May 6th, 2013 @ 11:15 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 3, 2013, in the Student Center cafeteria.

Andre DeLorme, professor of biology, served as emcee of the event, which featured a performance by VCSU’s Quantum Brass, comprised of David Burgess, Lyle Hager, Kirci Wagner, Thomas Zinke, and James Adams, assistant professor of music.

Years of Service Recognition
Faculty and staff members honored for Years of Service anniversaries at the recognition dinner were:

  • 40 years of service—Alice Beauchman, Kathryn Holleque
  • 35 years of service—Marcia Foss, Sharon McCarriar
  • 30 years of service—Irene Groth
  • 25 years of service—Bonita Pickar, Connie Stavens
  • 20 years of service—Doug Hamilton
  • 15 years of service—Kerry Gregoryk, Diane Olson
  • 10 years of service—Keith Biggers, Michelle Hoyt, Joseph Munowenyu, Tim Schilling, Chad Slyter
  • 5 years of service—James Adams, Jerzy Bilski, Lynn Isaacson, Alison Kasowski, Paula Larson, Leslie Kalmbach, Misty Lindgren, Kevin McDonough, Loree Morehouse, Tammy Peterson, Dina Petherbridge, Tara Praska, Steven Shirley, Rob Walsh, Jamie Wirth, Jonna Ziniel

Employee of the Quarter and “The Difference Is Me” Recipients
“Employee of the Quarter” recipients for the 2012–13 academic year—Charlene Stenson, director of enrollment services; Brad Mills, director of enterprise applications; and Rick Clark, building services/facilities services staff—were acknowledged at the dinner, as were “The Difference Is Me” recipients—Teresa Cole, administrative assistant, Great Plains STEM Center; Tara Praska, graphic designer; and Jacob Ell, groundskeeper—for the same time period.

Student Advocate Awards
Erin Edinger, VCSU Student Senate president, presented Student Advocate Awards to the EBC Fraternity and Kari Stricklin, director of the Student Center and student activities.

Teacher of the Year Award
Ben Haugeberg, VCSU Student Senate vice president, presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Joe Stickler, professor of chemistry and chair of the Division of Mathematics, Science, and Health and Physical Education.

Retirees and Emeritus Status
Four VCSU faculty and staff members who will retire in May 2013 were also recognized. The retirees are Bev McAllister, administrative assistant, Student Affairs and Career Services; Tim Schilling, assistant professor, Division of Business and Information Technology; Diana Skroch, professor of music and chair of Division of Fine Arts; and Joe Stickler, professor of chemistry and chair of Division of Mathematics, Science, and Health and Physical Education.

McAllister, Schilling, Skroch and Stickler were each granted emeritus status in recognition of their years of service and contributions to VCSU.