Retirement reception set for Ronnie Powell

The med center community is invited to a Tuesday, Aug. 23, retirement reception for Ronnie Powell, a longtime staff member of facilities management and planning. 

The reception will be in the Sorrell Center Event’s Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m., with brief comments at 1:45 p.m. 

Known as for his winning smile, friendliness, professionalism and collegiality, Powell has been on campus since 1976. He moved from housekeeping into Facilities Management and Planning, where he served as a full-time refrigeration tech. He attended Metro Community College for his associate degree in refrigeration. He is known about UNMC as “The Mayor.” 

Learn more about Powell from his participation in the McGoogan Health Sciences Library’s oral history program and his 2015 Looking at U profile.


  1. Terry Hexum says:

    Poyner Hall walk-in coolers were never what they were designed to do. Our research experiments were often interrupted or ruined by loss of refrigeration, usually at nighttime. Ronnie was always there when needed to get us back to our work. He was dependable and efficient. He was an important part of our research infrastructure. Thanks for all you did and enjoy your well deserved retirement!

  2. Matt Bowen says:

    Congrats Ronnie, You'll me missed around campus!!

  3. Linda Combs, Manager, Sponsored Programs Accounting says:

    Congratulations Ronnie! You were always a ray of sunshine in times of despair when working in the Administration Building. I will miss your smiling face. I wish you all the best in this next journey of life. Enjoy! Linda Combs, Manager, Sponsored Programs Accounting.

  4. Tom O’Connor says:

    Congrats on a great career, Ronnie. Always loved seeing your smiling face. Enjoy the next chapter, buddy.

  5. Clarence Ueda says:

    All the best, Ronnie. Enjoy retirement! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy !

  6. Candyce Dunlap says:


  7. Brigette Vaughan says:

    Your smile, and your positive, warm and friendly attitude will be missed!

  8. Traci Clemons says:

    Go have fun Ronnie! You deserve it!!

  9. Diana says:

    Congratulations Cool Ronnie!! Enjoy your retirement!

  10. veronica says:

    Congratulations and Best Wishes! Veronica Jones.

  11. Jane Fleming says:


    Best of Luck to you in the Future, we always loved seeing you in our 4230 Building! You are always so nice to talk with! take care

  12. Anne Lawlor says:

    Thanks for literally keeping the Admin Center from falling down, Ronnie! Your warm smile and positive attitude is contagious. You are going to be deeply missed around here but I know you've got wonderful days ahead to do whatever you want to do!

  13. Amy Lamer says:

    Congratulations to you, Ronnie! Thank you for keeping us cool on the 5th floor of the ADC all these years! Enjoy!

  14. James Newland says:

    Ron: a wonderful retirement to you! It was always a joy to run into you at UNMC. God Bless.
    Jim Newland

  15. Michael P Kelly says:

    Ronnie P. congrats . I will miss our chats about anything from work to lawnmowers. Your always a cheerful face on campus! Enjoy retirement

  16. Keith Swarts says:

    Ronnie, Congratulations on your retirement. Your friendliness and willingness to always step in and solve problems in a timely manner has defined your outstanding career at UNMC.
    Enjoy retirement and your next chapter of life.

  17. Evelyn Grixby says:

    Congratulations Ronnie your cheerful presence and conversations will be truly be missed. Enjoy your retirement journey!

  18. Toni Schlotman says:

    Congratulations Ronnie! Will miss seeing your smile. Enjoy your retirement.

  19. Sue Logsdon says:

    Congratulations Ronnie!! You will definitely be missed!! Enjoy retirement (I have no doubt you will) 🙂

  20. Renee Jizba says:

    Congratulations, Ron! That's so exciting! I'll miss seeing you here at UNMC, but hope to see you sometime out in the real world. Best of luck to you!

  21. Tari Rose says:

    Congratulations Ronnie!! I'm going to miss seeing your smiling face around the college. I hope your retirement days ahead of you are wonderful!

  22. jerrie dayton says:

    Congratulations on your retirement Ronnie. Your smile and cheer really brightened my days at UNMC. Best of luck and have fun moving on.

  23. Deborah Hawkins says:

    Congratulations, Ronnie! Enjoy your well deserved retirement.

  24. Shelly McCaffrey says:

    Wow – look at all the love & respect, Ronnie! It will definitely not be the same here without you after all these years!! Miss you already, but wishing you blessings as you enjoy retirement!

  25. Paula Turpen says:

    Congratulations, Ronnie! It was always a bright spot in my day when our paths crossed. And thank you for maintaining our frog incubators! Best wishes to you and yours in retirement.

  26. Toni Laux (Winters) says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Ronnie!! I will miss seeing your cute smiley face! You will be missed. Best of luck with all your future endeavors!!

  27. Rebecca Bogatz says:

    Congratulations, Ronnie! I am sure going to miss that smile and seeing you on campus. I hope you enjoy retirement, you deserve it.

  28. Julie Oltman says:

    Ronnie! I am so glad I got to see you last week. Your wonderful smile and jolly personality make any visit one to remember. We are blessed to know you.

  29. Art Heires says:

    Best of luck, Ronnie. Swanson Hall is long gone, but our memories of your dedication and inspirational attitude remain. Your good will and positive energy will undoubtedly persist in retirement. Art Heires

  30. Chandra Are says:

    Ronnie my friend,
    You may leave but your infectious smile and warm presence will linger on.
    So long and congratulations on an amazing career.
    See you tomorrow.

    Chandra Are

  31. Donald S Leuenberger says:

    I would often see Ronnie around Wittson. He knew almost everyone and had a smile for everybody. He is a great representative for Facilities, Business and Finance and UNMC and, I'm sure, a role model for many, many. Here's for the best in retirement, Ronnie, and for your future.

  32. Ann Kraft says:

    Congratulations Ronnie! You have always been one of the most delightful people to run into on campus all these years. I hope you enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

  33. Joann Tate says:

    Congratulations Ronnie. Enjoy your retirement. It’s the best and you so well deserve it. JoAnn Tate

  34. Greg Bociek says:

    Ronnie won’t be able to make it but you’re an exceptionally gifted kind man and I miss you already! Enjoy your retirement!

  35. Steven J Lisco says:

    Ronnie, congratulations on your retirement! Thank you for all the time and effort you spent in my office in Bennett Hall making sure the heat pump actually worked! I truly appreciate you! Best of luck and my thanks

  36. Sheryl Brietzke says:

    Congratulations Ronnie!! Always enjoyed your smile and positive attitude – Enjoy your retirement!! you've earned it my friend…..:)

  37. Lisa Hug says:

    Congratulations on your retirement! And on all these wonderful tributes from your coworkers. This is your former Friday afternoon Cornerstone Gifts clerk. I retired from there in 20117. Same year that Sandy did. I wish you years of happiness and health. And thank you for all the smiles and friendly comments over the years.
    Lisa Hug

  38. Nicki Simmons says:

    Ronnie it has been a pleasure seeing you around campus for my 25 years here!! I will miss your infectious smile and your amazing personality. You ALWAYS remembered my name. You are so deserving of this!! You will be missed. Enjoy retirement!

  39. Beckie McCaw says:

    Ronnie, enjoy your retirement – well deserved!!!

  40. Tavi Baker says:

    We started the same year and I have always been impressed with your personality… always positive and smiling. Congratulations on your retirement!

  41. Mary Haven says:

    Ronnie, I was in Ireland and unable to attend your retirement. I was always thrilled to see your smiling, helpful face. You have had such a positive impact on UNMC. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement.

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