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City College retirees honored

Retiring anthropology professor Nancy Garr speaking after receiving one of the retiree gifts. | Callib Carver | [email protected]

City College hosted a May 1 retirement reception to honor longtime employees retiring after years of dedication to higher education.
According to City College records, the 2012-2013 retiring honorees are:

Kathleen Allen, Patricia Cousins, Richard Deus, Dora Franco, Nancy Garr, Lyle Houston, Celina Ing, Doreen Irwin, Janet Lee, Stephanie McDonald, Carol Moore, David Rasul,Rick Reese, Dennis Smith, and Jane Woo.

Retired Nursing Professor of nursing, Kathleen Allen said she would always appreciate the bonds she formed with co-workers and students over the years at City College.

“I will miss the people,” said Allen.

“I enjoyed a special relationship with the students because class size was typically 22 people. Also, our faculty was smaller. Since this was a teaching program, we spent a lot of time [together] at the hospital. You just get closer to people [when] you spend so much time with them.”

According to Allen, although she retired in December 2012, she has yet to adjust to the reality of retirement.

“This still feels like a extended vacation,” Allen said.

Public Service Librarian and Library Instruction Coordinator Stephanie Mc- Donald started working at City College in 2000. McDonald said being a part of City College was an experience of a lifetime.
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“I will miss those exuberant students, of course,” McDonald said. “Their energy and curiosity is a reminder of the cycle of life and my place in it. I feel so blessed that I could interact with thousands of people traveling on their own journeys. And maybe I helped some of them on their way.”

After 13 years at City College, McDonald said she has many memories, but her favorites include her co-workers.

“[My] fondest memories will always be of the wonderful librarians and staff I’ve been so lucky to work with and know,” said McDonald. “We work closely
together for eight hours or more a day, so we learn about each other’s family and friends, tragedies and triumphs, as well as learn to forgive one another’s foibles. It’s been a true growth experience for me.

“Certainly not my funniest memory, but one that always makes me smile, is watching a student whiz across the library floor on a razor or skateboard. I still find this amusing, although a bit dangerous it reflects the exuberance of youth not yet tempered by age and wisdom.”

Some “granddaughter time,” working in the garden, community volunteering, and traveling short and long trips with his “longtime friend and wife, Melinda” are among Counseling & Student Success
Office Dean David D. Rasul’s retirement plans.

Still, Rasul said he would miss the students of City College, his fondest
campus-life memories being of students.

“I will miss the students’ energy and watching them at the graduation ceremony,” Rasul said. “Every time I mention to a student how well they are doing or tell them that they can go on to a four-year college and that they should not limit themselves because they are doing great academically, their eyes light up and [they] can’t believe it is them I am talking about. I say, ‘Yes, you are a successful student and your possibilities are limitless.’ The joy in their eyes never fails to make me feel on top of the world.”

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