Marking milestones

Employees celebrated for years of service and acts of kindness

Staff celebrating, in five-year increments, anniversaries of 20 or more years with the university were honored at the 45th annual Staff Milestone Recognition Dinner, held June 13 in Homewood's Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center.

Hosted by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement, the warm and lively event included a jazz band playing during dinner-a choice of roasted citrus chicken breast or grilled portabella with tomato caponata-and a raffle, with winners taking home prizes that included two tickets to a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert, a cooking lesson for two at Baltimore Chef Shop, and a one-year membership to Evergreen Museum & Library. 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 40-year employee Nancy Tsottles, a senior research nurse in the School of Medicine's Oncology Department.

More than 500 employees are celebrating 20-plus years in fiscal year 2018, with the longest tenure belonging to Mary Foy, senior associate dean/registrar in the School of Medicine, who is marking 54 years at Johns Hopkins. During the program, the names of everyone present were announced and applauded. Three employees celebrating 50 or more years received standing ovations.

Employees with 20 or more years were each congratulated by and photographed with President Ron Daniels. When he addressed the attendees and their guests, he highlighted employees' many small acts of kindness and service, on top of their work responsibilities. "Many of these are only felt by a few people, but they have made a profound impression on the character of this place," he said. "They attest to its core decency and selflessness, and they are what knit our university together as a community."

"The dinner was absolutely wonderful," says Robin Richmond, who is celebrating 25 years with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where she works in a biology lab. "This event was worth the 25 years of work. I am overcome with feelings from being appreciated."

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