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Vol 56 No. 17 | Dec. 2004
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Olson-Levy Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Employee of Month Honor

Employee fo the Month

Linda Olson-Levy (above center), a special programs coordinator in the center for International Education who marks her 20th year on campus in January, was selected by her peers in the center as CSULB's employee of the month for December.

Olson-Levy was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union, which was renamed Linda Levy Lane for the month.

CSULB President Robert C. Maxson praised Olson-Levy for her dedication to every aspect of her job. “Linda goes above and beyond and is more than willing to give of her time, knowledge and expertise when it comes to assisting faculty, staff and students,” he said.

Being nominated employee of the month is a great honor, said the Long Beach resident and CSULB English Literature graduate.  

Olson-Levy first arrived on campus in a six-month temporary position before joining the Center for International Education where she has remained ever since. Her responsibilities as a special programs coordinator include coordinating the annual campus-wide International Education Week which, she says is, “the chief event of the year that includes a diverse and rich offering of programs and events.”

In addition, she said that during the academic year, the center sponsors an International Brown Bag series that provides the campus with speakers on topics as diverse as the Rwandan genocide, a faculty Fulbright experience in Iceland, gendered sign language in Ireland and short-term study in Cuba.

Another part of her job is making all of the arrangements for visiting international diplomats and delegations to the university from as far away as China and Cambodia. In this respect, she feels very fortunate that she has the “privilege and opportunity to meet people from all over the world.”

Among her various duties, she serves as the assistant chapter coordinator for Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society (CSULB is the Alpha Chapter) and the assistant coordinator for the JFDP Fellows Program (international visiting scholars sponsored by U.S. Department of Education).  

Olson-Levy is a self-described multi-tasker who thrives on a busy atmosphere. When she isn't working with Director of International Programs Paul Lewis on short-term study abroad programs, she advises students on international scholarship opportunities.

“One of the things I like best about my job is that there is no set routine and it is never boring,” she said. “We're very busy here and the papers on my desk attest to that.” She felt privileged to be part of organizing International Education Week and is already busy on planning for 2005 and to expand its programmatic operations.  

When she isn't at her Long Beach home with her husband Michel and their sons Jason, Jeffrey and Andrew, the confirmed cat lover is “a voracious reader who enjoys foreign films, art, crossword puzzles, and the theatre, particularly Shakespeare,” she said. Along with these pursuits, she has an avid interest in socio-political concerns, and, in this respect, she volunteered during the recent presidential election.  

She doesn't see herself as a goal setter but she does believe in improving herself and becoming more knowledgeable. “I want to be a good citizen of the world,” she said, “and part of being a good citizen of the world” is why she chose CSULB 20 years ago. “I feel very passionately about CSULB and the sense of community I find here,” she said. “The opportunity to work with great individuals, such as my boss, Paul Lewis, and to have a president such as Dr. Maxson, as the steward of this excellent university, is a big reason for that positive feeling.”

Olson-Levy received several gifts including a CSULB sweatshirt, two tickets for the Carpenter Performing Arts Center performance by Keiko Matsui, a $25 gift certificate from Claim Jumper Restaurant, a car wash from Seal Beach Car Wash, two Whopper sandwiches from Burger King and lunch for two from Quizno's Subs.

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