SPRINGFIELD – During Missouri State University’s January Staff Service Awards program, the university announced the two winners of its Staff Excellence in Community Service Award, announced the six winners of its Staff Excellence in University Service Award, honored the 30 employees from the Springfield campus who retired in 2013 and recognized employees from the Springfield campus who reached a 5-year longevity milestone in 2013.
Two honored for community contributions
The university recognized two employees with the Excellence in Community Service Award – which is awarded based on demonstrated personal action to community causes, a significant and sustained record of volunteer service and significant contributions to improve the quality of community life. The winners received a personalized plaque and a $1,000 cash award from the Missouri State University Foundation.
The Excellence in Community Service Award recipients are Jennifer Johnston, academic specialist at the English Language Institute, and Rachel Peterson, recruitment specialist at the West Plains campus.
Six honored for service to university
The Staff Excellence in University Service Award was presented to six Missouri State staff members in recognition of significant contributions to the university community. The awards recognize those staff employees who strive to do their jobs well on a daily basis, go above and beyond the call of duty in a special situation and have contributed in a significant way to the success of the university. The recipients each received a $1,500 cash award.
The six employees who were recognized include Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support; Howard Dressler, preventative maintenance coordinator; Jaime Ross, executive assistant III; Sam Parker, maintenance electrician; Jessica Clements, new media specialist; and Keith Moncrief, custodian I.
30 staff members retire in 2013
The 30 staff members who retired in 2013 represent more than 525 years of combined service to the university and an average of 17 ½ years of individual service. Staff retirees from the Springfield campus include:
- Bill M. Ackermann retired after 20 years 10 months of service
- Kenneth W. Ament retired after 18 years 11 months of service
- Jack D. Atchison retired after 12 years 1 month of service
- Karen J. Bench Rankin retired after 25 years 9 months of service
- Ronald E. Boaz retired after 32 years 9 months of service
- Miriam W. Burlison retired after 14 years 11 months of service
- Russel R. Burns retired after 6 years 7 months of service
- Danny M. Chrisman retired after 25 years 7 months of service
- Sharrol Lynne Coffman retired after 5 years 7 months of service
- Connie J. DeGeere retired after 17 years 9 months of service
- Earle F. Doman retired after 23 years 10 months of service
- Julie A. Ebersold retired after 36 years 7 months of service
- Catherine Hall retired after 23 years 8 months of service
- Enid J. Harris retired after 21 years of service
- Delta “Joy” Herndon retired after 9 years 2 months of service
- Marsha L. Lay retired after 5 years 1 month of service
- Janice E. Loving retired after 7 years 10 months of service
- Stephanie C. Marinec retired after 19 years 9 months of service
- Nancy S. Maxfield retired after 7 years 2 months of service
- June McHaney retired after 6 years 11 months of service
- Janet M. Milton retired after 16 years 6 months of service
- Pamela L. Morrissey retired after 28 years 8 months of service
- Karyn “Sue” Myers retired after 8 years 6 months of service
- Deanna R. Olson retired after 18 years 9 months of service
- Steven W. Samuelson retired after 5 years 3 months of service
- Linda J. Sartorius retired after 9 years 9 months of service
- Burnie L. Snodgrass retired after 41 years 5 months of service
- Jean Ann Thomas retired after 15 years of service
- Margaret A. Von der Heide retired after 34 years of service
- Patrick J. Zacha retired after 6 years 6 months of service
Employees recognized for up to 40 years of service
Also recognized were Missouri State employees who had achieved a 5-year longevity milestone — from five to 40 years of service.
The longest serving employees are Ginger S. Allard and Sheila A. Ponder, both from Meyer Library, with 40 years of service.
Those recognized for 35 years of service include:
- Janice G. Presley, media, journalism and film
- Joyce E. Seale, financial aid
- Donald E. Simpson, enrollment management and services
- Randy Stewart, broadcast services – KSMU
Those recognized for 30 years of service include:
- Brian Blevins, Hammons Student Center
- Thomas A. Carter, broadcast services – OPT
- Deana L. Gibson, geography, geology and planning
- Brian D. Heaton, web and new media
- Kathy L. Miller, advancement services
- Thomas P. Van Someren, computer services
Those recognized for 25 years of service include:
- Laurie M. Bryson, College of Business
- Danny M. Chrisman, Plaster Student Union – physical plant
- Diana K. Garland, Bear Claw
- Holly R. Hesse, softball – women
- Marsha A. Hope, admissions
- Lenord D. McGownd, residence life, housing and dining services
- Shirley J. Moentnish, Meyer Library
- Donald Wendell Northrip, computer services
- Kristy L. Russell, kinesiology
- Robert L. Seaman, facilities management – custodial
- Keith W. Sharp, residence life, housing and dining services
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Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
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