence Life
- Joanne Goldwater, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life/Sign Language Instructor, is actively involved in two civic causes and her professional housing officers association. In Jan 2013, she will become the chair of the Research and Educational Foundation of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). She is also serving as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Southern Maryland (an organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). However, what has touched her heart more than anything in the past two years is her volunteer work for the American Cancer Society (ACS). A 2 year (& counting!) breast cancer survivor with a strong desire to provide education and support to others, Joanne is involved with the College’s Relay for Life event (March 2- 3, 2013 in the MPOARC). She serves on the planning committee for the county-wide Relay for Life (June 8-9, 2013 at Leonardtown High School) and she served on the committee for St. Mary’s County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event on Oct 7. If you have any questions, worries, fears, concerns, or a desire to go for a cup of tea, please feel free to contact Joanne at x4207, GL 150, or email@example.com.
- Mandy Reinig, Director of International Education, and Caitlin Ginter, Associate Director of IE, went to the NAFSA [Association of International Educators] Regional Conference which took place Nov. 15-17 in Alexandria, VA. Mandy presented “Pin It! Tweet It! Post It! Engaging Diverse Audiences” and “I Speak English, What Else is There to Know: Orientation for Study Abroad”. Caitlin presented “The NAFSA Academy Experience”.
- Mark Heidrich and Elizabeth Clune-Kneuer had proposals accepted for the MdAIR (Maryland Association of Institutional Research) and NEAIR (North East Association of Institutional Research) Fall Conferences.
- Tricia Realbuto ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May on the behalf of the American Cancer Society. She and her best friend raised over $1,000 for ACS. She’ll be running again next May if anyone wants to join her.
- Over the summer, Cindy Dale volunteered at Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD serving food to wounded warriors.
- Dana Van Abbema completed the Donna M. Bourassa Management Institute in January 2012.
- Caroline Bright gave a talk about financial aid planning for college at the Charlotte Hall branch of the St. Mary’s County public library system.
- Lee Capristo has been named to the board for Leadership Southern Maryland.
- Rich Edgar has been named an honorary alumnus of SMCM!
- Clinton Gilbert has been named chair-elect of the ACHUO-I multicultural network.
- Kelly Schroeder was awarded the SGA staff service award for 2012. She also earned the Molly Mahoney Volunteer Service Award for service to the Brendan Sailing program and is the incoming president for the Leonardtown Rotary.
Can’t imagine ever leaving this place? The following staff and faculty made the leap to retirement during 2011:
- Linda G. Coughlin (17 years)
- Anne T. Grulich (19 years)
- Daniel W. Ingersoll (36 years)
- Theresa A. Leonard (12 years)
- Sharon D. Murray (25 years)
- Susan N. Ross (18 years)
- Rannieta T. Rothwell (10 years) Welcome back in a new capacity!
- Helen C. Thompson (41 years)
Congratulations to the following staff who have served the College for 5 to 35 years (and more!). If you see these folks on campus or in town, stop and say “Thanks for a job well done!”
35 Years of Service:
- Robert R. Yarber, Caretaker I, Physical Plant
30 Years of Service:
- Joseph I. Milburn, Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Robert C. Sloan, Associate Librarian
- Elaine F. Szymkowiak, Director of Instructional Support Biology
- Linda L. Ward, Network Administrator/Analyst II, Campus Technology Support Services
25 Years of Service:
- Clayton A. Hartley, Assistant Director of Institutional Reporting
- Charles C. Jackson, Associate Vice President of Planning and Facilities
- Vivian R. Jordan, Executive Assistant, Office of the President
20 Years of Service:
- Brenda L. Rodgers, Interlibrary Loan Technician, Library
- Ronald W. Stone, Assistant Director of the Campus Store/Tests
- Adam L. Werblow, Director of the Waterfront/Head Sailing Coach
15 Years of Service:
- Melinda J. Moran, Senior Buyer, Business Affairs
- Kelly S. Schroeder, Assistant Dean of Students
- Christopher J. True, Assistant Vice President of Finance, Business Affairs
10 Years of Service:
- Vicky L. Arter, Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Darlene J. Defibaugh, Fiscal Associate I, Montgomery Hall
- Mark W. Heidrich, Assistant Vice President of Academic Administration
- Jodene A. Hernandez, Accounts Receivable Specialist, Business Affairs
- Iric (Jeff) Krissoff, Senior Computer Technician, Campus Technology Support Services
- Shawne M. McCoy, Assistant Director of Athletics, Athletics and Recreation
- Kenneth M. O’Connell, AV/Digital Spec and Event Coordinator, Library
- Karen (Lisa) Phelps, Assistant Project Manager/Fiscal Administrator, Planning and Facilities
- Beverly J. Read, Office Administrator, Admissions
- Linda A. Russell, Daytime Circulation Supervisor, Library
- Katherine H. Ryner, Associate Librarian, Library
- Maria S. Snyder, Office Associate II, Office of the Registrar
- Mary (Susan) Sullivan, Fiscal Associate I, Business Affairs
- Dana Van Abbema, Director of Career Development
- Barbara J. Williams, Publications Production Assistant, Office of Advancement
5 years of Service:
- Barbara L. Bershon, Director of Arts Outreach
- Robert T. Brown, Computer Network Specialist, Campus Technology Support Services
- Cheryl L. Colson, Collections Technician, Library
- Elsie M. Dickerson, Caretaker I, Physical Plant,
- Patti L. Enoch, Fiscal Associate II, Business Affairs
- April D. Ford, Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Liisa E. Franzen, Director of Development and Campaigns, Office of Advancement
- Christopher J. Hasbrouck, Head Men’s Lacrosse coach, Athletics and Recreation
- Dennis L. Hite, Building Systems/Control Technician, Physical Plant
- Alan N. Lutton, Office Administrator, Library
- Dorothy E. Reed, Caretaker I, Physical Plant
- Tyana S. Reynolds, General Trades Mechanic, Physical Plant
- Kelly A. Smolinsky, Assistant Director of Residence Life
- Jamal A. Swann, General Support Staff/Set-ups, Physical Plant
- Nickolas B. Tulley, Assistant Registrar/ISSA
- Timmie I. Wallace, General Support Staff/Inventory, Physical Plant
- William J. Ward, Director of Sailing/Varsity Sailing Coach
- Brianne S. Weaver, Head Women’s Soccer coach/Senior Woman Administrator, Athletics and Recreation
- Robert S. Webb, HVAC Mechanic, Physical Plant
- Laura Bayless is the secretary and president-elect of the Leonardtown Rotary. She is also on the board of Anne Marie Gardens.
- Bobby Butler, Phil Fenwick, & Ann Rodgers completed a 4-day “Supervisor’s Toolkit” program in Baltimore.
- MJ Raleigh is president of the American College Counseling Association.
- Sandy Robbins’ photograph, “Marsh Sunrise” earned first prize in the 2011 competition held by the St. Mary’s County Camera Club. Sandy’s photo was printed in the 2011 Avatar.
- Kelly Schroeder is the director of vocational services on the Leonardtown Rotary. She was also recently appointed to the board of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity.
- Ben Toll was nominated and selected to participate in the College Board Enrollment Leadership Academy. Toll was selected out of 70 nominations to be a part of the first national College Board class of 15 young admissions professionals in discussion on topics such as leadership and enrollment strategies.
- Jeff Smith is on the NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) Inclusion, Access, and Success committee which was historically the NACAC Human Relations Committee. Smith just finished his presidency for the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling.
By Lisa Youngborg, with contributions from Joanne Goldwater
Each semester always brings new challenges but the fall semester of 2011 has been a true dedication check for staff from all corners of the campus. While it began quietly enough in August we found ourselves challenged by an earthquake that required the calming of fears, a hurricane during Orientation weekend (welcome!), a tropical depression, and then mold. Many of us were waiting for the invasion of locusts!
Staff did an amazing job of supporting our students…but they also did a great job of supporting each other! Staff members volunteered to help in areas they probably never imagined with smiles and good humor, driving and riding on shuttle vans, assisting with student activities and programs, packing, unpacking, repacking and delivering boxes from residence halls to hotels and our floating residence hall, providing office coverage for staff who needed to be out on campus attending to other tasks, and in a hundred other ways big and small, with care, concern, a listening ear and a comforting hug when frustrations and fatigue arose. Throughout all of the disruptions classes were held, residences were cleaned, food was served, and campus programs continued as planned.
Joanne Goldwater, associate dean of students and director of residence life was front and center for all of the student housing events this semester and she complimented all of the campus staff efforts.
“This fall semester has been an incredible challenge and this is especially true for our displaced students, their families, and many staff and faculty members that have been dealing with the mold problems. It has also been reaffirming in many ways. The relocation of the students, from the beginning of the mold situation until we can get them back into Caroline and Prince George in January, has been a remarkable team effort. I have been at St. Mary’s long enough to know that it is during these difficult times that our sense of community truly shines. So many people have provided so many different kinds of assistance during the past three months. I am deeply grateful to the folks in Academic Administration, Academic Services, Admissions, Athletics, Business Office, Campus Store, Counseling Services, Dean of Students Office, Design & Construction, Environmental Health & Safety, Events & Conferences, Faculty, Food Services, Grounds, HSMC, Health Services, Housekeeping, Human Resources, Maintenance, Planning & Facilities, President’s Cabinet, Public and Media Relations, Public Safety, Residence Life, Student Activities, Tech Support, the Waterfront, and a number of individuals from all over campus for the myriad ways you have worked with us throughout this semester. I am proud to work at an institution that really is student-centered with terrific colleagues willing to work in the rain and heat, and daytime into night-time focused on providing support and service to those in need.”
Many of us work in offices where our support was an expected part of our jobs but many more took the time to offer assistance and encourage the efforts of those on the front lines. As staff on campus, we understand what it takes to make the College function in order to meet our academic mission and we pulled together to meet the needs of students, faculty, alumni, the local community and staff…So pat yourselves on the back for a job well done!