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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. 

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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

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: Janet Alexander (Freeland), Professor of English; and Melissa Appold (Bay City), Associate Professor of Dental Assisting (2019)

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: Kimberly Wells (Saginaw), Assistant Professor of Electronic Media (2019)

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: Jeff Vande Zande (Midland), Professor of English (2019)

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 recipient: Sharon Bernthal (Birch Run), Professor of English  (2019)

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: Ann De Corte (Midland), French and Adam VanDyke (Midland), Astronomy (2019) 

Executive Committee for Administrative and Professional Staff (ECAPS) Team Excellence 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 recipients: Delta College Health Lab – Lori Kloc (Freeland), Education Simulation Specialist & Learning Facilitator and Kara Reder (Fairgrove), Health Lab Assistant (2019)

Executive Committee for Administrative and Professional Staff (ECAPS) Willie E. Thompson Outstanding Administrative/Professional 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: Dr. Reva Curry (Midland), Vice President of Instruction & Learning Services (2019)

Faculty Executive Committee Governance Award

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.

Most recent recipient: MEA Unionizing Committee – Nate Blecke (Bay City) Professor of Mathematics; Toni Clegg (Alger) Professor of Accounting; Chris Curtis (Midland) Professor of Psychology; Chey Davis (Midland) Associate Professor of English; Donna Giuliani (Blanchard) Professor of Sociology; Phoebe Lutz (Bay City) Professor of Mathematics; Daisy McQuiston (Saginaw) Associate Professor of Nursing; Carla Murphy (Flushing) Professor of Lifelong Wellness; Felicia Peters (Saginaw) Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology; Karen Randolph (Midland) Professor of English; Andrew Rieder (Owosso) Associate Professor of Art; Steve Rosin (Midland) Professor of Mathematics; Liz Ullrich (Holly) Associate Professor of Political Science and Ski VanderLaan (Bay City) Professor of Accounting

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: Brandy Benkert (Burt), Administrative Office Professional in Dental Hygiene Clinic (2019)

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: Kayleen VanWert (Bay City), Administrative Office Professional in Academic Services (2019)

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: Cindy Kramer, Associate Professor of Radiography, for her project, Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Consortium (2019)

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: Dawn Fairchild, Associate Professor of Management,  for her project, Entrepreneurship Across Campus (2019)

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: Nicole Ryan, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology, for her project, Open Educational Resources Raspberry Pi Project (2019)

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)

2019 Service Award Recipients

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

40 years

Dana Jo Denney (Montrose), Assistant Professor of English
Linda Petee (Bay City), Sustainability & Risk Management Coordinator
Linda Plackowski-Witucki (Midland), Professor of Philosophy
Virginia Przygocki (Essexville), Dean of Career Education & Learning Partnership

35 years

Becky Barber (Midland), Administrative Office Professional in Foundation
Susann Deford (Bay City), Administrative Office Professional in Arts & Letters
Janis Kendziorski (Midland), Associate Professor of Accounting
Jolene Kuebler (Bay City), Registrars Office Technologist
Charlotte McGrath (Bay City), Office Professional in Academic Services
David Nuechterlein (Frankenmuth), Broadcasting Technician

30 years

Valerie Bledsoe (Kawkawlin), Administrative Assistant in Student & Educational Services
Kevin Bublitz (Bay City), Grounds Manager
Michael Garlick, C.S.M.M. (Saginaw), Laboratory Coordinator
Bruce Kemmer (Bay City), Associate Professor of Management
Habib Kheil (Saginaw), Professor of Mathematics
Gregory Luczak (Bay City), Assistant Director of Business Services
Michelle White (Freeland), Manager of Academic Career Experience & Service Learning

25 years

Peggy Sue Barber (Bay City), Professor of Lifelong Wellness
Thomas Coats (Au Gres), Assistant Professor of Automotive Service Technology
Randal Crawford (Midland), Professor of Art
Michael Finelli (Fenton), Associate Professor of Residential Construction
James Ham (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
Tim Klingler (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
David Redman (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
Elvina Sika (Saginaw), Assistant Director of Financial Aid

20 years

Eva Ayala (Linwood), Employment Services Advisor
Wendy Baker (Midland), Professor of Biology
Angela Cramer, CPA (Munger), Controller
Michelle Cuvelier (Midland), Trade Adjustment Act Fiscal Clerk
Brad DeRoche (Mt. Pleasant), Professor of Music
Lori Donaldson (Bay City), Technical Services Coordinator
Cynthia Drouse (Bay City), Associate Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology
Kyle Jones (Midland), General Trades
Jeanette Lesko (St. Charles), Office Professional in Career Services
Trisha O’Connor (Saginaw), Professor of English
Winifred Prince (Saginaw), Office Professional in Instructional Support Services
Leslie Shrier (Midland), Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Instruction & Learning Services
Kayleen VanWert (Bay City), Administrative Office Professional in Academic Services
Michele Whitaker (Bay City), Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

15 years

Janet Alexander (Freeland), Professor of English
Q Beckman (Roscommon), Associate Professor of Economics
Talisa Brown (Auburn), Administrative Office Professional in Administrative Services
Cindy Drake (Midland), Professor of Biology
Anne Elias (Saginaw), Librarian
Heidi Helgren, J.D. (Freeland), Professor of Management
Robert Przybylski (Bay City), Producer Director
Audra Swarthout (Kawkawlin), Associate Professor of Biology
Michael Wood (Midland), Institutional Research Director

10 years

Aurelian Balan (Midland), Associate Professor of Physics
Jennifer Duncan (Essexville), Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ginny Fuller (Merrill), Administrative Office Professional in Social Sciences
Sandra Gallaher (Linwood), Business Services Support
Michael Glowacki (Grand Rapids), Associate Professor of Art
Alex Goudas (Midland), Associate Professor of English
Michael Jarabek (Saginaw), Sargent
Anthony Khalil (Midland), Project Manager/Staff Engineer/Architect
Terry Morse (Sandford), Associate Professor of Computer Numerical Control
Kate Roedel (Essexville), Administrative Office Professional in Health & Wellness
Wendy Szafranski (Linwood), Associate Professor of Nursing


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