Minot State University announced Vision 2013 Merit Award recipients. Award winners, who are faculty and staff members, demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the university toward its Vision 2013 goals and specific objectives. Vision 2013 is the university's strategic plan as it moves toward its centennial in 2013 and its aspiration to achieve national distinction as one of the premier public, regional universities in the Great Plains.
"In view of this unique year with its many challenges, it was fitting to focus our Vision 2013 Merit Awards on civic service and efforts to contribute to the common good," said David Fuller, MSU president.
The recipients are Lynda Bertsch, Student Success Center; Jancy Brisson, POWER Center; Lisa Eriksmoen, student life; Dean Frantsvog, and Jay Wahlund, accounting and finance; Rick Heit, marketing; Cathy Horvath and Anton Huether, Information Technology Central; Roger Kluck, facilities management; Kate Marshall and Renae Yale, advancement; Wes Matthews, human resources; Beth Odahlen, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning; Rick Seklecki, criminal justice; Jason Spain, athletics; Connie Teets, teacher education, Vicki Troftgruben, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities; Kris Warmoth, Center for Extended Learning, Deb Wentz, Office of the President; and Tiffany Ziegler, social science.
"Faculty and staff stepped up in countless ways to volunteer, to be flexible and adjust personal lives to reach out to students and fellow faculty and staff who needed assistance, and to show a strong willingness to go beyond the call of duty to assist our university," Fuller said. "Minot State, and its faculty and staff, also assisted the community by opening its doors to provide facilities and support to emergency workers, social service agencies, the National Guard and others who were working on behalf of the city during this disaster and its aftermath."
The selection committee, made up of four vice presidents and the athletic director, reviewed more than 30 nominations. Supervisors nominated employees based on criteria directly related to MSU's Vision 2013.