Long-serving faculty and staff members feted Thursday

Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak and Paul BallantyneLed by Paul Ballantyne, professor, Department of Economics, 70 faculty and staff members were honored Thursday for their commitment to the university for 25 or more years.

UCCS was only two years old when Ballantyne arrived in the fall of 1967. The Cragmor Campus, as the university was then called, was still in the beginnings of its transition from bankrupt tuberculosis sanitarium to a free-standing campus when Ballantyne arrived.

“Coming here was kind of a challenge after leaving the Air Force Academy and flying fighter planes,” Ballantyne said. “I  came  to teaching economics at a former hospital with more bathrooms than classrooms, but I was surrounded by good people.”

Ballantyne will retire following the spring semester with 44 years service to the campus, including 30 years singing at commencement ceremonies, and will receive a special chancellor’s award at the Campus Awards Ceremony.

Black and white photo of Paul Ballantyne

With descriptions that included charismatic, intelligent, enthusiastic, and student-focused, Ballantyne was feted by Jim Null, professor, Department of Political Science; Ken Pellow, professor, English; Dale DeBoer, associate professor, Department of Economics,  Don Birkeland, a former Department of Psychology faculty member, and Tim Tregarthan, professor emeritus, Department of Economics. Tregarthan, now living in California, made his comments via a Skype connection.

“Having been here all of these years, I’ve learned a lot more than I’ve taught,”  Ballantyne said. “I’ve had colleagues who have taught me about life a lot more than I’ve taught them. If there’s anything that God did give me was the ability to learn from those with whom I associated, and with whom I put my trust. That was the faculty members and you students.”

Black and white group photo with Paul Ballantyne

Paul Ballantyne singing at commencement

The names, department, and years of service for others honored Thursday follow, and photos from the event are below.

  • Al Schoffstall, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 44 years.
  • Ken Pellow, professor, Department of English, 42 years.
  • Jim Null, professor, Political Science, 41 years.
  • Don Warrick, professor, College of Business, 40 years.
  • Kirkland Wilcox, associate professor, College of Business, 39 years.
  • Richard Dukes, professor, Department of Sociology, 38 years.
  • Robert Durham, associate professor, Department of Psychology, 38 years.
  • Tom Napierkowski, professor, Department of English, 38 years.
  • Paul Grogger, associate professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, 37 years.
  • Steve Ekerholm, Office of the Registrar, 37 years.
  • Barbara Cericalo, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, 36 years.
  • Murray Ross, manager, Theatreworks, 36 years.
  • Julie Heintz, Human Resources Office, 35 years.
  • Bob Larkin, professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, 35 years.
  • Mark McConkie, professor, School of Public Affairs, 35 years.
  • Harriet Napierkowski, instructor, Department of English, 35 years.
  • Pam Shockley-Zalabak, professor, Department of Communication, 35 years.
  • Constance Staley, professor, Department of Communication, 35 years.
  • Christina Martinez, senior instructor, Kraemer Family Library, 34 years.
  • James Burkhart, professor, Department of Physics and Energy Science, 34 years.
  • Barbara Swaby, professor, College of Education, 34 years.
  • Richard Wiener, associate professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, 34 years.
  • Thomas Wynn, professor, Department of Anthropology, 34 years.
  • Jeff Ferguson, professor, College of Business, 33 years.
  • Peg Bacon, professor, College of Education, 33 years.
  • Joan Ray, professor, Department of English, 33 years.
  • Lee Ingalls Noble, Office of Student Financial Aid and Student Employment, 33 years.
  • Steve Ellis, Student Success Division, 32 years.
  • Adelina Gomez, Ombuds Office, 32 years.
  • Fred Coolidge, professor, Department of Psychology, 32 years.
  • Curtis Smith, senior instructor, Department of Visual and Performing Art, 32 years.
  • Alexander Soifer, professor, Interdepartmental Studies, 32 years.
  • Sandra Ingersoll, Office of the Bursar, 31 years.
  • Daphne Greenwood, professor, Department of Economics, 31 years.
  • Jimmie Robinson, Facilities Services, 31 years.
  • Tom Huber, professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, 30 years.
  • Don Gardner, professor, College of Business, 30 years.
  • Barbara Gaddis, Student Success Division, 30 years.
  • Robert Camley, professor, Department of Physics and Energy Science, 29 years.
  • James Eberhart, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 29 years.
  • Donald Morley, professor, Department of Communication, 29 years.
  • Janet Myers, senior instructor, Department of History, 29 years.
  • Robert Sackett, professor, Department of History, 29 years.
  • Forrest Tierson, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, 29 years.
  • Robert Garvie, Information Technology, 29 years.
  • Judith Baranowski, Kraemer Family Library, 29 years.
  • Deborah Young, Print and Copying Services, 29 years.
  • Carlos Araujo, professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, 28 years.
  • Gene Abrams, professor, Department of Mathematics, 28 years.
  • Kim Walker, professor, Department of Communication, 28 years.
  • Mark Wickert, professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, 27 years.
  • Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance Division, 27 years.
  • David Anderson, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 27 years.
  • Fred Bender, professor, Department of Philosophy, 27 years.
  • James Daly, professor, Department of Mathematics, 27 years.
  • Hasker Davis, professor, Department of Psychology, 27 years.
  • Lynda Dickson, associate professor, Department of Sociology, 27 years.
  • David Fenell, professor, College of Education, 27 years.
  • Sara Qualls, professor, Department of Psychology, 27 years.
  • Ron Ruminski, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 27 years.
  • Charles Shub, professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, 27 years.
  • Tom Zwirlein, professor, College of Business, 27 years.
  • Connie Pitman, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 26 years.
  • Michael Hackman, professor, Department of Communication, 26 years.
  • Marek Grabowski, associate professor, Department of Physics and Energy Science, 26 years.
  • Kathy Andrus, Teaching and Learning Center, 26 years.
  • T.S. Kalkur, professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, 26 years.
  • Jerry Wilson, Office of Information Technology, 26 years.
  • Kirk Moore, Office of Information Technology, 26 years.
  • Debbie Scott, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 25 years.

— Event photos by Jeff Foster, University Advancement.

1 Comment on Long-serving faculty and staff members feted Thursday

  1. I am pleased to know that many faculty and staff were able to attend the wonderful recognition for Paul and others who served 25 or more years. I was unable to attend but I will always have great memories of those mentioned who dedicated their talents to our great University. My 34 years with the admissions office were and are great reflections of working with the staff and faculty of UCCS.

    Regards,
    James Tidwell

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