Family members, long time friends, and fellow Board of Trustees members gathered on Tuesday at PCC’s Child Development Center to honor the hard work of Susanna Miele, a former Board of Trustees member of the Pasadena Area Community College District. After 24 years of service, a sculpture was dedicated to highlight her contributions.The sculpture, titled “Children at Play,” was the first work at PCC to be donated by sculptor Simi Dabah.

Expressing her gratitude, Miele said she could not be happier with the sculpture. “I like it,” she said, “it shows the exuberance of childhood, and the joy of a healthy child.”

According to PCC’s President Paulette Perfumo, the plaque for the sculpture will be installed in two weeks. Conveying her appreciation for the work Miele has done for the PCC community, Perfumo said, “We couldn’t think of a better way [to honor her].”

In 1983, Miele ran for the Board of Trustee position and was tied with another candidate. It was not until a re-election was conducted that Miele won the position. Now after 24 years, she has decided to move on in order to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren who all reside in different areas of the U.S. According to Miele, the school is in good hands, and she feels comfortable leaving.

Dolores Hickambottom, close friend and volunteer in Miele’s first campaign as well as the co-chair of the African-American Advisory Committee at PCC, said Miele is a wonderful person and a giving, well-deserved worker.
Jon Fuhrman, an attendee of the event, said, “It’s becoming more unusual for politicians to stay long years.”

Through her years at PCC, Miele worked on many projects from PCC’s Shatford Library to the CDC located only a block away from campus. Miele also received a painting from the children at the CDC and an American Flag that was flown in her honor from Teresa Lamb Simpson, district representative.

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