Bismarck State College honored six employees with Awards for Excellence at the spring recognition event. The awards were given for significant or meritorious performance in professional roles.
Faculty recipients were Dr. John Darling, associate professor of music, for his comprehensive approach to teaching and exceptional leadership in collaborations with area music educators and groups; and Ryan Pitcher, associate professor of Spanish, for his uncommon ability to inspire students and assist their learning process.
Chosen from the part-time faculty was English lecturer Jane Greer for her enthusiasm for teaching, research expertise, and professional achievements as a poet, author and publisher.
Staff recipients were custodian Bob Canter for meticulous attention to his work, assistance to BSC employees and visitors in the National Energy Center of Excellence, and leadership to improve the workplace; and Robin Thorstenson, Continuing Education, Training & Innovation program manager, for her superior ability to organize and manage events and training classes, ability to improve program content and participation, and her care in mentoring CETI certified trainers.
Susan Stockert, asset management associate, received the Part-time Staff Award for Excellence for working beyond her regular duties to take on responsibilities of a co-worker on leave. Stockert rearranged her schedule, worked more hours and underwent special training, while also assisting supervisors with other special projects.
The BSC Foundation programs manager coordinates the nomination and selection process, which involves representatives from the BSC Foundation Programs Committee, student Board of Governors, faculty, staff and the North Dakota University System office. Full-time employees received a $1,000 cash gift from the BSC Foundation. Part-time employees received a $250 cash gift.