POCATELLO, ID – Employee recognition luncheons in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Meridian, more than 20 workshops, a benefits fair and ice cream socials are all highlights of Employee Recognition Week held this week at Idaho State University.
Today at the Pocatello campus more than 100 employees were recognized for the longevity of their service in five-year increments.
“I want to recognize all your best efforts for the greater good of the students – more than anything we are here for them,” said Arthur Vailas, ISU President. “I also want to thank all of you for going out of your way to help the students and this great university.”
Employees who have served five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service were recognized at luncheon, but only one employee at the luncheon, Dorothy Ruth, had 40 years.
“It has been a great 40 years,” said Ruth, a management assistant for the ISU Office of Finance and Administration, who jokes that she started at ISU when she was 10. “I never expected to be here this long and I’ve worked at the same department the entire time. It’s been a great place to work and I’ve had the pleasure of working with wonderful people.”
She has worked with five different vice presidents for finance and administration, starting with William Bartz, for whom Bartz Field is named, followed by Phil Eastman, Bob Pearse, Ken Prolo and now for James Fletcher.
Besides the recognition luncheons, ISU employees this week had the opportunity to participate in workshops, presentations and classes on everything from yoga and how to use Google, to the basics of estate planning and career promotion. On Friday, finishing up the week, highlights include an ice cream social and employee bowling and billiards.
“The week has been going fantastic,” said Stacey Marshall, manager of employee learning and professional development in the ISU Office of Human Resources. “We’ve had 25 workshops and they’ve all been well attended and a lot of fun.”