Mary Girty credits her years working in administrative services for the public safety programs at Allan Hancock College with influencing several key events in her life. It was there that she met her husband and where her son and son-in-law were inspired to become firefighters.
“I’m thankful for the years I spent on the South Campus,” Girty said.
“I love the college and the people who work here,” she added.
In 1975, Girty transitioned from student to employee and never looked back. After earning her certificate as a medical assistant, she went to work in secretarial services, a department that no longer exists at the college.
“It was similar to a secretarial pool,” Girty explained. “Back then we actually typed by hand the purchase orders on six-sheet carbon paper. I remember being very excited when we got a programmable typewriter.”
From secretarial services, Girty moved on to administrative work for public safety on the college’s South Campus. She is currently the academic affairs coordinator/administrative secretary in the Academic Affairs department.
“It was time for me to retire with lots of great memories,” Girty said. “It has been especially rewarding to see students come through the college and then go on to transfer and succeed in their own careers.”
Girty is retiring after 38 years at the college and is the most “senior” full-time Allan Hancock College retiree in 2013. She was honored along with six other retirees at a college-wide retirement and recognition event Wednesday, May 15, at the Santa Maria campus.
In total, this year’s retirees have contributed 143 years of service to the college. The other retirees are: Gloria Ramirez, administrative secretary, learning resources, 23 years; Ethelwynne Reeves, department chair, languages and communication, 23 years; Cynthia Fuggs, administrative secretary, counseling, 18 years; Sandra Lopez, coordinator/instructional assistant, Computer Resources Center, 16 years; Rafael Alvarez, automotive mechanic, Plant Services, 14 years; and Rocky Graziano, courier, Plant Services, 11 years.
Also honored at the reception were three faculty members who achieved tenure during the 2012-2013 academic year: Andrew Densmore, public safety; Scia Maumausolo, kinesiology/recreation/athletics; and Frederic Patrick, learning resources.
The reception included recognition of the department of the year, employees’ years of service and awards to classified employees. Department of the year honors went to the Early Childhood Studies program. Classified employee achievement awards recognize employees whose suggestions, services or accomplishments resulted in improvements for the college. This year’s winners were Mary Girty; Armando Gonzalez-Diaz, kinesiology/recreation/athletics department; and Matt Meddings, lead groundskeeper, Lompoc Valley Center.