May 20th, 2014 @ 8:31 am | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University celebrated its faculty and staff members’ many years of service and dedication to VCSU at the Employee Recognition and Retirement Dinner held May 15, 2014, in the Student Center cafeteria.

Years of Service Recognition
Faculty and staff members honored for Years of Service anniversaries at the recognition dinner were:
  • • 25 years of service—Steve Olson, Ron Pommerer
  • • 20 years of service—Preston Bush, Jane Hammer, Wayne Hammond, Gregg Horner, Beth Klingenstein, Dennis McCulloch, Barbara Schroeder, Linda Whitney
  • • 15 years of service—Donna James, C.J. Kotta, Patricia Gegelman, Brad Mills, Patti Rickford, Charlene Stenson, Kari Stricklin, Shannon VanHorn
  • • 10 years of service—Amy Anderson, K.O. Bolstad, Louis Wieland
  • • 5 years of service—Richard Clark, Brenda Finger, Rachelle Hunt, Joey Nix, Jackie Owen, Armando Ramos, Jenni Lou Russi, Jodi Shorma, Alyssa Sorensen
Employee of the Quarter and “The Difference Is Me” Recipients
Employee of the Quarter award recipients for the 2013–14 academic year—Kim Hesch, assistant director of university advancement and alumni relations; Emma Tufte, administrative assistant/assessment assistant; Doug Hamilton, facilities services maintenance; and Irene Groth, administrative assistant/certification officer—were acknowledged at the dinner, as were “The Difference Is Me” award recipients—Wayne Hammond, building services/store keeper; Jody Henjum, administrative assistant; and Jenn Larson, faculty materials center assistant—for the same time period.

Student Advocate Awards and Teacher of the Year Award
Erin Edinger, 2013–14 Student Senate president, and Michaela Halvorson, 2014–15 Student Senate president, presented Student Advocate Awards to Chris Carpenter, general manager, Sodexo food service; Richard Clark, building services; and Rhonda Fairfield, executive assistant, President’s Office.

Edinger and Halverson also presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Casey Williams, assistant professor in the fisheries and wildlife science program.

Retirees and Emeritus Status
Six VCSU faculty and staff members who will retire in May 2013 were also recognized. The retirees are Sara Hagen, professor of music; Doug Hamilton, facilities services maintenance; Don Hoff, professor of science; Randy Jess, building services; Sharon McCarriar, associate professor of health and physical education; and Linda Whitney, professor of art.

The six retirees were each granted emeritus status in recognition of their years of service and contributions to VCSU.

Presidential Recognition
The appointment of Margaret Dahlberg, vice president of academic affairs, to interim president July 1, 2014, was acknowledged at the dinner, and outgoing President Steve Shirley’s VCSU tenure was recognized with a slideshow reminiscence.

Greg Vanney, director of marketing and communications, served as emcee at the event, which featured musical entertainment by Brad Mills, director of enterprise applications, and VCSU student Tyler Manske. Nikki Hanson, payroll specialist/administrative assistant, gave the invocation.