WSCC Honors Employees and Retirees at Annual Luncheon

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In May, Washington State Community College (WSCC) recognized several employees for their long term dedication to the education and lives of the students. Employees were recognized for five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years of service, as well as those retiring.

Tiffany Laipply, Director of Upward Bound at WSCC, was recognized for five years of service. Tiffany began her career as the Assistant Director of Upward Bound in September 2008, and recently became Director in January this year. Upward Bound is a grant funded program here at WSCC that focuses on getting high school students interested in going to college. Tiffany said she loves her job because she interacts with the students on a daily basis. "I love seeing their faces when I take them to a place like New York City. They get to experience things that ordinarily they wouldn't get to experience," says Laipply. Tiffany is currently working on her Ph. D. and expects to complete it in the next two years.

Other employees recognized for five years of service at Washington State Community College are: Jason Lowther, Sandra Morgenstern, Elizabeth Ruth, Susan Mentink, Stacie Manter, and Teresa Beach. Laura Garcia, Mark Kessler, and Marcie Arnold were recognized for ten years of dedication. For fifteen years of employment at WSCC, Ginger Mayle, Tanya Wilder, John Richardson, and Tricia Schaad were recognized.

Dr. Dean Hirschi, Heather Kincaid, Dr. Deborah Thomas, Donna Muntz, and Richard Thomas were acknowledged for twenty years of dedication to Washington State Community College. Dr. Hirschi, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, began his career at WSCC in the Fall of 1993. He said he enjoys his position at Washington State Community College because the school emphasizes teaching which is possible due to the smaller classes. Dr. Hirschi also stated he was interested in the research aspect of physics and astronomy. He recalled many fond memories during his twenty years on campus, and just last week watched his son Dean, graduate from WSCC.

20140527 schillingRetiring this year was Janet Schilling, M. Ed., Interim Dean, Arts & Sciences. Janet has been a wonderful contribution to the WSCC faculty over the past 25 years. Her presence will be greatly missed, staff and faculty at WSCC wish her the best of luck and happiness in her future endeavors.

Also recognized were Richard Anderson and Debra Doak both with 30 year terms at Washington State Community College. With an amazing 75 terms of service, Dr. Bradley Ebsersole, Ph.D., President, WSCC, congratulated Howard Tornes for his outstanding commitment and dedication.

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Recognized from the top and left to right: Janet Schilling, Jason Lowther, Tiffany Laipply, Laura Garcia, Mickey Kessler, Tanya Wilder, Dean Hirshi, Lou Swartz, and Howard Tornes.

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