CSWS Office Manager & Events Coordinator Shirley Marc to Retire

June 13, 2012
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

Shirley Marc

Retirement Party
for Shirley Marc
330 Hendricks Hall

Shirley Marc, office and events coordinator at the Center for the Study of Women in Society, has worked at CSWS for 15 years. She juggled innumerable duties, among them helping plan 18 conferences, helping make arrangements for hundreds of speakers and catering events, and providing support for graduate students and faculty members alike. One of her favorite programs was the Wednesday at Noon talks, which became “her program” to manage for ten years. In the early 2000s she enjoyed working for three years with the 15 fellows in the “Ecological Conversations: Gender, Science and the Sacred” program. She also served as co-coordinator for two Research Interest Groups (RIGs): the Midlife and Menopause RIG (a reading group) for two years, and the Healing Arts RIG, handling events and serving as their webmaster.

“What I enjoyed the most over the years was all the people I met and helped in one way or another, including the wonderful work study students whom I supervised,” Shirley says.

Professor emerita Joan Acker (Sociology) notes that Shirley “made things happen, organized, kept track, knew what was going on…. If I wanted information, I would ask Shirley. And she was always there, seeming to be in very good humor.”

Cheris Kramarae, a former CSWS acting director, says, “Shirley has been the core of CSWS during the 15 years she has been at her desk, helping hundreds of us with all kinds of questions and requests. And doing it with skill, wisdom, and warmth.”

Says UO vice provost for graduate studies and associate dean of the Graduate School Sandi Morgen (former director of CSWS 1991-2006): “I still remember Shirley’s interview for the position she has so ably occupied at CSWS, especially her infectious passion for the mission of the center. Shirley weathered lots of changes at CSWS and helped new and continuing leadership and staff work to ensure the strength, diversity and vibrancy of feminist scholarship at the UO. With each new challenge, whether work-related or in her personal life, she did her best to serve the faculty, students and staff affiliated with CSWS, always bringing both her head and her heart to that task.”

Says current CSWS director Carol Stabile: “Shirley created a warm and plant-filled atmosphere for students and faculty in the office and at events large and small. Shirley is the CSWS memory and organizational hub alike, and while we celebrate her retirement with her, we will miss her sorely.”