Outstanding Service Award

Varsie GeislerVarsie Geisler

Varsie Geisler is a compassionate, selfless person with a kind, gentle soul.

Ask the members of the Parent-Teacher Association at Jefferson School, where she assisted in organizing classroom gatherings and community outings as well as annual book fairs and fundraisers.

Ask the congregation of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where she sings in the choir, substitutes as a Sunday School teacher, coordinates processing of orders and distribution of tickets for the annual lobster boil and ministers to people in crisis.

Ask the faculty and staff in the School of Allied Health Professions, where she is secretary to and problem-solver for the Public Health and Health Education programs, home to 500 students.

“Students come to make appointments with an adviser, to find where a moved class is meeting, to determine the office hours of their instructor, to learn how to get into a class, to leave an assignment and a thousand other matters that I cannot begin to fathom,” said Ellen Parham, former interim chair.

“Studies of student retention tell us that students who stick it out are the ones that find someone who pays attention and cares,” Parham added. “For many, that is Varsie.”

An eight-year employee, Geisler was a founding inductee of Phi Beta Delta (an honor society for international scholars) and has received two awards from the Center for Access-Ability Resources