Service to students recognized

Several long-serving Bluffton University employees were recently recognized for their commitment to students during a faculty and staff recognition luncheon. Employees, reaching five-year to 35-year milestones, were celebrated. Recognized for 2020 and 2021 were:  

Five years

  • Tricia Bell, content manager
  • John Burkhart, associate professor of accounting
  • Adam Craig, head men’s and women’s golf coach
  • Tyson Goings, director of residence life and diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Steven Heinze, buildings and grounds operations manager
  • Wendy Helmig, graphic design and web support
  • Michael Hummer, database/web portal administrator
  • Howard Keim, senior lecturer in business
  • Luke Myers, assistant professor of physics
  • Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication
  • April Sybert, donor relations manager
  • Sherri Winegardner, director and associate professor of nursing
  • Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion

Ten years

  • Andi Baumgartner, associate professor of art
  • Walt Paquin, director and professor of social work
  • Kate Spike, assistant professor of English
  • Zachary Walton, professor of communication

Fifteen years

  • Tim Byers, assistant professor of education
  • Bill Hanefeld, director of sports information
  • Merv Schrock, music department operations coordinator
  • Janean Shannon, business manager
  • Chad Shutler, head women’s basketball coach and assistant professor of health and physical education
  • Alex Sider, professor of religion, history and religion department chair, director of peace and conflict studies and director of assessment
  • Julia Szabo, development associate
  • Paul Neufeld Weaver, professor of education and Spanish and director of global education
  • Steve Yarnell, head volleyball coach and assistant professor of health and fitness
  • Cathy Yoakam, assistant director of financial aid

Twenty years

  • Cynthia Bandish, professor of English, English and language department chair, and director of Writing Center
  • Rebecca Cox, administrative assistant for adult and graduate studies
  • Brenda Groman, help desk coordinator
  • Deb Myers, professor of food and nutrition, director of dietetics and health sciences department chair
  • Elaine Suderman, assistant director of cross-cultural programs and assistant to the academic dean

Twenty-five years

  • Kathleen Aufderhaar, technical services and systems librarian
  • Dan Berger, professor of chemistry
  • Perry Bush, professor of history
  • Susan Collier, administrative assistant for academic affairs
  • Steve Harnish, professor of mathematics and mathematical and natural sciences department chair
  • Gerald Mast, professor of communication and Forum coordinator
  • Louise Matthews, director of the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center
  • Angie Montel, professor of biology and biology department coordinator
  • Lamar Nisly, vice president and dean of academic affairs and professor of English
  • Gayle Trollinger, professor of education and education department chair

Thirty years

  • Mark Bourassa, senior associate director of student life, Title IX coordinator, and director of university event complex and conferences
  • Randy Keeler, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of religion
  • Sara Kisseberth, web content manager
  • Diane Neal, assistant professor of education and field experience coordinator
  • Guy Neal, head men’s basketball coach and assistant professor of health and physical education
  • Gary Schiefer, associate professor of business and business department undergraduate coordinator
  • Jacqui Slinger, director of academic development services and counselor for disability services

Thirty-five years

  • Tami Forbes, associate professor of recreation and health, fitness and sport science department chair
  • Jeff Gundy, professor of English and director of the Bluffton University Research Center
  • Phill Talavinia, vice president of student affairs and athletics