Retirement Reception Honors Individuals for Dedication and Service to the U of M, Crookston

retirees.jpgA retirement reception was held on Tuesday, January 10, to recognize the dedication of ten individuals during their many years of service at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The reception, held in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center, was filled with families, friends, and coworkers.

Honorees in attendance at the reception were Dennis Magsam, audiovisual operations manager in Media Services, 43 years of service; John Rodseth, senior office assistant in the Business Department, 37 years of service; Sonia Spaeth, assistant professor in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 36 years of service; Jacquie Normandin, administrative aide in Human Resources, 26 years of service; Bob Nelson, registrar and director of Institutional Research, 24 years of service; and Karen Murphy, executive operations/student services specialist in the Business Department, 24 years of service.  

Other individuals retiring who were unable to attend the reception but are recognized for their years of dedication were Trish Ramstad, executive administrative specialist in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 45 years of service; Arlene Tahran, executive administrative specialist in Business Department, 42 years of service; Cleon Melsa, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, 38 years of service; and Deanna Patenaude, community program specialist in Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 20 years of service.

In the photo (l to r) are Dennis Magsam, John Rodseth, Robert Nelson, Karen Murphy, Sonia Spaeth, and Jacquie Normandin.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (