With a little help from my friends…

Group photo of The Book Club, March 2012

Several members of The Book Club, with Susie Glasscock, back row, holding "her book"

Susie Glasscock, who along with husband Mel, endowed the School of Continuing Studies in 2005, has amazing friends. How amazing? So much so that they all pitched in and named a seminar room for Susie in the planned new home for Continuing Studies.

Susie is a member of “The Book Club” which has been in existence for 40+ years. (That’s a lot of reading, ladies!) Member Anne Baillio, who had already donated funds for a courtyard at the new Continuing Studies building with her husband, Bob, wanted to make sure something in the building was named for Susie. While the school is now named for Susie, the name of the building and many of its individual spaces are still available for naming.

Anne spearheaded the effort to raise funds from The Book Club ladies to name a seminar room after their dear friend. To break the news to Susie, Mary McIntire, dean of Continuing Studies, and Iska Wire, development director of Continuing Studies, crashed the most recent club meeting and surprised Susie with a book that had a specially designed dust jacket that spelled out exactly what her friends had done for her. The jacket included wonderful quotes from several members about their friendship with Susie, such as “Her love of learning has been an inspiration to all of us” and “Susie has one of the most curious and intelligent minds I have known, yet she is always modest about her contributions of time and talent to the community.”

The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is forever grateful to Anne for leading this effort and to all the members of The Book Club for their wonderful support.

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