SUBJECT: Eminentes Universitatis
Washburn University awards the "Eminentes Universitatis" designation to long-term employees who meet the following requirements: employed as an administrative or classified employee for a period of twenty years or more; retire in good standing; and service performed must be judged to have been meritorious. This year we have three employees meeting these requirements.
Kathy Reser, Director of the Memorial Union, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to Valeda Pinick. As a young girl just graduated from high school in a small Kansas town, Valeda was hired to work at Washburn by Richard Vogel, University Treasurer. After a few years, Val married and like many young women at that time, she elected to stay home and raise two young children. Val was lured back to Washburn in the late sixties and has been a dedicated, hard-working, conscientious, loyal employee since. She spent the majority of her career working in the Washburn Memorial Union, beginning as secretary to the food services department. Her longest stint started in 1980 when she took the job as coordinator of facilities in the union administrative office. Val has been at Washburn a combined 42 years and can relate hundreds of stories about her bosses, coworkers, students, alumni, and administrators. Some are sad, most are joyous, and others are just downright funny. Val's tour of duty included varied tasks such as keeping us on time for meetings, taking students home, transporting catered meals to the president's residence in the trunk of her car, teaching student employees to crochet during lunch hour, and keeping up with all the activities and changes in the student union. Webster's dictionary describes an era as a period of time measured from an important event. That event was Washburn's good fortune to have hired Val. Her service to the university has had much meaning and her absence will be noticeable. June 30, 2006 will mark the end of the Valeda Pinick era.
Dave Provorse, Chair of the Psychology Department, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to LaJean Rinker in recognition of her 25 years of service to the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. Hired in October 1980, she served as a part-time secretary of the Philosophy Department for twelve years, when she moved over to the Psychology Department in June 1992. During her years of service to Washburn University, LaJean has committed her seemingly limitless energy in support of faculty members' teaching efforts. She has also assisted countless numbers of students in navigating the often confusing rules, procedures, and deadlines necessary to progress toward undergraduate and graduate degrees while also providing direct supervision to work study students employed by the departments. However, her impact has not been limited to students and the departments she directly serves, as she has actively contributed to a number of initiatives at the University level, including serving two-year stints as Vice-President/Secretary of the Administrative Assistants Association and Secretary and President of Staff Council. She also assisted the University's Beautification Committee, and for some 20 years, along with her husband, Larry, hosted visiting students from Fukuoka University. More recently, she has filled the role of Secretary of the Institutional Review Board 13 of the last 14 years, and was a founding member of the newly formed University Wellness Committee.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None
President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve awarding the designation "Eminentes Universitatis" to Valeda Pinick and LaJean Rinker.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President