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Dakota Wesleyan University announces two retirements

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dakota Wesleyan University celebrated the years of service while announcing the official retirement of two longtime employees Wednesday – Boyd Blumer and Lori Essig.

Blumer and Essig were recognized during the Employee Recognition Breakfast Wednesday for their years of service, receiving special gifts from the college, President Amy Novak, and songs written about them by math professor and musician Dr. Mike Catalano – which has become a tradition at DWU.

Blumer has been a religious studies adjunct at the university since 1997 and also joined the physical plant staff in 1999, both teaching and working in maintenance as needed. He was hailed for his patience and wisdom and caring in the classroom and his willingness to tackle any project the campus needed.

“Of all the many gifts Boyd has given DWU, the most important may be a simple willingness to listen to the stories individuals tell, to accept those stories as they come and to speak God’s grace into them,” Novak said. “One of my favorite stories: a freshman student told me during finals, ‘My friends told me I HAD to take Boyd’s class before he retired, and I’m so glad I did. He wrote personal responses to every paper. I saved all the ones he sent me because they were so genuine.’ ”

Essig, former vice president of marketing and communications, has been with Dakota Wesleyan since 1999. In her position at DWU, she oversaw strategic institutional marketing and communications efforts for admissions, institutional advancement, academics, special events and media relations. Her dedication to the campus and facilitation of events like the McGovern Library dedication – complete with arranging the transportation and security for President Bill Clinton – are valued and will be missed.

“Lori has been a remarkable asset to DWU,” Novak said. “She has truly spearheaded a new era of momentum at the university. She was the voice and the vision behind the Wesleyan story and she courageously put DWU in a position to thrive. Her insight, wisdom, ability to coordinate a fantastic event, and attention to detail will be deeply missed.”

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