News Release

Annual Faculty Staff Awards

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, May 10, 2018

In celebration of excellence and service by faculty and staff, the annual Faculty and Staff Day was held Tuesday, May 8, in Brown Dining Room. Retirements were recognized by the University of Minnesota Crookston, Extension, and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center.retirees

Retirees included Marsha Odom, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education Department; Deb Zak, community relations and outreach director, Extension; Dan Svedarsky, professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; Carol Larson, buildings and grounds, Facilities and Operations; Barbara Keinath, vice chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs; Paul Aakre, assistant professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; and Dale Kopecky, Northwest Research and Outreach Center.

Years of Service were highlighted by individuals who have been working on campus and in Extension for 40 years or more. They are Marlene LeBlanc and Gary Willhite, who were recognized for 40 years of service and Sharon Stewart, who was recognized for forty-five years.

fac staff awardsIn addition to recognizing years of service milestones and retirements, the program included the following award presentations:

Distinguished Teaching Award ‐ Rob Proulx, lecturer, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

Distinguished Faculty Service Award – Margot Rudstrom, lecturer, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

Distinguished Staff Service Award ‐ Kelsey Torgerson, education program associate, Academic Success Center

Distinguished Scholar Award – Kristie Walker, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

Distinguished Professional & Administrative (P&A) Award ‐ Kim Gillette, director, International Programs, Confucius Institute, and Learning Abroad

Access Achievement Award – Kelsey Torgerson, education program associate, Academic Success Center and Matthew Simmons, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

Builder of Diversity Award – Rae French, learning abroad advisor, International Programs, Learning Abroad

The photo gallery of all the awards is available at https://z.umn.edu/facstaffawards2018.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 23 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Photo, top, right, left to right: 

Marsha Odom, Deb Zak, Dan Svedarsky, Carole Larson, Barbara Keinath, Paul Aakre, and Dale Kopecky

 Photo, left, left to right: Rae French, Kim Gillette, Rob Proulx, Margot Rudstrom, Kristie Walker, Matt Simmons, and Kelsey Torgerson.

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