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Vol 58 No. 2 : February, 2006
Vol 58 No. 2 : February, 2006
Employee of the Month
Honor Goes to Neale

Shari Neale, a member of CSULB’s class of 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, was selected recently by her peers in Purchasing, the Print Shop, the Departmental Copier Program, Shipping and Receiving, Financial Management and Property, as employee of the month.

The office coordinator for Financial Management and part of the university since 1998, she was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union. The walk was renamed Shari Neale Lane.

“I feel good about being named employee of the month,” said Neale, “I’ve worked in a wonderful office with a great group of people since I got here. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years but it remains a spirited office that has a real team effort.”

Neale’s responsibilities include working with Joe Latter, associate vice president, and the division fiscal officer Christa Johnson. There are calendars to manage and office budgets to oversee.

“It’s a challenging job,” she said. ”I’m the one on the front line when people cancel meetings at the last minute and want to reschedule. It’s not easy to get busy people to the same place at the same time.” She also interacts with students when dealing with such issues as non-resident alien taxation. “Any foreign national who works at CSULB must visit us here in Financial Management for a document review and tax determination” she said.

Neale is glad she made the decision to join CSULB. “I remember coming to the Career Development Center and paying my $25 to participate, then stopping at Staff Personnel as an after thought. While I was there I filled out an application for this position and before I knew what was happening they were calling me for an interview, and four weeks later I was working here. I know it was meant to be and I am extremely happy I joined the university.”

Shari Neale

When she isn’t hard at work, Neale enjoys the great outdoors through bird-watching, monthly nature walks, hiking, tide pool visits and whale-watching, with the occasional visit to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. She also finds time to spend with her grandchildren, Brandy, 25, another CSULB graduate in business management, Stephanie, 17, and Jesse, 9.

Neale received several gifts with her recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, a $20 gift certificate to Jimmy’s Fish Market and Grill, a gift certificate for two admissions to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, a gift certificate for lunch for two at Quiznos Sub, a $10 gift certificate for the Katella Deli and a $10 gift certificate for Hof’s Hut.ight paragraph begins here

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