by jamesc 5/16/2014 11:23:05 AM --
NORFOLK – Over 60-years of combined service was recognized recently at Northeast Community College. That is the amount of time Don Moser, Dr. Randall Neuharth and Les Richmond have given to the institution. But those years of service are coming to an end as the three men will retire at the end of the academic term.
Moser began his time as a vocational math instructor at Northeast in August, 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Wayne State College. “Don is one of those instructors who shows his support for his students in and outside the classroom,“ said Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president. Speaking during a retirement reception, Chipps said, “I often see Don in the Cox Activities Center either watching basketball or volleyball or taking it one of our many concerts. In addition to his students, he supports his fellow employees by lending an ear or asks how they are doing, or by serving on various groups and committees for the benefit of the college.”
Corinne Morris, dean of agriculture, math and science, described Moser as the kind of friend who makes you feel better about whatever you are doing. “Two words can sum up Don Moser; he cares – about you, about me, about the students,” she said.
Morris used flash cards at the reception to describe Moser’s willingness to work with students, faculty and staff. The cards said “A Difference,” for anything Moser touched, “Big Shoes,” to describe what he is leaving behind for other people to fill, and “Every Single One,” for the many students, employees, and others were positively impacted by Moser.
Moser described his time at Northeast as “wonderful.” “I’ve never collected a paycheck since I started working here. If you haven’t either in your job, you’re pretty dang lucky. I have been very blessed.”
Neuharth has been a full-time music instructor and director of instrumental activities at Northeast for 13-years, but his time with the college goes back further than that. He became an adjunct instructor in 1992 teaching low brass instrumental lessons. Neuharth began his teaching career in South Dakota and then moved to Bloomfield, where he taught music and was a guidance counselor for 25-years. He earned his doctorate from the University of South Dakota in 2000.
Neuharth was an original member of the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble (NAJE) over 20-years ago and has directed the NAJE, the College/Community Concert Band, and the Northeast Jazz Machine since being employed full-time at the College. He also plays with the instrumental group “A Touch of Brass.”
Neuharth succeeded Dr. Jim Boullion, husband of Dr. Linda Boullion, music department chair and director of choral music activities at Northeast, in 2001. Dr. Linda Boullion said at the reception, “When he started here 13-years ago, he had some really big shoes to fill, but he did. He filled those shoes and he made them even bigger. I don’t how in the world we are ever going to fill these shoes because they’re probably a size 20 by now.”
Neuharth called his 40-years in music education as “great.” “These last 13-years at Northeast have been wonderful. This is a wonderful place to be. Part of that is due to the people who are out here, the faculty, the staff, and administration. It really has been a great place to work and to finish out my career.”
Les Richmond began his career at Northeast in maintenance with a plumbing emphasis in 1989, after a 20-year career in the United States Navy. He retired as a Navy Chief (A-7 Enlisted) where his military career was spent handling all phases of aviation fuel. Richmond also received an Associate of Applied Science degree from Northeast in Air Conditioning in 1989.
Brandon McLean, executive director of physical plant at Northeast, called Richmond a team player. “He has been a tremendous asset to the College and his knowledge base and experience in plumbing really sets him apart. He has shown unparalleled loyalty and commitment to Northeast Community College. The campus community has been privileged to have Les Richmond work with us over these years.”
Richmond said he really enjoyed his time at Northeast. “It was a lot better job than I expected when I retired from Navy. I have enjoyed most everything I have done here and I think I lucked out in working at such a great place.”
Chipps said, “It is a bittersweet moment for all of us to lose those who have been wonderful additions to this college. Northeast is what it is today based on a great board and a number of employees who have contributed so many years to the College. You love it and you love making this a wonderful college for our students and creating a difference in their lives.”
Corinne Morris, dean of math, agriculture, and science at Northeast Community College, holds up a “flash card” during a reception describing how many people Math Instructor Don Moser has impacted in his time at the College. Moser, Dr. Randall Neuharth, music instructor and director of instrumental activities, and Les Richmond, maintenance, were honored during the reception as they are about to retire from Northeast.