NDSCS honors employee efforts with 2015 Steeple awards


North Dakota State College of Science recently honored a number of employees with the annual Steeple Award. The presentations were made in Wahpeton, N.D., to Building Services staff involved with the “Building Services Innovation and Teamwork” project and NDSCS-Fargo staff involved with the “Building for the Future at NDSCS-Fargo” project.

The Steeple Award, celebrated in October, honors those who have “Climbed New Heights” and is presented to an individual, employee group or committee for using new and innovative methods to accomplish the recipient’s role on campus. This year’s Steeple awards were presented to Building Services staff (Jim Barvels, Dennis Beyer, Jon Boll, Barb Coppin, Ben Differding, Darrel Essig, Christine Fillinger, Shari Fossen, Dallas Fossum, Joy Gerner, Bob Heitkamp, Billie Hendrickson, Kari Hickman, David Jacobson, Dean Kappes, Diane Mertes, April Meyer, Albert Neidviecky, Gloria Nelson, Andreas Neumann, Sue Pellman, Bryon Peterson, Allen Rensvold, Sheri Scheer, Darrell Schreiber, Dan Torgerson and John Walter) and NDSCS-Fargo staff (Nicole Ashe, Kathy Bodensteiner, Dave Dougherty, Ryan Hanson, John Lesch, Chelsie Meyer, Sharon Pressley, Trish Schrom, Carrie Stenseth and Tonya Stokka).

Building Services staff involved with the “Building Services Innovation and Teamwork” project developed a multi-pronged improvement approach to improve efficiencies in maintaining campus cleanliness. The three themes to the initiative included: implementing a pro-active planning and scheduling process, implementing and using the 5S methodology throughout College buildings and making several investments in new equipment technologies to improve processes.

NDSCS-Fargo staff involved with the “Building for the Future at NDSCS-Fargo” project made important strides in further developing NDSCS-Fargo. The overall NDSCS-Fargo environment has undergone a transformation which has truly enhanced the student learning experience, the culture and the community at NDSCS-Fargo. With the addition of staff, the Wild Grounds Coffee Shop, more comfortable lounging areas and the Bookstore during high-use times of the year, students are now finding the services they expect. A new approach to new student registration was also proposed and implemented for the summer of 2015.

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