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(L-R): Anthony Turner, President Roderick J. McDavis, Patricia Hogue

Photographer: Ben Siegel

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Classified Service Awards Ceremony honors 160 staffers

Five employees recognized for 35 years of service

Ohio University thanked 160 employees for their loyal service on Thursday during the 46th annual Classified Service Awards Ceremony. Classified Senate and University Human Resources sponsored the Baker University Center Ballroom event.

Employees were recognized for completing 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Every honoree received a special gift according to their years of service.

President Roderick J. McDavis was on hand to thank the honorees for their service and dedication to the University's mission.

"Your efforts are vital to our ability to function effectively and efficiently," McDavis said. "Your interactions with students shape their perceptions of the Ohio University family and help define their experiences here. Through your hard work, dedication and passion, our University is well on its way to becoming the nation's best transformative learning community."

The most senior of the honorees in attendance were Patricia Hogue and Anthony Turner. They were among the five people who were being honored for reaching 35 years of service this year. Another 19 employees were recognized for 30 years of service.

Hogue is an accounting assistant who said she handles all of the contributions to the Ohio University Foundation. She credited her longevity to the fact that she loves her job. After being originally hired at the University in 1964 to work in the library shortly after she graduated from high school, she quit working for five years to start a family with her husband. She said she returned to the University to work for the Foundation about 30 years ago.

"I love my coworkers and I just plain love to work," Hogue said. "People always ask me when I'm going to retire and I tell them I'm not ready to retire. I'm just not at that stage in my career yet. My mom and dad worked a lot and had great work ethics, so I think I inherited some of that from them."

Turner is a building maintenance specialist in Facilities Management who runs the storeroom where things such as plumbing and electrical parts, bulbs, silicone, glues, grease, radiator valves, fan blades and other miscellaneous items can be found. He also said he has no immediate plans to retire.

"I just like the people and I'm thankful to God that I can get up every day and work," Turner said. "I have an 8-year-old at home so I don't plan on retiring in the near future."

Turner gave some advice to other employees who want to have the same longevity on the job that he has.

"I've always liked the saying that 'if you like what you do, you'll never work a day in your life,'" Turner said. "I like my job, so a lot of the time it doesn't feel like work."

Classified Senate Chair Cheri Sheets said she was pleased that the ceremony was a great time for all and well attended. She said she appreciated that President McDavis, first lady Deborah McDavis, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and other executive staff members took time out of their busy schedules to honor the classified employees.

"This year's recipients represented 3,330 years of combined service to Ohio University," Sheets said. "That's a lot of hard work and loyalty, so I'm glad we were able to publicly thank them all for their efforts."  

The ceremony ended with a raffle that allowed the honorees to win some outstanding door prizes, including several one-night stays at area hotels and tickets to upcoming concerts and shows. The honorees also posed for group photos by years of service.