May 2013 Archives

Two Retirements Bring Changes to School of Education Student Services

By Pamela Van Halsema on May 31, 2013 9:43 AM

robin.jpgTwo long time Student Services employees retire this month from the School of Education.  Robin Coolidge, Administrative Coordinator and Lane Olson, Senior Credentials Analyst have both served students from  recruitment and admissions to the point of program completion and beyond teacher and graduate programs here at the University, and have provided important services to staff, administrators, faculty and students with their range of experience and knowledge.

Coolidge started her work at Sonoma State in the School of Education as the Receptionist almost nine years ago, and had moved to the role of Administrative Coordinator for the admissions process in the school.  Co-workers noted that she seemed to "know everything" about the office and about campus, helping students navigate campus processes and get on their way to reaching their career goals.  It helped that Coolidge is also a student at SSU, earning her degree in History--so she could approach the work from both a staff and a student perspective.  Upon retirement, she will be able to focus her time, along with her husband on raising her two young sons. 

lane.jpgOlson has been the School of Education Credentials Analyst for ten years, having come to SSU from Dominican University.  In her role at SSU she reviewed and filed teacher and administrative credentials to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and served as Compliance Officer for state regulations related to public educator requirements.  She has been a leader in her profession and on this campus for years, serving as a Chief Steward for her union, the staff representative to Academic Senate, and as Board Treasurer for the Credentials Analysts and Counselors of California, which serves as an advisory body to the CTC.  Olson brought a depth of knowledge, professionalism, and compassion to her job which was clear to the students she served and the colleagues with whom she interacted. 

The School of Education appreciates the work and dedication of both Robin Coolidge and Lane Olson and would like to thank them for their years of service to the University, and honor their efforts made for the students and local education community.