Five 40-Year Employees to Be Honored at University Day Breakfast

Posted: April 2, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

By Daniel Walsch

Marion Deshmukh

Five Mason employees will be honored for their 40 years of service at this year’s University Day breakfast to be held on Wednesday, April 7.

The five 40-year honorees are Marion Deshmukh, professor of history; Jane Flinn, professor of psychology; Catherine “Kitty” Hoover, director of the Prince William Professional Center; William “Tom” Kiley, associate professor of mathematics; and John O’Connor, director of the Higher Education Program.

Of the five, only Hoover’s 40 years of state service includes time working outside of Mason.  She joined Mason in 1983 after working at Northern Virginia Community College for 13 years.

Jane Flinn

“This is always a great time of celebration for the university. It gives us a chance to recognize the many people who have worked so hard to make our institution the outstanding university it is,” says Linda Harber, associate vice president for human resources and payroll.

“We are especially excited to shine the spotlight on five individuals who have devoted so much of their professional lives toward helping Mason define itself as an institution dedicated to achieving excellence.”

More than 500 Mason employees are being recognized this year for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service at the university and for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Kitty Hoover

Following are brief descriptions of the 40-year award recipients.

  • Marion Deshmukh – She is the recipient of two German Academic Exchange Fellowships and a Fulbright Scholarship. She teaches modern German history, the Third Reich, the Holocaust and European cultural history. Her research focuses on the intersection of painting and politics in 19th- and 20th-century Germany.
  • Jane Flinn – She directs the undergraduate neuroscience program. Her current research focuses on the role of metals in informal memory and in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Kitty Hoover – She currently serves as director of the Prince William Professional Center in the Office of Continuing Professional Education.  Her focus is to facilitate and create professional development programs in a manner that best complements the university’s strengths.

Tom Kiley

  • Tom Kiley – He came to Mason from the Providence College faculty. One area of research interest is complex analysis.
  • John O’Connor – He was the founding dean of Mason’s New Century College. His areas of research interest include learning communities, integrative learning and community-based learning. He began teaching at Mason while working toward his doctorate at the University of Virginia.

John O'Connor

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