Adams State honors retirees


David Goetzman, Dr. Brent Ybarrondo, and Murleen and Dale Goodrich

Pictured, Adams State honored David Goetzman, Dr. Brent Ybarrondo, and Murleen and Dale Goodrich at the retirement dinner.

As they enter the banquet room, Adams State University former employees, recent retirees, and current faculty and staff pause to shake hands, exchange hugs and greetings. The Retirement Dinner atmosphere remains upbeat and jovial as the evening progresses and the spotlight illuminates each retiree's dedication and commitment to their position and the campus.

The Adams State Office of Alumni Relations hosted the event on April 30. President David Svaldi expressed appreciation for the 2013 retirees: Dr. Brent Ybarrondo, professor of biology; David Goetzman, director of Nielsen Library, Murleen Goodrich, Nielsen Library technician; Dale Goodrich, Facilities Services structural trades II; Glenda Geu, Nielsen Library; Charlie Johnson, Computing Services; and Erik van de Boogaard, Associate VP for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction.

Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Program Development Michael Mumper related the many talents of Goetzman and remembered having to convince him to leave his "dream job" as the cataloging librarian and accept the position as director of the library in 2010.

Over the past three years the library became home to the Grizzly Testing and Learning Center, Student Support Services, and the Student Success Center. In addition, during the remodel of McDaniel Hall, many faculty offices were moved temporarily to the library. "I appreciate David putting aside what was best for the library and doing what was best for Adams State," Mumper said.

Goetzman said: "There was no place I felt a better fit or worked with a better class of people. I enjoyed myself at Adams State." He then expressed his appreciation for Murleen Goodrich, recalling her first year when she remained "reliable and rock steady."

Murleen graciously accepted her retirement clock, telling how the advice Goetzman shared her first year has remained with her ever since, "Ours is not to question why. Ours is just to do or die."

Jeff Horton, Facilities Services structural trades III and Dale Goodrich's supervisor, said one word he would use to describe Dale would be "craftsman." Horton appreciated Dale's willingness to take on additional duties. "Dale always helped the institution the best way he could." Dale said he really enjoyed working for the university and appreciated the faculty and staff.

Expressing her appreciation for Ybarrondo's ability to listen and be supportive, Dr. Benita Brink, Biology Department chair, said: "Brent always had the students' best interests and was committed to excellence."

Ybarrondo said he never regretted his decision to work for a liberal arts college instead of a research institution. "Adams State was a perfect fit. It has been a privilege to participate in a student's intellectual development." He enjoys hearing of former students' successes and feels good about his contribution to their accomplishments.

Geu, Johnson, and van de Boogaard were unable to attend the dinner.