Calvin T. Ryan Library Celebrates Retiring Personnel

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From left to right Anthanett C. Mendoza, Jeanne D. Schultz, and Lavonne Fries are shown after a retirement
banquet honoring their years of service to Calvin T. Ryan Library and UNK.

Anthanett C. Mendoza

Anthanett joined the University of Nebraska at Kearney in September 2008 working in the Library as a Diversity Specialist/Lecturer.  When asked about her greatest accomplishment at UNK she says, “In coming to UNK I have regained a forgotten appreciation I had for our clearly-defined commitment to educate and support each new generation of students, scholars and talent, a commitment which is, in fact, an act of love.”  For advice Anthanett would give to new employees she says, “Enjoy the experience by actively engaging in part of what is your life of inquiry here at UNK.  Every one of us leaves a mark here – no matter what our position – so do not fail to enjoy your experience here and leave your mark.”  Retirement plans for Anthanett include reading the many works that she has promised to over the many decades – like Goethe’s works or Burke, Gibbons, Bill and Chris Buckley!  She hopes to reread many favorites that have acted as reliable guides from which Anthanett gleamed the exact wisdom needed at that juncture in time.  Education is an ongoing affair for Anthanett and she hopes to research topics of personal interests such as Zen or the Medici; take classes about the area and people of the Levant; travel and explore places such as the rest of Nebraska and the Rockies, Berlin, Prague and, of course, Dublin.  As a final thought to everyone, Anthanett would like to say, “Enjoy this moment at UNK and your life!”

Jeanne D. Schultz

Jeanne Schultz began working for Kearney State College on May 14, 1979 as an office Assistant II in the Calvin T. Ryan Library Cataloging Department.  She has worked in the same position for all 37 years receiving five job description changes advancing to a higher level each time.  Her most recent reclassification changed her title to Cataloging Associate.  Jeanne feels her greatest accomplishment was working with the students.  She says, “They helped me with several of the duties required in the Cataloging Department.  I try to make them feel comfortable and enjoy doing the tasks assigned to them.”  As for advice Jeanne would give to new employees just starting their career as UNK, Jeanne says, “Be patient and listen to what someone is trying to tell you.  Sometimes a student just needs someone that cares to listen to them.”  Jeanne’s immediate family includes two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.  She also has 2 very special sisters.  Jeanne says, “My family is my life and I have hopes of being able to visit all of them quite often – this means going to South Dakota, Iowa, Tennessee and Florida.”  Other plans for retirement include putting several years of family photographs into albums.  Her two inquisitive kitties will enjoy helping her with the project.  Jeanne says, “My family is my life and I have hopes of being able to visit all of them quite often – this means going to South Dakota, Iowa, Tennessee and Florida.”  Other plans for retirement include putting several years of family photographs into albums.  Her two inquisitive kitties will enjoy helping her with the project.  Jeanne says, “I am going to miss working at UNK.  My decision to retire was a hard one to make and I am going to miss the people I have worked with these many years.”

LaVonne Fries

LaVonne Fries started at Kearney State College in October of 1984 in the Cataloging Department of the Calvin T. Ryan Library as a Retrospective Conversion Assistant.  She also held positions in the Library as an Assistant in the Curriculum and Serials Departments.  LaVonne says her greatest accomplishments at UNK have been working with a variety of people; the ability to catalog DVDs and CDs; and recognizing photos from years ago for the Archive Department.  Advice LaVonne would give to new employees just starting at UNK include “Be open to learn new things every day.  Talk with people you meet – you’ll make a lot of friends!”  Lavonne also says she loved the international students who came to UNK.  Her plans for retirement include doing more traveling, quilting and spending time with her seven grandchildren.  A point of interest about LaVonne is that she has received her master gardener certificate.  So don’t be surprised if you don’t see LaVonne digging in the dirt!  She thinks she may have been a farmer in a former life.

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