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UMC Awards: Distinguished Professional and Administrative Award

The purpose of this award is to promote and recognize excellence in job performance among UMC professional and administrative (or P&A) employees.  

The award has been presented to the following UMC distinguished 
P & A employees:

  • 2013 - Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning
  • 2012 - Melissa Dingmann, department director, Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • 2012 - Kenneth Bulie, lecturer, Business Dept
  • 2011 - Tricia Sanders, director of finance
  • 2010 - Bonni Buchmeier, teaching specialist, mathematics
  • 2009 - James Carlson, assistant librarian
  • 2008 - Rand Rasmussen, director, Academic Assistance Center
  • 2007 - Shannon Stassen, head football coach
  • 2006 - Bruce Ramstorf, master tutor/teaching specialist - student support services
  • 2005 - Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of development
  • 2004 - Les Johnson, director, Human Resources
  • 2003 - Stephanie Helgeson, assistant director, Athletics
  • 2002 - Heidi Patterson, associate director, Financial Aid
  • 2001 - Claudia Barton, program advisor, Student Support Services
  • 2000 - Pam Holsinger-Fuchs, director, Student Activities and Service Learning
  • 1999 - Laurie Wilson, counselor and assistant education specialist
  • 1998 - Andrew Svec, associate program director (webmaster)
  • 1997 - Allen Larson, director of development
  • 1996 - John "Jack" Bywater, director, Admissions

Each year, one nominated employee is selected by a committee appointed by the UMC Chancellor.  Nominations are accepted from students, colleagues, alumni, UMC clubs or organizations, centers, and/or individual faculty and staff. 

Eligibility:

  • 75% to 100% full-time employee at the University of Minnesota, Crookston in the P & A classification for at least two years.