Congratulations on your Retirement, Laurenza Riojas! We'll Miss You!

The staff at the Center for Community Engaged Learning would like to congratulate Laurenza Riojas on her retirement after 37 and a half years at Michigan State University.

In 1984, Laurenza began her career at MSU in the Office of Student Life working in Judicial Affairs. During this time, Laurenza earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from MSU. 

After 15 years in Student Life, Laurenza moved to the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, now the center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL). After beginning as an Office Manager for the Center, Laurenza has been the Data Information Analyst and Transportation Coordinator for CCEL for the past several years and played a crucial role on the CCEL team maintaining databases, compiling information for annual reports including the Community Engaged Learning Index Report, and coordinating transportation for students involved in Academic Community Engaged Learning. 

Laurenza has taken great pleasure in supervising students over the years and has been instrumental in supporting community partner organizations for CCEL.

Fun fact: Laurenza has worked in the Student Services Building for her entire career at MSU, holding an office on every floor aside from the second!

After retirement, Laurenza plans to spend more time with her wife, Darcy, as well as their seven children and five grandchildren. 

On behalf of our team at CCEL, thank you Laurenza for everything that you have contributed to our community! 

Laurenza’s final day of work will be December 23. If you would like to sign her retirement book, it will be in the Center for Community Engaged Learning, address below. Any contributions to the book can also be mailed or submitted electronically and will be added to the giftbook.

Please plan to sign the book, or send any cards, notes, and/or photos by January 12 to:

Center for Community Engaged Learning

Michigan State University

556 East Circle Drive, Suite 113

Student Services Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1113


Telephone: (517) 353-4400