McPherson College community recently gathered to celebrate a combined total of 345 years of service to the college when it recognized faculty, staff and a board of trustee member with a reception, dinner, and awards program at Mingenback Theatre on March 1. The annual night of recognition celebrated the work of faculty, staff and board of trustees, who have served the college from five years to 40 years.

“The outstanding achievements and accomplishments by the honorees in the classroom, within individual departments, and in the McPherson community propel the college beyond being a great college to work for,” said Brenda Stocklin-Smith, director of human resources at the college. “These honorees facilitate world-class experiences for our students and it is in this deep sense of campus community where our students excel to be leaders of the future.”

Those honored included:

5 Years

Dara Dix, accounting specialist

Robert Spies, head coach, track and field

Lorena Medrano, assistant professor of Spanish

Gordon Reimer, head coach, women’s basketball

Kyle Hopkins, association professor of music/director of bands 

10 years

Kathryn Russell, facility management, custodian

Sonja Sawatzky, academic records specialist

Philip Schoenwetter, head athletic trainer

Timothy Swartzenruber, head coach, men’s basketball/assistant professor of physical education

Colleen Gustafson, promotions & new media manager 

15 Years

Ku-Sup Chin, associate professor of sociology

Dee Erway-Sherwood, professor of graphic design/executive director of visual arts

Rod Gieselman, professor of business

Brian Lundberg, director of marketing

Doug Quint, head coach, men’s soccer 

20 Years

Lorraine Lahdenpera, director of Milwaukee Center Continuing Education Program

25 Years

Jonathan Frye, professor of natural science 

30 Years

Kim Stanley, professor of English

35 Years

Bruce Clary, vice president of academic affairs/professor of English

Wayne Conyers, professor art 

40 Years

Brad Stucky, general maintenance specialist 

Board Member

Doug Lengel