|Five Black Hills State
University staff members who are retiring this year were
honored at an annual spring recognition reception for
faculty and staff.
Staff members retiring are Verla
Fish, administrative assistant I in charge of the
continuing education office and a 23-year employee; Ellen
Koan, custodial supervisor I, a 26-year employee; Jane
Mattson, senior cook, a 22-year employee; Dee Moodie,
library associate, a seven-year employee; and Evonne
Welsh, secretary at the Young Center, a nine-year
Ben Dar, associate vice president for technology,
spoke to the gathering by introducing Verla Fish and
citing her accomplishments in directing the university's
continuing education office.
For the past 23 years she has worked with Tom Lefler,
Ellsworth Air Force Base branch campus director, in the
development of the base campus.
Lefler said, She has been extremely innovative,
very helpful and very willing to put forth whatever was
necessary to get the job done.
In addition to Ellsworth responsibilities, she
initiated the Elderhostel program at BHSU in 1981. She
received a 15-year service pin from the national program
for her efforts.
In 1991 Fish received the Excellence in Equity award
from Black Hills Special Services and the Department of
Education for coordinating and hosting the Expanding Your
Horizons program for non-traditional career awareness.
At her campus office she supervises the university's
correspondence program, coordinates the university's
distance-education course schedules and developed the
Visually Impaired Program, receiving a national award
from the National American Association of Summer Schools
(NAASS) in 1991.
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|Verla Fish, administrative assistant
in charge of the continuing education office at
Black Hills State University, receives a gift
from President Flickema in recognition of her 23
years at the university. She will be retiring
|She played a key role as chair of the NAASS
selection committee in getting BHSU as the host
site for the national conference in 1998.
is also a member of the board of directors of the
North Central Conference on Summer Sessions
(NCCSS) where she serves on the membership
All of the retirees were given gifts from the
university for their dedication and years of
serves to BHSU.