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Faculty and Staff Wrap Up the Academic Year with Awards Program

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Celebrating excellence and service by faculty and staff, UMC Faculty and Staff Day was held Tuesday, May 10, in Bede Ballroom. Retirements were recognized by both the campus and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center and included Mike Altepeter, Anne Burke, Jim Cameron, Don Cavalier, Cindy Driscoll, Don Medal, Christo Robberts, Barbara Cournia, and Rusty Remick.

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Years of Service were highlighted by four individuals who have been working on campus and at the NWROC for 40 years. They are Patti Tiedemann from University Relations, Don Cavalier from Career Development and Counseling Services, Jim Cameron from the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, and Val Uttermark from the Registrar’s Office. Don Medal - a 30 year employee and retireeDon Medal from Technology Support Services was recognized for 30 years of service.

In addition to recognizing years of service milestones and retirements, the program included the following award presentations: 

Distinguished Teaching Award ‐ Paul Aakre, assistant professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

Distinguished Faculty Service Award – Alvin Killough, associate professor, Liberal Arts & Education Department

Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award ‐ Dale Martinson (posthumously), security guard, Security Services

Distinguished Professional & Administrative (P&A) Award ‐ Amber Bailey, graphic/multimedia designer and webmaster

Outstanding Community Service Award – Brian Dingmann, associate professor, Math, Science & Technology Department

Access Achievement Award – Ashley Stopa, teaching specialist, Math, Science & Technology Department

Builder of Diversity Award – John Normandin, infrastructure analyst, Media Services

RSVP Boomerang Award – Kristina Gray, teaching specialist, Liberal Arts & Education Department

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 39 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

In the photo, top left, from left to right, are Patti Tiedemann, Don Cavalier, Jim Chandler and Val Uttermark honored for 40 Years of Service.

In the photo, right, is Don Medal who was honored for 30 Years of Service. 

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