Employees Say Farewell to UC Riverside

She is pictured above with A retirement reception to celebrate 35 years of UCR service for Cindy Giorgio included from left, UCR's current chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, and wife Diane Del Buono, Tony and Cindy Giorgio, and on the right, former chancellor Tim White and wife, Karen White.

She is pictured above with A retirement reception to celebrate 35 years of UCR service for Cindy Giorgio included from left, UCR’s current chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, and wife Diane Del Buono, Tony and Cindy Giorgio, and on the right, former chancellor Tim White and wife, Karen White.

The close of the academic year brings the final work days for at least 36 UCR staff and faculty. Colleagues organized retirement celebrations throughout the year. A handful of retirement receptions are still happening through the end of the month. Invitations were sent out via ScotMail.

Among the retirees are Cynthia “Cindy” Giorgio, who leaves UCR after 35 years of employment.

Giorgio started her career in human resources, moved on to handling issues, events and communications in the Dean’s office of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and then took a job handling issues and communication as the associate chancellor. She worked closely with chancellors Ray Orbach, David H. Warren, France Córdova, Robert D. Grey, Timothy P. White, Jane Close Conoley, and current Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

Her retirement reception included a chance for a photograph that captured two of the chancellors she worked with. From left in the picture above, UCR’s current chancellor Kim A. Wilcox,  and wife Diane Del Buono, Tony and Cindy Giorgio, and on the right,  former chancellor Tim White and wife, Karen White.

In 2011, when White was chancellor,  Giorgio handled the logistics for a monumental effort, UCR’s appearance on the CBS reality show “Undercover Boss.”

Giorgio sees UCR’s future as “limitless.”

“During the last 35 years, I have met incredible people, learned fascinating things, and enjoyed life experiences that I never would have had without the many opportunities that UCR has provided me. I feel privileged to have been here during such an exciting time in the campus’ history,” Giorgio said.

Jeanette Galindo started working at Computing and & Communications as a data entry operator in 1974 and became a full-time employee in 1976. She remembers using IBM cards to enter data. Now it’s all automated. Advancement in technology now allows her to do the job three or four people used a few decades ago.

The best part of working at UCR, she said, is getting to speak to many people. She will retire on June 29 from the place she says she “grew up” in.

“I’m just going to enjoy my family,” Galindo, 62, said. She has two children and a grandchild.

Sociology Professor Robert Nash Parker will miss his work and the students. But he will definitley not miss the Inland Empire weather.

Robert Nash Parker

Robert Nash Parker

Parker, who at one time led the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, said he will especially miss the honor students he’s worked with as a faculty in residence in Pentland Hills and Aberdeen & Inverness residence halls.

“I am proud of the impact I have had on many students, and on the communities in the Inland Empire through my research and my 17 year management of the Presley Center. We worked with lots of students and community groups in trying make this area more just and safer,” Parker said. “I will not miss the heat!”

Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, said that after 34 years of working at UCR, her “heart overflows with profound gratitude.”

Myriam Grajales-Hall

Myriam Grajales-Hall

“I feel so privileged to have been part of the greatest university in the world, to have worked with brilliant, dedicated and caring individuals, and to have contributed to improving the lives and wellbeing of Latinos in California. What a journey… what an amazing ride,” Grajales-Hall said.

Retirement for Cora Mayfield, a housing specialist, means extra time do what she loves: spend time with her husband of 45 years, and shop.

Cora Mayfield. Courtesy of Cora Mayfield

Cora Mayfield.
Courtesy of Cora Mayfield

For 21 years she worked as a flight attendant in the now defunct TWA Airlines. Working at UCR meant making new friends and helping many students, she said.

“It has probably been the most exciting, flexible customer service job I’ve ever done. Every day is totally different….case by case, to help students, staff,” said Mayfield. As a flight attendant she learned many things, but it was at UCR where all her experience and skills were put to use, she said.

“I like the students because they’ve kept me young all these years. I don’t look like I’m 70,” she said in between laughter. She’s really 66 years old, she clarified.

After retirement, she will continue being a personal fashion shopper/consultant, something she has done for over 20 years. Her favorite place to shop? Paris.

These are only a few of the many people retiring from UC Riverside. If you have photos to share of retirement receptions, send an email to sandrab.martinez@ucr.edu.

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A collection of photos from various retirement receptions throughout the summer.
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Sue McKee Retirement Reception

    Sue McKee is retiring as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. She had a major hand in advocating for many of UCR’s high profile victories, including the establishment of the UCR School of Medicine. A retirement reception was held for her on June 22. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Cindy Giorgio Retirement Reception

    Cindy Giorgio is retiring as the Associate Chancellor. A retirement reception was held for her on June 23 to celebrate her 35 years of employment at UCR. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin
  • Myriam Grajales-Hall Retirement Reception

    Myriam Grajales-Hall, communications manager for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, news and information outreach in Spanish, is retiring after 34 years of working at UCR. A retirement reception was held for her on June 28 at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Photo by Kris Lovekin

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