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Employee Awards

We love recognizing the great work of our faculty and staff. We started recognizing the great work they do when Delta College was founded decades ago, and the tradition continues. We think it's a big deal, so every spring we have a big awards ceremony to celebrate. 

Astronomy instructor in front of class
Kim Klein
Michael Faleski

We think it's important to recognize faculty and staff for their scholarly achievements and dedication to student success.

awards & most recent recipients

Support Staff Excellence Award  

The Support Staff Executive Committee (SSEC) chooses a recipient who is a contributing member of the Support Staff and exemplifies professionalism, service and dedication within Delta College, as well as positively represents the College in the community.

Most recent recipient: Craig Wilson, Lead Support - Counseling, Advising and Career Services (2017)

Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) Award for Support Staff Distinguished Service

The FEC recognizes a Support Staff member who, through his/her work with Delta College faculty, has provided outstanding service.  Faculty members are encouraged to nominate individuals they feel are deserving of such an award.

Most recent recipient: Kayleen VanWert, Administrative Office Professional - Academic Services (2017)

Executive Committee for Administrative / Professional Staff (ECAPS) Outstanding Teamwork Award

The award is in recognition of exemplary teamwork, resulting in substantial benefit to learning, or outstanding service to the College community. The nomination must include a minimum of one Administrative/Professional Staff member.

Most recent recipient: Website/Portal Lead Planning Team – Valerie Bledsoe, Administrative Assistant in Student and Educational Services; Pam Clark, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement; Leanne Govitz, Director of Marketing and Public Information; Amanda Hammond, Web Content Marketing Coordinator; Charity Hyde, IT Operations Director (Ellucian); Sue Nowicki, Manager of Business and Auxiliary Services; Jason Stahl, Chief Information Officer (Ellucian); David Wallace, Enterprise Applications Director (Ellucian); and Barb Webb, Director of Business Services (2017)

ECAPS Outstanding A/P Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an exemplary Administrative and Professional Staff who has offered outstanding service to the College community and/or exceeded the scope of his/her position.

Most recent recipient: Emily Clement, Manager of Strategic Partnerships (2017)

ECAPS Willie E. Thompson Exemplary Career Service Award

The award honors Willie E. Thompson's legacy of commitment to education, service and diversity.  Mr. Thompson served as Delta College's Vice President of Student & Educational Services until his death in 2005.  The purpose of this award is to recognize an A/P staff member for consistently outstanding service to the College community over the course of his/her career.  Nominations are open to any current, full-time A/P staff member who has been employed at Delta at least ten years. 

Most recent recipient: No recipient was selected in 2017

The Don Laughner Award for Creative Change and the League for Innovation Award

 During his years at Delta College (1964-1980), Don Laughner was a tireless and inspirational leader, a math professor, division chair, dean, senate president, and director of several grant programs. Family and friends established an endowment in his memory to honor individuals and groups responsible for creative change at Delta. Any present or former Delta employee(s) or Board of Trustees member(s) may be nominated for this award. The criteria for the Laughner Award are:  1) Recognition of contributions resulting in significant institutional change; and 2) Significant change in areas such as organization, programming, staffing, curriculum, college procedures, governance structure, or personal growth and development of individuals or groups. 

Most recent recipients: The President’s Speaker Series – Barbara Handley-Miller (Bay City), Professor of Communication; and Dr. Nancy Vader-McCormick (Bay City), Professor of Communication (2017)

Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo K. Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement  

This special award was created by two very good friends, Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo Frevel. Mr. Barstow, who passed away in 1992, was a member of the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors and worked for The Dow Chemical Company, first as an apprentice and then as a chemist. He retired in 1969 from Dow’s Physics Laboratory, and was responsible for designing and building a number of innovative instruments. Mr. Frevel, who died in 2011, also worked at The Dow Chemical Company as a pioneering chemist, and was the first Dow scientist to receive the title of Research Specialist. After retiring from Dow, he worked as a consultant at Dow Corning for another 30 years. Applicants submit various forms of support for the award, a resume, samples of writing, art work, music, letters of recommendation, video, program modules, etc.  The committee reviews the materials submitted and discusses how the materials have contributed to the broad scholarly community. The achievements do not have to be in the applicants discipline or in the area of their expertise – however, often the committee considers the expertise of the applicant. For the purposes of this award, scholarly achievement is defined as: the creation of works, which are studied in or developed through pursuit of an academic discipline; for example, a painting, book, articles, textbook, computer program, musical score, performance, theory, analysis, etc.; not necessarily limited to the discipline in which one teaches, works, or has a higher degree; and has been affirmed by the opinions of members of the appropriate discipline. The Scholarly Achievement Award Committee makes its decision by soliciting nominations of full-time college employees, examining scholarly works of Delta faculty and staff, and considers the opinions expressed by professionals within a discipline in order to judge the quality of scholarly work.

Most recent recipient: Jeff Vande Zande, Professor of English (2017)

Rollin M. Gerstacker Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching began in 2002 with a gift from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland. When Mr. Gerstacker passed away in 1945, his widow, Eda U. Gerstacker, began the Foundation in memory of her husband. The award recognizes Delta College faculty members who demonstrate exceptionally creative or innovative use of technology in teaching, and those who use technology in a new and pioneering manner beyond its normal use by an educator.

Most recent recipient: Dr. Michael Faleski, Professor of Physics (2017)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Service Award and AAUP Governance Award

The Delta College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) presents Service and Governance Awards. Nominees may or may not be Delta employees and need not be AAUP members. The same person can be nominated in both categories. The Governance Award is given for leadership or exceptional involvement in the shared governance of Delta College that benefit the faculty, staff or students of the College. Examples of governance activities include the following: Protection and promotion of the rights and responsibilities of faculty, staff or students; shared governance of the College or the development of College policies; and E\exceptional service to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at the local, state or national level. An individual or group that has given service of exceptional value to Delta College may be nominated for the Service Award. ("Exceptional" means above and beyond the normal requirements of ones job.) Examples of such service include the following: Employee services of exceptional merit, either related to or in addition to designated responsibilities; outstanding services by faculty members, students or Trustees to the Delta College community or that promote the interests of Delta College; and exceptional services by community members (local, state, national and international) of a distinguished nature performed for Delta College.

Most recent Service Award recipient: Dee Dee Wacksman, Former Trustee (2017)

Most recent Governance Award recipients: Dr. Stuart Barbier, Professor of English, and Dr. Amy French, Assistant Professor of History (2017)

Lynn Heatley Award For Distinguished Service (Adjunct Faculty)

This award annually recognizes adjunct faculty who, through their work at Delta and the community, have provided outstanding service. George Lynn Heatley was an Adult and Vocational Education consultant at Delta College from 1963 through 1978. While at Delta, he was instrumental in the development of Community Education and Women’s Education Programs in the early 1970s. In the late 1970s, staff in the Community Affairs Division developed this award in his honor. Division chairs and other appropriate supervisors submit nominations. A maximum of two nominees may be chosen per year. Winners are selected by the Dean of Teaching and Learning, the Dean of Career and Continuing Education, the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Director of Instructional Support Services.

Most recent recipients: Mark Stange, Welding and Christina Szilagyi, History (2017)

Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence

The Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence is the highest honor for any faculty member at Delta College. The Bergstein Family of Midland has sponsored this award since 1965, and it reflects their commitment to teaching excellence over the years. Leonard Bergstein was a charter member of the Delta College Board of Trustees, serving from 1957-1964. Mr. Bergstein and his wife, Esther, were very active in the community in a number of volunteer activities. Their son, Stuart, was a member of the Delta College Board of Trustees from 1974-1984, and served on the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors from 1979-1982 and 1993-1996. Stuart Bergstein also served as Chair of the College’s $5 million capital campaign to convert its public television station from analog to digital broadcasting. He and his wife, Ruth Ann, have been very active supporters of the College. The award is chosen by a vote by Delta College students and faculty.

Most recent recipients: Dr. Brad DeRoche, Associate Professor of Music; and Cindy Kramer Reszke, Associate Professor of Radiography (2017)

Donald and Betty Carlyon Endowed Teaching Chair

The Carlyon Endowed Chair honors President Emeritus Don Carlyon, his wife Betty, and their many years of innovation and service to the Delta community. The Carlyon Endowed Teaching Chair encourages faculty to pursue a professional activity/project and related follow-up which may include the development of new academic modules, infusion activities or service learning opportunities. Eligibility: All Delta College faculty who have taught full-time for the College for at least three years.

Most recent recipient: Audra Swarthout, Associate Professor of Biology, for her project, Delta College Participation in the Small World Initiative (2017)

SunGard Higher Education Endowed Teaching Chair

The SunGard Higher Education Endowed Teaching Chair has been established by the Florida-based company that specializes in providing information technology services to colleges and universities nationwide. This Chair supports and rewards innovations that foster excellence in student learning, and have a direct impact on student learning. Projects should foster an integrated perspective on student learning through cooperation of more than one department, discipline, or division. Eligibility: Full-time faculty members, or adjunct faculty members or staff members (if in collaborative partnership with a full-time faculty member).

Most recent recipients: Kelli Prena, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Chris Hausbeck, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant, for their project The Haji Medical Camp and Rural Library Initiative Program (2018)

Robert DeVinney Endowed Teaching Chair

Robert DeVinney, longtime Professor of Mathematics at Delta, is memorialized through the endowment that bears his name. The DeVinney Endowed Chair honors his commitment to innovation in using technology in classroom teaching. Proposals focus on the innovative use or study of technology in the classroom or other learning environment. Eligibility: All Delta College full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, or full-time and regular part-time staff whose work directly impacts student learning.

Most recent recipients: Joshua George, Instructor of Criminal Justice for his project, Digital Forensic Excellence in Education (2018)

Karen MacArthur Endowed Teaching Chair

Karen MacArthur, who retired as Executive Director of the Delta College Foundation and Delta's Executive Director of Institutional Advancement in 2007, is honored through this endowment that bears her name. The MacArthur Endowed Teaching Chair is restricted for projects focused on the following subject areas: art, languages, music, literature, psychology or history. Proposals should set forth primary values exemplified by Karen MacArthur during her tenure at Delta College: creativity and innovation.

Most recent recipients: Susan Harvey, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Nancy Vader-McCormick, Professor of Communication, for their project Utilizing Mindfulness-Based Practices with the Delta College Population (2016)

2017 Service Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following employees honored for their years of service.

40 years
  • Dr. Martin Goodson, Professor of Physics 
35 years
  • Janet Burns, Office Professional in Records & Registration
  • Pamela Smith, Professor of Dental Assisting
  • Ellen B. Waxman, Counselor
30 years
  • James Bourassa, Custodian
  • Gregory Bulson, Custodian
  • Dr. Julia Fogarty, Professor of English
  • Susan Nowicki, Manager of Business and Auxiliary Services
  • Barbara Powers, Bookstore Manager
25 years
  • Margaret Frost, Coordinator of Public Services – Library
  • Tina Kaczmarek, Coordinator – Library Evening/Weekends
  • Timothy Piechowiak, Printing Production Coordinator
  • Kenneth Ritter, Electrician
  • Steven Rosin, Professor of Mathematics
  • Dr. Ralph Worthing, Professor of Psychology
20 years
  • Terri Gould, Registrar
  • Monica Ibanez, Mi Works! Team Leader
  • Linda LaRoche, Student Finance Specialist
  • Dr. Masood Mowlavi, Professor of Biology
  • Erik Radomski, General Trades
  • Patrick Randall, Academic Data Analyst
15 years
  • Nathan Blecke, Professor of Mathematics
  • Jeanne Doyle, Accountant
  • Dr. Charles (Jeff) Dykhuizen, Professor of Psychology
  • Martin Finney, Career Advisor
  • Nicole Gwizdala, Payroll/Accounting Specialist
  • Barbara Handley-Miller, Professor of Communication
  • Jill Harrison, Associate Professor of Child Development
  • Timothy Heinz, Professor of Respiratory Care
  • Dr. Raymond Lacina, Professor of English
  • Natascha Rivet, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Maureen Schultz, Laboratory Manager in Biology
  • Sheila Swilley, Office Professional in Human Resources
  • Karen Treadway, Manager of the Teaching/Learning Center
10 years
  • Amy Ames, Business Services Manager at Mi Works!
  • John Bailey, Mi Works! Business Services Representative
  • Shannon Bragiel, Purchasing Specialist
  • Julie Cramton, Transfer Credit Evaluator
  • Melanie Dancer, Counselor
  • Chey Davis, Associate Professor of English
  • Charles Eldridge, TV Traffic Coordinator in Broadcasting
  • Jennifer Gaumer, Academic Advisor
  • Leanne Govitz, Director of Marketing and Public Information
  • Dr. Bernadette Harkness, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Gregory Hubner, Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Cindy Kramer Reszke, Associate Professor of Radiography
  • Peter Larkowski, Chair of the Science Division
  • Dr. Eric Lee, Assistant Professor of Technical, Trades & Manufacturing
  • Amy McKinstry-Barnard, TAA Case Manager at Mi Works!
  • Ryan Petersen, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Jamie Spreeman, TAA Case Manager at Mi Works!
  • Dr. Crystal Starkey, Associate Professor of English
  • Patrick Truszkowski, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Thomas Wells, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Anna Willman-Onstott, Mi Works! Manager

The Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes the best of the best of Delta's faculty. It's a proud moment.


51% of Delta's employees have worked here for more than 10 years. That builds an awesome team!

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In more than 50 years, Delta has had only 4 presidents. 

Dr. Goodnow

"Some of my proudest moments as president of Delta College are when I'm given the opportunity to recognize the great work of our Delta College employees."

Dr. Jean Goodnow
Delta College President