Employees honored for years of service and excellence

Seventy Fort Hays State University employees were honored at the university's 20th annual holiday party and awards ceremony on Dec. 7 for their years of service.  Three faculty awards and two distinguished staff awards were also presented.

The ceremony honored faculty and staff who have served 10, 20, 30 and 40 years. The Alumni Association also presented awards to employees who have served 25 years.

Fall faculty award winners were also recognized at the event and, for the first time, two Distinguished Service Awards were presented. The Distinguished Service Award, which goes to one classified and one unclassified, non-teaching employee, includes a certificate of recognition and a check for $500. Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award can be made by all classified and unclassified staff as well as by faculty.

Cindy Cline, WaKeeney, administrative assistant in the provost's office, and Jackie Ruder, Hays,  manager of the New Development Group in the Computing and Telecommunications Center, were announced as the first recipients. Cline performs a wide variety of duties for the provost, assisting him and the deans and department chairs. She has also served on the Classified Senate and is currently chair of the SB74 Committee. Ruder has filled a number of positions in the CTC, from support person to technical lead and project manager.

Jill Arensdorf, instructor of leadership studies, Dr. Lou Caplan, professor of physics and assistant dean of interdisciplinary studies, and Dr. Carl Parker, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance and director of employee relations, were recognized by a faculty committee for their contributions to the university and to the student body.

The faculty recognition program rewards outstanding instructors nominated by each of the four colleges of the university. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the respective college deans.

Arensdorf received the Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Business and Leadership. She was nominated for her exceptional instructional abilities and her professionalism in helping students prioritize and develop their ability to perform at the highest level.

Caplan received the Faculty Service Award for his performance in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was unanimously supported because of his long and varied history of service to the university. In his 38 years on staff, Caplan has served as interim director of Institutional Research, interim director of Forsyth Library, interim chair for the Department of Sociology, director of the Bachelor of General Studies degree program, director of the Master of Liberal Studies degree program, associate dean of interdisciplinary studies, and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  

Parker received the Faculty Research Award for his performance in the College of Business and Leadership. He was praised for his significant contribution to his fields of specialization, including labor market analysis, labor relations, economic impact studies and statistical and econometric modeling.

Employees who were recognized for their years of service are:

40-year employees
John Huber, associate professor, Music.
Dr. Michael Meade, associate professor, English.
Dr. Paul Phillips, professor, Geosciences.

30-year employees
Jeffrey Augustine, buildings systems technician, Building Maintenance.
Dr. Art Hoernicke, project director, College of Education and Technology.
Sharolyn Legleiter, library assistant, Forsyth Library.
Jolene Niernberger, director, Senior Companion Programs.
Dr. Carl Parker, chair, Economics and Finance.
Jane Rajewski, institutional research system manager, Computing and Telecommunications Center.
Joan Rumpel, assistant professor, Accounting and Information Systems.     
Dr. Jean-Marie Salien, professor, Modern Languages.
Darlene Schippers, accounting specialist, Business Office.
Dr. Herbert Songer, vice president, Student Affairs.
Marla Staab, clinical coordinator, Communication Disorders.  

25-year employees
Angela Barger, library assistant, Forsyth Library.  
Bradley Dawson, assistant professor, Music.
Eva Gould, administrative assistant, Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies.
Susan Legleiter, custodial specialist, Custodial Services.
LuAnn Pfeifer, administrative specialist, Registrar's Office.
Dr. Jim Rucker, chair, Accounting and Information Systems.
Dr. Pamela Shaffer, professor, English.  
Cary Stremel, print shop supervisor, Printing Services.
Dr. Joseph Thomasson, professor, Biological Sciences.
Duane Weigel, equipment mechanic, Motor Pool.

20-year employees
Donna Augustine, plant science technician, Grounds.
Luella Augustine, custodial specialist, Custodial Services.
Dr. Mark Bannister, chair, Information Networking and Telecommunications.
Keith Bieker, custodial supervisor, Custodial Services.
Jo Ann Doan, associate professor, Nursing.
Beverly Gross, assistant director, Budget and Planning.  
Dr. Edward Hammond, president of FHSU.
Dr. Carla Hattan, assistant professor, Educational Administration and Counseling.  
Cheryl Helget, systems software analyst, Computing and Telecommunications Center.   
Dr. Thomas Johansen, associate professor, Economics and Finance.
John Kaba, systems software analyst, Computing and Telecommunications Center.  
Linda Kepka, senior administrative assistant, Economics and Finance.
Dr. Jim Krob, assistant professor, Health and Human Performance.  
Daniel Pfeifer, coordinator, Computing and Telecommunications Center
Laura Shoaff, teacher, Tiger Tots Nurtury Center.
Natalie Unruh, director, Tiger Tots Nurtury Center.  
Mitchell Weber, media production director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies.  
Dr. John Zody, professor, Health and Human Performance.  

10-year employees
Dr. Laura Andrews, associate professor, Music.  
Carol Brock, director of student activities, Memorial Union.  
Dr. Gavin Buffington, chair, Physics.
Joyce Dechant, administrative assistant, Nursing.
Patricia Duffey, administrative assistant, Geosciences.
Robert Duffy, coordinator of Drug Alcohol Wellness Network, Kelly Center.
Dr. David Goodlett, assistant professor, History.  
Billie Groth, associate professor, Nursing.
Gary Hoffman, network service technician, Information Networking and Telecommunications.
Marnie Kohl, administrative specialist, Student Affairs.
Dean Kranzler, instructor, Music.
Shana Meyer, assistant vice president, Student Affairs.
Dr. Shala Mills, chair, Political Science.  
Michael Muench, computer operations supervisor, Computing and Telecommunications Center.
Mark Orth, microcomputer technician, Computing and Telecommunications Center.
Dr. Carol Patrick, associate professor, Psychology.
Lynne Pullmann, administrative assistant, Memorial Union.
Catherine Reeves, administrative specialist, Registrar's Office.
Amanda Ricke, administrative assistant, Registrar's Office.
Dr. Duane Shepherd, associate professor, Health and Human Performance.
Gordon Sherman, associate professor, Art.  
Kent Steward, director, University Relations.
Kim Stewart, associate professor, Technology Studies.  
Deborah Storer, administrative specialist, Communication Disorders.
Stanley Stramel, equipment mechanic, Motor Pool.
Dr. Rory Terry, associate professor, Economics and Finance.  
Odus Trober, electronics technologist, Computing and Telecommunications Center.
Dale Wiedeman, electrician senior, Building Maintenance.

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