by Gloria Flores
The comfortable, cozy environment of the Human Resources Department will miss recently retired Rebecca Franklin, the former University of La Verne benefits manager and assistant director of human resources.
Franklin’s last day was Monday, and the line stemming from her former office consisted of colleagues and their families as well as students coming to say goodbye, give thanks and offer their best wishes.
“She is an incredible inspiration to all of us, and we are all going to miss her very much,” said Sherry Delgado, benefits assistant for the Human Resources Department.
Franklin’s future plans include relocating to Utah at the end of the year where she plans to build a new home and be closer to her family’s business.
“I’m really going to miss the people and the warm and friendly atmosphere at ULV though,” Franklin said. “My daughter attended this University, and I have just really loved working in an educational environment. It has been so fulfilling.”
Franklin found working with employees and their concerns to be the most rewarding part of her career.
“I enjoyed helping them take full advantage of all that they could,” Franklin said.
Because Franklin was so helpful to those inside and outside of the department, Franklin was considered to be like the office mom, said Janie Stahly, administrative assistant for the Human Resources Department.
Looking back on her 11 years, Franklin describes her most memorable moment to be when her colleagues nominated her administrative/professional employee of the year.
“I was so honored,” she said. “I never expected it.”
Another surprise she received from her colleagues was a retirement party thrown for her last week.
“I was amazed by the surprise and overwhelmed by the outpouring of people,” Franklin said. “Maybe they really want to get rid of me,” she said jokingly.
She says that she will always remember how much fun the benefit fairs and Halloween open houses were.
“I really enjoyed putting on these events for the employees to come and receive information about their insurance,” Franklin said.
“We always wanted our employees to have a nice time,” she added.
Now Franklin is looking forward to spending her free time with her grandchildren, husband, family and friends.
“I will have more time for my hobbies like gardening, music and riding my bicycle,” Franklin said.
“It has been an incredible 11 years meeting the wonderful people here at ULV, especially those in the human resources department,” Franklin said. “I know that is what I will miss the most.”