Montana State University Billings hosted a Staff Appreciation Dinner and Awards ceremony on May 8 to honor outstanding staff members and recognize them for their contributions to the university.
Staff members were nominated for the Staff Recognition Awards, which included areas such as Excellence for Support Staff, Excellence for Administrative/Professional Staff, and Excellence for Community Service. Staff members at MSUB also were recognized for years of service to the university, as well as retirements, and upcoming retirements.
The following were nominated for their contributions across the university: Mehmet “Mo” Casey, international admission and advising specialist; Janet Drinkwalter, program assistant for Nursing, Health, Public Safety and General Education at City College; Jackie Ellsbury, payroll manager at Financial Services; Kelsi Gambill, communications specialist for University Relations and Communications; Patricia Hoagland, administrative associate for University Police; Jared Kerr, network/computer systems administrator with Information Technology; Kim Kost, academic coordinator for TRiO and Student Support Services; Henry LaFever, chemistry tutor at the Academic Support Center; Rita Rabe Meduna, administrative associate for the Chancellor’s Office and Academic Senate; Karen Mikelson, administrative associate at the College of Allied Health Professions; Janna Myers, web communications developer at University Relations and Communications; Shelly Ovalle, administrative associate for Extended Campus; Tawni Palin, administrative associate for the Music Department; JoAnn Rhodes, accounting associate for Business Services; Sheryl Shockley, administrative associate for the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages; Roberta Stewart, administrative associate at the College of Business; and Rhianna Tretin, internship coordinator.
Mo Casey, Jackie Ellsbury, Jared Kerr and JoAnn Rhodes were recognized with the Support Staff Excellence Awards.
Kimberly Kost was presented with the Administrative/Professional Staff Excellence Award.
Kelsi Gambill received the Community Service Staff Excellence Award.
Staff members were also recognized for their five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25- and 30-year contributions to the university.
For five years of service, Nicholas Barfield, April Buscher, Ken Chouinard, Paul Cook, Tiffany Ann Costa, Jackie Ellsbury, Dr. Paul Foster, Laura Gittings-Carlson, Derrick MacAskill, Karen Mikelson, Kevin Nemeth, Mickey Potts, JoAnn Rhodes, Jody Stahl, Brett Weisz, Traci Wolff, Makiko Yamashita-Hunt and Rene Rosell Yarbrough were recognized.
Cindy Bell, Patrick Cassidy, Brandon Gatlin, Dean Hanson, Connie Nelson, Carla Tilton and Jessica Torgerson-Lundin were recognized for 10 years of service.
Jessica Baker, Adam Davis, Terri Kelly, Janice Ouldhouse, Kristin Peterman and Janet Simon were recognized for 15 years of service.
Annette Barber, Dr. Michael Barber, Kelli Grantham, Mike Morgan, Debra Miller and Michelle Watson were recognized for 20 years of service.
Troy Moore was recognized for 25 years of service.
Brenda Brakke was recognized for 30 years of service.
Retirees that were honored at the event were LeAnn Anderson, Ronna Bell, Kathleen Burke, David Coppock, Barbara House, Terrie Iverson, Deborah Peters, Robert Petersohn, Susan Rhodes, Marsha Sampson, Marj Smith, Jack Underwood and Shelley Zimmerman. Upcoming retirees Lee Geraud, Joy Ott and Valerie Sperry were also honored.