Trudy Waldroop

Trudy Waldroop served from 1977 to 2004 primarily as administrative support coordinator primarily for the Department of Anthropology.

After serving for three years as a clerical assistant in the Department of Psychology, in 1980 she became secretary for the Department of Anthropology, an office she would call home for the next 24 years.

Besides conducting her office management duties, Waldroop found her desk was often a gathering point for students in need of minor counsel, assistance with assignments, or general emotional support. She was known for always having the time for anyone who needed it, often when the department chair was not there to counsel.

She was highly active on campus, participating in numerous staff and administrator selection committees; coordinating a CSU-wide conference in San Francisco on teacher preparation; and organizing department alumni reunion weekends. Perhaps her most notable contribution was editing the department’s beloved alumni newsletter, Clan Destiny, for 17 years. She took pride in knowing where students found careers and employment.

She is active with the National Association of Parliamentarians and has twice served as statewide president of the California Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) organization. She was selected as the Chico BPW’s Woman of the Year in 1993.

Since retiring in 2004, she has worked on campus as a retired annuitant, served as a member of the CSU Retired Staff Luncheon Committee, and volunteered in the campus’ Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology and the Ada Schmidt Museum in Orland. She currently serves on the library commission for the City of Orland.

She was awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree in anthropology the year she retired.