An evening of appreciation

Staff celebrating, in five-year increments, anniversaries of 20 or more years with the university were honored at the Staff Milestone Recognition Dinner on June 1 in Homewood's Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center. Hosted by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement, the warm and lively event had several new features this year, including a jazz band playing during dinner—a choice of Tuscan Chicken or Eggplant Tower—and a raffle, with winners taking home such prizes as family packs to the zoo, aquarium, and Six Flags; and a Mid-Atlantic Golf Pass. The grand prize—the President's Gift with CruiseOne, a certificate that can be applied to a cruise of the winner's choice—was won by 40-year employee Michael Piorunski, a library coordinator with the School of Medicine.

During the program, the names of everyone present were called out and applauded, and those with 25 or more years were each congratulated by and photographed with President Daniels. When he addressed the attendees and their guests, he emphasized the appreciation of the university for the thousands of years and millions of hours the staff members honored this year had given the university.

More than 350 employees are celebrating 20-plus years in FY2016, with the longest tenure belonging to Julia Buchanan, a scientific writer in the School of Medicine, who is marking 55 years at Johns Hopkins.

"The dinner was absolutely wonderful," says Donna Rosenthal, who is celebrating 30 years with the School of Medicine, where she's a credentialing coordinator. "My husband was saying how great it is that Hopkins does this for their employees, and I wholeheartedly agree. The food was delicious."