Diné College Honors Employees at Appreciation Luncheon

Ryneldi Becenti-First Native American WNBA Player, Pax Harvey-Comedian, LA Williams-Diné College Radio Station Manager at the Diné College Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Diné College Honors Employees at Appreciation Luncheon

18 May 2023

TSAILE, AZ — Diné College, held a remarkable Employee Appreciation event organized by the Human Resources (HR) Department. The celebration, which took place on Thursday, May 18, 2023. The event served as a platform to express gratitude and recognition to the dedicated faculty and staff members who contribute to the college’s success.

The Employee Appreciation Luncheon was held at the cafeteria on main campus, in Tsaile ,AZ, where employees from all departments gathered to celebrate their collective achievements. Diné College recognized the invaluable contributions made by its employees, who work tirelessly to provide exceptional education and support services to students.

Keynote speaker Ryneldi Becenti, an inspiration to many, graced the occasion with her powerful presence and motivating words. Becenti, is widely known for her accomplishments as a professional basketball player and her dedication to advocating for Native American youth. Her extraordinary journey and success story have inspired numerous individuals across the country.

During her speech, Becenti emphasized the importance of perseverance, determination, and embracing one’s cultural identity. She shared personal anecdotes, highlighting the significance of education and the profound impact that educators and support staff have on students’ lives. Becenti’s words resonated deeply with the audience, reinforcing their commitment to fostering a nurturing environment for the students at Diné College.

Comedian Pax Harvey, known for his infectious humor and ability to connect with diverse audiences, delivered an outstanding performance that left everyone in stitches. His unique style of storytelling, infused with wit and charm, provided a much-needed dose of laughter and entertainment. Pax Harvey’s comedic genius uplifted spirits and created an atmosphere of joy and celebration.

Provost Dr. Geraldine Garrity, in her address, expressed heartfelt appreciation for the entire Diné College workforce. She acknowledged the exceptional work done by faculty and staff, recognizing their dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment to student success. Provost Garrity reiterated the college’s commitment to providing a supportive and inclusive environment that empowers employees to excel in their roles.

The event also featured an awards ceremony, where employees were recognized and honored for their years of service ranging from 5 years to one employee who served 50 years. Categories such as employee of the year for each School within the institution and the overall we are presented. In addition, employees that are retiring this year were also acknowledged. Don Whitesinger, who has been a faculty member for 20 years, Michael Begaye and Administrative assistant Irene Alva were all presented with a Pendleton blanket as a token of the College’s appreciation for their exceptional work and commitment.

The Employee Appreciation Luncheon was an opportunity to honor the employees and foster a sense of community and camaraderie among the Diné College staff. It provided a platform for employees from different departments to connect, exchange ideas, and build stronger professional relationships.

Diné College remains deeply committed to fostering a culture of appreciation and recognition. Their unwavering commitment to student success continues to shape the lives of countless students and inspire future generations.

As a postsecondary educational institution, Diné College awards associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and certificates in areas important to the economic and social development of the Navajo Nation. To comply with the College mission, personalized instruction is guaranteed to each student because of the low student-faculty ratio. All are welcome to apply.


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