Retiring with Honors: Saying Farewell to Three Valued Teammates

SAS Colleaguesstudent notice

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of three of our valued colleagues:

Dean Mahasti Hashemi has been with Rutgers for 30 years. She is the campus director for the SAS Honors Program on Livingston Campus. She loves Rutgersā€”her daughter graduated from the Honors Program! Dean Hashemi finished her BA and MA in Economics, the latter from Columbia University, and she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University, having written a dissertation on Asian female immigrants in the U.S., later turned into a book, Contested Identities: Iranian Women in the United States. She says she "switched to Sociology because she wanted to know more about social issues and what motivates people." She loves to travel, is a self-proclaimed news enthusiast, loves to read history books and novels, and loves swimming, and walking. She has accompanied honors students in Study Abroad expeditions to Yucatan, Mexico, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, during spring and winter breaks!  In her free time, she enjoys going to New York City to museums and the ballet, and concerts in the park. She adores her cat Livi, that was rescued as a stray from Livingston Campus!

Lorene (aka "Lori") Reba has been with Rutgers for 29 years. She is the Administrative Assistant located in College Hall on the Douglass Campus. She has worked at Rutgers since 1993. Previously, she worked in SCI (formerly SCILS), University Student Centers Administrative Office, and Undergraduate Admissions. She has been with the SAS Honors Program since its beginning in 2007. Ms. Reba lives in Edison, NJ with her husband. She has a daughter and son-in-law living in Long Beach, NY and a son and daughter-in-law living locally.  She also has two adorable granddaughters, one born in 2012 and the other born in 2017.

Dorene Pardun has been with Rutgers for 25 years. She is the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Dean on the College Avenue Campus. Dorene received an A.A. in Applied Science, Chemical Technology from Middlesex County College and a B.A. in Art History from Rutgers University.  She was employed as a Chemical Laboratory Technologist for a J & J Company before having her two children.  At Rutgers University she has worked in the Writing Center/Mathematics Satellite Office, with the EOF Program and now delighted to be with the SAS Honors Program.  She loves walking, getting together with family & friends and traveling to her sweet spot, the Jersey Shore.


We will miss seeing them on campus and their contributions to Rutgers and the SASHP communities, but we are excited for them to start this new phase in their lives. 

Happy Retirement!

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