Chancellor’s University Staff Excellence Awards

1996 Karen Gilbertson and Gerald Neidermyer

Karen Gilbertson

Gerald Neidermyer

Rain, sleet or snow, Jerry Neidermyer delivered the mail on campus for more than three decades. Before coming to River Falls, Neidermyer took business classes at Chippewa Valley Vocational Technical Institute after graduating from high school in Spring Valley. Neidermyer came to campus in 1969, took a year of classes at UW-RF, and worked as a custodian in Hathorn Hall for about three years. He then transferred to the postal services department from which he retired. He received an Upper Deck Team Award from the Student Center in 1993, and in 1995, Neidermyer and Karen Gilbertson were the first recipients of the newly created Chancellor's Award for Excellence for Classified Staff. In 2004, the UW System Board of Regents and the state of Wisconsin recognized him for 35 years of service. Neidermyer said that over the years one of the most noticeable changes was the drop in inter-campus mail when e-mail was instituted as well as the computerization of mailings. He and his wife Margaret plan to travel, boat, hunt and fish during retirement as well as do some home remodeling. "We have flown to Washington to see my son Scott, but we plan on taking our first road trip there this summer," says Neidermyer, who has three grown sons and lives in River Falls.