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72 BSU employees receive Length of Service awards

Bemidji State University recognized 72 employees with a combined 1,040 years of service to the University during its fifth annual Length of Service Awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 26, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on campus.

• 35 YEARS — Valerie Mason, office and administrative specialist, Office of Communications and Marketing; Roger Paskvan, associate professor of mass communication; Dr. James Rafferty, professor of psychology.

• 30 YEARS — Dr. Fu-Hsian Chang, professor of environmental, Earth and space studies; Dr. Nancy Erickson, professor of German; Jean Lanners, office and administrative specialist, Division of Finance and Administration; Richard Marsolek, coordinator of environmental health and safety; Dr. Karl Salscheider, professor of human performance, sport and health; Jon Utley, grounds and roads maintenance coordinator.

• 25 YEARS — Gwen Bailey, assistant director of financial aid; Chris Brown, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science; Barbara Eriksson-Capes, director of the Student Center for Health and Counseling; Belinda Lindell, director of procurement and logistics; Richard Moen, building maintenance foreman; Dr. Michael Morgan, professor of English; Dr. Kathryn Smith, professor of professional education; Danny Statton, facilities services supervisor; Rita Vincent, central service administrative specialist, Central Receiving.

• 20 YEARS — Dr. Patrick Donnay, professor of political science; Kierstin Hoven, director of campus recreation.

• 15  YEARS — Melissa Arneson, tech support analyst, Information Technology Services; Lori Deering, office and administrative specialist, Decker Hall; Eric Forsyth, professor of human performance, sport and health; Stephanie Hendricks, office and administrative specialist, American Indian Resource Center; Deborah Hovland, account clerk senior, Business Services; Rich Jahner, assistant head football coach and associate professor of human performance, sport and health; Mark Johnson, painter, Physical Plant; Dr. Patricia Rogers, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology; Michael C. Smith, network manager, Programming, Network and Servers; Jeffery Tesch, head football coach and assistant professor of human performance, sport and health; Robert Viktora, general maintenance worker.

• 10 YEARS — Andy Bartlett, associate director of communications and marketing; Dr. Timothy Brockman, associate professor of technological studies; Crystal Cleven, instructor, TRiO/Student Support Services; Dr. Lauren Cobb, associate professor of English; Dr. Marsha Driscoll, associate professor of psychology; Kris Engesather, programmer, Programming, Network and Servers; Dr. Todd Frauenholtz, professor of mathematics and computer science; Dr. Richard Goeb, director of intercollegiate athletics; Dr. Debbie Guelda, professor of biology; Christopher Haley, office services supervisor, Printing Services; Nancy Haugen, associate director of career services; Laura Holm, office and administrative specialist, Residential Life; Lynn Johnson, interim director of distance learning, Center for Extended Learning; Michael Kruse, electronics technician supervisor; Wendy Larson, information officer, Records and Registration; Dr. Mark Lawrence, professor of geography;  Dr. Keith Marek, associate professor of chemistry; Kenneth Meskill, groundskeeper; Dr. Tom Murphy, professor of history; Sharon Olson, cashier; Kerry Ross, associate director of Optivation; Debbie Slough, office and administrative specialist, intercollegiate athletics; Troy Solo, customer service specialist, Printing Services; Kristopher Williams, industrial training coordinator, Optivation.

• 5 YEARS — Molly Aitken-Julin, interim director, BSU Alumni Association; Matthew Bowen, head men’s basketball coach and assistant professor of health, human performance and sport; James Bronczyk, stationary engineer, Physical Plant; Benjamin Burgess, associate professor, American Indian Resource Center; Dr. Stephen Carlson, associate professor of music; Maureen Gibbon, associate professor of English; Linda Gilsrud, director of human resources; David Massaglia, assistant professor of accounting; Dianne Narum, assistant professor of library and library services; Dr. Carla Norris-Raynbird, associate professor of sociology; Kristi Reiplinger, LPN, Student Center for Health and Counseling Services; Steve Sertich, head women’s hockey coach and assistant professor of human performance, sport and health; Kelly Steggall, director of TRiO/Student Support Services; Mary Tosch, associate director, Hobson Memorial Union; Shane Veenker, assistant women’s hockey coach; Karen White, director, 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering; James White, associate professor of human performance, health and sport.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.