Recent retirees honored at ceremony

(04-16-2012)

The annual Adams State College Retirement Dinner provides opportunity for recent retirees to join the flock of past employees. As present and former faculty and staff arrive, laughter and stories are shared and occasionally, during presentations, tears form as the magnitude of a person's affect on Adams State is shared.

The Adams State Office of Alumni Relations hosted the event, on April 11, and President David Svaldi expressed appreciation for the 2012 retirees, Dr. Donna Stout, professor of teacher education; Mike Nicholson, chief information officer; Dolly Maestas, School of Business administrative assistant; Dr. Marty Jones, professor of chemistry; Judy Jones, Art Department administrative assistant; and Al Vialpando, facilities services.

Dr. Linda Christian, professor of teacher education, spoke about Stout as a competent colleague and close friend. "Serving Adams State has been a wonderful journey," Stout said. She plans to continue writing books and spending time with her grandchild.

After receiving praise and accolades from Dr. Tom Gilmore, emeritus professor of business. Maestas said, when first retiring in December 2011, she missed her Adams State family but soon grew to love her retirement, including traveling to visit grandchildren.

Nicholson said this was his third retirement dinner in his extensive career. "Adams State positively affects lives." Bill Mansheim, vice president for finance and government relations, described Nicholson as a leader and mentor who earns the respect and admiration of his staff and colleagues.

Marty Jones' colleague and former student, Dr. Christy Miller, said Marty inspired her and many others to pursue careers in chemistry. "Marty is a gifted mentor," she said. For Marty Jones and his wife, Diane, Adams State has been home for 23 years. "It has been a pleasure to be here," Marty Jones said.

Margaret Doell, Art Department chair, read heartfelt quotes from a diversity of faculty members and students about Judy Jones. "For three decades, Judy has been the face of the Art Department." Besides her regular duties, Judy often provided food, flowers, and moral support to faculty and staff. "I was always so proud to work at Adams State," Judy Jones said. "My co-workers are the greatest anybody could work with and we all work together to achieve the goal of art excellence." She also thanked her immediate family for their constant support through the years.

Vialpando was unable to attend the dinner.