SFCC Bids a Fond Farewell to Retiring Employees
SFCC wishes a Happy Retirement to a number of employees this winter. Professors Pam Hansen and Barbara Hergianto will retire in December, while R.L. Geiger and Judy Zemko retire in January. A retirement reception for R.L. Geiger and Judy Zemko will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m. in the Building B Rotunda.
Pam Hansen came to SFCC in 1991 and has worked as an adjunct history and political science instructor, a history and political science professor, and chair of the department of social and behavioral sciences.
While at SFCC, she has served on the ways and means committee for FACC and on the Highlands County Education Foundation Board as a representative for SFCC. In the 2000 and 2004 election cycles, Hansen wrote the scripts and was the political expert and commentator during the SFCC sponsored televised candidate debates.
Hansen has watched the college grow since she first started. “When I first began, the Social and Behavioral Science Department only had two full-time employees. Now there are eight of us.”
She will remember her students fondly. “I’ve learned as much from them as they have hopefully learned from me,” she said. She will miss them as well as her SFCC friends.
During her retirement, Hansen plans to spend more time with her family, travel, and read.
Barbara Hergianto first came to SFCC as a part-time Spanish adjunct instructor in 1983. In 1988, she became a full-time French and Humanities Survey professor. She also served as the oversees study director and as chapter president for SFCC’s FACC chapter as well as vice president of FACC Region IV.
“I’ve enjoyed it here because I’ve really been able to get to know my students and sometimes their families as well.” She will remember the enthusiasm of her students and the kindness of her colleagues the most.
During her retirement, Hergianto plans to travel to Portugal and then drive to Spain to visit the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. She will also go to yoga class three times a week and spend more time with her friends.
R.L. Geiger has given over 11 years of service to SFCC. He first began working in the Maintenance Department, then as a building trades instructor, and finally as building official.
During his time at SFCC, Geiger has played a part in the growth of the college, overseeing $50 million in renovations and new construction at all four of SFCC’s sites. The project that he will remember the most is the renovation of the SFCC Theatre for the Performing Arts. “We had to work within the confines of the existing walls. So much had to be renovated, and yet we couldn’t disturb what we already had.” His favorite thing about working at SFCC was meeting the challenge of all of the construction projects.
Geiger considers SFCC his family, and he will miss it when he retires. “I’ve held this job longer than any other I’ve had,” he said. “I think that is a testament that everyone here is willing to work together.”
During his retirement, Geiger plans to move to north Florida, where he is currently building a new home. He will also travel with his wife across country on his motorcycle, build a new house for his daughter, and spend time with his children and grandchildren.
Judy Zemko came to SFCC in 1998 after serving as a student services advisor at Daytona Beach Community College. While at SFCC, she was involved in FACC and has served as an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa and president of the Faculty Council.
She has watched the campus grow and has been most impressed by the improved science labs. Zemko will miss the camaraderie with her peers and her students the most. “The best thing about working at SFCC has been watching the students become successful,” she said.
During her retirement, Zemko looks forward to spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, and not waking up to an alarm clock.