College Recognizes Service, Retirement

Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) recognized employees with 25 years of service as well as a retirement during the Social Club Banquet held earlier this spring on campus. Celebrating their silver anniversaries were Terry Falkowski, Jill Gardner, Christine Hess, Charlie Preston, and Susan Slaubaugh. Mary Kaye Staggers is retiring after 20 years of service to the College.   

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This spring, the College recognized the dedicated service of its
employees. Celebrating their 25th anniversaries were Jill Gardner,
seated left; Susan Slaubaugh, seated center; Terry Falkowski,
standing left; Charlie Preston; and Christine Hess, standing right.
Celebrating her retirement was Mary Kaye Staggers, seated right.

Terry Falkowski, chemistry preparation room and laboratory manager, adjunct chemistry instructor and scientific materials manager, earned her Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from PSC and her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in biology from WVU. Prior to working at PSC, she was employed as a chemistry laboratory teaching assistant and physical chemistry laboratory technician at WVU.   

Jill Gardner serves as director of the Mary F. Shipper Library. She earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in elementary education from Frostburg State University and her Master of Science (M.S.) degree in library science from Clarion University. She also works part-time as a librarian at the Keyser Mineral County Public Library. Prior to working for the College, Gardner was employed as a teacher with the Mineral County Schools and also operated a daycare facility.  

Christine Hess is an admissions counselor in the Enrollment Services Office. She began working at the College as an office assistant and administrative clerk. She completed her Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in executive secretarial studies and her associate of arts degree in pre-law, both from PSC. She went on to earn her Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Studies from WVU.  

Charlie Preston is a campus service worker. Prior to his employment at PSC, he worked 15 years in the janitorial department at the Celanese Company, in Cresaptown, Md. He was named PSC’s 2009-2010 Outstanding Staff Person of the Year.  

Susan Slaubaugh currently serves as office manager for Student Support Services (SSS), a federally funded TRIO program that strives to enhance the success of first-generation college students, individuals with disabilities and financial aid-eligible students. Over the years, she has also served as an administrative assistant and as an accounting tutor with SSS. She is graduated from PSC with an A.A. degree in Office Systems Technology. Prior to joining PSC, she worked for the West Virginia Department of Welfare in Charleston, W.Va., and also as a court hearing transcriber/typist for various businesses in the Keyser and Frostburg areas.  

Mary Kaye Staggers is retiring from PSC after 20 years service. She is the coordinator of the WVU School of Nursing Program at PSC. She graduated from WVU with a B.S. degree in nursing. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) in child psychiatric nursing from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. She also earned a M.A. in early intervention, special education from WVU. She was named PSC’s Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1996 and was awarded the SSS Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.   

Prior to her employment at PSC, Staggers worked at the Potomac Center in Romney, W.Va, beginning in1980 going on to serve as the executive director from 1985 to 1991.