Janet Hardcastle Retires from SSU After 25 Years of Service
Janet Hardcastle retires today after twenty five years of dedicated service to Sonoma State University. When she started working here in 1987, her first position was with the Intensive Learning Experience Program for the Communication Studies Department. But shortly after that, she took a position with the School of Education, where she has worked ever since. From 1989-2001 Janet worked as the assistant to the dean in the School of Education, before transitioning to the world of educational technology grant work, where she has truly made her mark over the last decade. Janet has been the administrator of three major federal grant projects sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, and has worked closely with teams of faculty from Sonoma State and other partner institutions. These projects include Light Bridge: Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology, Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology (EnACT) and EnACT - Partnerships, Technology and Collaboration, EnACT-PTD.
Two weeks ago, the campus celebrated her retirement with a send-off party hosted by the School of Education. Faculty and staff from across campus, as well as other retired SSU people and family members came together at the Terrace Room and Patio at the Commons to thank Janet for all the good work she has done for Sonoma State, and to wish her well. Colleagues Gayle Graff, Jim Fouche, Brett Christie and Emiliano Ayala praised her for years of professionalism, precision, dedication and collegiality. They credited her with much of the success of their grant work, because she brought so much knowledge and expertise to the complex world of federal grants. Janet was at the hub of all their work, and for that they are forever grateful.
The School of Education presented Janet with a commemorative Waterford vase and a framed picture with photographs of campus to mark the occasion. Janet noted that she loves Sonoma State’s beautiful campus, and while she will no longer be working here, you will likely in the future see her here taking a walk, maybe pushing one of her grandchildren’s strollers, enjoying the beauty of the trees and gardens here at Sonoma State, truly taking time to make the most of her retirement.