More than 125 faculty and staff stopped by in the Connecticut Room on Sept. 29 to congratulate Mark Masinda, building maintenance supervisor, and wish him the best in his retirement. Over his 27 years on campus, Masinda was known for his leadership, sense of humor, commitment to excellence and support of the University. In 2010, he was honored with the Hermann Beckert "Friend of the University Award" from the Alumni Association. President Elsa Núñez said her first glimpse of Masinda was on a video introducing her to Eastern in 2006. In the video, Mark not only praised Eastern's beautiful grounds but made it a point to say the entire community was proud of the campus. "He even pitched the value of a residential campus as an important aspect of the liberal arts," said Núñez. "Mark got it!"