Five Faculty and Staff Retire from WSCC
Washington State Community College announces the retirement of five faculty and staff at the end of 2011.
They include Outreach/Tech Prep Administrative Assistant Shirley Carna, Plant Operations & Maintenance Director Byron Hoffee, Developmental Studies Professor Amy Peckens, Library Supervisor Linda Tilton, and Business Management Professor Diane Hartley.
The retirees were honored in late November 2011 at a Holiday luncheon at the College and will receive additional recognition at the College’s annual employee recognition event in the spring.
Shirley Carna has given 20 years of service to Washington State. She served six years as Administrative Assistant in Financial Aid, moving on to Continuing Education as Administrative Assistant for another six years. In 2003, she transitioned to the position of Administrative Assistant for Outreach and Tech Prep, and has completed her eighth year in that position. Carna has an Associate’s degree in Individual Studies from Washington State. She served on various committees at the college, including Secret Santa, Tyna Schaad Scholarship, Support Staff Co-Chair, Budget Committee, among others.
According to Outreach Director Gary Williams, “Shirley is known throughout our college for her knowledge of WSCC programs and procedures, her caring attitude, and exemplary customer service she shows students and staff. We will miss her greatly.”
Carna’s retirement plans include travel, reading, and spending time with grandchildren. “I have made a lot of friends here and have many wonderful memories,” shares Carna, “I am looking forward to the next phase of my life.”
Plant Operations & Maintenance Director Byron Hoffee started with Washington State in 1997. An Athens High School Graduate, Hoffee spent 13 years as Buildings & Grounds Manager and Safety and Asbestos Coordinator for the Marietta City School District, before his time with the College. Over his past 14 years with Washington State, Hoffee has maintained safety and operations on campus by continuing education in areas of Worker’s Comp, Indoor Air Quality, Safety Performance, as well as certification in 30-hour OSHA training.
Developmental Studies Professor Amy Peckens first began teaching at Washington State as an adjunct 25 years ago with courses in education and reading. When a full-time reading position became available, Peckens began teaching every developmental class on campus, including math, reading, and English. Peckens says she has enjoyed working with underprepared students to help facilitate their success with the unfamiliar.
“Amy supported college activities throughout the campus – you would find her attending honors events and embracing every opportunity to support students," says Dean of Arts and Sciences Nenna Davis.
Library Night Supervisor Linda Tilton joined the College in 1992. In her first role at Washington State, she supplied faculty with audio/visual equipment. Tilton would install the equipment in classrooms, and maintained knowledge of the equipment capability of each classroom in the A&S and Main buildings. Tilton later became responsible for handling the periodical collection and overduelibrary materials. As Night Supervisor, she oversaw student workers and assisted students with research and reference questions.
Library Director Georgene Johnson, “Many students also remember Linda as the person who photographed and displayed their happy faces every spring as they graduated from Washington State.”
Tilton lives in Lowell with her husband, Kenny, and daughter, Rhonda. She looks forward to spending time with her family and friends, and being able to stay up late reading books.
Diane Hartley has taught Business Management with Washington State for the past 35 years. Hartley says the best part of her job was the time she spent with students in the classroom. “It has been very rewarding to see younger students grow up while at the College. And to see older students take what they’ve learned in class to begin a new career. Years after I have a student in class, I will see them at the grocery store – they recognize me and remember what class they took of mine and I find that remarkable.”
Hartley doesn’t have definite plans for retirements, however will be working on some personal projects and donating to the Zonta Boutique this spring. “All in all, I have loved teaching here. I will miss it very much,” shares Hartley.