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SWOSU Employees Honored at Reception

November 21, 2008

Southwestern Oklahoma State University staff employees were honored for their years of service at a recent reception held on the Weatherford campus, and two employees were recognized with staff employee and administrator of the year awards.

President Hays and Rachel Colvin
Honored as the Staff Employee of the Year was (right) Rachel Colvin, purchasing coordinator in the SWOSU Business Affairs & Comptroller Office. She won a $500 cash award. Making the presentation is SWOSU President John Hays.

President Hays and David Misak
Honored as the Administrator of the Year was (right) David Misak, director of the SWOSU Human Resources Office and Affirmative Action officer. He won a $500 cash award. Making the presentation is SWOSU President John Hays.

Staff employee and administrator of the year awards were presented to Rachel Colvin and David Misak, respectively. Each won a $500 award made possible by an anonymous donor. Colvin is purchasing coordinator in the SWOSU Business Affairs & Comptroller Office, while Misak is director of the SWOSU Human Resources Office and Affirmative Action officer.

Bob Klaassen
Honored for 30 years of service was Bob Klaassen.

Connie Phillips
Honored for 25 years of service was Connie Phillips.

20 Years of Service
Honored for 20 years of service were (front from left): Dr. David Bergman, Rita Countess, Shirley Williams and Kandy Kliewer. Back from left—Nelson Perkins, Tom Willis, James Skinner and David Hiler.

10 Years of Service
Honored for 10 years of service were (front from left): Shabnum Bouma, Debra Purdum, Sherri Baker and Gail Wilcox. Back from left—Rick Bolar, Jan Noble, Lisa Rockett, Glenna Thornhill and Randy Barnett.

5 Years of Service
Honored for 5 years of service were (from left): Brandon Lucas and Steven Haldeman.

Thirty-three employees were honored for 5, 10, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to SWOSU. Also, three employees who recently retired were honored. SWOSU President John Hays made the presentations.

Renee Ryburn
Honored for her years of service was Renee Ryburn, who recently retired from SWOSU.

Recent SWOSU retirees included Janice Hodge, Kay Rhoades and Renee Ryburn.

Employees honored for completing degrees
Honored for completing their degrees at SWOSU were (from left): Melanie Fast, Kari Rogers, Carol Whiteskunk, Maggie Fuchs and Shelby Adams.

Also honored were 10 individuals—Shelby Adams, Darcy Brewster, Melanie Fast, Maggie Fuchs, Kyle Hair, Wendy Henson, Elena Morales, Jonathan Patterson, Kari Rogers and Carol Whiteskunk—who completed degrees.

Carissa Fischer
Winning the Dependent Scholarship Award presented by the SWOSU Support Personnel Organization was Carissa Fischer, daughter of employee Anita Fischer.

Serving as hostess of the program was Lisa Friesen, who is chair of the Support Personnel Organization at SWOSU. The SWOSU Chamber Choir, directed by Daniel Farris, provided entertainment. Carissa Fischer won the Dependent Award given by the SSPO.

Years of service honorees were:

30 Years

  • Bob Klaassen

25 Years

  • Connie Phillips

20 Years

  • Dr. H. David Bergman 
  • Kevin Countess
  • David Hiler
  • Kandy Kliewer
  • Suzy Moore
  • Nelson Perkins
  • Kim Seymour
  • James Skinner
  • Shirley Williams
  • Thomas Willis

10 Years

  • Sherri Baker
  • Randy Barnett
  • Shabnum Bouma
  • Tracy Henson
  • Kari Jones
  • Jan Noble
  • Dale Pitzer
  • Debra Purdum
  • Lisa Rockett
  • Donna Stoneman
  • Paul Streit
  • Glenna Thornhill
  • Gail Wilcox

5 Years

  • Shirley Bound
  • Paula Fleming
  • Steven Haldeman
  • Marita Kennemer
  • Brandon Lucas

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