NPC Board honors retirees’ 221 years of service

August 24, 2016 by Anonymous

NPC retirees and supervisors

221 Years of Service

Nine Northland Pioneer College retirees, with a combined 221 years of service, were honored at the April 12 meeting of the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board meeting. Gathering with their supervisors during a reception were seven of the retirees. (Year started NPC employment) Front row, left to right: Dr. Sandra Johnson (2003) – Faculty Emeritus; Ann Hess, Director of Marketing; JoAnn Barnes-Slocum (1994) – Meritorious Service; Barry Richins (1975) – Faculty Emeritus; Jim Boblett (1976) – Faculty Emeritus; Margaret White (1991) – Meritorious Service; Lorraine Benally (1995) – Administrator Emeritus. Back row, left to right: Doug Seely (2001) – Faculty Emeritus; Mark Vest, Vice President for Learning and Student Services; Rickey Jackson, Associate Dean for Education and College and Career Preparation; and Dr. Eric Henderson, Dean of Arts and Sciences. Also honored were Dr. Barry Graham (2000) – Faculty Emeritus; and Ms. Claude Endfield (1988) – Faculty Emeritus. | More photos of the retirees are in our online gallery.


Tears were flowing freely as nine Northland Pioneer College retiring employees were recognized for their combined 221 years of service at the April 12 meeting of the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board.

Each received a large crystal eagle, with an engraved plaque listing their years of service, from their supervisor or colleague. Faculty members Barry Richins (41 years) and Jim Boblett (40 years) received standing ovations from board members and the audience. Other faculty receiving emeritus status were: Claude Endfield (28 years); Dr. Barry Graham (16 years); Doug Seely (15 years); and Dr. Sandra Johnson (13 years).

Staff members Margaret White (25 years) and JoAnn Barnes-Slocum (22 years) received meritorious service awards. Lorraine Benally (21 years) received administrator emeritus status.

After a review of the revenue and expenditure projections for the coming fiscal year, board members adopted the budget and scheduled Truth in Taxation and budget and tax rate public hearings for Tuesday, May 17, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m.

The preliminary budget is based on increasing the tax levy by the maximum allowed, 2 percent. This will generate $147,386 less in revenue than the current year due to a decrease of $24 million in new construction. That decrease is driven by a $31 million reduction in the county's centrally-assessed valuations of utilities, power plants, railroads and mines. The final budget, approved following the May 17 hearings, cannot be increased from the preliminary budget. The preliminary budget is posted on the college's website and will be published in local newspapers prior to the hearings.

The board also approved the 2016-19 capital projects budget, with 2016–17 expenditures included in the approved preliminary budget. Proposed major construction projects on the Show Low – White Mountain Campus remain on hold pending further review and analysis of the space use study.

Contracts to purchase a Laerdal Sim Man Manikin for the Nursing department and new unified communications hardware and software solutions were approved by the board.

NPC's spring semester enrollment is up 1.2 percent, marking the seventh straight semester of increases. Preliminary statewide reports indicate NPC is the only community college in the state reporting an enrollment increase, with the statewide average decrease approaching 4 percent. Enrollment in Internet-based courses is growing again after the Business department revamped its curriculum and those courses are once again available.

Julie Vasher, DNP, RNC-OB, CNS-BC, C-EFM
Dr. Julie Vasher

Dr. Julie Vasher, a member of the 1995 Nursing class, was honored in absentia as the Spring 2016 Outstanding Alumnus. Dr. Vasher is the “Clinical Implementation Lead” for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, working to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates. | Read more about Dr. Vasher and her work

Changes to the Mechatronics program were approved to add specializations in Industrial Electrical, Motors and PLC's; Industrial Mechanics and Fluid Power; and Electrical and Instrumentation.

Written reports were submitted by the Student Government Association, Faculty Association and Human Resources. New hires include: Julie Peck, switching from a grant-funded Early Childhood Education position, Martha Kanteena, assistant to the Show Low campus manager; and for the fall semester Jeff Strong, faculty in mathematics.

“Arizona Gives Day was a huge success thanks to many of the folks in this room,” Betsyann Wilson, executive director of NPC Friends and Family, told the board members. $27,201 was raised for NPC student scholarships, with significant increases in both number of donors and dollars raised.

Wilson also encouraged participation in the 4-person scramble golf tournament on Saturday, April 30, at the Silver Creek Golf Club. Registration is $125 per person or $400 per team. “We have some tremendous prizes and TWO hole-in-one car opportunities,” added Wilson. Additional information and registration information is available online.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Tiponi Community Center on the Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd. Copies of the agenda are posted online at least 24 hours in advance.

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