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Outstanding Staff Member

Sherry Pawneshing's pursuit of lifelong learning has propelled her along several different career paths.

She began her career at CSULB in 1981 as a gardener in the Plant Operations Grounds Department, first managing the Plant Operations corporation yard greenhouse, and later serving as a landscape maintenance gardener and interim lead grounds worker. During her interim tenure, she accomplished several improvement projects, including re-designing the Psychology Building courtyard's interior plant bed.

In 1989, she participated in a Division of Student Services' Professional Career Development internship, which led to a CSULB multiple subject teaching credential in 1992 followed by a leave of absence to teach school.

In July 2006, after more than 20 years in the Grounds Department, Pawneshing entered the CSU-State Employees Trades Council Joint Apprenticeship Program at CSULB, working in the electrical shop under mentor Greg Hayes. The four-year program provided on-the-job training by day and classes two to three evenings a week. In 2010, she completed the program and became a journeyman electrician in Facilities Management.

Pawneshing has been involved with Staff Council since its formation and has served in several capacities, including secretary, member-at-large and, from 1996-97, Special Events Committee chair. Additionally, she chaired the Facilities Management Event Planning Committee and sits on the Facilities Management Safety Committee.

In the community, Pawneshing chairs the Job's Daughters statewide scholarship committee and serves as the local association's vice president. She also belongs to Ladies of the Oriental Shrine and Order of the Eastern Star.

Pawneshing earned her bachelor's degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1981 at Cal Poly Pomona. She is married to her husband of 37 years, Bob, and they have two daughters: Melissa and Amanda.

Sherry Pawneshing


Sherry Pawneshing accepting her award

Physical Planning and Facilities Management - Electrical Department