Congratulations to all our Years of Service Award recipients. We know that our Snow College employees are our greatest assets. Each of you is an important member of our community and your abilities and contributions will be an important part of our continued success. We truly couldn’t serve our students without each and every one of you!
Kari Arnoldsen has been a solid part of the math department for many years. She has served as the Math Department Chair for a number of years, Faculty Senate President, Director of Faculty Development, and Director of the Math Lab. Kari has a great desire to help struggling students understand math. She relocated her office to a closet next to the math lab because she realized a need for faculty involvement and faculty presence near the math lab. Kari is an avid reader and is always searching for new methods of teaching her students life-long skills and is great to share these skills with her colleagues. Thanks Kari, for 30-years of quality service to Snow College.
Larry Smith has been an icon in the Physics and Math Departments for many years. He has served as the Physics Department Chair, Dean of the Natural Science and Mathematics Division, Director of Faculty Development, and is currently the Planetarium Director and the Faculty Senate President. As the director of the Planetarium, he has been instrumental in getting good quality shows that entertain and educate students and the public. Larry loves to teach students about physics and math. He has the strong desire to help his students learn the material so they can be successful in their careers and next courses. In addition to his service to the college, Larry has a strong desire to serve the community. He served as a member of the school board for 12-years. Larry has been a great advocate for students and faculty at Snow College for 30-years. Larry, thanks for your service.
Mike is a gentle and calming influence on all who interact with him. His quiet leadership style puts people at ease and empowers people to innovate in their space. Mike listens, understands, supports, and models a true commitment to the institution. His love for Snow, his desire to help students succeed, and his unquestionable integrity drive his decisions and his actions. Snow College is lucky to have Mike at the helm of the Student Support Services.
Garth Sorenson is one of those larger-than-life people that you expect to come from a Marvel Comic movie series with superpowers. He has been known to challenge his students academically and physically in “push-up” challenges and to this day remains undefeated. He has been instrumental in building a strong engineering program and building the 4-year Software Engineering degree at Snow College. When he is not helping the students learn computer and engineering skills, he can be found serving others. He serves as the Faculty Association President and serves in his church and community. We are happy to call Garth our colleague.
Dr. Beckie Hermansen has provided many years of valuable service and leadership to Snow College and it’s students over the past quarter-century. She has served in many valuable roles over that time. Here’s a list of the many things that she has touched and influenced. It’s a great list, so be sure to read it completely. She has been and continues to be an important contributor and influencer to the positive transformation of Snow College.
We are very glad to have Beckie on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness Team. Beckie continues to bring fresh and new ideas to the table and is always looking for better ways to provide Snow’s leadership with valuable, timely, and accurate data so that they are able to make sound, data-driven business decisions. As long as we have Beckie, she will continue to be a valuable asset to Snow College!
Thank you Beckie!
If you work on Snow College’s Richfield campus and have had any type of technology problems that you have needed answers to, there’s a good chance you know Jeff Sirrine. When it comes to information technology, Jeff is our go-to guy for everything. Jeff does everything from installing desktop computers to maintaining Richfield’s wireless/wired networks, firewalls and maintaining various complex server systems. He is dedicated to his job and takes a personal responsibility for each of the problems that he is presented with. He works hard to find answers and doesn’t quit until solutions are found. Jeff is a friend to all and is well-liked by those who he associates with. Snow College is lucky to have Jeff Sirrine serving our technology needs for our Richfield Campus.
Passion and Artistry mark Professor Adam Larsen’s 20 years at Snow College. He has inspired countless artists with his brilliance, creativity, and devotion. His students' collective works are shown all over the world. Snow’s Art program is truly exceptional, thanks to Professor Larsen and his wonderful colleagues!
Sara is an exceptional member of not only the Student Support Services Team, but to the College as a whole. She has worked in a variety of departments and shares with our 1st Generation students a wealth of knowledge in regards to financial aid, scholarships, academic advising, and more. In addition, Sara is always eager to learn and willingly serves in many capacities (teaching, advising, grant writing, etc). She is the consummate professional who quietly excels in whatever is asked of her. Thank you Sara for your many contributions to Snow College.
Sheryl’s tenure at Snow has been a succession of meaningful service contributions: she chaired the Curriculum and the Advancement and Tenure Committees, led the Humanities Division as dean, and now runs the Convocation program. Just as important, she is a skilled teacher of French and Italian. Both in the classroom and working with her colleagues, Sheryl is a leading voice for the importance of global learning, and she has helped bring Fulbright scholars to campus, enriching campus culture and opportunities in the process.
Jason joined Snow College about 15 years ago. He began supporting Financial Aid with everything banner. He worked for Jack Dalene, Margi Anderson, and Shawn Lindow. Jason is a “go-to, can-do guy”! When others say “no” he says “I think we can do that!” Jason was our first “died in the wool” Linux master - loving and living Linux and helping us move to that superior Server platform for systems at Snow. Later when Jason transferred to a systems administrator position (now a senior systems administrator) supporting banner, he helped redo our server infrastructure. Jason has led the effort to containerize banner and move us into the AWS cloud. He continues to push us forward with new ideas and technologies to make IT better for everyone at Snow College. Sharp as a tack and helpful as a horse, Jason is an outstanding player on the Snow College IT team.
To know Stacee is to love her! She makes a positive impact wherever she goes, and we are fortunate to have her at Snow College. During her 15 year tenure here, Stacee has mentored dozens of new faculty members, taught hundreds of students, and proofread thousands of words – all to make Snow College a better place. Stacee is incredibly professional and effective in her responsibilities, and she has a soft-spoken kindness that endears others to her. We are pleased Stacee is leading our tech ed programs; her successful and progressive career at the college is a direct result of her grit, her energy, and her work ethic. Thank you, Stacee, for modeling the way and showing us all how to be a Badger.
Alan joined the Snow College Richfield faculty as a Machine Tool Technology instructor. He brought with him years of industry experience in the machining industry and still runs his own machine shop in Richfield. Alan’s years of industry experience and currently being part of the machining industry adds relevance and creditability to the program. Alan’s class are relevant and hands on with students designing and then machining projects of their choice that teach them the methods and skills to be employable in the industry. Students and the trades at Snow College Richfield are the beneficiaries of Alan’s experience and vision.
Anne Ford works with the video conferencing classes on Snow’s Richfield campus. She is a great team member and gets along with everyone she works with. Anne has a positive attitude and is dedicated to her job, making sure the video conferencing equipment works to the best of her knowledge. If she does not know something, she finds the answers. She has a good rapport with students and their needs are a priority, which lets them know they are important. Anne is always willing to help those around her whether they are faculty, staff, or students. She is an asset to Snow College and her department. Anne, it is a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for your willingness to do what is required for broadcasting and receiving quality video conferencing classes.
Brene Brown said, “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” This statement couldn’t be more true with Patty. Her knowledge and experience plays a vital role in the Admissions Office, but even more important than that is what she brings to the office in other ways often unseen by others. Patty is kind, encouraging and supportive to all she comes in contact with, and a friend to all. Her hard work, dedication and years of service have truly made a difference in our office and at Snow College. Congratulations!
Matt is a dedicated employee of Snow College. He is a very multi-skilled person who has responsibility that includes: managing the swimming pool, developing a swim club, working with Manti High School to start its swim team, overseeing the management, training and upkeep of the Ropes Course on Badger Mountain, setting up and taking down for events in the HAC and the various fields. He hires students to manage the buildings, trains the life guards and many other duties as assigned. Matt is willing to fix things that get broken, ensures things are working in the fitness lab, the blue gym and other areas frequented by students. After all of this, he still manages to have a great garden and has a rare skill in stained glass work. His passion for the outdoors is evidenced by his love of rock climbing and the other activities he does in his spare time. Thanks Matt for the work you do and your dedication to Snow College.
Lisa Laird is a reliable and steady engine that never stops running at Snow College. Lisa is a key part of the Economic Development / Business team. Each year she manages the placement of over 600 student jobs on both campuses. Providing work-prep seminars, organizing job fairs and connecting industry to workforce via “hand-shake” is a small sampling of her work. The Career Center continues to set new student outreach records annually. We enthusiastically congratulate Lisa for 10 years of innovative, dedicated and steady service to Snow College!
Kevin Holdsworth is what Snow College prizes the most, a life-long learner. Not only does he teach our students how to think critically, write, appreciate literature, and find the treasures of this state, he is busy actively doing the same in his own life. He has written numerous books, explored the state and shared it with others, and devoted 10 years to teaching our students. He is quick-witted, creative, and has a passion for what he does.
Karen is a friend to all. She is an exceptional member of the nursing team. She goes above and beyond to do her job and makes her students feel comfortable in the learning environment. Her co-workers love to work with her. Thank you for all of your hard work over the years. It is a joy to work with you.
Rachel has a unique ability to see her work as a contribution to something bigger. She came to Snow because of her commitment to helping students like ours. She coaches a local swim team to give enriching experiences to families in the community. She served as president of the Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters to build connections between scholars across the state. All of these examples are noteworthy, but Rachel’s biggest contribution is happens day to day in the classroom where she teaches students with both rigor and compassion, recognizing that the students are, at the same time, people—with talents, challenges, and great potential
Michelle Brown is passionate about student engagement and makes sure they know each and everyone belongs. Michelle does this by leading Student Life in providing well-planned and well-executed student events on campus. Michelle is always looking for creative ways to make Snow fun. Michelle collaborated with other Student Life leaders in Utah.
Lamar Keller is a key component to our team's success. Lamar cares deeply about the quality of work he does. He is very thorough and completes his work with efficiency. Lamar has great ideas and is willing to jump into any task headfirst no matter how difficult. Once a task has been assigned to Lamar, I know it will be completed with competence and utmost care. He gets along great with staff and faculty and is awesome to work with.
The Richfield campus testing center has grown into a much relied upon service, to students, faculty and staff. Elizabeth has spent the last 10 years molding the center into a “top notch” facility, supporting on campus testing for students, and professional testing to the community. Elizabeth’s co-workers value her leadership style and friendship. I believe Snow College is fortunate to have someone with Elizabeth’s talent and commitment running a critical area of support, and a place where students know they’ll have a positive experience. Best of luck on you next 10 years here at Snow Betsy!
John (or JC as we all call him) is the life of the party in the Marketing Office. He is our resident DJ… always ready with a pick-me-up playlist or a dad joke to elicit an involuntary chuckle and an eye roll. John adds so much to the culture we have created and the fun we are famous for among our student workers.
Equally valuable for his decades of experience in graphic design, John ensures the visual identity of Snow College remains impeccable. He is equally adept at designing a poster, creating digital media ads, printing large format materials, or relating the story of his latest vintage license plate acquisition. If you don't yet know JC, do yourself a favor and drop him a line. He's always game for a conversation over lunch!
Lauren is fully committed to whatever she does. Her teaching is innovative, student-centered, and passionate, and she is admired by her colleagues in the English Department. What she may be best known for is meeting with students; she cares about her students deeply and can often be seen in her office talking—with and not to—students about their writing projects. Lauren will be leaving Snow College at the end of December for other opportunities, and she will be missed. Her colleagues in the Humanities Division wish her all the best.
Sherri proves that there is an I in Team. She’s a one-person shop in the budget office. She is always willing to meet with people and help them with their questions. I appreciate her customer service attitude and her willingness to look for ways to improve her office. She’s dependable and a pleasure to work with. Thanks Sherri for all that you do and congratulations on 5 years!
Travis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Snow College that both contributes to the safety and protection of the institution but also the well-being of our students. More than once, graduated students have made contact to thank him for his care and let him know how they are doing as they progress through life. Since our office handles delicate and sensitive situations that can be difficult to talk about, this is a true testament to his ability to make positive connections and influence for good. It is an honor to celebrate his five-year anniversary. Thank you for all you do, Travis!
Mike is defined by his work ethic. If there is work to be done, he is in the middle of it. He truly leads by example and by effort. He is also willing to take on new tasks, even those tasks that push him outside of his comfort zone. As a leader, he models compassion, integrity, collegiality, and transparency. He is truly committed to student success and tries to turn conduct issues into learning experiences. Mike truly makes a difference in the Snow College community.
Taran is one of the faces that represent the Badger Den. She is the go-to person when things need to happen and get scheduled. She is always kind to people, and her office skills are top notch. Everyone loves working with Taran she has great work ethic and works and gets along well with anyone around her. She goes the extra mile to make sure things get done, and she always does it with a smile. The crew at the Badger Den loves Taran and appreciates all she does for them when they ever need help. We are lucky to have an employee like her. I know that I could not function without her. Congrats, Taran, on your five year mark.
Amy Watts has a unique job. Her job requires her to be an expert on a wide spectrum of disciplines, purchasing agent, lab manager, equipment keeper, and a number of other responsibilities. She is quick to learn these new skills and always willing to learn additional skills and responsibilities. In addition, she is always ready and willing to help other colleagues with their classes and labs. She is willing to come to work at odd hours of the week to make sure things are set up for labs and take care of the greenhouses and any problems that may arise. Many biology faculty rely upon Amy to help them with their labs and make sure everything goes well. Amy is an example of the dedicated service that make Snow College great. Thanks, Amy, for all you do.
Angie brings a “can do” attitude to our Student Support Services Team. She provides a comfortable office atmosphere for our students, is always willing to learn, and excels in maintaining our Student Access database in fulfilling complex reports as required by our grant. In addition, Angie willingly serves wherever she is asked and currently acts as the Polynesian Club Advisor. More importantly, however, is her ability to relate to our 1st Generation/Low-Income students in giving them the confidence to succeed. She herself is a first-generation college student and her ability to be a role model to our grant participants cannot be overstated. Thank you Angie for all you do!
Debbie is everything that you would wish for in an employee – professional, reliable, compassionate, patient, and always goes the extra mile to help others. She represents Snow College’s values at its core. Thank you for your commitment to excellence and your hard work. Snow College is a better place because of you!
Chris has been a part of our team for only 5 years, but has had his hand on most walls on our campus! Chris has been a great addition to our Campus Services crew. He is a hard worker and is super FAST at painting! He always has his eye on our walls and makes sure to repair areas that need it without being asked. We are so grateful to have him as part of our Snow family!
When one thinks of efficiency and heart, Leti comes to mind. While working in the Scholarship office, Leti was able to streamline many of the processes and accounts, while still helping students find the best fit for scholarships. Her desire to learn and grow in her work has led her to pursue more education and apply to another position at Snow College. She will be a great asset to Snow College for many years to come!
Jill brings positivity to the nursing department. She is willing to work with everyone and always comes with an optimistic attitude. She is a team player. She loves to teach and her students feel it in her classes. She makes a difference in her students’ lives. Thank you for all of your hard work and commitment. Snow is lucky to have you teaching.
Vikki is a wonderful asset to our Education and Family Studies Department. Her cheerful, compassionate demeanor is contagious among her students and colleagues. Vikki's passion is classroom engagement and it shows in her vivacious teaching practices! She's even been referred to as the "Miss Frizzle" of nutrition. Thank you, Vikki, for your love for learning and for teaching. Our students and faculty are lucky to have you!
Lindsay Chaney has only been at Snow College for 5-years but has made a lasting impact during that time. She has developed a new biology course, biology lab, and two different foundations courses. Lindsay has served on the curriculum committee and is currently serving as the Assistant Provost. Lindsay has a unique way of helping her students learn by having them do many hands-on activities. She has developed many of these hand-on learning exercises and uses them in her classes and shares them with her colleagues. When Lindsay is not teaching and serving at Snow College, she can be found helping coach volleyball. Thanks Lindsay, for all you do to help your students succeed and your service to Snow College.
Steve Hart is a dedicated teacher. He always strives to give his students the best opportunities to learn. This involves many hands-on experiences, demos, and displays that he builds himself. He currently serves as the Co-director of faculty development and strives to help others be the best teacher they can be. When Steve is not teaching or helping others teach, you can find him helping out with planetarium shows and taking care of department chair responsibilities. Thanks Steve, for being a big part of Snow College.
There is a Russian saying that states, “Without effort, you won’t even pull a fish out of a pond.” It would be difficult to find a professor more hardworking and devoted than Professor Dmitri Peskov is to our Dance and undergraduate students His creativity and industriousness are infectious. And our students and Snow College are better because he is with us!
Josh joined Snow’s Business Department bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and industry experience in business and human resource management from working a number of years for major U.S. companies. Josh is a leader who leads with his heart and fairness when it comes to people. As a campus we all benefited from Josh’s work and efforts as Interim Human Resource Director. However, like most at Snow College employees his heart is in the classroom and when the time was right left the human resource office in favor of being with students in the classroom. Josh’s enthusiasm for learning is evident in his teaching, his work and mentoring with students, and his recent endeavor of pursing a PHD degree.
Anita is someone who creates constantly. Her poetry has been recognized statewide, her “dabbling” with watercolors results in beautiful art, and she often produces an anthology of student writing for her classes and the English Department. However, Anita also creates enriching classroom experiences for her students. Through consistent pedagogical research, trial and error, and deep knowledge of literature and composition, Anita’s creative writing, professional writing, composition, and literature classes consistently succeed in engaging students to develop their skills. Finally, with her colleagues, Anita is also creating a creative writing emphasis that results in, among other things, the publication of Snow’s beautiful, student literary journal each year.
Very few communities or Junior Colleges can boast the quality of Theatrical productions we enjoy at Snow College. In fact, the shows we see here rival those seen on “professional” stages in America’s big cities. Professor Andrew Nogasky’s leadership and teaching have elevated our students’ work to an unimaginably high level! Our College and Community are better for the outstanding work he and his colleagues create each season!
Scott is an engaging and dedicated teacher in our Social Science Department. His concern for students and encouragement towards their success is well known on campus. He is always willing to pitch in for institutional service and provide help to his colleagues. Scott’s sense of humor keeps his department and students laughing and his knowledge and love for the Social Sciences help educate and enlighten those around him.
Stacie’s positivity rubs off on others whether they are her current students in the classroom, or the students she advised and mentored through the Snow College Career Center. She gives students specific feedback in a way that shows kindness, and then she often checks on them to see if they followed through to improve their performance or their assignments. Her suggestions and feedback for advising processes also led to improved exit outcomes for our grads to obtain employment after college, or better scholarship or student leadership placement outcomes when they left Snow College for their next degree.
Matt brought a vast amount of experience to Snow’s agriculture program from his years teaching high school FFA and agriculture courses and maintaining and operating his innovative and intensively management sheep operation. Not to be outdone by experience he also brought his enthusiasm for working with students creating a vision for what they can achieve and creating invigorating classes. Matt joined a growing visionary ag program and added his vision and energy to further the program’s growth. Matt has been instrumental in developing two new agriculture program degrees with stackable certificates, and creating 6 new classes. Matt heads up management of the college farm and facilitates an annual student weeklong tour to large national farm equipment shows.
Petra Brittner excels in her position as a Concurrent Enrollment advisor. If you know Petra, you know the hats she wears goes beyond that. She also spends her time and energy serving many other parts of campus including recruitment, Ag Business and Title IX.
Amy is the foundation of the work of Academic Affairs. Her organizational abilities and her attention to detail ensure that committee work is completed, up-to-date, and accurate. The faculty rely on her to orchestrate, facilitate, and complete advancement and tenure work, to maintain the course database, and to guide them through the policies and expectations of the institution. She does all of this with a positive attitude and a caring demeanor. New faculty quickly learn she is fundamental to their success. Thanks, Amy, for keeping things organized and for caring, always, about student and faculty success.
Ivan came out of a career in the construction industry spanning years of residential and commercial building in Utah, Washington and California. In his building career has built over 110 homes and working on a number of commercial building projects. Ivan has upgraded the construction management courses to reflect current building techniques and trends. His hands on approach to teaching has required creativity in finding projects that provide hands-on application of class room learning. Projects have included building new cabinetry to upgrade and remodel homes and constructing outbuildings and studios involving students from designing and engineering through permitting to completion for community members who have a project and desire to provide real-life experiences for students.
|Jan M Tiatia||5|
|Robert Wreno Wright||5|
|Ashley M Frandsen||5|
|Diana C. Jensen||5|
|Shelby Reid Lund||5|
|Nobue Ohahsi Swenson||5|
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