2010 Service Awards Ceremony Honors 119 Employees
On Tues., April 13, the 19th Annual Service Awards Ceremony was held to honor the service milestones reached by 119 staff and faculty during the 2009 calendar year. The honorees included William Barnier and David Ziblatt, who achieved 40 years of service, as well as 35-year award recipients Chris Cammarano, Luanne Ebright, Stephen Norwick, Gloria Ogg, Georgia Schwartz and Laxmi Tewari (pictured above).
Recipients, joined by the President, Extended Cabinet, supervisors and other well wishers, took a walk down memory lane as they remembered what was going on in the world, nation, and at SSU when they started working at Sonoma State.
A complete list of recipients is available on the Employee Recognition website. Recipients who were unable to attend the ceremony should visit Employee Services, located in Salazar 2078, to pick up a service award and pin. Questions may be directed to Debbie Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSU's First Graduation of 2010: Frank Nides, Electrician
Frank Nides, electrician for Facilities Services, graduated from the certified apprenticeship program and began his career as a journeyman electrician in 2009. Last Friday, 2010, President Armiñana and Vice President Schlereth, as well as members of the Chancellor’s Office, the Joint Apprenticeship Committee, and the CSU State Employees’ Trades Council (SETC) attended the graduation ceremony held on campus. It was followed by a lunch for all campus SETC members and Facilities Management Services staff.
Nides joined SSU's Dining Services in January 2002, and was promoted in 2005 to a facilities worker position in Facilities Services. He was accepted into the apprenticeship program in November 2006. He was awarded 1 ½ years towards this apprentice program for education and work experience in his Naval and civilian career. The apprenticeship training consisted of an arduous classroom schedule after work hours and on the job training curriculum that lasted over two ½ years.
As part of the recognition, he received certificates from the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, State, Department of Industrial Relations and the State Employees Trades Council (SETC), declaring the completion of his training.
The apprenticeship program is a joint effort between the SETC and the CSU, and is certified by the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards. The Joint Apprenticeship Program has been a successful endeavor at SSU, and is a powerful example of the union and the University working together to provide career training and opportunities for employees.
Please join Facilities Services, SETC, and the State of California in congratulating Frank on this great accomplishment!