Montclair State Retirees Honored at Annual Luncheon

William McCreath Receives Montclair Medal for Longest Tenure at University

Mary Derengowski-Stein, William McCreath, and Maria Schantz '60 MA

On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, a group of 45 new and past Montclair State University faculty and staff retirees attended the third annual Retiree Group Luncheon at the Granito Lounge in University Hall. They were joined by Vice President for University Advancement Jack Shannon; Philanthropic Advisor Judith Echeveria Linder; College of Humanities and Social Sciences Development Officer Ely Santoni Tuero; and Alumni Relations Assistant Director Deborah Corasio.

“It was obvious the attendees were really happy to have time together to visit with each other,” says Linder, who delivered the event’s closing comments.

Seven new retirees -- Marilyn Jack-Brown, Principal Library Assistant; JoAnne Christiano, Provost’s Office; Marilyn Kind, Budget Analyst/Budget and Resource Planning; William McCreath, Art and Design; Ricardo Vosa, Facilities Ground Worker; Rose Wesolowski, Career Services Program Assistant; and Phyllis Yanish, Payroll – attended the luncheon as guests of University Advancement.

This year, 11 Montclair State alumni were among retirees who were present at the event.
 
After briefing the guests on the state of the University, Shannon presented the 2013 Montclair Medal to the retiree with the longest tenure at the University present at the luncheon. William McCreath, who has retired after nearly 47 years of service, is the fourth recipient of the medal.

“You will recognize him as Montclair State’s Grand Marshall who has led the Commencement Exercises for seven years,” said Shannon. “A former student has this to say when asked what made him special: He knew the value of the artistic process. He was excited about what he was doing in the studio and shared that zeal with his students.”

The Montclair State University Retiree Group was established in 2005 to provide an ongoing network for University faculty and staff retirees and a forum for addressing their post-retirement issues. There are more than 200 dues-paying members. The group meets three times a year at a local restaurant. Each gathering includes a business meeting and presentation on such topics as “Medicare Updates,” “Estate Planning,” and “Optimal Nutrition.”

For more information about the Montclair State Retirees, please contact Retiree Chairperson, Maria Schantz '60 MA at ria@mschantz.com.