University of Calgary

Long-service employees

May 5, 2009

Still going strong

John Reynolds

John Reynolds
Longtime U of C employees will be recognized at this year’s President’s Annual Recognition Awards Reception on May 11.

John Reynolds describes his 25 years at the U of C as ‘an incredible journey’. Recruited from Switzerland in 1983, Australian-born Reynolds says it’s the university’s innovative and entrepreneurial environment that has him calling Calgary home to this day.

“The Faculty of Medicine has always been the kind of faculty that puts in the extra effort to be successful,” says Reynolds. “It’s an environment where you feel like you can have an impact and work on things that are important to you, and isn’t that what everyone wants in a workplace?”

Reynolds and 50 of his colleagues will be receiving their gold pins at the President’s Annual Recognition Awards Reception on May 11, distinguishing them as long-service employees of 25 years. In addition, another 50 employees will be recognized for their contributions during 15 years of service, and will receive their silver pins. The Recognition Awards Reception is a special tradition at the U of C, honoring both long-service employees and ‘U Make a Difference’ award recipients for helping make the university a great place to work and learn. 

Anne Bender

Anne Bender
Anne Bender receives her 15-year silver pin this year, but her history with the U of C is actually much longer. Starting in 1967, working in Adminstrative Systems, Bender had to leave the university due to a move to for Bolivia and then the United States. But upon her return to Calgary, she came back to the university. For her, it’s all about the people.

“I like the work environment,” says Bender, “I’ve always had great mangers, and no matter which department  you talk to, the people are great.”

From using key punch cards to do student administration and payroll and seeing long lineups of students just to get an email address, Bender, now an account specialist with IT, has witnessed the university evolve from a labour-intensive paper system, to a much more streamlined system that embraces newer technologies.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes at the university,” says Bender, “…the growth is just unreal.”

Reynolds can also speak to the U of C’s development, as the building plans covering his office wall in the new TRW building attest. Originally hired as an assistant professor, Reynolds is now the associate dean (basic research) for the Faculty of Medicine and professor for the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy.  After 25 years, Reynolds remains passionate about his extensive research in the field of immunity, and the U of C’s future.

“It’s always about raising the bar, universities need to be about discovery,” says Reynolds. “We need to have strong and vibrant research with the enthusiasm from that then imparted to our students.”

For a list of all the 25-year and 15-year employees visit

To find out more about recognition at the U of C, visit

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