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Faculty retirees to receive honors

By Sinoti Iosua, staff writer
On May 1, 2014

To honor faculty and staff for their years of service to Contra Costa College, the Retirees Reception will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Library.
The event will recognize the dedication and hard work each individual has invested into the college.
A total of 10 faculty and staff members will be honored including Connie Anderson, John Gregorian, Helen Kalkstein and David Houston.
Senior executive assistant to the president Melody Hanson said the event is usually for staff, but students are welcomed to come.
"Each retiree has someone to talk on their behalf for about five minutes about their time spent teaching at this institution," Hanson said.
Although these staff members are retiring some come back part time to teach various classes, she said.
Former art department chairperson John Diestler, who retired last year, will be among those honored after more than 38 years at the college.
Student Nick Villazon said, "Since they've been teaching here for so long they deserve to be recognized. They're the reason why we get a higher education."
Psychology major Alexia Aokuso said that students should be informed about these events because it's an opportunity to show gratitude for the investments teachers make toward the students' education.
English professor Barbara McClain, who has been teaching at Contra Costa College for 21 years, is excited for this new chapter in her life.
McClain said, "My goal is to be retired and pursue all other interests like continuing my memoir, traveling the world, improving my Spanish and engaging in lifelong learning."
McClain, who was also a CCC student in the 1980s, said that the students made her teaching career more enjoyable and made it a unique experience. The diversity the college is known for has made her career an educational experience itself as she has met students from 43 different countries.
Villazon said, "If I knew about this event earlier I would have bought my ticket to attend this event."

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