Yale University honored 332 staff members at the annual Long-Service Recognition dinner, held on April 1 in Commons dining hall.
Staff members who were honored had achieved service anniversary milestones of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 years within the current fiscal year — with a collective 9,810 years of service among them. Nearly 650 guests, including honorees, guests and supervisors, packed Commons for dinner and a video presentation featuring individual profiles, beginning with 50-year honorees with Roy Capper, Comparative Medicine, and Patricia Slatter, Philosophy.
President Richard Levin, who created the annual event in 1996, described the honorees as “the heart and soul of the University” and expressed his appreciation for their contributions to the University. All guests received a commemorative yearbook and were congratulated by the University officers.
Photos: Honoring 'the heart and soul' of Yale
The tables in Commons were set in anticipation of the annual Long-Service Recognition Celebration on April 1.
This year, 332 staff members were honored. They, along with their guests and supervisors, filled University Commons to capacity.
Jacob Thompson, a 40-year honoree from the School of Drama, and his guest were among those who attended the dinner, which was established by President Richard C. Levin in 996.
About a third of of those in attendance were marking their 25th anniversary. They included Pik-Yiu Lee (with corsage), a 25-year honoree from Library Catalog and Metadata Services, shown here with her guest.
Mike Peel, vice president of the Office of Human Resources and Administration, welcomed everyone to the dinner and led a round of applause for all the honorees.
Biographies about the careers of the Long-Service honorees were published in a commemorative yearbook that was given to each attendee.
The click of cameras could be heard throughout the dinner and ceremony.
After the dinner, President Richard C. Levin opened the award presentation.
President-elect Salovey congratulated Roy Capper of Comparative Medicine on his 50 years at Yale, while Provost Benjamin Polak (left) and Levin looked on.
Patricia Slatter of Philosophy, Yale's other 50-year honoree, shook hands with all the Yale officers, who were on hand to congratulate the staff members.