Lifelong Service a Hallmark at GU

professor blaine garvin at podium
In 2021-22, Professor Blaine Garvin celebrates 50 years at Gonzaga
April 13, 2022
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This spring, Gonzaga University recognized 770 years of combined service of 2021 “anniversarians,” those who have had a milestone anniversary of 25 years or more in their professional life at GU.

"On behalf of the entire University community, the many students you have taught or mentored, the many colleagues you have worked with, and the many tasks you have carried out in service of our primary mission of educating students, I want to express my deepest thanks and gratitude for your years of service and loyal dedication to this university," said President Thayne McCulloh

Congrats to all! 

collage of individual photos of awardees 
(Top: Bierman, Greer, Tiedt; bottom: Derby, Capobianchi, Lefcort; right: Spilker)

25 Years

Jeff Bierman, Professor of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences 
Al Greer, Professor of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences 
Max Capobianchi, Chair & Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science 
Mark Derby, Professor of School Psychology, School of Education 
Hugh Lefcort, Professor of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences 
Jane Tiedt, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing & Human Physiology 
Gordon Carolan, Infrastructure Administrator II, Information Technology 
Stuart Davis, Associate Director, Housing & Residence Life 
Shann Ferch, Professor of Leadership Studies; Editor of the International Journal of Servant Leadership, School of Leadership Studies 
Richard Van Hook, Warehouse Supervisor, Plant Services 

30 Years 

Molly Spilker, Office Assistant, Career & Professional Development 
Mark Few, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Athletics 
Lynn Daggett, Smithmoore P. Myers Chair of Law, School of Law 
Annette Davis, Director of Planned Giving, University Advancement 
Stephen Sepinuck, Curley Endowed Chair in Commercial Law, School of Law 
Michael Tkacz, Bernard J. Coughlin S.J. Professor of Christian Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences 
Julie Ullrich, Manager, Plant Services 

35 Years 

collage of individuals receiving clock from president
(Left: McMahon; center top: Anderson; center bottom: Jeannot; right: Ansari)

Ken Anderson, Interim Provost, Dean and Professor of Management, School of Business Administration 
Akbar Ansari, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science 
Tom Jeannot, Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences 
Colleen McMahon, Associate Professor of Integrated Media, College of Arts & Sciences 
Brian Clayton, Professor of Philosophy; Director, Faith & Reason Institute, College of Arts & Sciences 

40 - 50 Years

two individual photos of awardees with president
(Left: President McCulloh with Goodwin; right: McCulloh with Garvin)

Dale Goodwin – 40 years  
After serving as Sports Information Director through the John Stockton era and beyond, 22 years as the university’s Public Relations Director and four more as Director of Publications, Goodwin has settled into what he has always enjoyed most about his work and makes his heart sing: telling stories of the people who make Gonzaga University what it is, from students and faculty to benefactors and alumni. Readers of Gonzaga publications consistently write in to share how his pieces touch and inspire them and keep them feeling connected to a place they love deeply. He recently wrote, “I am exactly where I want to be in my career, enjoying the sunset years getting back to basics – meeting and talking with people, writing their stories, serving as a university ambassador, and being a historical adviser of sorts. Work life is good.” He serves on the Board of Regents and was bestowed the Harry H. Sladich Loyalty and Service Award by the Board of Trustees. 

Nancy Masingale – 45 years (not present)
When Masingale began her work at Gonzaga in 1976, computers were barely on the horizon. To have IBM Selectric typewriters in her Faculty Services operation was a gift, and later acquiring self-correcting Selectrics was the bomb. She led what would become the Campus Printing department, from the year the Jet Printer was introduced and Apple Computer Company was founded, through many phases of technology changes, always adding to the services offered to faculty and staff. Now, she also oversees Gonzaga Mail Services, as well. In both operations, it is not technology, but the people she and her colleagues serve that light her fire.    

Blaine Garvin – 50 years  

Political Science Professor Garvin has made a lasting impression on hundreds of students, including two who would go on to become chief justices of the Washington Supreme Court. He has performed an abundance of service, most notably as Director of the Honors Program, department chair, Political Science internship coordinator, Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and, for more than 20 years, a member of the Rank and Tenure Committee. However, Garvin is best known for his love of writing and often amuses his colleagues with short pieces written in his characteristic, humorous style. His writing and teaching focus on American Politics and Political Thought. He once wrote, “I teach about politics because I love both teaching and politics […]. In one of those rare strokes of good fortune that I am well aware does not touch everybody, I get to do what I want and like.”  

Thank you for your years of service!


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