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Honoring seasoned retirees

BY RACHEL LEINGANG
leingara@mnstate.edu

George Davis

George Davis is ready to spend more time traveling, working on his hobbies and visiting friends.

In his 21 years at MSUM, Davis served as Director of the Regional Science Center until 2009, then switched to teaching biosciences full time.

“This year I am 65 years old and have completed my 43rd year of teaching/directing,” Davis said. “It’s time.”

The most rewarding part of working at MSUM has been Davis’s experience with the faculty and staff at the RSC.

“I count as good friends many of those I worked with for 21 years,” he said. “All the challenges have been opportunities. I have had many opportunities to be involved at the local, state, and national level in developing quality science programs for K-12 students and helping prepare preK-12 science teachers.”

Davis thinks MSUM has a lot to offer faculty and students as a great place to work and get an education.

“To faculty: Having taught for nine years at another university in another state, I have always been so impressed by the support faculty have here. We are fortunate,” he said. “To students: There is a great education at MSUM for all who will work for it.”

Yvonne Johnson

After 30 years at MSUM, Director of Academic Intervention Yvonne Johnson will be retiring from her post at the Academic Resource Office.

“It feels like the right time,” Johnson said. “I’m ready to move on to something else. I plan to start a pet sitting service and hope that it will keep me very busy. If not, I can be found in my backyard gardening or reading in the chaise lounge on the front porch.”

Johnson’s favorite part of working at MSUM has been advising students.

“It is a cliché, but the best part of the job has been helping students accomplish their goal – a four year degree from MSU Moorhead,” Johnson said.

Leaving her colleagues, who have been important partners in providing educational resources to students, will be difficult.

“I have a lot of friends at MSUM,” she said. “One develops work relationships with lots of people. That’s how we best serve students. If I don’t have the answer, I go to the place that does and that gets the job done for the students. It is a win-win.”

To read more from this writer, view her blog at leingara.blogspot.com

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