May 2, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429

Peru, Nebraska- The Peru State Foundation and Creative Dining Services partnered to sponsor a recognition luncheon for Peru State College employees and retirees. Six retirees were honored for their combined 150 years of service.

Employees were recognized for service beyond five years, ten years, fifteen years, twenty years and twenty-five years. All retirees were recognized.

The brief luncheon featured remarks from Peru State College President Dan Hanson and Peru State College Foundation CEO Todd Simpson. Simpson shared

Dr. Kelly Asmussen, professor of criminal justice, retires this summer after 22 years.

John Fettig, senior advancement officer with the Peru State College, retired in March after five years.

Nancy Hawley, accounting clerk III and Peru State College alum, retired after 29 years.

Dr. Dan Holtz, professor of English, retires this summer after 29 years.

Gayle Martin, computer operator, retired after 11 years.

Clifford McMann, maintenance repair worker III, retired after 11 years.

Linda Moody, secretary to the president, retired in November after 39 years.

Two retirees were unable to attend the event. Ken Anderson, professor of art, retires this summer after 32 years. Dr. Todd Beischel, professor of educational psychology retired after fifteen years.

Moody told the Peru Stater, "Equipment, technology, facilities – all may have changed, but there’s one element that remains constant. The human element. It has been a gift to be able to watch students evolve from freshmen eager to experience life on their own to confident graduates. Several have become good friends along the way – friendships I would not have if I had not been temporarily hired so many years ago.

Dr. Dan Hanson with retirees.

Dr. Dan Hanson with retirees: John Fettig, Dr. Dan Holtz, Dr. Kelly Asmussen, Linda Moody, Clifford McMann, Nancy Hawley and Gayle Martin. Not pictured: Ken Anderson and Dr. Todd Beischel.


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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks" is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college's ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.