Four special ladies celebrated career milestones this year as employees of Reinhardt. Combined, they have dedicated more than 140 years of service to the University. Pictured are, from left: Doris Jones, director of accounting services, who was honored for 40 years of service; Bonnie DeBord, executive assistant to the president, who was recognized for 35 years of service; Betty Johnson, physical plant coordinator, who also celebrated 35 years of service; and JoEllen Wilson, vice president of advancement, who was honored for 30 years of service.
Faculty and staff took center stage today at Reinhardt University’s annual Employee Awards & Recognition Breakfast. The event honored employees with notable years of service, introduced all the new employees and provided everyone with a catered breakfast.
Taking care of Reinhardt’s dollars and cents for more than four decades, Doris Jones, director of accounting services and resident of Waleska, Ga., was recognized for her 40 years of service.
“In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says, ‘To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heavens,’” said Jones. “This has been my season to be at Reinhardt. It has been a good place to work. All three of my children attended Reinhardt and my daughter was the valedictorian the year she graduated. I have been blessed thru Reinhardt family and friends.”
Bonnie DeBord, executive assistant to the president, and Betty Johnson, physical plant coordinator, both who are residents of Waleska, Ga., were honored for their more than 35 years of service.
“It doesn’t feel like I’ve worked at Reinhardt for 35 (almost 36) years,” said DeBord. “This is a wonderful institution and a great place to work. Both of my children grew up on this campus, and my older daughter earned her associate and bachelor degrees from Reinhardt. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of the Reinhardt Family all these years and to work with such a caring group of faculty and staff.”
Johnson added to DeBord’s sentiments, “My ties to Reinhardt go way back. When I was in elementary school at R.M. Moore, we would take class trips to this great place called Reinhardt College. Little did I know at that time what a huge part of my life Reinhardt would actually become. Both of my children earned degrees from Reinhardt: my son in criminal justice and my daughter in early childhood education. I am truly blessed to have been able to be a part of this amazing Reinhardt Family for 35 years.”
JoEllen Wilson ’61, vice president of advancement and a resident of Canton, Ga., was celebrated for her 30 years of service.
“I came to work part-time in the Alumni Office - never dreaming of the many opportunities Reinhardt would offer,” Wilson said. “I learned so much: how to manage events; how to write for publication; public speaking; adjunct teaching, managing an office—so many other prospects for advancement. Reinhardt has been my classroom for life. I plan to continue learning and hopefully become a model for others seeking ways to mold a career from humble beginnings.”
Recognized for their 15 years of service were: Rebecca Goodwin, library assistant and resident of White, Ga.; Anne Little, housekeeper and resident of Waleska, Ga.; and Dr. Donna Coffey, associate professor of English and resident of Waleska, Ga.
All celebrating 10 years of service at Reinhardt were: Nancy Carter, assistant professor of education and a resident of Roswell, Ga.; Dr. Bill DeAngelis, dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences and a resident of Atlanta, Ga.; Julie Fleming, director of admissions and a resident of Cumming, Ga.; Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, president and a resident of Waleska, Ga.; Donna Johnson, accounts payable specialist and a resident of Canton, Ga.; Ann Kirchhoff, museum receptionist and a resident of Canton, Ga.; Julie Schultz, assistant professor of middle grades education and a resident of Jasper, Ga.; Allison Startup, University nurse and a resident of Cartersville, Ga.; and Melanie Williams, staff accompanist and a resident of Canton, Ga.
Honored for their five years of service were, from Acworth, Ga.: Steve Ruthsatz, assistant director of athletics–operations; from Canton, Ga.: Glen Crawford, assistant director of athletics–compliance and head softball coach; from Waleska, Ga.: Dr. Kevin Crawford, assistant professor of English & theatre; Ed Garrett, groundskeeper; Dr. Wayne Glowka, dean of the School of Arts & Humanities; Shalyn Hernandez, director of residence life; Amy McGee, assistant librarian; Dr. Tom Reed, professor of special education; and Gene Smith, production coordinator; and from Woodstock, Ga.: Paula Thomas-Lee, assistant professor of music.
New employees were also introduced during the breakfast. Since August 2011, Reinhardt has hired more than 42 new faculty and staff, including five who are alumni of the University.
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