Marissa Blaufuss.jpgMay 21, 2024

Marissa Blaufuss was named the recipient of the Mayville State University Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award for 2024. Blaufuss is a Building Services employee. The award was presented at Mayville State’s employee recognition dinner held on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

The Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award is given to an employee who shows outstanding dedication, loyalty, and trustworthiness toward Mayville State University and his or her fellow employees. Each year, staff members nominate and select a fellow employee to receive the distinguished award.

A fellow Mayville State employee who nominated Marissa for the award had this to say about her, “Marissa goes above and beyond to make sure her areas are clean and inviting. If she sees an issue, or potential issue, she takes care of it. She doesn’t wait for someone else to tell her or ask her to do it. She takes pride in her work, and it shows.”

Orville Johnson is remembered as a faithful Mayville State employee who worked as a custodian from 1959 until his retirement in 1980. Orville passed away on December 17, 1986. Upon his death, his family donated his United States military service flag and $10,000 to Mayville State. The monetary donation is used to help honor and recognize Mayville State staff members.

As the recipient of the Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award this year, Marissa’s name will be engraved on the Orville Johnson plaque (located in the lobby of the Mayville State Campus Center). She also received a framed award certificate and a $75.00 gift certificate to be spent at the Mayville State University Bookstore.

Other nominees for the Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award this year were Mary Trudeau, Jon Nygard, Leah Larson, Jim Morowski, Dean Kostuck, Heather Satrom, Susan Cordahl, Nick Flesland, Connie Kaldor, Andrew Steele, Kelly Kornkven, and Ashley Mueller.

Past recipients of the Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award are Art Berglie, T. Howard Moen, Phyllis Dakken, Vrenda Bengtson, Avis Larson, Betty Karaim, Ken Eken, Janet Nielson, Rodney Gunderson, Brad Papenfuss, Karoline Jacobson, Marina “Winky” Gummer, Janice Sand, Becky Edinger, Beverly Holt, Janice Jorgensen, Andrea Knudson, Jim Lyng, Beth Swenson, Rendi Johnson-Ebach, Nancy Galde, Claudia Hastings, Dean Kostuck, Bryan Karolus, Tom Moen, Bev Holt, Lou Dauphanais,  Marge Fugleberg, Alice Rice, Rick Karboviak, Misti Wuori, Lois Karlstad, Cheryl Angen, Bob Kozojed, Doug Eastman, and Teresa Agnes.