Four retiring faculty members honored

Four MCCC faculty members who are retiring were honored at the college’s annual recognition breakfast Tuesday.

Three of the four took advantage of a college offer for early retirement. The fourth – Bonnie Welniak, assistant professor of Nursing – had already scheduled her retirement.

The other three are Cheryl McKay, professor of Accounting;  Andy Parsons, associate professor of Chemistry and Biology; and Bonnie Giles, associate professor of Business.

Each of the four retirees were praised by their supervisors at the recognition breakfast.

Resolutions that will be approved or have been approved by the MCCC Board of Trustees were read. All four retirees were granted professor emeritus status by the resolutions.

Paul Knollman, Business Division dean, read the resolution for Bonnie Giles.

“She has been an outstanding employee of the college for 22 years … as a  dedicated professor who has developed unique and cutting edge curriculum in the field of Administrative Office Professional Studies, Business Computer Applications, and Medical Office Coordinator,” he said.

Knollman also read the resolution for Cheryl McKay, who taught at MCCC for 35 years.

“She has been a vital and influential member of many college committees including HLC Self-Study teams, standing committees, special task forces, hiring committees, and has guided numerous program reviews at MCCC,” he said.

Vinnie Maltese, Math/Science dean, read the resolution for Andy Parsons, who taught at the college for 28 years.

“He is considered an extraordinary professor by his colleagues and students as indicated by being named “Teacher of the Year” in 1992, with numerous previous and subsequent nominations,” he said.

Kimberly Lindquist, Health Science dean, read the resolution for Bonni Welniak, who taught at MCCC for 18 years.

“She has taught and inspired over 1000 nursing graduates, many of whom continue to provide excellent patient care to citizens in the surrounding area hospitals,” she said.