Linda Nelson recognized for 40-year career at Murray State College
It is hard to describe the impact someone makes during 40 years of dedicated service. As coworkers and friends gathered April 1, 2019 to celebrate Linda Nelson and applaud her 40 years working in food service at Murray State College, many talked about how much they love and appreciate her. In fact, most don’t know what they would do without her presence, knowledge and experience on a daily basis.
As she instinctively sliced a cake decorated for the occasion and began serving coworkers who gathered to celebrate, Nelson talked about how grateful she is for the job she has held for over four decades on MSC’s Tishomingo Campus.
“I’ve seen changes in the students and the people I work with and I really enjoy working here,” said Nelson. “It is wonderful.”
Melissa Barton is the director of Great Western Dining which currently provides food service at Murray State College. Barton describes Nelson as “The glue that keeps everything together.”
Nelson began work at Murray State when the college operated its food service internally. She has remained in her position through multiple food-service companies that have contracted with the college, working since 2014 with Great Western Dining.
“Linda is the type of person and employee who makes Murray State College unique. I’m not sure you’ll find a Linda Nelson on many other campuses, and we are so glad to have her here at Murray,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.
Whether working in the snack bar, cafeteria or at catering events, Nelson said she loves getting to know and talking with students.
“It takes a special person to work with and relate to students and someone even more special to love coming to work after 40 years in the same job! We appreciate Linda in every way,” said McDaniel.
While she claims to have considered retirement occasionally, Nelson keeps coming back every year because she loves her job and all the people she interacts with daily. She also says that her responsibilities keep things interesting, from decorating cakes to catering campus events. But from the beginning to the end of every day, it’s all about the students for Linda Nelson.
“Tomorrow there’s a big contest on campus and we will run, run, run,” said Nelson. “But after all is said and done, we will feel like we accomplished something and the students will realize we care.”