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. 

Awards and most recent recipients

The Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence is truly the highest and most prestigious honor that Delta College awards to faculty members and the recipient is chosen by a vote by Delta College students and faculty. In 1963, Delta College began presenting an award to faculty members to recognize teaching excellence. The Bergstein Family of Midland sponsored this award since 1965, reflecting a commitment to Delta College and its faculty members.  

The award recognizes Leonard Bergstein, who was a charter member of the Delta College Board of Trustees (serving 1957-1964) and his son Stuart, who was also a Trustee (serving 1974-1984). Leonard and Esther Bergstein were very active in the community in a number of volunteer activities. Stuart served on the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors (1979-1982 and 1993-1996) and served as Chair of the capital campaign to convert Delta’s public television station from analog to digital broadcasting. Stuart and Ruth Ann Bergstein were very active supporters of the College.

2021 recipients:

Daisy McQuiston (Saginaw), Associate Professor of Nursing
Stuart Barbier (Bay City), Professor of English

The Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo K. Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement award is granted annually to a full-time employee who is judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the development of the body of knowledge of an academic discipline.  Scholarly achievement is defined as the creation of works which are studied in or developed through pursuit of an academic discipline.  Examples include: 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.

This special award was created by two very good friends, Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo Frevel. The award is funded through an endowment funded by Dr. Barstow and Dr. Frevel, which launched the award back in 1988.  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.

2021 recipient:

Michael Evans (Mount Pleasant), Instructor of History

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching recognizes faculty members who demonstrate innovative use of technology in teaching, and those who use technology in a new and unique manner beyond its normal use by an educator. The award began in 2002 with a gift from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland, which was founded in memory of the father of Carl Gerstacker, who worked for The Dow Chemical Company and subsequently became Chairman of the Board.

2021 recipient:

Jacob Vanhouten (Midland), Professor of Biology

The Don Laughner Award for Creative Change is presented to individuals and groups responsible for creative change at the College. The award recognizes contributions resulting in significant institutional change.  A second criteria is to recognize significant change in areas such as organization, programming, staffing, curriculum, college procedures, governance structure, or personal growth and development of individuals or groups. Any present or former Delta employee(s) or Board of Trustees member(s) may be nominated for this award. The Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College is presented to the recipient of Delta College’s Don Laughner Award for Creative Change. 

Don Laughner worked at Delta College from 1964 to 1980, and was a tireless and inspirational leader, math professor, division chair, dean, Senate president and director of several grant programs. Family and friends established an endowment in his memory. 

2021 recipients:

Charissa Urbano (Ypsilanti), Professor of Biology

The Lynn Heatley Award for Distinguished Service recognizes adjunct faculty who, through their work at Delta and the community, have provided outstanding service. Associate Deans and other appropriate supervisors submit nominations.  George “Lynn” Heatley was an Adult and Vocational Educational 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 late 1970s, staff in the Community Affairs Division developed this award in his honor.

2021 recipients:

Mary Hansen (Midland), Adjunct Faculty of Chemistry
Michelle Iqbal (Saginaw), Adjunct Faculty of Social Science

The ECAPS Team Excellence Award is sponsored by the Executive Committee for Administrative and Professional Staff (ECAPS).  The award is in recognition of exemplary teamwork that has resulted in substantial benefit to learning, or outstanding service to the College community. Nominations may recognize a team that includes multiple employee groups of the College; however, at least 50 percent of the team must consist of Administrative or Professional Staff members.

2021 recipients:

eLearning Team

Jonathan Hoerauf (Bay City), Instructional Design Specialist
Justin Bamberg (Hemlock), LMS & Multimedia Design Technologist
Katie Milligan (Saginaw), eLearning Office Professional
Sheryl Jensen (Saginaw), eLearning Office Professional
Dennis Roebuck (Burt), Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology
William Wesolek (Bay City), former Information Technology Project Manager

The ECAPS Willie E. Thompson Outstanding A/P Service Award is presented to an exemplary Administrative/ Professional (A/P) staff member who has offered outstanding service to the College community and/or exceeded the scope of their position.  Sponsored by the Executive Committee for Administrative and Professional Staff (ECAPS), nominations are open to any current, full-time A/P staff member. The award honors the legacy of Willie E. Thompson’s legacy of commitment to education, service and leadership.  He served as Delta College’s Vice President of Student and Educational Services until his death in 2005.

2021 recipient

Lisa Davis (Bay City), Director of Financial Aid

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 recipients (2019):

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

The Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) Award for Support Staff Distinguished Services 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.  Criteria include a desire to provide faculty support service in a consistent, excellent manner and demonstrated effective leadership on the Support Staff Committee and other college-wide committees and functions.

2021 recipient:

Lex Spence (Bay City), Administrative Office Professional

The Support Staff Excellence Award is presented by the Support Staff Executive Committee (SSEC) to a contributing member who exemplifies professionalism, service and dedication within Delta College, as well as positively represents the College in the community.

2021 recipient:

Anna Williams (Midland), Administrative Assistant to the Vice President

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: 

Steven Gormley, Instructor of Computer Aided Design, for his project Developing Online Modules for the Organic Chemistry Curriculum (2021)

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 recipient:

Diane Lobsiger-Braden, Associate Professor of Engineering, for her project Girls Day Out  (2020)

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:

Aurelian Balan, Associate Professor of Physics, for his project Developing New Astronomy Teaching Materials to support Open Source textbooks (2021)

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:

Christine Yaroch, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages; Connie Sitter, Adjunct Instructor of Spanish; and Laurence Lacreuse, Adjunct Instructor of French; for their project Aligning Spanish and French Curriculum with Best Practices in Online and Face-to-Face Learning (2021)

The Robert R. “Dr. Bob” Zimmermann Endowed Teaching Chair was established to provide professional development opportunities for faculty members. Dr. Bob Dr. Bob joyfully worked at Delta College from 1980 until his retirement in 1995, directing the program for parents of children with disabilities, assistant directing assessment services, and serving as Assistant Professor of Psychology from 1989 until 1995. Dr. Bob found teaching at Delta rewarding because his efforts resulted in both immediate and long-lasting gains for his students. In addition, he felt a deep affiliation with many of the Delta College faculty. He often said that he’d found his professional home at Delta College and greatly appreciated the opportunity to join the Delta community. Proposals must demonstrate the primary values exemplified by Dr. Bob during his tenure at Delta College, including his belief all students should be treated equitably, with an equal opportunity to learn.

Most recent recipient:

Pete Carlson, Professor of Mathematics, for his project Teaching Mathematics in a blended, hybrid or online environment (2021)

2021 Service Award Recipients

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

Veronica Bond (Saginaw), Business Services Specialist

Timothy Allen (Bay City), Professor of Mathematics
Peter Carlson (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
Pamela Clark (Saginaw), Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Bill Schueneman (Midland), Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology

David Bailey (Flint), Professor of Biology
David Baker (Midland), Professor of Chemistry
Christopher Curtis (Midland), Professor of Psychology
Cecilia Lusk (St. Charles), Administrative Office Professional – Articulation
Mike Spitz (Indian River), Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant

Edward Andres (Oakley), Facilities Planning Assistant
Thomas Bennett (Bay City), Broadcasting General Manager
Marcie Carter (Auburn), Bridge Program Coordinator
Susan Harvey (Freeland), Professor of Psychology
Vickie Miller (Saginaw), Coordinator – Acquisitions Library
Wendy Ramirez (Essexville), Administrative Assistant to Vice President
Daniel Schuchardt (Bay City), General Maintenance
Kirk Wolf (Bay City), Professor of Philosophy

Lindsey Bourassa (Bay City), Career Development and Employer Engagement Specialist
Toni Clegg (Alger), Professor of Accounting
Emily Clement (Midland), Manager of Strategic Partnerships
Matthew Eyre (Midland), Professor of Mechanical Technology and Design
Dawn Fairchild (Midland), Associate Professor of Management
Ryan Goodrow (Saginaw), Technologist/Financial Aid Advisor
Mary Gross (Essexville), Cashier Office Coordinator
Renee Hoppe (Bay City), Professor of Lifelong Wellness
Kimberly Klein (Bay City), Professor of Political Science
Lisa Lawrason (Beaverton), Professor of Political Science
Scott McIntosh (Bay City), General Trades
Daisy McQuiston (Saginaw) Associate Professor of Nursing
Kelli Prena (Ossineke), Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dennis Roebuck (Burt), Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
Donald Southwell (Midland), Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
Joseph Yezak (Midland), Broadcasting Program Manager

Brian Aldrich (Birch Run), Associate Professor of Chemistry
Justin Bamberg (Hemlock), LMS and Multimedia Design Technologist
Meredith Bladecki (Bay City), Associate Professor of Nursing
Carrie Burdzinski (Northville), Associate Professor of Biology
Benjamin Clore (Freeland), Associate Professor of Art
Kristin Cornelius (Bay City), Associate Professor of English
Maureen Donegan (Davisburg), Associate Professor of Psychology
Amy French (Saginaw), Associate Professor of History
Jonathan Gittins (Bay City), Associate Professor of Chemistry
Timothy Hendrickson (Midland), Associate Professor of Music
Joseph Hernandez (Saginaw), Associate Professor of Mathematics
Candy Kruzell (Bay City), TAA Case Manager - Great Lakes MI Works!
Marilyn Lemerand (Freeland), Assistant Professor of Communication
Diane Lobsiger-Braden (Saginaw), Associate Professor of Engineering
Kathie Marchlewski (Bay City), Associate Professor of English
Crystal McMorris (Bay City), Associate Professor of English
Shannon Mehl (Freeland), Benefits/Human Resources Specialist
Kristopher Nitz (Saginaw), Assistant Professor of Biology​
Myung Pinner (Grayling), Associate Professor of Mathematics
Jason Premo (Saginaw), Director of Admissions and Career Development
Michael Pressler (West Branch), Associate Professor of Biology
James Proctor (Sterling), Associate Professor of Welding
Nicole Ryan (Kawkawlin), Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
Ronald Schlaack (Owosso), Associate Professor of Physics
Karol Syring (Bay City), Associate Professor of Office Administration and Technology
Trent Wade (Fenton), Associate Professor of Foreign Languages
Mary Warner (Saginaw), TAA Case Manager – Great Lakes MI Works!
Christina Yaroch (Hope), Associate Professor of Foreign Languages


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 Emeritus