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Black Hills State University recently recognized employees for their years of service and dedication during the annual Employee Awards Reception.

Nancy Grassel, director of Human Resources (HR) at BHSU, read a proclamation by Gov. Michael Rounds expressing his appreciation of BHSU employees’ dedicated service.

Retirees honored this year were: Thomas Cox, professor, College of Arts and Sciences; Judy Learing, custodial worker, Facilities Services; Janeen Larsen, professor, College of Arts and Sciences; Dean Myers, provost and vice president, Academic Affairs; and Karen Stacy, librarian.

Dr. David Wolff, professor of history, received the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award. Wolff was recognized for his extensive community service and exemplary classroom leadership.

BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp recognized the Career Service Act (CSA) outstanding employees for the 2008 fall and spring semesters. Lil Odell, Reproduction Services Supervisor at the University Printing Center, was recognized for more than 20 years at BHSU and for her exemplary customer service skills. LeAnn Vandine, secretary for Facilities Services, was named the spring semester outstanding employee for her years of commitment to the University and her ability to make things happen on a tight deadline.
 

  • The “Jacket Legacy Crew,” received the Special Committee Award, including: Bonnie Alberts, retention advisor for the Center for Academic Success; Danielle Brady, director of the Student Assistance Center; DeeAnn Dorfschmidt, office supervisor of the Student Union; Sara Elias, career counselor for the Career Center; Arlene Holmes, director of the Career Center; Jane Klug, director of Student Services; Chad Kruckenberg, career advisor for the Center for Academic Success; Mike McNeil, disabilities liaison of Disabilities, Barb Ridgway, office supervisor for the Center for Academic Success; Eileen Thomas, senior secretary of the Career Center; and Joe Valades, director of the Center for Academic Success.
  • The Sponsored Programs was presented with the Economic Savings Award office including: Dianne Darling, program assistant I; Sharon Hemmingson, director; Cindy Raysor, senior secretary; Diane Watson, director; and Karen Williamson, accountant.
  • Penney Williams, senior secretary for Health Services received the Community Service Award.
  • The College of Business and Technology senior secretary and secretary, Kathy Morford and Elise Kietzmann, were presented with the University Service Award.
  • The University Area Award was given to the BHSU Marketing and Communications Office – LaNaya Elliott, director of internet development; Corinne Hansen, director; Sheryl Holman, graphic designer; Kristen Kilmer, information officer; Susie Pratt, information assistant, and Michelle Tracy, information specialist. 
  • Cody McMichael, assistant director of Student Support Services received the Student Service Award.

Schallenkamp concluded the ceremony by recognizing employees who have five or more years of total state service. Recognized for 40 years was Jerry Swarts, director of University Support Services.

Art Jones, director of Facilities Services, and Hanna Swarts, lead mail processor of the University Mail Service, were honored for 35 years of service.

Acknowledged for 30 years of service were: Jim Hess, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and department chair of psychology; and Roxy Schmit, data processing supervisor of Administrative Information Management Systems.

Employees recognized for 25 years of service were: Peggy Madrid, retention advisor of Student Support Services; Doug Wessel, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Nancy Grassel director of Human Resources.

Honored for 20 years of service were: Sheila Aaker, assistant dean of the College of Business and Technology; Shirley Brownell, financial aid assistant, University Center-Rapid City; Christy Couch, secretary, Digital Media Resource Services; Kristi Engle, senior secretary, University Center-Rapid City; Corinne Hansen, director of Marketing and Communications; James Hesson, professor in the College of Education; Sheryl Holman, graphic designer in Marketing and Communications; Diane Mabey, child care coordinator in the Child Care Center; and Rob Schurrer, professor in the College of Education.

Employees recognized for 15 years of service were: Don Altmyer, professor in the College of Business and Technology; Steve Babbitt, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Verona Beguin, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology; Ron DeBeaumont, professor in the College of Business and Technology; Ralph Hoover, custodial worker in Facilities Services; Charles Lamb, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Theresa Lewis, groundskeeper in Facilities Services; Lorraine Talks, program assistant II in University Support Services, Pam Thomas, accountant in Student Financial Services.

Employees acknowledged for ten years of service were: Hasina Ahmad, distance education coordinator in Educational Outreach; Janet Briggs, science education specialist in Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education; Brian Ewald, system software specialist in Network and Computer Services; Chris Hahn, instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Shad Hunt, senior building maintenance worker in Facilities Services; Jean Kennedy, senior claims clerk in the Business Office; Lynn Langer, baker of A’viands/Dining Services; Ben Sayler, director of Education and Outreach Sanford Underground Lab/DUSEL; Christine Shearer-Cremean, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Nancy Shuck, secretary in Residence Life; Daluss Siewert, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Holly Stillson, instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Recognized for five years of service were: Laura Bothwell, senior accountant in the Business Office; Danielle Brady, director of the Student Assistance Center; Erin Buck, athletic trainer in the College of Education; Forrest Cain, researcher I in Center of the Conservation of Biological Resources; Robert Campbell, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; James Castleberry, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Chris Coolidge, program assistant I for the S.D. Center for Enterprise Opportunity; Sandy Crain, senior secretary of Student Life; DeeAnn Dorfschmidt, office supervisor in the Student Union; Carolyn Ferrell, researcher II in Center of the Conservation of Biological Resources; Nancy Hall, dean of the College of Education; Arlene Holmes, director of the Career Center; Mary Husemann, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Diana Koch, secondary education coordinator of Project SELECT; Don Looney, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology; Barbara Looney, assistant professor of the College of Business and Technology; Sandra Marker, assistant professor of the College of Arts and Sciences; Pam McKie, assistant manager of the University Bookstore; Michael Morgan, facility worker in Facilities Services; Stephanie Murphy, custodial worker in Facilities Services; Christian Nsiah, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology; Lee Pearce, assistant professor in the College of Education; Juan Perez, custodial worker in Facilities Services; Ronald Reede, grounds keeper in Facilities Services; Annette Ryerson, assistant professor of the College of Business and Technology; Debby Schelske, accounting assistant in Student Financial Services; Pat Simpson, professor in the College of Education; and Nancy Wietgrefe, director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program.