Twenty-six staff members at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU) were recently honoured with awards in recognition of their services for more than 25 years. They included Professor Chang Song-hing, of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and Professor Kao May-ching, of the Department of Fine Arts/Art Museum. Professor Chang, 51, said he had mixed feelings when he received the award. His happiness at receiving the honour had a sad undertone when he remembered the many friends he had seen come and go over the years. He said he was happy with his life, especially he was able to combine his interest in Chinese literature and culture with a career. Professor Chang has spent 32 years with the university, both as a student and member of staff. He was the youngest lecturer when he started teaching. Professor Kao, the first female professor at CU, said her relationship with the university dated back to 1962, the year she enrolled on an undergraduate course and the year CU was established. 'Even though I spent a few years in the States pursuing more exposure in the arts area, I was using a scholarship offered by CU,' she said. 'I came back to be a lecturer in 1972 and there were only a few female staff, so I used to be a voice for women during that time.'