Crowd at Classified Service Awards enjoying themselves
Photographer: Ben Siegel
Mike Yeager and Kim Hayden are 30-year honorees
Photographer: Ben Siegel
Oct 19, 2012
By George Mauzy
Classified Senate hosted the 43rd annual Classified Service Awards Reception on Wednesday in the Baker University Center Ballroom.
The ceremony honored more than 150 employees who recently celebrated 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service to Ohio University.
Awardees and their special guests enjoyed lunch and were thanked for their contributions by President Roderick J. McDavis.
"Classified staff members play a significant role in elevating Ohio University and they are committed to offering the best support and providing the necessary resources to bolster learning, research and
creative activity," McDavis said. "Your efforts are on behalf of the University are vital to our ability to help students learn and grow."
After McDavis spoke, awardees were photographed by years of service. Classified Senate staff also gave away door prizes and conducted a 50/50 raffle to close out the ceremony.
The most senior employees at the luncheon were 30-year honorees Kim Hayden, Jim Kasler and Mike Yeager. Hayden and Yeager are still employees at the University; however, Kasler recently retired from his job as a zone maintenance specialist.
Hayden, assistant to the vice provost and executive dean for regional higher education, said she enjoys working with her fellow employees and students.
"It's great to see students grow and graduate – that is what is most rewarding," Hayden said. "It's been an interesting journey with three different jobs and 12 supervisors and that brought change and new challenges, which have been good."
Kasler said he started at Ohio University in September 1982 as a custodial worker and now has his own handyman business in Logan, Ohio.
"This has been a good place to work," Kasler said. "I've met good people, improved my skills and learned a lot about maintenance. Most importantly, I was able to grow as an individual."
Yeager also started his career as a custodial worker in 1982 and reflected on how he started at the same time and in the same building as fellow 30-year award recipient Jan Hooper.
"Things have changed so much in our 30 years," Yeager said. "We both started our careers in Copeland Hall with Jan cleaning the floors above me."
Yeager, administrative coordinator for clinical and community experiences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, said he remembers when the University only had about 12,000 students instead of the more than 20,000 on the Athens Campus it has now. He said he plans on working at least five more years before considering retirement.
"This is a great place to work and OU-HCOM is a great big family," Yeager said. "I've gotten to know everybody in the college over the years and it's been fun."