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MTSU honors 225+ employees for 4,160 combined year...

MTSU honors 225+ employees for 4,160 combined years of service to students, community

Middle Tennessee State University is saluting 229 longtime faculty and staff employees for their 4,160 combined years of service devoted to students and the campus community.

Honorees and guests gathered Dec. 1 for a special luncheon and reception in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building, where the employees were recognized in five-year increments, beginning with their 10th anniversaries all the way up to their 40th at the university.

The longest-tenured employees honored this year are:

Ghassem Homaifar, a professor in the Department of Economics and Finance.

Teresa King, a recently retired Department of Human Sciences professor.

Judy Money, student records coordinator for the Registrar’s Office.

• Diane Turnham, senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator for MTSU Athletics.

2022 marked each of the Murfreesboro residents’ 40th year with the university.

Diane Turnham, left, and Teresa King, MTSU employees with 40 years of service to the university and its students, pose for a photo after the recent Employee Service Award luncheon and reception in the James Union Building. Turnham is senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator for MTSU Athletics, and King is a recently retired Department of Human Sciences professor. Their fellow 40-year honorees, Ghassem Homaifar, a professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, and Judy Money, student records coordinator for the Registrar’s Office, are not pictured. MTSU saluted 229 longtime faculty and staff employees for their 4,160 combined years of service devoted to students and the campus community at the event. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Homaifar’s specialty is finance, and he’s published numerous scholarly articles on the subject, including analyses of the stock market, international credit and exchange rates, economic growth and corporate finance. He’s also the author of the 2007 book “Managing Global Financial and Foreign Exchange Rate Risk.”

Among King’s well-known projects during her tenure in the department’s acclaimed Textiles, Merchandising and Design Program is her coordination of the university’s Historic Clothing Collection, comprising more than 750 items representing styles from 1790 to 1990. They’re stored in a climate-controlled lab on campus, and most have been digitally catalogued and are searchable by title, garment, fabric or era via the James E. Walker Library.

Money’s role in the Registrar’s Office is critical to students, alumni and prospective students alike. She and her colleagues maintain records for every student who has attended or applied to MTSU, and they respond to hundreds of inquiries for student transcripts, enrollment verifications and more at the MT One Stop in the Student Services and Admissions Center.

Turnham, who first came to MTSU as an assistant basketball coach and volleyball coach, took her teams to Ohio Valley Conference championships and worked to ensure the university’s compliance with Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding. As she rose through the athletic department’s administration, she brought new women’s sports to MTSU, including soccer and golf, and served on national NCAA committees for women’s soccer, volleyball and basketball to help other universities as well as MTSU.

Additional 2022 honorees and their departments include:

25 years of service

Rodney Clinton, Vehicle Operation, Facilities Services Department.
Victoria Eastham, Campus Planning.
Jeffery Gibson, Department of Theatre and Dance.
Linda Hall, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Dean’s Office.
Meredith Anne Higgs, Department of University Studies.
Denise Hollowell, Business Office.
Lisa Johnson, Undergraduate Recruitment, Office of Admissions.
Ronald Kates, Department of English.
R. Bryan Kethley, Department of Management.
William Langston, Department of Psychology.
Randal Mackin, Department of English.
Bradley McFalls, Department of Receiving and Moving Services.
Robert Mogensen, True Blue TV Production Services.
Richard Pace, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Christopher Quarto, Womack Educational Leadership Department.
Vicki Sargent, Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment and Academic Services vice president’s office.
Lisa Sheehan-Smith, Department of Human Sciences.
Toto Sutarso, Academic Instructional Technology Office, Information Technology Division.
Mark Templeton, MTSU Testing Center, University College.
Betty Weigant, Construction/Renovation Services, Facilities Services Department.

30 years of service

Henrietta Bailey, Political Economy Research Institute.
Will Brantley, Department of English.
Becky Bussell, Business Office.
Wynnifred Counts, Student Athlete Enhancement Center.
Janet Dutton, AudioVisual Services.
Stanley Gambill, Department of Information Systems and Analytics.
Stephen Gossett, Department of Aerospace.
Timothy Graeff, Department of Marketing.
Elyce Helford, Department of English.
Mary Hoffschwelle, Academic Support Service, Provost’s Office.
Robert Holtzclaw, Department of English.
Tracey Huddleston, Department of Elementary and Special Education.
Eve Jones, Administrative Information System Services, Information Technology Division.
Marlene Lane, Department of University Studies.
Kathy Pelham, Custodial Services, Facilities Services Department.
Tamala Pincheon, Business Office.
John Rhodes, Custodial Services, Facilities Services Department.
Stephen Wright, Department of Biology.
Emily Zietz, Department of Economics and Finance.
Jan Zijlstra, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

MTSU employees with 30 years of service to the university and its students gather for a group photo after the recent Employee Service Award luncheon and reception in the James Union Building. Seated, from left, are Mary Hoffschwelle of Academic Support Service, Provost’s Office; Kathy Pelham, Custodial Services, Facilities Services Department; Becky Bussell, Business Office; Eve Jones, Administrative Information System Services, Information Technology Division; Will Brantley and Elyce Helford, Department of English. Standing, from left, are Tracey Huddleston, Department of Elementary and Special Education; Stephen Wright, Department of Biology; Timothy Graeff, Department of Marketing; Tamala Pincheon, Business Office; Henrietta Bailey, Political Economy Research Institute; Marlene Lane, Department of University Studies; and Franklin Michello, Department of Economics and Finance, 35 years of service. Not pictured are 30-year honorees Wynnifred Counts, Student Athlete Enhancement Center; Janet Dutton, AudioVisual Services; Stanley Gambill, Department of Information Systems and Analytics; Stephen Gossett, Department of Aerospace; Robert Holtzclaw, Department of English; John Rhodes, Custodial Services, Facilities Services Department; Emily Zietz, Department of Economics and Finance; and Jan Zijlstra, Department of Mathematical Sciences. Click on the photo to see a larger version. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

35 years of service

Rebecca Calahan, Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Lalo Davila, School of Music.
Patricia Grimes, College of Education, Dean’s Office.
Jong-Sung Lee, Department of Information Systems and Analytics.
Franklin Michello, Department of Economics and Finance.
Michael Principe, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Diane Snodgrass, Office of Audit and Consulting Services.
Gladys Vaughter, Custodial Services, Facilities Services Department.
Dale Witty, Grounds and Greenhouse Services, Facilities Services Department.
John Zamora, Department of Biology.

MTSU employees with 35 years of service to the university and its students gather for a group photo after the recent Employee Service Award luncheon and reception in the James Union Building. The honorees included Lalo Davila, left, of the School of Music; Patricia “Pat” Grimes, College of Education, Dean’s Office; Gladys Vaughter, Custodial Services, Facilities Services Department; and Diane Snodgrass, Office of Audit and Consulting Services. Not pictured are 35-year honorees Rebecca Calahan, Department of Mathematical Sciences; Jong-Sung Lee, Department of Information Systems and Analytics; Franklin Michello, Department of Economics and Finance; Michael Principe, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies; Dale Witty, Grounds and Greenhouse Services, Facilities Services Department; and John Zamora, Department of Biology. MTSU saluted 229 longtime faculty and staff employees for their 4,160 combined years of service devoted to students and the campus community at the event. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli) (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU, which employs more than 2,500 faculty and staff members campuswide, honors its employees regularly with opportunities that include the MTSU Employee Recognition Program for administrators, classified and technical/service personnel and the MTSU Foundation Awards and Faculty Recognition presentations for faculty.

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For more information about MTSU employee recognition programs, visit the university’s Human Resource Services department at www.mtsu.edu/hrs.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)


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