Hiram College

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010, Hiram’s 23rd annual Employee Recognition Dinner celebrated all of the College’s employees, with special honors to those with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service.

5 years of service: Heather Bowser; Kay Molkentin; Melodi Roth; Jennifer Schuller; Becky Slattery

10 years of service: Suzanne Berkley; Lee Braver; Tina Dreisbach; Rodney Hessinger; Wendy IronCloud; Kim Mick; Eileen Vance

15 years of service: Cathy Mansor; Sharlyn Ochsenbine; Vivien Sandlund

20 years of service: Brad Gubser; Rick Hyde; Vi McCarty; Ellen Morrison; Jane Rose; Linda Woodward

25 years of service: Ugur Aker; Roger Cram; Frank Szasz

30 years of service: Steve Zabor

35 years of service: Craig Moser

40 years of service: John Koritansky; Mario Renzi

Congratulations also to our award winners that were announced at the dinner:

Michael Starr Award – Tom Koehnle, assistant professor of biology

The Michael Starr Award was made possible by former Hiram College Trustee Michael Dively who served on the Board from 1986 to 1994 and who chaired the Educational Policy Committee. It is named in honor of former history department faculty member Michael Starr. The purpose of the award is to encourage newly appointed faculty members to continue a career in academic life and to provide public recognition for outstanding service.

Vencl-Carr Award – Michelle Nario-Redmond, assistant professor of psychology

The Vencl-Carr Award for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1981 by John and Hilde Carr and seeks to honor and recognize a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the education of students beyond the classroom and through whose efforts the special student-faculty relationship that exists at Hiram is enhanced.

Nancy L. Moeller Outstanding Achievement AwardProfessional Staff: David Bishoff, assistant director of major gifts

Finalists: Willa Schrlau, biology research teaching associate, and Dave Everett, director of the library

Non-Exempt Staff: Heather Bowser, coordinator for data and administrative records for the education department

Finalists: Beverly Sorrick, financial services specialist and Margaret Palmentera housekeeper in Teachout-Price and Hiram Inn

The award was established in 1997 in the name of an extraordinary person and Hiram College employee. Nancy served the Weekend College for 15 years as its Dean from 1980 until her untimely death in 1994. Through her good work and infinite encouragement, many Weekend College students were able to finish their degrees. The Nancy L. Moeller Outstanding Achievement for Staff was created to honor Nancy’s memory and to serve as a special annual recognition for staff members who have made extraordinary contributions to Hiram College.

G.A. Sywassink Award – Sarah Bianchi, assistant director to the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing & Literature and the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship

The award recognizes staff members in their first three years of service to Hiram who have performed in an exemplary fashion and seeks to encourage recipients to continue to perform at the recognized high level.

President’s Volunteer Award (new for 2010) – James Guilford, Hiram College observatory

The President’s Volunteer Award honors a person or persons who have made extraordinary contributions to the institution in a volunteer capacity.