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Honorees buying 50-50 raffle tickets from senator Bonnie Behm-Geddes

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35 year honorees Diana Pugh and Irene Weigly

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A near capacity crowd filled Old Nelson for the Classified Service Awards Reception 

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Classified employees honored at service awards luncheon

Pugh and Weigly reach 35 years


Ohio University employees Diana Pugh and Irene Weigly have taken significantly different paths to accumulate 35 years of service at the University, but each one took time to thank the people who made it possible on Thursday.

The duo was the most senior of the more than 240 classified employees honored at the 41st annual Classified Service Awards Reception for their 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years of service.

Pugh joined Ohio University in December 1975 in accounts payable and after holding several other positions, she landed in her current position in Purchasing in 1999. A native of Athens, Pugh said her family has a history of service at the University. Her grandfather worked at the University and her father Dean Kyle and brother Kim Kyle retired after more than 40 and 30 years, respectively, in Facilities. She also added that her son recently graduated from the University with a degree in industrial technology.

"The Purchasing group is great because we work closely together," Pugh said. "They make each day worthwhile. I've worked with some great people at the University."

Weigly's career at the University has two parts. She was first hired by the Ohio University Press in 1970 when her husband George enrolled in graduate school. Four years later, she left the area for three years before returning in 1977.

Shortly after returning to Athens, Weigly worked part-time while raising her children. She became a full-time employee in 2003 after more than 16 years of service in Alumni Relations. In 2000, the New Jersey native accepted a job in Honors Tutorial College and is currently an administrative associate for the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.

Weigly said she is thankful to the many people who allowed her to love every job she has held during her career.

"The people are the best and I've made some wonderful friends," Weigly said. "I especially thank two of my supervisors, Ann Brown and Judith Johnson, for being supportive, kind and teaching me a lot. Whenever I decide to leave the University I will miss the work – but I have an older home that will keep me busy."

Both President Roderick J. McDavis and Chief Human Resource Officer Linda Lonsinger thanked the honorees for their hard work and almost 3,900 combined years of service during the luncheon.

"Far too often we recognize small groups for their contributions, but that's wrong," McDavis said. "Everybody contributes to the greatness of the University. Solutions are developed not by one person, but by all of us working together. We are all in this together. I just want to say thank you for all that you do."

Classified Senate's Professional Development Committee annually organizes the Classified Service Awards Reception to publicly recognize employees for their time and commitment to the University.