Adams State College Honors Retired Faculty and Staff

(05-12-2005)

Retirement Dinner 2005

Adams State College honored Dr. Ted Ellis, professor of Economics; Sarah Johnson, administrative assistant; Dr. Marilyn Loser, professor of Computer Science; Richard Scanga, Business Manager/Controller; and Dr. Larry Sveum, professor of Chemistry; for their years of service to the institution. The dinner was held on May 5 in the Student Union Building banquet rooms.

Attendees at the dinner included the special guests, emeritus faculty, staff and faculty from the college. All gathered to pay tribute to the new retirees and wish them well in their next phase of life. After a greeting by President, Richard A. Wueste, the retirees were recognized.

Dr. Rafe Weston, chair School of Business, spoke about Ellis' remarkable accomplishments. He said, "It has been a pleasure to have served with Ellis." When he accepted the clock presented by Weston, Ellis said, "The past two weeks so many nice things have been said about me. I have been blessed with good friends and great colleagues."

Director of Counseling and Career Office, Shelle McLean, enjoyed working with Johnson. She said, "I am honored and pleased to say a few words about Sarah Johnson. I believe she is the most dedicated employee Adams State College has ever had. I could always count on Sarah to cheer me up and motivate me in the morning."

Scanga was a student first at Adams State College and then joined the administration for over 20 years. Bill Mansheim, vice president of Finance and Administration, believes his commitment helped many a great story.

He said, "Thanks, Rich, for 24 years of hard-work, integrity, and for being a friend." Scanga believes he was fortunate to have been associated with the college for 30 years. He said, "I started taking classes January 1971, and retired in January 2005. I have truly enjoyed all the years I have been here. I will miss the staff of the Business Offices, they are a dedicated staff and very knowledgeable. It has been a pleasure to work with the students and I will miss that environment."

Science, Mathematics and Technology has two faculty members retiring this year. Dr. Matthew Nehring, chair Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics, remarked on Loser's commitment even during her last semester teaching.

He said, "Marilyn remained one of my go-to faculty members by volunteering for many thankless tasks even as she neared retirement. She always gave 100 percent to the department and to the college." Marilyn thanked the faculty and staff for 22 years. She said, "I am so fortunate and rich to have met so many wonderful students and colleagues. And now I'm anxious to join the beaming faces of retired faculty."

Nehring then spoke of Sveum's tenure at Adams State College. He said, "Larry served as dean when the budget was tight and there was little room for creative action. His biggest accomplishment was restructuring the science curriculum. He is knowledgeable of all things physical. I will miss most his friendly nature."

Although Sveum's time at the college wasn't long, it was significant. He said, "Six years is not a long time. This institution has grown on me. I appreciate all the folks coming tonight and the friends I have met."