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Vol 57 No. 17 : October, 2005
Vol 57 No. 17 | Oct. 3, 2005

Stone Named Employee of the Month

Laura Stone

Laura Stone, a library assistant in the University Library and Long Beach resident, was selected by her peers as CSULB’s most recent employee of the month.

Stone was saluted in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union, which was renamed Laura Stone Lane.

President Robert C. Maxson praised Stone for her dedication to every aspect of her job.

“Laura goes above and beyond and is more than willing to give of her time, knowledge and expertise when it comes to assisting faculty, staff and students,” Maxson said. “Her work ethic is complemented by a caring personality which means her colleagues always can count on Laura.”

“I am very honored to have been nominated along with my colleagues, Boutsaba Janetvilay and Robert Ferrari, who do a fantastic job and really care about their work,” said Stone, who earned her bachelor of science degree in community health education from CSULB in 1979. “My first job for CSULB was as a student assistant working in the University Library’s copy center. I started working as staff for the University Library in 1980 where my initial position was as a computer operator for the library’s first computer system (CLSI). I thenworked for the circulation/reserve book room of the library.”

Stone is a Library Assistant II and works in the library’s Technical Services/Cataloging Department where she catalogs records mostly for federal documents, California documents, serials, periodicals and the union list. “My work can be highly detail-oriented and challenging at times, which suits me,” said Stone.
Stone believes there are several reasons why she may have been nominated, including her long-standing service to the university.

“I have been serving a three-year term as one of two staff representatives from the library to the Staff Council. I specifically serve on the Special Events Committee that organizes numerous events for staff (President’s Breakfast for Staff, Spooktacular, Cherishing the Children Toy Drive, Staff Supper Club, Staff Day and Staff Picnic),” she explained. “These events, which are often subsidized by the president’s office and the 49er Shops, are a way of thanking staff for their hard work and increase the sense of community as well as boost morale.”

This year, Stone participated as a team member on the “Walking 49ers” for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, in which she managed to walk 50 laps (12.5 miles) around the track.

“It was an awesome event hosted by CSULB that raised more than $150,000 by many teams from the area. The Walking 49ers team raised $2,550 walking a total of 494 laps or 123.5 miles in a 24-hour period, thanks to our team captains – Bob Rodgers (who was there for more than 24 hours) and Charleen Rice – and all our other team members,” said Stone.

Stone also has volunteered her time helping with the annual CSULB Pow Wow on campus for the last 25 years and served numerous times as either chair or secretary for the Library’s Staff Association.

Stone’s university connection goes beyond CSULB’s beautiful peach trees and campus art. She’s also married to Craig Stone – a professor, who is a joint appointment here at CSULB in American Indian Studies and the Art departments – whom she met 30 years ago in the campus dorms when they were both students.

When she isn’t working as a cataloguer, Stone enjoys dancing. Inspired by her daughter, Lauren, who is a working actress/choreographer in Los Angeles, she began taking jazz and tap dancing two years ago.

“I had my first dance recital last year which was my own personal challenge,” she said. “I love to dance because it keeps my mind active as well as being a fun and painless way of exercising.”  

Stone is glad she made the choice to join the CSULB family as a staff member 25 years ago. “CSULB is a nice place to work and I enjoy my job and the people I work with. I plan on retiring 12 years from now when I’m 62 with 37 years of service!” she exclaimed.

Stone received several gifts including a CSULB sweatshirt, two admissions to the Aquarium of the Pacific, two coupons for burgers at Tommy’s, lunch for two at the El Dorado Golf Course Restaurant, a $10 certificate for Dale’s Diner and a $25 certificate for the Blue Café.
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