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Three UMD staff members, center, were greeted by Goldy and planning committee member Dyan Matczynski, left, at Eastcliff.

Celebrating milestones in a great workforce

U employees honored for years of service

By Gayla Marty

Brief, June 28, 2006

Arthur Galbraith, '66, joined the University staff as a junior scientist the same year he graduated. Forty years later, he's working for the same world-renowned professor and says he'd do it all over again.

Galbraith and about 130 others attended a celebration at Eastcliff June 20 for civil service staff and bargaining unit (CSBU) staff members marking milestones of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years at the U. Under sunny skies, guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and punch, explored the grounds, socialized, and reminisced a little about the U that some of them have witnessed since 1961. "If there's one thing I've learned, it's that change is eternal," said Galbraith.

Those who received special recognition were Twin Cities campus employees Galbraith, Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology; Elaine Greenfield, Extension Communication and Education Technical Services; Janet Kraut, Office of Student Finance Administration; Joan Lund, Department of Communication Studies; and Dale Randall, Department of Chemistry.

Janet Kraut, Arthur Galbraith, and Dale Randall
Among those honored for years of service were, left to right, Janet Kraut, Arthur Galbraith, and Dale Randall.

"I'm confident that we will reach our goals because of the workforce--you've made the U a great institution," regent Steven Hunter told the group on the patio. He added with a smile: "I'm overwhelmed--I've never worked more than 15 years in a job, and at this point in my life, I won't!"

Everyone also was congratulated and greeted by Susan Hagstrum, wife of President Bruininks, and by vice president Carol Carrier.

Galbraith works for professor emeritus Lee Wattenberg, M.D., a cofounder of the chemoprevention of cancer field. In addition to a bachelor's degree in physiology and microbiology, Galbraith trained under a Dutch glassblower to gain the skills to design and build aerosol machines to, for example, administer chemotherapy directly into the lungs.

"From junior scientist, I became assistant scientist, then associate scientist, and now scientist," he said and then grinned mischievously. "Could mad scientist be next? No, not me!"

Galbraith clearly enjoys his work, now located in the Lions Research Laboratory after many years in Jackson Hall. He reports that Wattenberg, at 84, is still incredibly busy in the fourth year of a five-year contract funded by the National Institutes of Health, along with three other universities.

Walking the shady Eastcliff lawn overlooking the Mississippi, Galbraith remembered a snowy evening when his car stalled on East River Road after work. He walked up and rang the doorbell of a big white house and a tall man answered, got his coat on, and went out to help. When Galbraith's car wouldn't start, the man gave him a friendly ride home.

"It was Eastcliff and that was President Malcolm Moos," Galbraith said. "It seemed like no imposition at all."

Five staff members socializing among hydrangeas, under a shade tree, behind Eastcliff.
Staff members enjoyed hors d'oeuvres on the patio in the back yard at Eastcliff.

Other employees mused about highlights of their years at the U. College of Veterinary Medicine staff member Susan Grandell didn't hesitate.

"Meeting Mikhail Baryshnikov backstage at Northrop--that was amazing!" she laughed.

This year, about 550 CSBU staff members reached employment milestones. The milestone celebration was inaugurated in 1990 with a gift from the University Foundation. Planning committee members are Betty Jo Johnson, Dyan Matczynski, Wendy Williamson, Peg Wolff, and Ranja Yusuf. Music was provided by pianist Harvey Gustafson and refreshments catered by Kafe 421 in Dinkytown.