Retirement: Joyce Chong, Managing Director of Advising, Career and EOP Services


Joyce Chong, Managing Director of Advising, Career and EOP Services (ACE) has announced her retirement effective August 27. Joyce has been a continuous member of the Sonoma State staff since 1990.

Joyce has spent her entire career working with young people and helping others. Trained as an early childhood education teacher, she initially came to work at Sonoma State in the mid 1980's as a lecturer in the School of Education and as Education Resource Coordinator in the Salazar Library under a NEH Grant for a Southeast Asian Cultural & Education Project.

After she left Sonoma State, Joyce worked at San Francisco's Chinatown Family Service Agency, Santa Rosa School District, and Santa Rosa Junior College.

She returned in 1990 as Coordinator for Academic Advising, working with Dr. Barry Godolphin. With the University reorganization of Student services in 1994, Joyce became an advisor in the Advising and EOP Services, becoming Director in 1995. When Career Services and Advising and EOP Services combined to form ACE, Joyce became Managing Director.

Joyce has been active in overseeing the program that works with over 1000 undeclared students, five-hundred EOP students, as well as Career Services and Testing. On campus, she has worked very closely with faculty, provided advising training to faculty and staff. Joyce was also the lead for planning and organizing the move Enrollment and Student Academic Services move into Salazar Hall.

She has served on system-wide committees with the CSU EOP Directors and the Career Directors. One of the major programs on which she has worked was to transition of the EOP application from paper to electronic.

While at the University, her passion has been working directly with students. She counts a number of students whom she has mentored during her tenure here at Sonoma. She has maintained a flavor of native New Yorker in all that she has done.

A reception celebrating Joyce's retirement will be Thurs., Sept. 9 from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. on the terrace of the Green Music Center's Hospitality Center. Joyce would appreciate her friends and colleagues bring notes sharing memories of your experiences with her.

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