Chancellor Ronnie Green will host a university-wide Celebration of Service, honoring nearly 1,000 faculty and staff, on Oct. 19.
Following COVID-19 protocols for large campus events, it will be a virtual celebration. Along with a dedicated website, the Celebration of Service will feature several videos, including the annual look back in time by Rick Alloway, professor of broadcasting. A celebratory website will be unveiled for the Service Awards event. The URL will be announced.
“This is an exceptional time, and I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate the work you are doing,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said in an email to campus. “Thank you, on behalf of all the students and constituents whom you touch with your work. Thank you for your continued excellence, your commitment to all in our university community and your belief in our mission every day.”
Award recipients — which are earned in increments of five years, spanning from 55 to 5 years for the Oct. 19 event — will receive an email from Human Resources explaining how each award will be delivered.
The 2020 honorees list includes 16 faculty and staff who have worked at least 45 years at the university. It includes a pair of 55-year award winners — both from the College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
An overview of the Service Awards, including a list of honorees, is available through the Human Resources website. The 55-, 50- and 45-year recipients are:
Bing Chen, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jerald Varner, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thomas Aspinall, Custodial Services
J. David Aiken, Agricultural Economics
Dennis Alexander, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Clifford Bettis, Physics and Astronomy
Robert Bodfield, Mail Services
David Boxler, West Central Research and Extension Center
Carl Carlson, Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Rachelle Everett, Computer Science and Engineering
Keith Glewen, Southeast Research and Extension Center
Janis Kingham, Abel-Sandoz Dining Service
L. Tom McFarland, University Libraries
Lorraine Moon, Research and Economic Development
Harvey Perlman, Law
Donald Puckett, Custodial Services