Oct 14th, 2013 @ 11:27 am | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
As I have written in the past, VCSU began a new tradition last year of recognizing the contributions of staff members by implementing an “Employee of the Quarter” program. Each quarter, a member of VCSU’s staff is selected as the outstanding employee. Staff members are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel comprised of a student, staff member, and professor. In addition to recognizing those selected with this award on-campus and presenting them with a plaque and gift, I have used this column to highlight these outstanding employees. Unfortunately, I have fallen a bit behind with my columns, and so I will be “catching-up” in the next few columns to introduce you to recent Employees of the Quarter for 2013. First, I want to introduce you to Rick Clark who won the award in Spring 2013.

Rick has been in Valley City and at VCSU since 2009. He and his family moved to North Dakota from Hemet, California, where Rick previously served as a plant manager at Hemet High School. In his current position at VCSU, Rick is a facilities services worker with responsibility for the cleaning and care of Rhoades Science Center, the Facilities Building, and the Ceramics Building. Rick has been instrumental in the renovation and addition project in Rhoades Science Center, and he does a tremendous job maintaining that beautiful new facility. It now serves as a wonderful new educational environment for VCSU students, thanks in large part to Rick’s care and dedication. Rick has also worked on additional projects across campus at Lokken Stadium, in the residence halls, on the tennis courts, and in McFarland Hall.

When Rick was asked about his thoughts of the VCSU campus, he replied, “VCSU is a beautiful campus. It's like a park setting. It has a lot of history and character. And people care about the campus. I don't see a lot of graffiti and vandalism like we had in California. There are a lot of key people who love what they do and where they work, and that makes VCSU a very pleasant place to be.”

Asked what gets Rick excited about coming to work every day, he replied, “I feel privileged to work with the unique individuals who teach and work in Rhoades. There are always interesting ideas and great conversations in that building! I also enjoy supporting students as they pursue educational goals.”

Rick and his wife, Jackie Owen (an instructor at VCSU in the School of Education and Graduate Studies) live in Valley City with four of their children. They also have two grown children in California, and in addition to six children, Rick and Jackie are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Rick enjoys playing string bass in the Valley City Community Orchestra, as well as camping and riding his motorcycle. Additionally, he is on the parent committee of Valley City Boy Scouts and is also active in his church where he teaches Sunday School.

Rick is a tremendous member of the VCSU Family, and he does so much in supporting the teaching and learning environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff. Congratulations, Rick, on your Employee of the Quarter award earlier this year, and thanks for all you do in making VCSU such a special place!