Please enable JavaScript to view this page.
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. 

Astronomy instructor in front of class
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: Cynthia Drake (Midland), Professor of Biology; and Lori Ziolkowski (Bay City), Assistant Professor of Management (2018)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Service Award and AAUP Governance Award

The Delta College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) presents Service and Governance Awards. Nominees may or may not be Delta employees and need not be AAUP members. The same person can be nominated in both categories. 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; and E\exceptional service to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at the local, state or national level. An individual or group that has given service of exceptional value to Delta College may be nominated for the Service Award. ("Exceptional" means above and beyond the normal requirements of ones job.) Examples of such service include the following: Employee services of exceptional merit, either related to or in addition to designated responsibilities; outstanding services by faculty members, students or Trustees to the Delta College community or that promote the interests of Delta College; and exceptional services by community members (local, state, national and international) of a distinguished nature performed for Delta College.

Most recent Service Award recipient: Sheryl Jensen (Saginaw), Office Professional in Shared Governance and Academic Services (2018)

Most recent Governance Award recipient: Elizabeth Ullrich (Holly), Associate Professor of Political Science  (2018)

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: Jacob VanHouten (Midland), Professor of Biology (2018)

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: Daisy McQuiston (Saginaw), Associate Professor of Nursing (2018)

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: Crystal McMorris (Bay City), Associate Professor of English – Created an Associate in Applied Arts in Journalism and Integrated Media degree (2018)

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: James Cherry (Midland), Mathematics and Elizabeth Christensen (Midland), English (2018) 

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 Librarian Team – Anne Elias (Saginaw), Government Documents & Reference Librarian; Colleen Kothbauer (Midland), Reference Librarian; Michele Pratt (Bentley), Manager of Library Programs & Services; Martha Stuit (Bay City), Reference Librarian; and Carol Whittaker (Midland), Reference Librarian (2018)

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: Tom Caylor (Bay City), Coordinator of Foundation Communications & Annual Campaigns (2018)

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: Marge Swiercz-Clark (Bay City), Administrative Office Professional in Science and Mathematics (2018)

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: Ceil Lusk (St. Charles), Administrative Office Professional in Articulation (2018)

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: Audra Swarthout, Associate Professor of Biology, for her project, Delta College Participation in the Small World Initiative (2017)

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: Kelli Prena, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Chris Hausbeck, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant, for their project The Haji Medical Camp and Rural Library Initiative Program (2018)

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: Joshua George, Instructor of Criminal Justice for his project, Digital Forensic Excellence in Education (2018)

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)

2018 Service Award Recipients

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

40 years
  • Diane Collier (Saginaw), Merchandise Specialist - Bookstore

30 years
  • Timothy Cross (Saginaw), Mechanical Maintenance Person
  • Dr. Charissa Urbano (Ypsilanti), Professor of Biology
25 years
  • Angela Edwards-Sinclair, MSA (Saginaw), Office Professional in Records and Registration
  • Beth Zieman (Saginaw), Professor of Nursing
20 years
  • Johnny Aguilar (Saginaw), Custodian
  • Stuart Barbier, Ph.D (Bay City), Professor of English
  • Sheilanthi Chandran (Midland), Specialist – Student Development
  • Chris Curtis (Midland), Professor of Psychology
  • Marshall Fulmer (Saginaw), Producer Director
  • Kara Jimenez (St. Charles), Professor of Lifelong Wellness
  • Terri Klaczkiewicz (Saginaw) Financial Aid Advisor
  • David Legg, Ph.D (Saginaw) Assistant Professor of Lifelong Wellness
  • Terence Oleary (Freeland) Operations Manager
  • Roseann Ondrajka (Sebewaing) Lead Office Professional – Testing Center
  • Karen Randolph (Midland) Professor of English
  • Scott Schultz (Midland) Professor of Physics
  • Matthew Sullivan (Saginaw) Planning and Construction Manager
  • David Urbaniak (Bay City) Academic Advisor
15 years
  • Sharon Bernthal (Birch Run), Associate Professor of English
  • Thomas Boudrot (Midland), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Tara Cunningham (Freeland), Fitness and Recreation Center Manager
  • Dr. Laura Dull (Coleman), Social Sciences Division Chair
  • Dr. Michael Faleski (Midland), Professor of Physics
  • Tari Hackborn (East Tawas), Associate Professor of Computer Aided Design
  • Beth A. Heyart, Ph.D (Midland), Professor of Communication
  • MaryJo Miller (Saginaw), Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
  • Mary M. Roberson (Bay City), Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Randall Rummel (Saginaw), Specialist – Student Development
  • Gregory Teter (Saginaw), Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
10 years
  • Cindy Ballor RDMS, RT(N) (Freeland), Assistant Professor of Sonography
  • Kristine Burch (Saginaw), Financial Aid Advisor
  • Betheen Glady-Teschendorf (Birch Run), Associate Professor of English
  • Kristopher Howery (Midland), Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Joseph Lewis (Saginaw), Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. Jason Lijewski (Midland), Associate Professor of Management
  • Tammy McInerney (Linwood), Associate Professor of Nursing
  • James Miller (Chesaning), Instructor of Automotive Service Technology
  • Maggie Moffett (Breckenridge), Laboratory Coordinator
  • Dr. Jennifer Niester-Mika (Freeland), Associate Professor of English
  • Lisa O’Laughlin (Saginaw), Associate Professor of Office Administration and Technology
  • Shelly Raube (Saginaw), Athletic Director
  • Donovan Traverse (Williamston), Health and Wellness Division Chair
  • Jay Trombley (Reese), Electrician
  • Eric Wiesenauer (Auburn), Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Lori Ziolkowski (Bay City), Assistant Professor of Management

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!

Delta College seal.

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