June 23, 2009
VSU Honors Retirees at Annual Luncheon
VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University’s Council on Staff Affairs
and the Valdosta State Retiree Association honored more than 20 VSU
retirees at the ninth annual Retired Faculty & Staff Luncheon
in mid June.
Judy Hart, retirement and compensation specialist, said the luncheon provided the campus community an opportunity to thank retirees for their dedicated years of service to the university. During the program, retirees were introduced to the Valdosta State Retiree Association, which promotes fellowship and campus service opportunities for hundreds of retirees eager to continue supporting the values and mission of VSU.
"Even though they will no longer be working here, we encourage retirees to join the Valdosta State Retiree Association since their knowledge and energy can still provide a valuable service to the VSU community," Hart said.
VSU employees and friends of the university are encouraged to purchase engraved bricks along the VSU Retirement Walkway in honor of university retirees. Those retirees in whose name a brick was purchased were acknowledged at the luncheon. The retirement walkway - located between West Hall and the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center - is a tribute to the more than 400 retirees who helped build VSU into a premier regional institution. A listing of VSU retirees without bricks and an order form to make the required $50 contribution can be found at www.edu/cosa/retirement.shtml . Brick purchase support VSU Retirement Walkway and Employee Recognition Fund, which sponsors retiree recognition efforts.
The following retirees were honored at the June luncheon:
Martha Berrian (Palms Dining): 1996-2008
James Black (Finance and Administration): 2005-2008, 1969-1999
Ronald Blease (Building Maintenance): 1984-2009
Maxine Brown (Auxiliary Facilities): 1989-2009
Henry Calhoun (Land & Ground Maintenance): 1996-2009
Rita Collins (Student Health Services): 1976-2008
Elaine Dawkins ( Odom Library): 1983-2008
Sandra Denson (Odom Library): 1983-2008
Charles Hudson (Registrar): 1998-2008
Betty Jackson (Parking and Transportation): 1997-2008
Phyllis Jackson (Custodial Services): 1998-2009
James Plondke (Music Department): 1993-2008
George Rudd (Building Maintenance): 1983-2009
Rebecca Tippett (Aerospace Studies): 1988-2009
Carolyn Cox (Adult & Career Education): 1983-2009
William Fredenberger (Management): 1988-2009
William Huitt (Psychology & Counseling): 1985-2009
Sandra Walker (Modern and Classical Languages): 1985-2009
Hilary Harper (Sociology Department): 1995-2009
W. Kent Moore (COBA): 1979-2009
Brenda Faulkner (Housing and Residence Life): 1993-2009
Become a member of the Valdosta State Retiree Association at http://tinyurl.com/VSURetirees