University thanks Jan Ocker for 40+ years
"No single person has had a greater positive impact on students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside than Jan Ocker." Chancellor Debbie Ford's statement summed up the more than 40 years Jan Ocker served UW-Parkside, the first 29 as financial aid director and the last 12 as a senior financial aid counselor assisting current Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid Randy McCready. His co-workers and university friends celebrated Ocker's retirement Thursday, Dec. 12, with a reception in Wyllie Hall. McCready said Ocker's official hire date at UW-Parkside was July 1, 1967, and that he served as director of financial aid until 1996. He returned to campus in 2000. "He was a wonderful mentor for me and I have appreciated his wise counsel during the 12 years he served as 'interim' senior financial aid counselor," McCready said. Summing up a career that spanned six decades, Ocker said he came to work every day because, "I just loved helping students." Along with his campus well-wishers, Ocker was honored with a commendation from the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board. In the photo, Ocker, second from left, receives his commendation from the state surrounded by Randy McCready, left, Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board Executive Secretary John Reinemann and Chancellor Debbie Ford.