Fairmont State University Honors 2010-2011 Retirees

Friday, July 01, 2011

Eight Fairmont State University employees were honored during the annual Retiree Reception. Faculty, staff, retired FSU and Pierpont Community & Technical College employees and the community gathered in the Turley Center Ballroom to honor 2010-2011 retirees.

Dr. Maria Rose, FSU Interim President, presented the FSU retirees with individual plaques for their years of service to higher education.

“As I look across this audience, I see dedication and diligence,” Rose told those gathered for the event. “I see proper priorities and perspectives--that our students always come first. I see reliability and high levels of competence. I see educational excellence. All of these traits are due, in part, to each of the retirees being honored here. It is through your dedication to passing on these values to those new to the institution that we are able to foster a community of caring for our students.”

The following FSU faculty members were among the retirees:

James Goodwin, Associate Professor of Technology, Department of Technology, 1971-2011

James C. “Jim” Goodwin began his teaching career and dedication to students in 1965 as a part-time instructor at West Virginia University. During the past 40 years, Goodwin has been a faculty member, program coordinator and chairperson in the Technology Department. 

Judith A. Turbanic, Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing & Allied Health Administration, 1995-2011

Judith Turbanic started her career at Fairmont State as a part-time clinical instructor for the Department of Nursing in the Division of Science, Mathematics and Health Careers in the fall of 1994. Turbanic has 37 years of teaching experience and 40 years of nursing experience.  

The following staff members were among the retirees:

Michael Belmear, Vice President for Student Affairs, FSU and Pierpont Office of Student Affairs, 1978-2011

Michael Belmear came to Fairmont State as a Student Affairs counselor in September 1978. He has been the dedicated director for 31 years of the New Student Orientation program, and he also created and directs the annual statewide Leadership Conference. The Office of Student Affairs provides services to FSU and Pierpont.  

Paul Boyce, Trades Specialist I, FSU and Pierpont Physical Plant, 1992-2011

Paul Boyce began his career at Fairmont State 19 years ago. He started out as a part-time security employee in 1992, and he worked his way up through the ranks to be a Trades Specialist Lead. The Physical Plant provides services to FSU and Pierpont.

Darlene “Penny” Morrison, Program Assistant II, FSU School of Education, 1968-1971; 1972-1973; 2005-2010

Penny Morrison began working in the Certification Office in the FSU School of Education and soon moved into the position of Program Assistant II. She served in this office until her retirement in November 2010. 

Dale Rice, Campus Police Officer, FSU and Pierpont Department of Public Safety, 1994-2011

In January 2011, Police Officer Dale Rice retired after 16 years of service to the FSU and Pierpont Department of Public Safety. Rice brought a set of skills and experiences to campus that represented decades of police service. 

Ruth Smedley, Supervisor of Student Accounts, FSU and Pierpont Office of Enrollment Services, 1964-2010

Ruth Smedley began her 46-year career at Fairmont State and Pierpont as a bookkeeper in the Business Office. Her desire to serve FSU and Pierpont has been her lifelong passion.

Harriett Snyder, Administrative Secretary, FSU Department of Social Sciences, 1985-2011       

Harriett began her career at Fairmont State in 1985. She has always enjoyed her work, and her dedication was honored by her being nominated for Classified Employee of the Year on several occasions. 

About the photo: Pictured from left to right are James Goodwin, FSU Interim President Maria Rose, Ruth Smedley, Paul Boyce, Judy Turbanic and Michael Belmear.