COS superintendent and president Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker presented each of the retirees with framed photographs by local photographer Mark Stensaas of various views of Mt. Shasta in appreciation for their commitment and work at COS.

On May 21, College of the Siskiyous recognized 10 employees for their long-time service to the district during a retirement celebration held on their behalf. COS superintendent and president Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker presented each of the retirees with framed photographs by local photographer Mark Stensaas of various views of Mt. Shasta in appreciation for their commitment and work at COS.

• Martha Gentry (Nov 1996 – Dec 2018) 22 Years: Martha Gentry was hired November 1996 as a Receptionist for Personnel Services. In 2011, she was reclassified as a Student Services Specialist I and began working for the Student Support Services/Counseling Department. Before becoming a permanent employee, Gentry was a student worker in the Financial Aid Department and she also worked as an Office Assistant for Farmers Insurance in LaPine, Oregon.

• David Gault (Apr 2014 – Apr 2019) 5 Years: David Gault began working for the College in April 2014 as a Systems Analyst/Programmer. Before coming to COS, Gault worked with Oracle Database Administration at Expershare in Mount Shasta and with Yahoo! as a Search Service Engineer. He also spent time as a Linux Administrator at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for the State of California.

• James Gilmore (Aug 2000 – Jun 2019) 19 Years: James ‘Jim’ Gilmore was hired August 2000 as the new Art, Computer Graphics/Photography Instructor. Prior to COS, Gilmore taught courses in western and non-western art at Shasta College and gave lectures on art history in notable places such as the Harvard University Anthropology Program and the National Association of Museum Exhibitors Conference in San Francisco. He has curated various museum and gallery exhibitions at places such as Turtle Bay Museum and Arboretum and the Redding Museum of Art and History in Redding.

• Larry Glenn (Oct 1994 – Jun 2019) 25 Years: Larry Glenn was hired in October 1994 as an Information Systems Technician II. Prior to working at COS, Glenn worked for Computer Den as a Technician and Jim’s Jewelry as a General Manager. He has had several classifications while working at COS, all of them having been in the Information Technology Department.

• Sheila Grimes (Aug 1986 – Jun 2019) 33 Years: Grimes was hired in August 1986 as a Clerk/Typist for the Computer Services Department. In January 1990, she was reclassified as an Office Secretary/Scheduler and in July 1993, she was reclassified to Instructional Technician III, Adjunct Office. Grimes has held various positions in the Instruction Office over the years, and in May 2015 she accepted the position of Executive Assistant II, Board and President. Previous to her permanent employment at COS, she held various student worker positions on campus.

• Dr. William Hirt (Aug 1991 – Dec 2018) 27 Years: Dr. William ‘Bill’ Hirt was hired in August 1991 as a Geological/Physical Science Instructor. Before coming to teach at COS, Hirt was a Geologist with the Idaho Geological Survey, a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an Instructor at the University of Arizona. During his tenure at COS, Dr. Hirt has conducted Numerical Modeling and a Field Study of the Mount Whitney Intrusive Suite in Sierra Nevada, California, and has worked with the Geology Department at UC Davis to do analytical work on the electron microprobe. Hirt has spent extensive time with USGS studying our own nearby mountain, Mount Shasta, and has developed several short courses that focus on both Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta and the geology of our surrounding areas.

• Lorinda Meyer (Jan 2017 – Aug 2018) 1.5 Years: Lorinda Meyer was hired in January 2017 as the Program Grant Manager for Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation program. While at COS, Meyer coordinated the remodel of the Academic Success Center in the Learning Resources Center. Previous to becoming a permanent employee at COS, Meyer worked for San Joaquin Delta College as the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator coordinator.

• Michael Read (Aug 1984 – Jun 2019) 35 Years: Read was hired in August 1984 as an Instructor of Engineering, Mathematics, Electronics and Computer Science. During his tenure, Read has enjoyed teaching classes such as Physics, Critical Thinking, Surveying, Computer Aided Drafting, Descriptive Geometry, Electric Circuits, Trigonometry, Community Fitness and Dance Aerobics. Every year students look forward to specific labs in his Physics class such as the water rockets. Prior to COS, Read worked as an Engineer for Earl and Wright Consulting in San Francisco and specialized in offshore structures.

• Eric Rulofson (Feb 2016 – Apr 2019) 3 Years: Eric Rulofson was hired in February 2016 as the Director of Facilities. Rulofson was involved in the completion of numerous key projects at COS including the resurfacing of both the track and parking lots and updating of the lodges. Before coming to COS, he was the Director of Physical Plant and Facilities Management at Dakota State University, Executive Director of Facilities Management at Oregon Institute of Technology, and Director of Maintenance and Operations at Lassen Community College.

• Karen Tedsen (Feb 1999 – Dec 2018) 19 Years: Karen Tedsen was hired in February 1999 as an Administrative Secretary for the Resource Development Office. June 2004, Tedsen was reclassified to the position of Grants and Research Analyst. Although the title changed over the years, she remained in this position until her retirement. Previous to working at COS, Tedsen worked as an Administrative Assistant for EDS/TransAllience and CAN Architecture Group both in Bellevue, Wash.