Tuesday, June 12, 2012
We had our end of the school year picnic on June 12th. We had over 70 faculty and staff in attendance, including four retired faculty members. It is always a good event, even if some faculty are still scrambling to get their grades in for the spring quarter! It gives us a chance to close out the year and see everyone before summer begins and people scatter.
The picnic is always used to salute those who are departing. This year that included two people who could not make the picnic, so we saluted them at a school meeting on June 7th:
Tom Kelley - Tom joined us full time in 2002 after a long and successful career at Arthur Andersen. His last assignment was managing partner for the Moscow office, so Tom always had a lot of good advice for students with respect to their professional formation. Tom was a rigorous teacher, and thanks to his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross, fit right in to our Jesuit institution. Tom will be missed!
Dino Falaschetti - Dino served the last two years at the Thomas F. Gleed Endowed Chair in Business Administration, which is a two-year visiting appointment in the Albers School. Dino was very popular with students and enlivened the intellectual climate by organizing several panel discussions on contemporary issues where law, economics, and finance intersect (like Dodd-Frank!). Dino is headed to Bozeman, Montana where he will be Executive Director of the Property and Environmental Research Center.
At the picnic on June 12th, we said good bye to several faculty and staff:
Rex Toh - Rex is retiring after 32 years as a faculty member at SU. You can read my blog from May 25th about Rex!
Mary Carpenter - Mary has been our Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and a few months ago was diagnosed with cancer. She has been out on sick leave and plans to retire in November. Mary has been working at SU since 1988. Mary always had a "get it done" attitude and was always willing to tell you exactly what she thought, all of which I appreciate. Mary was a strong advocate for our graduate students, and we will miss her very much.
Steve Brilling - Steve has served as Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center and prior to that served as an executive in residence. He has done a terrific job of building up the center, and in the process reaching out to the community for support. It is not easy for a "business guy" to come to a college campus and be successful, but Steve has done that. Steve will continue to work with us in the family business arena.
Kim Eshelman - Kim has served as the administrative assistant for the Entrepreneurship Center since 2007. She has been instrumental in the continuous improvement the center has achieved. She is an artist and is leaving to pursue her passion full-time.
Carly Cannell - Carly joined Albers a year ago after working at SU's Center for Service and Community Engagement. She worked as a program manager for our EMBA programs. She just completed her MBA at SU and will be taking a position with The Boeing Company. Carly was one of the students very involved with the project to raise $20,000 for the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda.
A big thank you to Tom, Dino, Rex, Mary, Steve, Kim, and Carly for their many contributions to the Albers School! We will miss all of you!
Here is a picture of the Albers School faculty and staff taken at the June 12th picnic: