ASC honors new retirees

(04-17-2009)

Adams State College paid tribute to six employees retiring this spring at its Retirement Dinner, April 6. Those honored included Karen Bates, Gerald Corning, Evelyn Rizzi, Deanna Rodman, and Elipio Valdez. The dinner is presented each spring by the Adams State Association of Retirees, through the Office of Alumni Relations.

ASC President David Svaldi (center) with 2009 retirees (from left): Gerald Corning, Evelyn Rizzi, Deanna Rodman, and Elipio Valdez. Not present: Karen Bates.

ASC President David Svaldi (center) with 2009 retirees (from left): Gerald Corning, Evelyn Rizzi, Deanna Rodman, and Elipio Valdez. Not present: Karen Bates.

Kurt Keiser, chair of the School of Business, called Corning "the backbone" of the school's flagship program, accounting. He referred to numerous letters of appreciation Corning has received from former students over his 35 years as an Adams State faculty member.

"These are heartfelt, supportive, complimentary letters. How many of us will receive such letters from those we serve?" Keiser said.

Corning thanked his colleagues in the School of Business for their support over the years and said, "This is a tremendous place to teach."

Rizzi worked as a custodian for ten years before taking a position as library technician in the college's Neilsen Library in 1993. Library Director Dianne Machado said Rizzi earned the love and respect of hundreds of students she has supervised over the years.

"Evelyn believed the library should be a showplace of the college," Machado said. "She embodies the values of teamwork, friendship, and dedication to ASC. She has been the right-hand woman to all of us in the library."

Rodman retires after 30 years in various roles at Adams State, including business office clerk, accounting technician, and senior administrative clerk in Human Resources. In 1994, she transferred to Facilities Services as a groundskeeper, then assumed the position of administrative assistant II in 2001.

Erik van de Boogaard, associate vice president for facilities, said she is a hardworking, dedicated employee. "Having Deanna here gave real stability to the office. Her contributions are huge and greatly appreciated."

Facilities Services bid farewell to a 26-year employee, Elipio Valdez, who also held several posts and was "moving up constantly," ultimately working in structural trades, van de Boogaard said.

"Elipio will do whatever's asked, from operating equipment to removing snow. He had a kind heart and spirit and has been an ambassador of goodwill for Facilities Services."

Bates served as a program director in Adams State's Extended Studies since 2000.

By Julie Waechter