Connie Dunston, administrative coordinator for the chancellor and labyrinth coordinator, officially retired in March 2012, after 25 years of service to Penn State Berks.
Among her many accomplishments was bringing a labyrinth garden to Penn State Berks. Dunston coordinated the project from inception to completion, and the construction of the Labyrinth Garden at the Janssen Conference Center was completed in the fall of 2004. Every year for five consecutive years, Dunston coordinated a Spring Equinox Festival at the Labyrinth, which was open to the public.
Dunston also was a member of the campus' 50th anniversary committee, and she chaired the committee to create a quilt for the anniversary, which is composed of 50 squares representing various college programs.
In 1987, Dunston began her career at Penn State Berks as the campus receptionist in the Business Office, and later held the positions of administrative assistant to the director of Student Affairs, administrative assistant to the director of Alumni Relations and Development, and finally administrative coordinator for the chancellor and labyrinth coordinator.
In addition, she was co-chair of the campus Kiss-a-Pig fundraising campaign for Olivet Boys & Girls Club. She also was a member and served as co-chair of the Penn State University Commission for Women during her time at Penn State.
While at Berks, Dunston received the Outstanding Staff Member Award. This award recognizes a full-time staff member who has demonstrated excellence. Individuals are nominated by the college and chosen by a committee.
Dunston earned an associate degree in administrative sciences from Montgomery County Community College.
When asked about her plans for retirement, she said that she and her husband, Tom, like traveling in their motor home with their two long-haired, miniature Dachshunds and plan to visit many state and national parks.