Happy Holidays

If you’ve even been around the Dean’s suite, then you are familiar with our restaurant-style atmosphere. As I sit here typing this, I am trying to remember a day where there was something under 500 calories sitting on the counter next to the coffee maker. Because even when someone brings apples to a party, they have to come with some ridiculously delicious and un-nutritional dipping sauce (I’m looking at you Tuyet Tran).

(Sidenote: This recipe comes from a parenting web site. Because everyone knows your kid won’t eat an apple without a side of brown sugar).

So, in addition to the thousands of leftover sandwiches and salads that make their way over to the food counter in the Dean’s suite throughout the year, the last two months have been even worse. For some, they see no problem bringing Candy Bar Cookies on a Tuesday morning (cough, Alex Boekelheide, cough) because they either ride their bike 30 miles per day, attend regular sessions of BHIP or do the 12 staircases of Christmas in their spare time.

Or there are pregnant people who are allowed to eat without guilt. These people (Melissa Bersofsky) walk around with a bag of 70 Rice Krispy treats and hand them out to everyone. And, if you already got one, you should have another because there are still 20 left in the bag. And whatever is left from that will just sit on the Dean’s suite counter until someone comes to eat it. And if that never happens, well I guess I should eat it so it doesn’t go to waste.


No Christmas holiday should be without a white elephant gift exchange party. Because these tend to get quite competitive, VC Powe thinks ahead by making sure we’re all carbed up and ready for battle by bringing her famous spaghetti. I mean, why would you eat regular spaghetti when you can cover it in cheese? It’s just the Luskin way, I guess.

I remember when Assistant Dean of Administration Dawn Zelmanowitz first started at UCLA Luskin. It seemed like a lot of our initial interactions were about food – how many sandwiches for a faculty meeting? How many kabobs for the holiday party? Do we need a vegetarian option?

Eventually, Dawn came to learn that we are much more than just lunch meetings and dinner parties. I figured the Lemon would also be a good way for people to get to know more about Dawn as well.

Q&A With Assistant Dean of Administration Dawn Zelmanowitz
Blog/website you visit everyday
The New York Times – religiously

Most played song on your Spotify/Pandora playlist:

Last book you read cover to cover:
I have to plug two books – “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell (winner of the Newbery Award) and “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls. I originally read them as a teenager, but they’ve stuck in my mind and I revisit them from time to time.

Best place to get a burger:

Father’s Office

Favorite thing to do in LA/favorite LA haunt:

I love to try new restaurants.

Your worst trait:
No comment

Fictional leader you admire:

Fa Mulan

Real life leader you admire:
Eleanor Roosevelt

If you weren’t an academic/ Assistant Dean, what would you be doing:
Sports Analyst

Your life motto:
Treat others as you would wish to be treated

I will leave everyone with that last thought as we all break for the holidays. See you in 2014!

P.S. Dudley Bersofsky-Rodgers likes to be treated with lots of hugs and also likes dancing with future Luskin leaders.


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2 Responses to Happy Holidays

  1. VC says:

    If you make the spaghetti you have to invite me to have some!! ~VC

  2. Susan says:

    Rice crispy treats – gone. Thank you, Melissa!

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