The annual reception recognized faculty and staff who have dedicated 20 or more years of service, as well as those who celebrated milestone years ending in “5” or “0” years.
Meaghan Haugh

Kathy Burd, administrative specialist in the Office of University Communications, recently celebrated 45 years of service.

The end of each academic year marks a time of achievement and celebration for Rider University students, who are recognized during awards banquets, baccalaureate honors presentations, induction ceremonies and Commencement. It’s also a time when a select group of faculty and staff, who have contributed to Rider’s reputation for excellence and success, are also commended for their service to the University.

On May 4, the annual Longtimers Reception, hosted by President Mordechai Rozanski, recognized Rider and Westminster Choir College community members who have dedicated 20 or more years of service, as well as those celebrating milestone years ending in “5” or “0” years.

“This year we have a record-setting 62 honorees who have compiled an amazing 1,695 years of service to the University. That’s an average of 27 years of wonderful service to our University,” Rozanski said. “Their life at Rider began as early as 1966 and as late as 1991.”

Rozanski also gave special recognition to Kathy Burd, administrative specialist in the Office of University Communications, for her 45 years of service to Rider. Upon receiving her associate degree in Secretarial Science from Rider in 1966, Burd began working in a dentist office in Princeton, but soon returned to her alma mater — on October 17, 1966, to be exact — to take a full-time administrative position in the Office of Public Information and Sports Information, the forerunner to today’s University Communications.

“Here I am, 45 years later, working for the University,” said Burd with a smile. “I have been fortunate to have an immediate family and a Rider University family. It just amazes me how the two blended. Friendships developed over the years and they became part of my extended family.”

Burd recalled how her father’s birthday once fell on a Rider home basketball game, so he wanted to celebrate his big day at the game. During halftime, 30 members of Burd’s immediate and Rider family sang Happy Birthday with a cake in the boiler room of Alumni Gym.

Not only did her family expand, but Burd found that Rider gave her the opportunity to explore her interests in the arts and gardening, and increase her knowledge in various areas. For example, she has gained artistic insight from Harry I. Naar, professor of Fine Arts, and photography tips from Peter Borg, University photographer.

“Rider gave me a chance to learn from others,” Burd said. “Sit back and see all that Rider has to offer. Take a long hard look and if it works for you, take advantage of it.”

The 2011 Longtimers honorees included:

45 Years

Kathy Burd — University Communications

40 Years

Barry Ashmen — Marketing, Advertising and Legal Studies

Thomas Callahan — History

Russell Fager — Athletics

Joseph Gowaskie — History

Robert Winter — Foreign Languages and Literatures

35 Years

Ava Baron — Sociology

Richard Butsch — Sociology

James Dailey — Information Systems/Supply Chain Management

Kenneth Fields — Mathematics

Marvin Keenze  — Westminster Choir College Piano and Voice

Fred Lasser — English

Ilhan Meric — Finance and Economics

Alan Wiman —  Marketing, Advertising and Legal Studies

30 Years

Karen Crowell — College of Continuing Studies

Anthony “Bud” Focht — Athletics

Ralph Gallay — Marketing, Advertising and Legal Studies

Susie Geraci — Registrar’s Office

Myra Gutin — Communication/Journalism

Joe Kim — Marketing, Advertising and Legal Studies

Marianne Kollar — Admission Office

Roderick McDonald — History

Thomas Ruble — Management

Barry Truchil — Sociology

Deborah Venello — Educational Opportunity Program

Phillip Voorhees — Facilities

Cheryl Walter — Student Success Center

25 Years

Mary Ann Azzaro — University Communications

Coleen Carr — Moore Library

Anne Carroll — College of Business Administration Dean’s Office

Radharao Chaganti — Management

Mary Ann Conboy — Mail Services

Ilene Goldberg — Marketing, Advertising and Legal Studies

Ann Keith — Aramark

Steven Klein — Information Systems/Supply Chain Management

Anne Osborne — History

Carl Rizzo — Moore Library

Anne Sears — Westminster College of the Arts External Affairs

Susan Skwara — Registrar’s Office

Leonore Taga — Finance and Economics

Lawrence Toth — Facilities

Vickie Weaver — Public Safety

Lydia Woods — Aramark

20 Years

Peter Borg — University Communications

Feng Chen — Chemistry/Biochemistry and Physics

Claire Cocuzza — Athletics

Michael Curran — Teacher Education

Christine De Frehn — College of Continuing Studies

Ann Hickey — Moore Library

James Jordan — Westminster Choir College Conducting/Organ/Sacred Music

Judy Kirschenbaum — Westminster College of the Arts Dean’s Office

Charmen Loh — Finance and Economics

E. Graham McKinley — Communication/Journalism

Dorothy McMullen — Accounting

Jonathan Millen — College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences Dean’s Office

Alison Neely — Westminster Choir College Conservatory

Doris O'Donovan — Moore Library

Obeua Persons — Accounting

Mary Poteau-Tralie — Foreign Languages and Literatures

James Riggs — Biology

Ronald Walker — Institutional Analysis

Minmin Wang — Communication/Journalism