Employees honored, retirees recognized at DWU luncheon
Monday, May 13, 2013
MITCHELL –Dakota Wesleyan University took time to honor and recognize several employees for their years of service, their credit to the university and to say farewell to those moving on to the next phase in their lives.
During the employee recognition banquet, DWU awarded Professional Excellence Awards for spring; the winners are Christine Mauszycki, accounting instructor, and Ross Cimpl, head football coach.
Mauszycki was announced as the winner of the Professional Excellence Award for faculty in recognition of her work in the accounting department, involvement in the community and willingness to assume new duties.
“Christine has single-handedly turned the DWU accounting program around in her two years here as a faculty member,” states her nomination letter. “Students now remark on their clarity of understanding of the content of accounting as well as her passion in engaging teaching, applied learning, and up-to-date practices – all vital components of an accounting degree.”
In addition to volunteering to take on adviser duties for the student group, Enactus (formerly known as SIFE), Mauszycki is also active both on and off campus.
“From her advocacy work for cystic fibrosis, her involvement in summer advising, the planning and budget committee, and the SIFE group, Christine models a commitment to sacrifice and service at the institution.”
Cimpl was chosen for the Professional Excellence Award for staff. Cimpl assumed the position of head football coach spring 2012 and “has excelled in his role as football coach for the university this year,” states his nomination letter. “Ross has worked tirelessly to develop a strong, disciplined team committed to excelling in the classroom as well as on the field. Ross recognizes that through athletics a student can develop strong leadership skills which have a life-long application. He has nurtured an outstanding group of young men, helped them focus their energies on productive outcomes, and built a program already being recognized throughout the region.”
Cimpl has also doubled the previous fundraising done by the football team, assisted in fundraising for the DWU student ministry’s mission trip this spring, and has led his team in a variety of community service initiatives ranging from clean-ups to support for cancer patients.
“Under Ross Cimpl’s leadership the team GPA has dramatically increased, retention is the highest it has been in the last seven years, and more students than ever are excited about joining the DWU football program in the fall of 2013,” states the nomination.
Other Professional Excellence Award winners this year were: Kim Mohr and Pat Belling for summer, and René Pruitt and Nathan Hofer for fall.
The Presidential Award for Outstanding Service was awarded to Brandon Vetter, campus pastor. This award is chosen through special nomination to the president.
“Brandon Vetter has been instrumental in transforming the spiritual and religious experience on our campus,” states his nomination. “Since Brandon’s arrival, he has quadrupled the attendance at the weekly worship service, expanded outreach ministries, doubled the mission trip experiences, and led the development of a Sunday worship service on our campus.”
The nomination also pointed out that Vetter is a challenging instructor who integrates relevant and contemporary issues into the classroom and is highly respected by his students.
“Brandon has worked tirelessly to share and witness the Methodist commitment to justice, compassion and evangelization. His persistence in partnering with the First United Methodist Church led to the development of the Fusion worship service.”
Length of service awards were also presented to the following employees: five years: Carena Jarding, assistant professor of nursing; Steve Gust, head baseball coach; Kate Miller, TRiO Student Support Services director; Jesse Weins, assistant professor of criminal justice and dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service; Theresa Kriese, vice president for business and advancement; and Eric Viney, head volleyball coach; for 10 years: Matt Moore, director of information technology; and Vickie Gukeisen, information secretary for advancement; and for 30 years: Beth Day, accounts payable accountant.
Linus Mayer, maintenance technician, will also retire this spring. Mayer has been with the university physical plant since 2007.
“Linus was a great employee; he was always willing to do whatever needed to be done, no matter what. He would come in to check buildings on weekends and at 4 a.m. for snow removal,” said Louie Schoenfelder, director of the physical plant. “He has a great sense of humor, is a man of few words, but it was all in the delivery. He has retired to do some fishing, antiquing and drive tractor.”
Farewell gifts were given to both President Bob Duffett and his wife, Connie, as they will be leaving DWU at the end of the month for Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., where Bob Duffett will assume the presidency.
Don Simmons, former director of the McGovern Center and dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service, announced his resignation in December. He was also given a farewell gift on behalf of the university. Jesse Weins, assistant professor of criminal justice, was promoted to dean for the College of Leadership and Public Service.