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Employee Awards

We love recognizing the great work of our faculty and staff. We started recognizing the great work they do when Delta College was founded decades ago, and the tradition continues. We think it's a big deal, so every spring we have a big awards ceremony to celebrate. 

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Math instructor with student
Employee at Learning Days

We think it's important to recognize faculty and staff for their scholarly achievements and dedication to student success.

awards & most recent recipients

Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence

The Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence is the highest honor for any faculty member at Delta College. The award is chosen by a vote by Delta College students and faculty. The Bergstein Family of Midland has sponsored this award since 1965, and it reflects their commitment to teaching excellence over the years.

2024 recipients:

Denise Hill (Bay City), Professor of English
Lisa Wall (Sanford), Associate Professor of Radiography 

Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo K. Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement

The Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo K. Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement is granted annually to a full-time employee who is judged by the Committee to have made a distinguished contribution to the development of the body of knowledge of an academic discipline.  This special award was created by two very good friends, Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo Frevel.

2024 recipient:

David Baskind (Saginaw), Professor of Psychology

Eric “Q” Beckman Adjunct Faculty Award for Exceptional Service

This award is intended to recognize an adjunct faculty member’s dedication to supporting the well-being, learning, growth and development of Delta College students.  It was established by the Delta College Foundation and first given out in 2022, in memory of Eric “Q” Beckman - a beloved Delta associate professor of economics.

2024 recipient:

Dawn Perez (Saginaw), Adjunct Faculty of Business & Technology

ECAPS - Willie E. Thompson Outstanding Administrative/Professional Service Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize an exemplary Administrative or Professional Staff member who has offered outstanding service to the College community and/or exceeded the scope of their position.  The award honors Willie E. Thompson, who began his career at Delta College in 1970 and eventually as the Vice President of Student and Educational Services. 

2024 recipient:

Julie Dorcey (Saginaw), Foundation Manager

ECAPS Team Excellence Award

Given by the Executive Committee for Administrative and Professional Staff (ECAPS), this award is in recognition of exemplary teamwork, resulting in substantial benefit to learning, or outstanding service to the College community. The nomination may recognize a team that includes multiple employee groups of the College; however, at least 50% of the team must consist of Administrative or Professional Staff members.

2024 recipients:

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Matthew Brown (Essexville), Multimedia Content Coordinator
Luke Goodrow (Saginaw), Graphic Designer
Leanne Govitz (Beaverton), Director of Marketing and Media
Amanda Hammond (Freeland), Web Content Marketing Coordinator
Suzanne Paris (Freeland), Communications Specialist

Rollin M. Gerstacker Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching 

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching recognizes faculty members who demonstrate innovative use of technology, and those who use technology in a new and unique manner beyond its normal use by an educator.  The award began in 2002 with a gift from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland. 

2024 recipient:

Timothy McGuire (Breckenridge), Instructor of Biology

Lynn Heatley Award For Distinguished Service (Adjunct Faculty) 

The Lynn Heatley Award for Distinguished Service recognizes adjunct faculty who, through their work at Delta and the community, have provided outstanding service. George “Lynn” Heatley was an Adult and Vocational Education consultant at Delta College from 1963 through 1978.

2024 recipient:

Jason Szilagyi (Saginaw), Adjunct Faculty of History

The Don Laughner Award for Creative Change and the League for Innovation Award 

The Don Laughner Award for Creative Change may be given for: 1) Recognition of contributions resulting in significant institutional change; and 2) Significant change in areas such as organization, programming, staffing, curriculum, college procedures, governance structure, or personal growth and development.  During his years at Delta College (1964-1980), Don Laughner was a tireless and inspirational leader, a math professor, division chair, dean, senate president.

Support Staff Excellence Award 

The Support Staff Excellence Award is presented by the Support Staff Executive Committee (SSEC) to a contributing member who exemplifies professionalism, service and dedication within Delta College, as well as positively represents the College in the community.

2024 recipient:

Jill Delaney (Bay City), Administrative Office Professional

Donald and Betty Carlyon Endowed Teaching Chair

The Carlyon Endowed Teaching Chair was first awarded in 1994 and it encourages faculty to pursue a professional activity/project and related follow-up which may include the development of new academic modules, infusion activities or service learning opportunities. Eligibility: All Delta College faculty who have taught full-time for the College for at least three years.  This award honors President Emeritus Don Carlyon, his wife Betty, and their many years of innovation and service to the Delta community.  Don retired in 1992 and in 1968 led Delta College to become a founding member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. 

Robert DeVinney Endowed Teaching Chair

The DeVinney Endowed Chair was first given in 2004 and honors Bob’s commitment to innovation in using technology in classroom teaching. Proposals focus on the innovative use or study of technology in the classroom or other learning environment. Eligibility: All Delta College full-time or adjunct faculty, or full-time and regular part-time staff whose work directly impacts student learning.  Robert DeVinney, longtime Professor of Mathematics at Delta, is memorialized through the endowment that bears his name.

Ellucian Higher Education Endowed Teaching Chair

First awarded in 2006, this award supports and rewards innovations that foster excellence and have a direct impact on student learning. Proposals should focus on the development of new academic modules, infusion activities or teaching and learning approaches, and involve cooperation of more than one department, discipline, or division. Eligibility: Full-time faculty members, or adjunct faculty members or staff members who are working to impact student learning.  The SunGard (Ellucian) Higher Education Endowed Teaching Chair was established by the Florida-based company that specializes in providing information technology services to colleges and universities nationwide.

Karen MacArthur Endowed Teaching Chair

The MacArthur Endowed Teaching Chair was first awarded in 2011 and is restricted for projects focused on the following subject areas: art, languages, music, literature, psychology or history. Proposals should set forth primary values exemplified by Karen MacArthur during her tenure at Delta College: creativity and innovation. Eligibility: All full-time or adjunct faculty or Delta College staff.   Karen MacArthur, who retired as Executive Director of the Delta College Foundation and Delta's Executive Director of Institutional Advancement in 2007, is honored through this endowment that bears her name.

Robert R. "Dr. Bob" Zimmermann Endowed Teaching Chair

The Robert R. “Dr. Bob” Zimmermann Endowed Teaching Chair was first awarded in 2020 to provide professional development opportunities for faculty members. Proposals must demonstrate the primary values exemplified by Dr. Bob during his tenure at Delta College, including his belief all students should be treated equitably, with an equal opportunity to learn.  Applications including general professional development projects for faculty members will be considered, including those working in areas of disabilities or different learning styles are welcome to apply.  Eligibility:  Faculty members who are directly involved in the teaching process.  This award was established by Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Ted Coopman in memory of her father, Robert “Dr. Bob” Zimmerman.  Dr. Bob joyfully worked at Delta College from 1980 until his retirement in 1995.  He often said that he’d found his professional home at Delta College and greatly appreciated the opportunity to join the Delta community.

2024 Service Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following employees honored for their years of service.

40 years

Becky Barber (Midland), Special Event & Donation Coordinator

35 years

Michael Garlick (Saginaw), Laboratory Coordinator
Gregory Luczak (Bay City), Assistant Director of Business Services
Michelle White (Freeland), Team Lead, Health & Wellness Advising

30 years

Randal Crawford (Midland), Professor of Art
Michael Finelli (Fenton), Associate Professor of Residential Construction
James Ham (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
Timothy Klingler (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
David Redman (Ypsilanti), Professor of Mathematics
Elvina Sika (Saginaw), Assistant Director of Financial Aid

25 years

Eva Ayala (Linwood), Employment Services Advisor, Great Lakes Bay MI Works!
Angela Cramer (Munger), Controller
Michelle Cuvelier (Midland), Trade Adjustment Assistance Coordinator, Great Lakes Bay MI Works! 
Brad DeRoche (Mt. Pleasant), Professor of Music
Cynthia Drouse (Bay City), Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology
Kyle Jones (Midland), Grounds Supervisor
Trisha O’Connor (Saginaw), Professor of English
Michele Whitaker (Cedarville), Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

20 years

Janet Alexander (Freeland), Professor of English
Talisa Brown (Auburn), Administrative Services Coordinator & Institutional Research Survey Specialist
Cynthia Drake (Midland), Professor of Biology
Anne Elias (Saginaw), Librarian – Government Documents & Reference
Heidi Helgren (Freeland), Professor of Management 
Robert Przybylski (Bay City), Producer/Director
Audra Swarthout (Kawkawlin), Associate Professor of Biology

15 years

Aurelian Balan (Midland), Professor of Physics
Sandra Gallaher (Linwood), Business Services Team Executive Assistant, Great Lakes Bay MI Works!
Michael Glowacki (Grand Rapids), Professor of Art
Alex Goudas (Midland), Associate Professor of English
Anthony Khalil (Midland), Planning & Construction Manager
Stephanie Kontranowski (Bay City), Human Resources Generalist
Terry Morse (Sanford), Associate Professor of Computer Numerical Control
Brian Rivard (Bay City), Business Services Runner
Wendy Szafranski (Linwood), Associate Professor of Nursing

10 years

Denise Beasecker (Frankenmuth), Associate Professor of Nursing
Jennifer Carroll (Auburn), Director of Workforce Strategies
Reva Curry (Midland), Vice President of Instruction & Learning Services
Melissa Dingman (Midland), Scheduling Processor & Veteran’s Certifying Official
Luke Goodrow (Saginaw), Graphic Designer
Samuel Hutchison (Saginaw), Second Shift General Laborer
Lori Kloc (Freeland), Healthcare Simulation Educator
Donna Militello (Midland), Associate Professor
Kristy Nelson (St. Louis), Director of Downtown Centers
Robert Neymeiyer (Auburn), Associate Professor of Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Michele Pratt (Bentley), Manager of Library Program & Services 
Daniel Symons (Bay City), Employment Services Advisor, Great Lakes Bay MI Works!
Anthony Willard (Pinconning), Academic Systems & ISS Coordinator

5 years

Ae Alexander (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Daniel Allen (Saginaw), Associate Dean of Social Sciences
Connor Anderson (Bay City), Student Billing Specialist & Assistant Technologist
Nola Barres (Bay City), Health Lab Attendant
Meredith Bishop (Bay City), Reference Librarian
Terrence Blackmer (Mayville), Fire Science Technology Coordinator
Cynthia Blahnik (Midland), Student Success Advisor
Vanessa Chingman (Saginaw), Third Shift Custodian
Stephanie Dinsmoore (Fairgrove), Scholarship & Data Coordinator
Amy Esparza (Saginaw), General Maintenance
Jonathan Foco (Pinconning), Director of Business Services
Pete Fox (Grand Blanc), Associate Dean of Health & Wellness
JD Garn (Midland), Associate Dean of Arts & Letters
Christina Glazier (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Steven Gormley (Bay City), Assistant Professor of Computer Aided Design
Barbara Gosson (Midland), Administrative Office Professional
Genevieve Greenhoe (Midland), Third Shift Custodian
Steven Gregory (Bay City), Director of Facilities Management
Toivo Hendrickson (Essexville), General Maintenance
Jonathan Hoerauf (Bay City), Associate Director of Career Advising
Earl Johnson (Saginaw), Third Shift Custodian
Sherry Lefevre (Bay City), Office Professional
Dawn Little (Bay City), Workforce Experience Manager
Paige McMillen (Midland), Administrative Office Professional
Eric Merkle (Auburn), Financial Aid Advisor
Joni Mitrzyk (Standish), Health Lab Attendant
Andrew Neumann (Essexville), Assistant Professor of Residential Construction
Kristine Neveau (Bay City), Student Success Advisor
Kayla Rahn (Freeland), Dual/Early Middle College Advisor
Robby Rase (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Randall Rogner (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Christopher Rupp (Bay City), Public Safety Officer
Aimee Sandell-Green (Midland), Bookstore Specialist - Merchandise
Stacey Shinkel (Linwood), Facilities Administration Manager
Justin Sinicki (Bay City), Student Development Specialist
Molly Stapish (Bay City), Assistant Professor of Nursing
Claire Vantil (Midland), WRIT Center Coordinator
Earnestine Wilburn (Saginaw), Administrative Office Professional


The Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes the best of the best of Delta's faculty. It's a proud moment.


With over 700 faculty and staff members, Delta is the 4th largest employer in Bay County. 

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In more than 60 years, Delta has had five presidents. 

Dr. Michael Gavin

"The employee awards banquet is one of the many ways in which Delta College recognizes the commitment and contributions of our employees to our students and communities."

Dr. Michael Gavin
President, Delta College