University employee, Dee Pierson was honored with eminentes universitatis
status during a staff and faculty awards event April 17.
Pierson has worked in the residential living office for 31 years. From occupying an office in Kuehne Hall to coordinating the front desk in the new main office of the Living Learning Center, Pierson has supported the residential living department through many changes over the years. While originally using a typewriter to do reports, she now uses electronic imaging to take housing applications. The differences in her job, include not merely going from liquid paper to correction tape, but from growing in Washburn housing occupancy from 254 students in 1981 to housing 700 students in 2011. Pierson presence has been as much a part of the history of residential living as the halls of Carruth, Kuehne, West and the Living Learning Center are on campus. The number of directors, full-time staff, residential assistants and desk assistant that have learned from Pierson’s vast institutional knowledge is impressive, but not nearly as impressive, nor as heart-warming, as the number of students and parents she has helped over the years. Pierson will retire this summer.
Washburn University awards the honor to individuals who have been an administrative or classified employee of Washburn University for a period of 10 years or more and effective July 1, 1991 and after, employees must have employment contracts of 1,000 hours or more per year of service to the University to be eligible. Individuals who retire from the university in good standing after 10 years are also eligible for nomination.
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Amanda Hughes, (785) 670-2153