May 7, 2013

Northeastern Junior College will honor its three 2013 retirees with a special reception to be held on Monday, May 13th from 3 to 5 p.m.  Being honored will be Sandy Kester, Darrel Parker and Joleen Rinaldo. The event will be held in room 230 of Hays Student Center. The reception is free and open to the public.

Sandy Kester was an Administrative Assistant II  in the Liberal Arts Department on campus. She began her employment at Northeastern in September 1976 and retired on September 30, 2012 with 36 years of continuous service in a permanent position.  Very active in the classified staff organization on campus, Kester  received the President’s Service Above Self Award in 2000-2001. She served on a number of committees over the years, but most notably was on the Academic Assessment Team in 2002

Darrel Parker joined NJC in October of 2006 and served as a physical education/math instructor and  Head Women’s Basketball Coach, a position he will formally leave on June 30th. He proved five years of continuous service in a permanent position. He came to NJC from Sterling High School where he had been a math teacher and coach for many years. In 2007, Parker won the coveted  Joel E. Mack Award at NJC, a faculty award given through popular vote by the students on campus.

Joleen Rinaldo joined NJC in August 1998 as a Secondary Med-Prep Instructor / HOSA Advisor and will also formally retired on June 30th of 2012 with 14 years of continuous service in a permanent position.  Rinaldo produced HOSA students and HOSA Teams that competed well at the state and national levels. She was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2002 and was named the Colorado HOSA Advisor of the Year for 2010.