CHASS Staff Honored with Service Awards

By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

On Thursday, January 15th, Dean Patricia O’Brien of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, acknowledged two of UCR’s distinguished staff on the anniversaries of their tenure with the state university system. Assistant Dean for Development Amy Smith, and Senior Academic Personnel Analyst Scheryl Eilander celebrated their ten and 20 year anniversaries, respectively. The awards were presented at a staff lunch by Dean O’Brien.

Assistant Dean Amy Smith came to UCR in 1999 from the California State University system as the first Developmental Director of CHASS. Smith has seen a tremendous growth in student enrollment as a major change during her time here at UCR. Also the foundations of a strong development program have been laid during her tenure. In the future, Assistant Dean Smith plans to “continue to raise funds to support the students, faculty, and programs in the College,” but intends to emphasize “student support for scholarships and fellowships.” She credits her successful experiences to working with Dean Patricia O’Brien as the highlight of her developmental career.
Academic Personnel Analyst Scherlyl Eilander began at UCR in 1983 as a temporary employee. Eilander is amazed at the increase in student enrollment, parking fees, and development of new buildings that have occurred during her career, as well as the technological advancements. In addition, she marvels at just how quickly 20 years have passed and how wonderful her experience has been. In the future she plans on remaining at the College while attempting to spend as much time with her family. Eilander also states that having Dean O’Brien present the award was an enormous honor for her.

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