The BSC Foundation honored 76 employees for their years of service during the December holiday party. President Larry C. Skogen and BSC Foundation President John Weeda presented awards as foundation Executive Director Gordon Binek introduced recipients.
J. Michael McCormack, professor of history, was honored for 45 years of teaching and exceptional contributions to BSC. Skilled at building community, McCormack has devoted countless hours to committee service and as BSC's volunteer emcee and photographer. His leadership extends to many local, state and regional history organizations. McCormack received the Faculty Award of Excellence and was named Outstanding Alumnus in 1994.
Professor Emeritus Don Bigwood continues to teach mathematics part time after 40 years at BSC. He retired in 2000 as associate professor of mathematics. Bigwood was honored twice with the Faculty Achievement Award and received local and regional recognitions from several professional organizations. In 2010, he was inducted into the BSC Hall of Fame as football coach and contributor to the athletic program.
30 YEARS Carla Bickert, associate professor of management, teaches Marketing and HR Management in the Business program and the Management online option. Bickert serves on the Faculty Senate and Academic Standards committees and works with Central Dakota Human Resource Association on HR issues.
Lonna Meier, academic support services coordinator, runs the Sykes Student Success Center. Meier received two Staff Excellence Awards and is known as an all-campus volunteer across many departments. She served two terms on Staff Senate and has contributed to numerous committees.
Arlan Okerson, associate professor of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, teaches the entire HVAC program. He set up BSC's HVAC program at the state penitentiary and the hybrid Lineworker/HVAC program for rural areas. Okerson received the Faculty Achievement Award and is a leader in local and regional professional organizations.
Mike Wavrin, food service manager, directs staff and develops menus for student contract meals in the Student Union Missouri Room, the Mystic Snack Bar, and all BSC catering services. A recipient of the Staff Achievement Award, Wavrin served two terms on Staff Senate and two terms on All Campus Senate.
25 YEARS - Joanna Fischer, Help Desk coordinator; Thomas Leno, director of academic records and registrar; Katherine Netzer, assistant professor of English.
20 YEARS - Dee Bertsch, administrative assistant-Athletics Department; Buster Gilliss, director of athletics; Mark Holkup, associate professor of adult farm management; Ken Irmen, medical laboratory technician lecturer; Scott Klingenstein, associate professor of engineering; Michelle Lindblom, associate professor of visual art, Arts & Communications Department chairperson; Henry Riegler, associate professor of psychology, Social Sciences, Humanities & Education Department chairperson; Jean Scherr, physical plant assistant.
15 YEARS - Shirley Bachmeier, custodian; Gordon Binek, vice president for College Advancement, BSC Foundation executive director; Bill Cossette, associate professor of automotive technology; Ronald Crouse, criminal justice lecturer; Linda Greenstein, financial aid programs coordinator; Tammy Heupel, coordinator for Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management; Lloyd Hieb, AV/IVN associate; Ron Jyring, associate professor of biology; Laura Kalvoda, library associate; Wendy Pank, associate professor of sociology; Jean Rolandelli, associate professor of biology, Science & Engineering Department chairperson; Laurie Torgerson, day supervisor and cook; Sara Vollmer, TrainND manager.
10 YEARS - Karen Arlien, associate professor of computer science; Johanna Bjork, reference and instruction librarian; Walter DeLeeuw, electric power-electrical transmission systems-power plant technology lecturer; Diane Eichhorst, music lecturer; Bruce Emmil, associate vice president-NECE; Julie Erickson, director of resource development; Donna Fricke, career resource coordinator; Tanya Fuher, bookstore manager-purchasing; Katy Hansen, biology lecturer; Amy Helgeson, associate professor of computer information systems; Deb Hieb, custodian; Kevin Holmstrom, program manager-NECE; Amy Juhala, associate professor of English; Leah Kopseng-Coghlan, accounting lecturer; Kevin Kyes, collaborative process and graduation coordinator; Carmel Miller, associate professor of agriculture, technology and natural resources; Francis Miller, lab facilitator and associate professor-NECE; Ryan Pitcher, associate professor of Spanish; David Schneider, engineering lecturer; Heather Sheehan, director of student and resident life; Carla Sivesind, payroll account technician; Joan Trygg, marketing and advising manager-NECE; Vickie Volk, associate professor of computer support specialist; Vicki Voskuil, public information specialist; William Walz, instructor-NECE.
FIVE YEARS - Marie Anderson, office support-Academic Records; Kristi Bullinger, medical laboratory technician lecturer; Michael Dodge, resident supervisor-Werner Hall; Dave Ell, maintenance; Becky Haakenson, management lecturer, Daphne Hauck, administrator assistant-Distance Learning; Lee Huber, OSHA safety and health consultant; Viggo Jensen, meteorology lecturer; Sharon Klein, English lecturer; Angie Milakovic, assistant professor of GIS; Kate Olson, accounts payable associate; Sarah Olson, advisor coordinator; Gerry Pabst, administrative assistant-associate VP for student affairs; Annie Paulson, assistant professor of nursing; Erin Price, assistant professor of English; Steve Pusc, geography lecturer; Thomas Schreck, English lecturer; Deb Stevenson, custodian; Scott Tschaekofske, assistant professor of chemistry; Paul Walter, electrical transmission systems lecturer; Taunia Welch, grants accountant. ____________________________________________________________________________________________
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