Haak, faculty, staff honored for service to FPU
Harold Haak was sent out with a song as president of Fresno Pacific University.
Honoring Haak’s love of music, university staff wrote new lyrics to “Thanks for the Memory,” which was sung to Haak during the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner May 3. Haak ends his two-year term as president in June, and D. Merrill Ewert will become the university’s 10th president.
Also at the dinner four faculty were named emeriti for their years of full-time service: Dalton Reimer is stepping down as co-director of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, but remains on the faculty. During his 42 years with the university he has also been dean and chair of the humanities division as well as a teacher. Larry Warkentin retires after 39 years as chair of the music department. Devon Wiens retires after 31 years on the biblical and religious studies faculty. Judith Hillen retired from the graduate mathematics and science education program after19 years. She will remain active with AIMS (Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science) Education Foundation.
Distinguished service awards went to Ron Claassen, co-director of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies; Mark Deffenbacher, vice president of advancement and university relations; Ted Nickel, psychology faculty; and Dee Robb, assistant to the college dean. Roy Klassen, music faculty, was given a special honor for 25 years of service.
Faculty and staff with at least 20 years of service are:
DaltonReimer 42 Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
Gary Nachtigall 41 Geography/athletic director
Larry Warkentin 39 Music
Edmund Janzen 34 Biblical studies
Richard Unruh 34 Political science
Louise Quiring 33 Graduate school staff
Paul Toews 33 History
Devon Wiens 31 Biblical studies
Wayne Huber 28 Music
Richard Wiebe 27 Philosophy
Bill Cockerham 26 Biology/physical education
Roy Klassen 25 Music
Sue Kliewer 23 Human resources
Steve Brandt 22 Hiebert Library
Ruth Heinrichs 22 Business
Dee Robb 21 Undergraduate college
Anne Guenther 20 Hiebert Library
Marlene Hanke 20 Business Office
Beverly Kopper 20 Advancement
Dennis Langhofer 20 Center for Degree Completion