Mollie Wertheim was already retired when she started work at SUNYIT’s old Utica campus during the college’s “mills era” more than 30 years ago. Recently, her friends, co-workers and family celebrated her 100th birthday with a gathering on campus.
Through a local community program for retirees, Wertheim was hired as a clerical aide in the admissions office on April 29, 1976. Through the years, she has become a familiar face for prospective students and parents, current students, staff, and faculty.
Five years ago, SUNYIT established the Mollie Wertheim Award for Outstanding Recruitment. It’s presented annually to a member of the faculty or staff whose work has made a significant contribution to SUNYIT’s student recruitment efforts.
“Mollie’s story is one of perseverance and dedication,” said Wolf Yeigh, president of SUNYIT. “Her hard work and commitment have served our students well for decades, and she is an example for all of us.”
Mollie’s milestone birthday was also recognized on NBC’s Today. View a birthday wish from Willard Scott here.