Chancellor’s University Staff Excellence Awards

2011 Daniel Asp and Deb Toftness


Dan Asp

Dan Asp, an electronic technician in Facilities Management, has worked at UW-River Falls for more than 25 years. Dan can be counted on to take phone calls, day or night, weekday or weekend to deal with issues with the elevators, alarms, heating and cooling systems, and other technologies on campus. Also, because of Dan’s encouragement, fire alarm systems were upgraded, resulting in a state and campus funded project to update the entire system over the next few years.

Dan’s dedication and knowledge helps keep UWRF safe for all persons. He is also a reason that our campus has annually been one of the most energy efficient in the UW system and upper Midwest.

Deb ToftnessDeb Toftness

Deb Toftness has worked at UW-River Falls for 26 years. She is a communications specialist in University Communications. Each morning she compiles announcements, meeting and event blurbs, etc., for the campus e-newsletter, Falcon Daily. In addition, Deb writes for and edits university publications including Falcon Features and Falcon Online and writes, edits and distributes campus news releases, supervises student assistants, manages departmental budgets and serves on campus committees.

Off campus, she is a dedicated volunteer in the community and school district. She has been the publicity chair for the River Falls High School Band Boosters for 11 years, eagerly supporting any event/activity her children may be involved in. She has been an adult and community service mentor for 4-H  and Girl Scouts for many years. She whole-heartedly and extraordinarily serves UWRF and the area community tirelessly.