May 31, 2002

Recipients of Anderson School Staff Excellence Award Named

May 31, 2002 — Anderson staff members Donna Robinson, a career relations coordinator, and Hiro Kuchida, a programmer analyst, were presented with the 6th annual Abe Ackerman Staff Excellence Award May 30 at a reception attended by faculty, staff and students.

Selected from a pool of 37 nominees, the winners were nominated by other colleagues at Anderson who submitted written recommendations detailing their commitment and service to Anderson.

Kuchida, who has recently been promoted to programmer analyst, has been with Anderson for over 2 years. In his former position, Hiro served as a helpdesk technician, receiving calls from staff, faculty and students school-wide regarding software and hardware difficulties.

"We are delighted that Hiro's efforts have been acknowledged with this award," said Mike Kusunoki, assistant director of technology services at Anderson. "We are extremely proud of him and feel
privileged to have him working with us. His positive attitude and commitment to service serve as an example for our entire department."


Robinson has been with UCLA since 1990 and with Anderson since 1996. In her current role in the Career Management Center, she oversees the on-campus interview program and serves as the primary liaison between students and recruiters.

"With the downturn in the economy this past year, Donna's job has been difficult to say the least," said Mary Albright-Smith, associate director of the Career Management Center. "Her grace and finesse under fire has been demonstrated time and again. She is tireless in her efforts to ensure that the Anderson experience is nothing less than flawless for all involved in any event she is a part of."

The award is a memorial to Abe Ackerman, a beloved UCLA Anderson employee who passed away in 1997. A Holocaust survivor who lost his family in the concentration camps, Abe gave 30 years of service to UCLA, the first half with the Facilities Division, and the last 16 years working for Anderson. After his death, Anderson faculty, staff and alumni created the award as a way to honor the man who is remembered as unflaggingly helpful, humble and warm.

"Abe was a good man and fiercely protective of Anderson staff, faculty…and especially students. This school was his family, " said Alan Carsrud, selection committee member and senior lecturer at Anderson.

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