Dorcee Winward Retires - Time for Grandkids and Travel
After a long and very much appreciated time with Utah State University, Dorcee Winward, Inclusion Center Office Manager, retired in January 2021. The Division of Student Affairs greatly appreciates all of Dorcee’s contributions and has deeply benefitted from the institutional knowledge collected during her 30-plus year career at USU.
“Dorcee set a standard of kindness and inclusion that everyone should aspire to. She was always prepared to help in whatever way she could, even if it was just some encouraging words. Her work ethic, resilience in the face of adversity, and compassion are truly only the tip of the iceberg of the amazing traits Dorcee Winward holds. USU will not be the same without her, but will forever be positively impacted by her presence and contributions,” a USU employee, Kennedy Carrillo, shared.
Though Dorcee held various roles during her tenure, she made the Inclusion Center her last stop in 2010, and certainly left her mark.
Dorcee always took great pride in her work supporting the staff and making sure that all protocols and procedures were followed. However, her real passion was always serving students. Dorcee was the first person to greet a student and the first to lend a helping hand. During her time at USU, she served as a trusted support and resource to countless individuals. Students confided in Dorcee throughout the years about their hopes, dreams, and fears.
She coordinated the Sub for Santa program, a project near and dear to her heart, since the beginning and spent countless hours picking up and delivering gifts each year. She helped grow the Sub for Santa program that now supports 15 to 20 families totaling 50 to 60 children each year. Dorcee was instrumental in developing partnerships across campus that contribute $6,000, on average, to the Sub for Santa program each year. If there was a need, Dorcee was the first to jump in and help. Her positivity and kindness were contagious and those who interacted with her left each and every exchange with a smile.
“As a student, when you walked into TSC 313, you knew you would be greeted with a warm welcome from Dorcee. Some of my favorite memories with her include jamming to music on Fridays and Sub for Santa,” said a previous Inclusion Center Intern and USU alum, Evelyn Hernandez.
Kayleen Lam emphasized, "Dorcee is a major reason for the function and the glue of the Inclusion Center, and I have learned so much from her in the past years attending USU.”
Please join the Inclusion Center in celebrating Dorcee and wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors.