Background on Nominees - 2013 NESC Elections
You’ll find bios and photos below of each of the nominees – please vote for FOUR when you are ready to vote. Vote by using the ballot you received within the e-mail sent to all NESC members on Monday, March 4 from DeAnn Kautzmann.
- Beth Bergfield
- Laurie Dimond
- Dede Hering
- Jason Kaasovic
- Maggie King
- Rick Morcos
- Ann Serdar
- Laura Stierman
- Bill Zych
I am interested in becoming a member of the NESC because I think that the organization is integral to the campus. Nonexempt staff are a large part of the overall UST community, and we need advocates to make sure that we are able to have a thriving workplace environment and step in to make our work life better when the situation arises. I think that I could bring a new perspective to the group since I work in two very distinct departments here at UST that intermingle with very different populations. I have also worked in Higher Education for much of the past decade, so I hope to offer new ideas for possible changes or recommendations for the council.
I am excited to have joined the UST community and enjoy interacting with students, faculty, and staff as I split my time on campus between the Center for Faculty Development and Luann Dummer Center for Women. Since joining UST last summer, I have stepped into my role as organizer of the Yarn Tamers group through LDCW and am a member of the LDCW Book Club. I am also a member of the University Advocates for Women and Equity (UAWE) coordinating council. I hope to increase my involvement in other campus organizations as I find interesting opportunities or feel that my involvement could improve my or others’ professional lives at UST. I have found working in a college setting fosters an atmosphere focused on community, and I enjoy feeding off of the energy and enthusiasm of the students, faculty, and staff here at St. Thomas. Ambition feeds ambition, and I have always been an ambitious person so I have loved my time in Higher Education and continue to thrive in this setting.
I will have worked at St. Thomas for 15 years in July, the entire time as an administrative assistant in the Theology Department. I like what I do a lot and the contact with faculty and students. I have had the pleasure of serving on the Nonexempt Staff Council from 2002-2006 and again from 2008-2010. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with staff from so many different areas of the University. I have been off the Council for three years and miss the involvement with it. I feel that it can be a vital link between the hourly staff and the administration. The next year should be an exciting time to be on the Council with the change of leadership. During that time I want to make sure that the voice of the staff is represented in decisions that are made. I also believe that the Council can be a good sounding board for our new president. I have a strong philosophy that all jobs on campus have a purpose and that each of them is vital to the smooth running of the University. I want to do whatever I can to see that this is a good place to work and a good place for the students who have entrusted their education to us.
I am married to an artist/designer/educator. We have three daughters, two son-in-laws and a granddaughter who is our special joy. I find my artistic outlet in working on costumes at the Academy of Holy Angels. Over the years I have worked with many great students, parents and artistic staff, many of whom remain friends still.
Hello Everyone. My name is Dede Hering. I have worked for the University of St. Thomas for 14 years. After experiencing UST as a “Parent on Campus” student, I began working as an Administrative Assistant in the Multicultural Office in 1999, and then transferred to the Switchboard/Information Desk Supervisor in Murray Herrick. I currently manage the Switchboard in the Tommie Central area of the beautiful Anderson Student Center. The old Switchboard Office was housed in a small space behind the Grill in Murray-Herrick so it feels like I have come a long way!
I consider myself to be very lucky to be working at St. Thomas where I have so many wonderful and friendly colleagues who have become my friends. I have been a life-long learner and volunteer in my local schools, and at Alexandra House, a women’s shelter in Anoka County. I have been able to take advantage of our benefits at UST by completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2005. I am an active member of the Yarn Tamer’s group on campus and attend various sporting events. I attend University meetings and forums, and have been highly interested in NESC activities, but had never had the opportunity to participate as a member of the committee before. I am a good listener and would consider it an honor to be a voice for other non-exempt employees at St. Thomas. Thank you.
Hello my name is Maggie King and I just completed my 5th year in the Development office. After working for the airlines for 25 years, working in Development has been a breath of fresh air. I look forward to coming into work each day because of the culture and positive atmosphere.
I live in Eagan, Minnesota with my husband and four children. I have a long family tradition here at UST; I met my husband on campus and we were married in the chapel in ‘84. I have 44 relatives who have graduated from the University. In addition our daughter Courtney is a current student, and our son Kevin will be attending in the fall. Another St. Thomas fun fact is that our summer cabin was originally a Quonset hut that housed married students who had just come back from the war. My father-in-law moved the hut from the corner of Summit and Cleveland to his property in Wisconsin back in 1960 and it is still our family cabin today.
I am interested in joining the council as I would like to contribute in building a strong and healthy work environment at St. Thomas.
Greetings! As a new member to the St Thomas community I am interested in helping serve through the NESC. As the Coordinator with the Family Business Center I am part of a small team that enjoys what we do. Everyone I meet seems to feel the same about their relationship to St Thomas. My passion is to look for little changes and opportunities that engage people in creative and healthy ways.
Personally I am interested in well-being and the innovative exercise of our faculties. To give an example, after being impressed by another staff member I just got a yoga ball as an office chair backup!
Through the NESC I would hope to be a servant leader: open to pursuing simple ideas that yield beneficial returns.
My name is Rick Morcos. I have been married for 32 years. I have been at the University of St. Thomas as a Physical Plant Building Service Worker for 29 years. Both my sons came here (St. Thomas) and my two year old grandson will be here soon enough. We bleed purple and gray!
While working nights at St. Thomas, I taught elementary school during the day, until 2006. I have been on "the day crew" since 2006. I have seen great changes at St. Thomas. Like the rest of my co-workers I'd like to see even more positive change.
As the 2013 calendar year is off and running I am mindful of so many things to be grateful for. Working at UST is a big one. In August, 2012 I accepted the position of Program Coordinator for the Department of Catholic Studies. It is my third department to work for following the Office of Academic Affairs and The Saint Paul Seminary/School of Divinity, in the twelve plus years I have worked at UST. I am glad to support the effort of the Non Exempt Staff Council and hope to return some of the good that I have benefited from. Over the years I have interacted with so many talented, intelligent, giving people. As a contributing member of the NESC I hope to continue their work of looking out for the best interest of UST’s valuable employees. I would consider it an honor to serve on the NESC.
The NESC is a wonderful organization and vehicle for voicing nonexempt staff concerns and kudos… and building community. In my past five years at UST, I have enjoyed the fruits of their labors: the Twins games, the option of purchasing extra vacation days, the mentorship program, and of course, the outstanding Staff Appreciation Breakfast. I believe in service to the community – in my off-hours I help the Hispanic community at St. Stephen’s and have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Minnesota and Arkansas, Vacation Bible School, and Open Arms. It is my hope that I will be able to serve (in joy, humility and gratitude) with my colleagues here on the NESC board as well.
I have earned a B.A. (‘07) and an M.A.T. (‘10) here at UST, and have a wonderful husband and six children… and one soon-to-be-very-spoiled-by-her-Nanna new granddaughter. One of our sons is a junior in Business Law and one graduated with a degree in QMCS. I have worked as an administrative assistant at UST since 2007. I am also an occasional adjunct in the Theology department! I enjoy cooking for our big Sunday night family dinners (come as you are and bring a friend!), running, and reading intelligent but ‘tame/non-violent for the soul’ mystery novels.
I am interested in the opportunity of becoming a member of the Non Exempt Staff Council. Over the years I have been a recipient of many of the things the NESC has done for staff on campus. I appreciate all the help I have received from the NESC, and I would like to give back by serving on the council. I have worked for the UST libraries for approximately 8 years, and I have had a positive experience being a part of many changes the university has gone through during my employment at St. Thomas.