UC Irvine Retiree Highlights

Martha K Jensen

UCI Highlighted Retiree
Martha K Jensen

At the time of her retirement in 2011, Martha was invited to continue her evening work with Patient Health Education at UCI, which she had begun in 2000, teaching meditation and a class she developed called "Preparing for Surgery" for the Anesthesia Department. She then helped establish the Spiritual Care Ministry. In April, 2018, she received her 14 year service pin for Volunteer Service, and continues to volunteer in the Meditation Room on weekends. She was also offered the chance to join Mana Kai Wellness in Orange to have a private practice in Meditation and Healing Arts.

Martha also joined OLLI/CSUF to study Ukulele and has performed with their small group, as well as playing at Gospel Night at the Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach once a month, and enjoying ''Ukulele Soup' at the Orange City Public Library. She is a member of many museums as well as Library and Literary organizations, the O.C. Historical Society, the Women’s Club of Orange; she takes writing classes at Rancho Santiago College, participates in a private writers’ salon, and published a short story in PLEXUS. An avid researcher, she is always looking for information on meditation to share with others and finds it rewarding to do presentations for hospital patient support groups. She loves to hear from others and can be reached at mkjensen@uci.edu (or Martha.jensen09@gmail.com.)

Myra Rahe

Myra Rahe 2018 CER Retiree Highlight
Myra Rahe

Myra coordinated speaking engagements for over 300 physicians a year by the time of her retirement in 2014, growing the program from only 30 lecture events a year in 2003.

Once retired, she found a new niche while watching the evening news — a group of women in New York gathered at a restaurant in New York to color. She loved coloring as a kid. With a little research and planning, she created 50 Shades of Coloring (www.50shadesofcoloring.com) in Orange County. She posted the first event on Meetup.com in September 2015, and more than 50 people joined in two days. Two years later and hosting four events monthly, there are almost 600 members “who found a place to relax, create, imagine and meet new friends.” In 2016 she brought coloring to Kaiser Permanente’s Infusion Centers in Irvine and Anaheim as a diversion for cancer patients.

Myra never expected that coloring would be her next life’s chapter. She says it doesn’t matter whether or not people color inside the lines because no talent is required. She says coloring is not just for kids, and that she is now loving “a colorFULL retirement.”

Dr Chang Sok Suh

Dr Chang Sok Suh UCI Highlighted Retiree
Dr Chang Sok Suh

Acupuncture Anatomy: Regional Micro-Anatomy and Systemic Acupuncture Networks

Chang Sok Suh, MD, OMD, PhD, is Professor of Anatomy, Yuin University, a volunteer at the Willed Body Program at the UC Irvine College of Medicine and was also a recipient of the honorable President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama in 2014.  His publication, Acupuncture Anatomy: Regional Micro-Anatomy and Systemic Acupuncture Networks, integrates Western and Eastern medicine, providing a scientific foundation for acupuncture. By correlating detailed anatomical information with specific acupuncture points, the book opens a window to understanding the physiological basis of acupuncture medicine.The book’s bulleted format and numerous illustrations make it easy to read and understand. It is a valuable companion for those wanting to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine as it relates to acupuncture.

His most recent research and teaching was with the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at UC Irvine where he served as speaker and coordinator for the “Introduction to Oriental Medicine” for first-year medical students sponsored by the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.

He is a volunteer at the UCI Willed Body Program and occasionally teaches acupuncture anatomy classes to licensed California acupuncturists. His book has been strongly recommended for the college and university level student and for all hospital and clinical personnel.

UCI Stars

  • Rachel Maus
  • Jan Harper
  • Pat Price
  • Nancy Gasparotti
  • Cindy Fern

The group is comprised of Rachel Maus (founding member, retired 2008 as Director of Finance at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering), Jan Harper founding member, retired 2007 as Principal Administrative Analyst in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost), Pat Price (founding member, retired 2012 as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel), Nancy Gasparotti (retired 2010 as Degree-Works specialist for Registrar’s office), and Cindy Fern (retired 2014 as Director of Student Affairs for the School of Physical Sciences).

The members developed an interest in stitching in 2002 when Nancy Minear, then Research and Evaluation Director for Student A_airs (passed away in 2012), showed co-workers a quilt she’d made. Colleagues expressed an interest, so she showed everyone how it was done. Thus began weekly lunch-hour sewing bees in Aldrich Hall.

From 2002 to 2012, the UCI Stars created one group quilt per year that was auctioned for charity. They raised over $20,000 for various charities including the Chao Family Cancer Center. In 2009, while still UCI staff members, the group was awarded the ‘Living Our Values’ staff team award by Chancellor Michael Drake.

In retirement they have continued donating their individually made items to the cancer center -- hundreds of quilts, pillows and tote bags made at monthly sew fests. Donna Baker, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, was the initial contact coordinating donations to the cancer center. Baker retired in 2014 and has now taken up quilting herself and joins the sew fests from time to time.

Marie Perezcastaneda

Marie Perezcastaneda 2018 CER Retiree Highlight
Marie Perezcastaneda

For 36 years, Marie Perezcastaneda has been a dedicated employee of UCI, ending her full-time career as Director of Business Services for the Office of Information Technology in October of 2016. During that time as well as since that time, she has inspired and engaged with the community, volunteering with the Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM) in their Village of Hope’s Success Center with career path, networking opportunities and temporary placements; and Heritage Elementary STEAM Magnet School in Tustin working closely with teaching staff, front office staff and supporting the parent community.

We are fond of saying that faculty and staff do not stop being Anteaters once their full-time employment ends. Everyday, we get to hear wonderful stories regarding UC Retirees like Marie who continue to be UCI’s advocates, ambassadors and assets.