Susan Schulman, Volunteer Extraordinaire
Susan Schulman is a wonderful example of a different type of donor to the University of Utah Health Sciences… she donates her time. Susan provides specialized recycling services on campus for departments that don’t use other means of recycling pick-up.
For the past 10 years, she is a welcomed sight around the Health Sciences Development office and the Central Development Office; she unfailingly comes in at least once a week with her dolly to fill up our blue recycle bin. She loads up all the recycling for the development office, as well as the Office for the Senior Vice President and offices in the Spencer F. Eccles and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building, on campus and hauls it off in her little Ford crossover SUV. Susan volunteers about 4-8 hours per week at the Health Sciences Center. For Susan, recycling is an important habit that she feels we should be instilling in our children to protect their children’s children’s environment.
In the 2002 Olympics Susan volunteered as a recycler for the Canada Olympic Lodge where she recycled lots and lots of beer bottles, soda cans and lots of plastic and paper. She also entered the University of Utah Winterfest Essay Contest regarding her experiences as a volunteer and she proceeded to win the 1st place prize for best essay. The award was an official US Olympic Uniform!
Susan has been recycling since she was 18 years old. She grew up in Long Island, New York and has lived and recycled in Chicago, Seattle, Nashville and Salt Lake City. Susan loves living in Utah and chose to raise her two children here. She currently lives with her beautiful old, blind Aussie Cattle Dog mix named Smokey. Her hobbies include: running, hiking, cooking and baking.
Susan currently works as a freelance medical editor, writer, trouble-shooter and Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulatory affairs specialist. She has worked in that capacity for 30+ years now. She also has worked as a data management specialist for clinical research for the University of Utah for 21 years. Susan additionally has provided her freelance writing services to the U for the past 11 years.
Susan not only picks up the recycling at different areas around the Health Sciences Center but also disposes of the recyclables at many different locations throughout the valley. Most of these entities collect money for the recycled items so her time and effort is a two-fold donation. The paper goes to schools and churches for fund raising, the empty toner cartridges go to elementary schools and other organizations. The plastic and cans are recycled by her network of neighbors who allow her to use their blue recycle bins. The styrofoam is recycled in bins and the glass is driven to city operated glass recycle bins. Susan told me that she is excited that Mayor Becker recently has put more glass recycle bins around the city to make it easier for all of us to recycle glass.
At the Health Sciences Development office we recently cleaned out our supply closet and we had an excess of unused logo water bottles. Susan drove those to the Primary Children’s Medical Center where they were put to good use.
Susan not only volunteers her time, but she also donates her hair for wigs for women with cancer. Susan donated her hair in 2007 in memory of her mother who had recurrent cancer. She is currently in the process of growing her hair out to donate it again in the spring.
Susan loves her job as a volunteer at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Her hours are flexible, she can work when she can, her volunteer work involves physical labor that she feels is often undervalued in today’s world, and she even has time to fit in vacations. However, there is more demand for recycling than she has time to fill. She would love to expand volunteer recycling services in order to help others on campus with their recycling needs. Her goal is to recruit other volunteers around campus who have an interest in giving back to the community and are looking for an alternate opportunity to donate. If you would like to help Susan’s recycling efforts please contact Lori Tavey in the Health Sciences Center Volunteer office.
Susan states “I believe in teaching our children the importance of recycling, it is not a waste of time to teach them now to be recycling conscious, for there will come a time in the future when it will be environmentally and economically imperative to recycle”.Written by Tawnja Carballo Health Sciences Development Information Coordinator, Webmaster