Peninsula College honored several faculty and staff at its annual end-of-the-year celebration on June 7. Among the many honorees were the following:
_ Sabbatical Award
Fisheries professor Jack Ganzhorn was recognized as Peninsula College's faculty sabbatical recipient for the 2010-2011 academic year.
_ Above And Beyond Awards
Five college staffers were recognized for going "Above and Beyond" in the performance of their duties during the recent academic year. Nominations for the awards were made by college staff. Honorees are: Linda Faires, testing; Ge-Yao Liu, international; Vicki Sievert, eLearning; Beth Hover, instructional administration; and Nikki Brown, physical plant.
This year, for the first time, the college also honored a group of employees with an Above and Beyond Award. The honor went to the staff of the physical plant.
_ Faculty ADA Award
Mike Daniel received a special award for his work with students with disabilities. Students were asked to nominate those faculty who went "above and beyond in serving students with disabilities." Daniel is a member of the mathematics faculty.
_ Service Awards
Twenty full-time Peninsula College employees were recognized for their years of service. Honorees and their years of service include:
10 years - Matt Lyons, Jefferson County Education Consortium; Vicki Sievert, eLearning; Jan Isett, student services; Amy Williamson, financial aid; Pauline Marvin, student services; Susan Christianson, information technology; Nikki Brown, physical plant; and Nancy Holmberg-East, P.C. Foundation.
15 years - Rick Ross, student programs and athletics; Mike Daniel, mathematics faculty; Ginger Sanford, business office; Janet Gouin, library; Stacie Bell, chemical dependency faculty; and Tom Hanley and Mark Walker, Clallam Bay Corrections Center faculty.
20 years - Jack Ganzhorn, fisheries faculty.
30 years - Keith Johnson and Ancher Yesiki, custodial staff.
35 years - Kathy Murphy-Carey, counseling.
40 years - Bill Merrill, art faculty.
Part-time faculty recognized for their years of service include:
10 years - Connie Poulsen, workplace training; Dorothy Westlund, computer technology; Dieter Wassmer, human development; and Chuck Wheeler, welding.
15 years - Brianna Noach, massage therapy; and Jim Fisher, English.
25 years - Linda Nutter, full and part-time combined, information technology.
Six individuals were recognized as they retired. They are: Alice Derry, English and German faculty; Fred Thompson, English faculty (who retires Aug. 21); Nancy Holmberg-East, P.C. Foundation; Phil Adams, counseling; Bob Campbell, Marine Life Center; and Carol Grady, Spanish faculty.
Underwood gets honor
Peninsula College economics and environmental science professor Dr. Daniel Underwood, of Port Angeles, was awarded Central Washington University's College of Business "Advancing the Dream" Award at ceremonies May 1.
The award recognizes community college professors who work with students from a variety of backgrounds, capabilities and aspirations, encouraging their dreams of higher education.
Underwood graduated from a community college in California and continued his education, earning a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah, focusing on environmental economics, natural resource economics, and the economics of technological change and raw materials.
Underwood's current primary research efforts involve labor economics and welfare reform.