MANSFIELD, PA— The annual Mansfield University Service Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 11. Employees who have served MU for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years were honored. Faculty were recognized by academic year. People who have retired or will be retiring through summer 2019 were also recognized.
The following individuals were honored:
Ten years: Kristy Bramm, Timothy McAninch, Jolene Meisner, Daniel Moore, Stephen Plesac, John Pollock, Todd Ranney, Russell Root, Gretchen Sechrist, Christine Walls, William Ziegler
Fifteen Years: Denise Davey, Jeanne Kagle, Jamie Klesh, Connie Marriner, Christine Moulton, Jenny Zeafla
Twenty Years: Richard Alexander, Frank Chua, Andrew Gaskievicz, Christine Gitchell, Denise Hopkins, Michael Kutz, Cathy Martin, John Maslar, Michael McClure, Alexander Miller, Michael Wilson, Sylvia Yamashita, Sue Young
Twenty-five years: Catherine D’Ortona, Donna Miner, Carmen Wood
Thirty years: Andrea Harris, Susan Laib, Laurie Zaparzynski
Thirty-five years: Gopalan Kutty
Employees who have retired or officially announced they will retire: Pamela Boyce, Terrance Day, Charles Ertel-Hoy, Ebrahim Ghods, Howard Iseri, Kevin Jackson, Jacquelyn Johnson, Keith Johnson, Mary Beth Kollar, Bonnie Kutbay, Martha Whitehouse
Also at the recognition event, Dusty Zeyn, Director of Student Living & Community Programs, was named Employee of the Year. Dusty is also an active member of the University Red & Black Committee.
Her nomination stated that “she steps up continually to do whatever is necessary to make MU a better place for students and employees. She is often pegged to help with event setups because her creativity shines. She recently coordinated a Student Services Fair inviting representatives from across campus to share the many different types of assistance that are available to our students. Dusty wears her heart on her sleeve and is passionate in her works goals. She does all this never seeking recognition.”
Amy DeLozier, Director, Kelchner Fitness Center, and Jim Welch, Environmental Health & Safety Director were also finalists for the award.
Police Services and Safety received the Spotlight Award, which is given annually to a department that exemplifies the four facets of the Mansfield Creed: Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service. The winner was decided after a campus-wide nomination process.
“The collaboration and service from this department have greatly improved and there is an overall sense of community policing taking place. Recently the new and significant initiative of the Public Safety Training Institute has absolutely taken off and is the regional training center for public safety professionals. This is getting more people on our campus every day, increasing our visibility and revenue. The employees have collaborated with many across campus to create new policies and work to find ways to better serve,” were some of the reason and comments included in the nomination. “It’s evident that student success is very important to this group. They work with the students when they find themselves in difficult situations by not always charging them but providing alternatives when appropriate. Time and time again, the officers approach a variety of situations and provide professional assistance. The bottom line is ….we call and they come.”
The Deans’ Award for Outstanding Teaching was presented to Dr. Brad Lint, professor of English and World Languages.
Gretchen Sechrist, chair of the Psychology Department, was honored with the Deans’ Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.
The Service Recognition program was facilitated by the Red and Black Committee and the Human Resources Department.