Janice Jorgensen has been the accountant at Mayville State University since 1977, but her tenure with the university began in 1969 when she joined the business office staff as a purchase order clerk. In 1972, she became the payroll clerk and served in that role until 1977. Jorgensen says she has always enjoyed accounting and working in the Mayville State business office has been a perfect fit for her.
In addition to her regular duties, Janice began maintaining the accounting records for the Mayville Mutual Aid Corporation, a task she continues to do today. The Mayville Mutual Aid Corporation was formed to administer family housing and provide housing for the president of Mayville State.
Known for her friendly disposition and willingness to serve her fellow employees to the best of her ability, Jorgensen was presented with the Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award in 2003. The recipients of this award are selected by their Mayville State staff peers, making it an extra-special honor.
Janice says that the constant changes in technology have been the source of some stressful moments over the years, but technology is here to say and you learn to roll with the punches. In 1979, Mayville State implemented a new accounting system and in 2003 the university went on-board with a web-based accounting system. Adapting to these systems has been an integral piece of Janice’s work.
“Working at the same place for 47 years is a long time, but it has been a very good place to work,” said Jorgensen. “The business office is responsible for many functions which have given me variety on a daily basis. Every day has brought different challenges, which I have enjoyed. In addition, I have acquired many friends in the faculty and staff at Mayville State over the years.”
Jorgensen mentioned one regret. “I wish I had kept a journal as a reminder of all the changes I have seen while working at Mayville State. For example, it would be fun to go back and read what I had to say about all of the campus improvements and the names and positions of employees who have come and gone over the years.”
“It will be strange not walking into Old Main every day, but it is time for a change. I will miss Mayville State, but I plan on keeping in touch with my friends, and I won’t be so far away that I can’t stop in and have coffee.”
Jorgensen’s last day at Mayville State was April 29.