S: Jameson's Goodbye Book
BC: "We only part to meet again." -John Gay
FC: Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. ~ -Garrison Keillor | Jameson Yu USC's Joint Educational Project 1997-2012
1: Dick Cone, Former JEP Executive Director | Jameson - In my 25 years at JEP, I had a lot of difficult and challenging experiences yet fewer seem stranger than the day I met with you suggesting that you were way too qualified for the job and that JEP could not begin to pay you what you were worth. It is the only time I remember trying to convince a really valuable staff member to seek fortune elsewhere. To all of our good fortunes, you made a decision to stay with JEP, bringing the program years of much more effective and efficient operation. In a program which always prided itself on being user friendly, few contributions have been as important as maintaining technology that was easy to use, allowing the collection of critically important data with minor inconvenience to JEP'ers. Perhaps most important, you did this while located within the hub of a noisy, chaotic environment with patience, goodwill and an ever-present willingness to serve the program in a host of different capacities. You will be missed.
2: I remember it so clearly the day I first met Jameson. It was Halloween. He was a graduate student who came into the JEP House for an interview for the receptionist position. Dressed in women's clothes (a skirt, top and black panty hose with high heels) I laughed and thought to myself, “'Wow, this guy certainly is self-confident.'!Well, over the years, I have found him to be that and so much more. Jameson came to be a trusted and dependable professional staff member, whose integrity was apparent in his every thought, word, and deed. Jameson is the king of 'other duties as assigned'”as he never hesitated to paint an office, build a cabinet, or shop and cook food for our staff barbeques - always doing whatever was needed for JEP staff and our programs.
3: The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.- Richard Bach This quote reminds me of Jameson because while we are not blood relatives, my children and I have always felt like he is a part of our family. When my boys were young, it was James who took them to the sci-fi movies and had intellectual”conversations about Pokimon, X Men, the Ninja Turtles, and all things Super Hero.” James is well respected by all who know and work with him and he has definitely brought joy to the JEP House. I will miss calling his name out when I have some computer problem and his consistent response, “'What did you do?' I will remember his gentle manner, his dedication to his work, and most of all, his friendship. -Tammy
4: Below: Alice and Jameson participating with the JEP/Readers Relay for Life Team | Above: Will the real Jameson Yu please stand up? Claire & Jameson
5: Dear Jameson, Thanks for everything over the years, you have helped JEP to be such a wonderful part of my USC experience. I wish you and Alice all the best in the future! Sincerely, Marguerite | Congratulations and thank you. I'm very grateful for the constant support you gave me while I was at JEP. I have no doubt that you will continue to do great things and I'm very appreciate for all you have done for JEP. Best wishes. Warmly, Melinda Amato
7: James, A.K.A Jeremiah. I will truly miss you. I will never forget the day you came into the JEP office in a skirt for your interview. You have always been there for me and I love the fact that you are a great team player. Our JEP family will not be the same without you. I know this is not good bye. We will keep in touch and I look forward to hearing all the great things that will come your way. I wish you and Alice much happiness. -Brenda
8: James- Thanks for always being so incredibly helpful at JEP. During my first semester volunteering at JEP, I remember you as the friendly face who helped me find my PA and turn in my attendance slips for the first time. This year, you've been so helpful, always offering advice and help when needed and doing so much for all of us. Good luck and thanks for everything,! Anna | James, JEP will miss you! Thank you for all your help over the last few years. I wish you and Alice all the best for the future!:) Best, Yagna
9: Graduation Brunch 2010
11: Jameson - First of all, thank you for always being a huge supporter of me and of CODA, it really meant a lot to me as a student and a PA. It is so hard for me to imagine a JEP without you. I always felt like you were the one behind the scenes holding everything together - what are they going to do without you?! Congratulations to you and Alice and your exciting new life together. Best of luck in New York, and stay warm! - Katie
13: Jamesony, we’have worked together for a couple of years & I can honestly say that I've enjoyed working with you. I must admit that in the beginning I had a hard time adjusting to your direct demeanor, but then I realized "that's just Jamesony". I've considered you more like an older brother, you have helped me, had my back on many occasions, taught me some of the ins & outs of JEP ,and well in all you've been a great friend. In my mind I really thought that JEP would stay the same 'forever', but I know there comes a time when change has to happen. I will truly miss you but I wish you the very best. May this new chapter in your life be nothing more than amazing. Best of luck Jamesony! Thanks again for being you. XOXO -emma
14: Jameson, I really can't express my gratitude for how helpful you have been during my past two years with JEP. I couldn't have gotten through the first semester without asking you so many questions and even now, you make my job so much easier by being willing to help me. I don't know what JEP is going to do without your knowledge and cheerfulness next year. You will be missed. I am going to miss chatting about lacrosse with you and keeping the fan base alive. Congratulations and best of luck on the East Coast and I hope you come visit us soon! - Megan
15: I still remember the conversation we had about William Gibson and the cyber punk movement. Or the sterling game recommendation you gave Will and me for a better tron light cycle experience during office hours....I may never know which episode of Star Trek you were watching on your computer the past two years, but from me and Captain Kirk and all the countless pages you let me print on JEP's dime: You'll be missed and take care. -Andrew | James, Thanks for everything that you've done for JEP.! I really appreciate all the help you've given me over the past few years. It's been great working with you. All the best to you and Alice and your future together.! Best wishes, Sara
16: “ A man approached me with a resume And said 'if you need any help, then I'm your man.' He said, 'I'll work the door, I'll load your gear, if you boys get thirsty, I'll go for beer. And if it ever breaks down, I can even fix your van. He's a resume man, he's a resume man. If he can't do it, I don't know who can. It says right here, he's qualified. Fifty years on the job but the man is only forty-five.” Lyrics from “Resume Man,” by The String Cheese Incident. | F | From, Susan
17: The lyrics aren't exactly right.—Jameson is far too humble to trumpet his talents like “the Resume Man”but it is true that Jameson is willing and able to do anything for his colleagues at JEP, from working the door at the JEP House, to loading our gear for our annual training-retreat, to fixing the JEP van, and maybe even arranging for the occasional beer (after hours, of course). While on the job for only”15 years, Jameson has contributed a virtual lifetime of support to JEP. He knows every aspect of the program like the back of his hand; he's an invaluable member of our staff and is truly irreplaceable. \ Thank you for everything you have done for JEP, Jameson. I will miss you.!
18: James, Thank you so much for all that you have done for JEP in your time here. The work that you have done in keeping the fundamentals of JEP running has been invaluable. I really appreciate all of the times that you have helped me with problems - from working the copy machine to answering questions from students about JEP sign-ups, from filling out forms to replacing the water. I want you to know that your presence will be sorely missed here next year. However, I am excited for you and the next phase of life that lies ahead ! Best, Amy | Many congrats, James. I remember meeting you way back in 1998 when I was a freshman at USC. Thanks for always being so helpful, generous, funny, considerate, thoughtful, I could go on an on...Wishing you all the best in your amazing new adventures. Let's definitely keep in touch. -Jodi Arneson
19: Dear James, Thank you for your constant and unwavering support, knowledge, and assistance. I, as well as all of the PAs, have been so fortunate to have you as a resource when we need help, have a question, or even an obscure request. I especially appreciate all the help you gave me as I was getting the hang of the PAC role last semester; I always knew I could come to you with any question about the office, students, forms, etc. and you'd have the answer. I don't know what JEP will do without you! You will truly be missed around here. I wish you all the best in New York and hope you and Alice come back to visit us at the new house. Best, Nicole
20: Jameson- Saying good-bye to you is so incredibly hard for me. You and I both know the infinite number of times you have came to my rescue at work,most often dashing up to my office on the spur of the moment to stand next to whatever piece of office equipment “was not working”for me so that the problem would be miraculously fixed by simply your presence. You do anything, and have done everything for JEP, no question. But you are so much more than just a JEP family member. – Over the years you have become a dear family member to Kaylie, Jonah, Jim, and I in our lives outside of JEP. The kids have been so lucky to have had ‘Uncle James’as a regular babysitter from the time they were born, to be present at Baptism and First Communion celebrations, to share a pew with us at Christmas masses over the years, to join us for many Thanksgiving meals and pre-dessert walks digesting our dinner, and to stay uptoo late and laugh too hard with us during ‘Game Nights.’ I cannot begin to express just how much you will be missed by the four of us. But know that we wish you happiness and love in equal measure. You deserve so much for all you have given. Love and Blessings, Tina
21: Thanks for always being there "uncle" Jameson!! From babysitting, to taking us to school, you're always the one we can turn to. I'll miss you.!! See you at the wedding! -Kaylie Thank you for babysitting us all these years. I had a lot of fun during those times. I'll miss you and I hope you keep in touch because you've been a part of our family for so long. Love, Jonah
22: Jameson, You are such a commodity to this program, I don't know what we will do without you... But more importantly, you are such a blessing to this community. No one will ever be able to do what you have done here, and no one's character can compare to yours. I appreciate all the times that you patiently helped me, and I have come to realize how much you mean to this place. We all know that you will have great success in whatever you do, not in a Hallmark card sense, but actually. I will miss you dude. -Sam For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:9-11
23: "Excuse me, Ma'am...EXCUSE ME, Ma'am...those are private mailboxes and you shouldn't be digging through them," you said. It is my first memory of you - policing the PA's mailboxes. I feel that this memory actually sums you up quite well: full of helpful information, sometimes delivered in a gruff manor. I found you hard-to-read at first, but I quickly came to know that beneath that tough exterior was a kind and helpful (feminist!) person. There are many things that I will miss about having you at JEP, besides the obvious things like your help with all things technology-related (of which I needed a lot) and your ability to do the heavy lifting (thanks for all those water jugs you changed over the years). I will also miss your quirky sense of humor and your quiet nature (Lord knows we are already over quota with people that likes to talk a lot on the full-time staff). You are a wonderful person who deserves the life you have always dreamed of. I hope that this move takes you one-step closer to getting there.! Best wishes to you and Alice. I look forward to hearing of all your adventures to come. Best wishes, Jac