BMCC Honors Retirees

Press Release Date: 

Blue Mountain Community College,

Date: June 4, 2010
Contact:  Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753



BMCC Honors Retirees


Blue Mountain Community College held its annual retirement and recognition event on Thursday, June 3, to honor five retirees and 44 employees with service to the college from five to 35 years.

Retiring nursing instructor Terry Vogel started her post-secondary education at BMCC, received her bachelor’s degree from OHSU, and her master’s degree from University of Portland. In addition to teaching nursing students for 26 years, Vogel also worked at St. Anthony Hospital to stay current with the latest nursing procedures.

Civil engineering instructor David Krumbein is retiring after 24 years at the college. Prior to coming to BMCC, Krumbein was the Umatilla County Surveyor and had his own private surveying and engineering business. He earned his engineering degree from Oregon State University. His civic involvement includes the Pendleton school board, Pendleton budget committee, Pendleton city council, and Oregon School Boards Association, in addition to having worked with numerous civic and youth organizations.

Becky Kaaen spent most of her 19 years at BMCC Hermiston working in adult basic education and overseeing the JOBS programs. One of her noted accomplishments was helping establish Treasures on Main, a successful thrift store and volunteer work site for JOBS clients. Becky holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern State University. She was active in the Chamber, Leadership Hermiston, and is on the Two Rivers Correctional Institution advisory board.

Florene Van Donge spent her 17 year career at BMCC Milton-Freewater teaching college preparatory classes like English as a Second Language and GED. Florene received her associate’s degree at age 45 and her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University a few years later. From those experiences she developed real compassion for adult learners. As a 2007-08 BMCC Making a Difference recipient, Florene’s teaching ability was recognized by her academic peers.

Richard Stone is ending his 9 years at BMCC as a GED, CASA, and BEST Plus tester at Two Rivers Correctional Institution. His expertise and organization skills helped his team graduate more students than any other prison in the state. Richard holds a degree from Oregon State University and came to BMCC with over 30 years of experience in shipping/receiving and small business management.

Special service awards were presented to the following:

35 years: Margaret Saylor

30 years: Dr. Mark Peterson

25 years: Sharone McCann, Steve Platt

20 years: Karen Kegler, Mary Harris, Tedde Holcomb, Michael Muller

Employees with five and ten years of service were also recognized.