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 8 in Homewood's Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center.

Hosted by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement, the warm and lively event featured a jazz band that played during dinner—maple-brined chicken or a vegetarian option; raffles, with winners taking home prizes such as a JHU blanket, family ticket packs to Six Flags America or an Orioles vs. Cubs game; and a Mid-Atlantic Golf Pass. The grand prize—the President's Gift with Dream Vacations, a certificate that can be applied to a cruise of the winner's choice—was won by 30-year employee Frederick Dubs, a medical photographer with the School of Medicine.

During the program, the names of everyone present were announced and applauded, and those with 25 or more years were each congratulated by and photographed with President Ron Daniels. When Daniels 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 to it.

More than 350 employees are celebrating 20-plus years in FY2017, with the longest tenure belonging to Peggy Bremer, a budget specialist with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, who is marking 50 years at Johns Hopkins.

Bonnie Cosner, who was marking 25 years with the School of Medicine's Radiology Department, said, "The food was delicious, the band was terrific, and the event flowed smoothly. It was a wonderful event, and both my daughter and I enjoyed it very much. The only thing that could have made it better was if I had won the cruise raffle."