Employees Honored for Retirements, Years of Service

Employees Honored for Retirements, Years of Service

By University Communications
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Old Main painting by Diana Maderas
Old Main painting by Diana Maderas

The University will hold its annual Service Awards Luncheon next week to recognize the nearly 1,000 employees celebrating milestone years.

Employees celebrating 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 or more years at the UA have been invited to attend the April 24 luncheon in the Student Union Memorial Center's Grand Ballroom. Darci Thompson, director of Life & Work Connections, will emcee the invitation-only event.

"The Service Awards are an opportunity to show appreciation and to recognize the hard work of many on behalf of the University," said Heather Lukach, administrator of Presidential Events and Visitor Services, which is coordinating the luncheon. "It's a fun event where people can enjoy and connect with fellow Wildcats."

This year's 978 honorees break down as follows:

  • 10 years – 312 employees
  • 15 years – 239 employees
  • 20 years – 130 employees
  • 25 years – 162 employees
  • 30 years – 63 employees
  • 35 years – 54 employees
  • 40 years – 14 employees
  • 45 years – 3 employees
  • 55 years – 1 employee

For a list of the employees marking milestones, click here (PDF).

During the ceremony, employees will receive gifts that correspond with their number of years of service.

  • 10 years: Engraved pen and letter opener in a wooden box.
  • 15 years: Set of four Thirstystone coasters featuring Old Main painted by local artist Diana Madaras.
  • 20 years: Four drinking glasses etched with the block A logo.
  • 25 years: A swivel desk organizer.
  • 30 years: Wooden tiered Old Main treasure box to hold jewelry or office supplies.
  • 35 years: A rosewood charging station for a cell phone.
  • 40 years: Choice between a hardcover copy of "A Photographic History of The University of Arizona, 1885-1985," written by Phyllis Ball, or a mini canvas picture of Old Main.
  • 45 years: A digital photo frame.
  • 50 years: A Madaras painting of Old Main on a large ceramic tile.

Last week, employees planning to retire by June 30 were honored at the annual Retiree Dinner in the North Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center.

The April 9 event was emceed by Allison Vaillancourt, vice president for human resources and vice president for institutional effectiveness. Representatives from the UA Retirees Association were on hand to help host and connect with new retirees, who received a UA throw blanket and had their pictures taken with President Ann Weaver Hart.

The names of the 264 retiring employees are available here (PDF).

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