Holiday party at FHSU recognizes outstanding faculty and staff

HAYS, Kan. – Fall winners of Fort Hays State University’s faculty awards for service, scholarly activity and research, and teaching were announced this month at surprise visits in their classrooms and recognized at the recent Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony in the university’s Memorial Union.

Dr. C.D. Clark, associate professor of physics, received the teaching award. The award for research and scholarly activity was presented to Dr. Laura Wilson, associate professor of geosciences, and Dr. Kim Chappell, assistant professor of advanced education programs, received the award for service.

All three recipients received a $500 check for their accomplishments, an increase from last year thanks to Commerce Bank, which contributed $500 each. The deans of FHSU’s academic colleges contributed an additional $250 to the winners’ academic departments. Shane Smith, senior vice president of Commerce Bank, was at the party to help present the awards.

Three other faculty members will be recognized for teaching, research and scholarly activity, and service in the spring 2019 semester. Together with this semester's winners, these six faculty members will constitute the pool from which the Faculty Member of the Year will be chosen.

Each of the five colleges of the university nominates outstanding faculty members to receive the awards. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the respective college deans.

Two employees, one University Support Staff member, Christine Hunziker, and an Unclassified Professional Staff member, Douglas Storer, were recognized with Distinguished Service Awards. Hunziker is the administrative assistant in the Office of Academic Advising and Career Exploration. Storer is a senior applications developer in the Office of Technology Services.

Four Griffin Family Outstanding Service Awards were announced.

Kenneth Kippes, custodian in Hammond Hall was the Operations-Regular Staff recipient. Tish Mickelson, in Chartwell’s catering division, was named the Food Service-Regular Staff recipient.

Two student employees were also given Griffin Outstanding Service Awards, Ryli Soukup, Holcomb junior, a student custodian in McMindes Hall, was named the Operations-Student Employee recipient, and Luxin Zhao, a Xinxiang, China, graduate student, was the Food Service-Student Employee recipient.

Another 66 employees of the university – faculty and staff – were recognized for time in service to the state or university, representing a total of 1,180 years. Included in the total were four employees recognized by the FHSU Alumni Association for 25 years of service.

The honorees:

40-Year Employees

Leo Herrman, Department of Psychology
Kathleen Meier, Department of Communication Studies
Eileen Roberts, Human Resource Office

30-Year Employees
Cynthia Cline, Office of the Provost
Mark Griffin, Office of Technology Services
Lee Gross, Office of Technology Services
Diane Henderson, Department of Physics
Joseph Linn, Division of Student Affairs
Steven Meier, Gross Memorial Coliseum/Cunningham Hall Complex Operations
Allen Rohr, Grounds and Building Operations
Douglas Storer, Office of Technology Services

25-Year Employees
Paul Adams, College of Education
Michael Bartell, Building Services
Theodore Basgall, Building Services
Simone Werth, Office of Financial Aid

20-Year Employees
Rhonda Baker, Department of Modern Languages
Kurt Beyers, Office of University Relations and Marketing
Joseph Chretien, Department of Applied Technology
Margaret Denning, Kelly Center
Rachel Depenbusch, Office of the Controller
Michael Drees, Office of the Controller
Cynthia Elliott, Office of Strategic Partnerships
Patricia Griffin, Office of Academic Advising and Career Exploration
Brittany Howell, Department of Agriculture
Eldon Jerauld, Building Maintenance
Daniel Kulmala, Department of English
Nancy Lynn Maska, Department of Health and Human Performance
Shane Parr, Printing Services
Kevin Shaffer, Department of Informatics
Karen Pfeifer, Forsyth Library
William Stark, Department of Biological Sciences
Thomas Schafer, Department of Geosciences
Karrie Simpson Voth, Department of Art and Design
Howard Schmidt, Building Services
Jennifer Wagner, Department of Allied Health
Brett Zollinger, Department of Sociology

10-Year Employees
Krisztina Bencze, Department of Chemistry
David Bollig, Residential Life
Gary Brinker, Department of Sociology
Nikki Brown, Office of Academic Advising and Career Exploration
James Cech, Office of Technology Services
Teresa Clounch, Division of Student Affairs
Betsy Crawford, Department of Advanced Education Programs
Angela Delzeit, Office of Financial Aid
John Doerschlag, Building Services
Dawn Dreher, Department of Sociology
Connie Eigenmann, Department of Communication Studies
Nanette Fitzhugh, Department of Management
Bradley Haynes, Office of Athletics
Anthony Hobson, Office of Athletics
Christine Hunziker, Office of Academic Advising and Career Exploration
Stephanie Johnson, Department of Psychology
Jennifer Kuner, Kansas Small Business Development Center
Nathaniel Lang, University Police Department
Luke LeCount, Office of Technology Services
Dane Lonnon, Office of Student Fiscal Services
Tamara Lynn, Department of Criminal Justice
Linda McHenry, Department of English
Ann Noble, Office of Early College Programs
Irena Ravitskaya, Department of Music and Theatre
Timothy Rolls, Department of Music and Theatre
Charles Rumford, Department of Agriculture and the University Farm
Ross Russell, Department of Agriculture and the University Farm
Stacey Smith, Department of Applied Business Studies
Charles Thompson, Office of Athletics
Brett Whitaker, Department of Leadership Studies

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