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DSU recognizes 51 long-time employees

March 4, 2022

Employees represent 535 years of service

Perseverance. Commitment. Performance.

DSU Provost Dr. Richard Hanson used these “old-fashioned words” to celebrate 51 long-time employees of the university at the annual Longevity Reception on March 2, 2022.

Nationally, the average stay for an employee is currently four years or less in the same job, but these 51 employees represented 535 years of service, with the average being over 11 years. This strengthens the university climate, he said.

“DSU is advancing because of its people,” he said, people like the individuals honored, so the reception was “more than celebrating their tenure here. This is more than a celebration of being committed. This is being part of an enterprise that is rising,” he said.

Deb Roach, DSU’s Interim Director of Human Resources, said these people were “the gifted, talented, dedicated individuals who make Dakota State University what it is.”

She thanked everyone for their engagement, commitment, and the unique gifts they bring, which ensure that DSU students receive a quality higher education.

“DSU is advancing because of its people.” Dr. Richard Hanson
DSU employees with five years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include: Jess Dold (back left), Andrew Behrens, Jan Brue Enright, Nicole Claussen, Andrew Gross, Richard Hanson, Max Hoiberg, Jeff Mott, Julie Wulf-Plimpton, Kindra Schneider; Stacey Anderson (front left), Sierra Leighton, Rose O’Brien, Nolan Moser, Erin Kahler, Jennifer Munger.  Not pictured are: Krysta Dawson, Virginia Hazelwood-Gaylor, Nicky Khattapan, James Maloney, David Moe, Alex Wollman.
DSU employees with five years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include Jess Dold (back left), Andrew Behrens, Jan Brue Enright, Nicole Claussen, Andrew Gross, Richard Hanson, Max Hoiberg, Jeff Mott, Julie Wulf-Plimpton, Kindra Schneider; Stacey Anderson (front left), Sierra Leighton, Rose O’Brien, Nolan Moser, Erin Kahler, Jennifer Munger.  Not pictured are Krysta Dawson, Virginia Hazelwood-Gaylor, Nicky Khattapan, James Maloney, David Moe, Alex Wollman.

Five Years

  • Stacy Anderson, Instructor of Physical Education
  • Andrew Behrens, Instructor of Information Systems
  • Nicole Claussen, Director of International Programs
  • Krysta Dawson, Communications Network Specialist
  • Jessica Dold, Payroll/Benefits & Engagement Manager
  • Jan Brue Enright, Director of the Karl Mundt Library
  • Andrew Gross, Assistant Men’s & Women’s Track Coach
  • Dick Hanson, Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Virginia Hazlewood-Gaylor, Senior Secretary
  • Sierra Heppler, Assistant Registrar
  • Maxwell Hoiberg, Senior Computer Support Specialist
  • Erin Kahler, Administrative Assistant
  • Nicky Khattapan, Instructional Design and Technology Specialist
  • James Maloney, Assistant Professor of Physics
  • David Moe, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Nolan Moser, Multimedia Specialist
  • Jeff Mott, Grounds Keeper
  • Jennifer Munger, Instructor of Special Education
  • Rose O’Brien, Campus Visit Coordinator
  • Kindra Schneider, Instructor of Elementary Education
  • Alex Wollman, Research Engineer III
  • Julie Wulf-Plimpton, Assistant Professor of Health Information Management
DSU employees with 10 years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include: Jason Jenkins (back left), Austin Slaughter, Yong Wang; Erin Blankespoor (front left), Yen-Ling Chang, Kay Schmidt. Not pictured: Joshua Stroschein.
DSU employees with 10 years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include; Jason Jenkins (back left), Austin Slaughter, Yong Wang; Erin Blankespoor (front left), Yen-Ling Chang, Kay Schmidt. Not pictured: Joshua Stroschein.

Ten Years

  • Erin Blankespoor, Administrative Assistant
  • Yen-Ling Chang, Associate Professor of Finance
  • Jason Jenkins, Instructor of Computer and Cyber Sciences
  • Kay Schmidt, Lead Document Imager
  • Austin Slaughter, Veteran Affairs Coordinator
  • Josh Stroschein, Associate Professor of Computer and Cyber Sciences
  • Yong Wang, Associate Professor of Computer and Cyber Sciences
DSU employees with 15 years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include: Sarah Rasmussen, Dana Hoff, Mark Geary. Not pictured: David Bishop, Corey Braskamp, Eric Haas, Catherine Ingram, Viki Johnson.
DSU employees with 15 years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include; Sarah Rasmussen, Dana Hoff, Mark Geary. Not pictured: David Bishop, Corey Braskamp, Eric Haas, Catherine Ingram, Viki Johnson.

Fifteen Years

  • David Bishop, Associate Professor of Information Systems
  • Corey Braskamp, Director of Facilities Management
  • Mark Geary, Associate Professor of Education
  • Eric Hass, Assistant Director of Facilities Management
  • Dana Hoff, Academic Advisor
  • Catherine Ingham, Information Officer
  • Viki Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Sarah Rasmussen, Director of Online Education
DSU employees with 20 years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include: Billie Hoekman, Shannon Vostad. Not pictured: Karen Duffy, Joseph Staudenbauer, Kevin Streff.
DSU employees with 20 years of service who attended the March 2 Longevity Reception include; Billie Hoekman, Shannon Vostad. Not pictured: Karen Duffy, Joe Staudenbaur, Kevin Streff.

Twenty Years

  • Karen Duffy, Administrative Assistant
  • Billie Hoekman, Transfer Evaluator
  • Joseph Staudenbaur, Associate Professor of Digital Arts and Design
  • Kevin Streff, Remote Professor/Coordinator for Ph.D. in Cyber Defense
  • Shannon Vostad, Administrative Assistant

Twenty-Five Years

  • Daniel Talley, Professor of Economics/Undergraduate Coordinator for Business

Thirty Years

  • Patti Beck, Student Success/Retention Coordinator
  • Jeffrey Palmer, Professor of Mathematics
Susan Slaughter was honored for 35 years with the state, at the DSU Longevity Reception on March 2.
Susan Slaughter was honored for 35 years with the state, at the DSU Longevity Reception on March 2.

Thirty-Five Years

  • Susan Slaughter, Program Assistant II
Those retiring this year from Dakota State include Barb Beck, Dale Droge, and Jack Walters. Not pictured: Kari Forbes-Boyte and David Bishop.
Those retiring this year from Dakota State include Barb Beck, Dale Droge, and Jack Walters. Not pictured: Kari Forbes-Boyte and David Bishop.

Retiring

  • Barb Beck, Facility Worker, Facilities Management
  • David Bishop, Associate Professor of Information Systems
  • Dale Droge, Professor of Biology/Academic Coordinator
  • Kari Forbes-Boyte, Professor of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jack Walters, Professor of Management/Coordinator for Master of Business Administration Program, College of Business & Information Systems

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