MOORHEAD — When Karla Wenger was just starting her five-decade career at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Richard Nixon was president, and Apollo 14 came back from the moon.
It took just five minutes of sitting inside Karla Wenger's office before realizing she loves her job at MSUM.
Karla went from Moorhead High to Moorhead State College in 1971.
"When I did worksheet and tests, I did it on a Ditto-Master," Wenger recalled.
She found work in the school's library, long before it was computerized.
"I had a typewriter, and I used a dicta-phone, and I took shorthand," Wenger said.
She worked nearly 30 years at the library, and another two decades helping run the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning. On Friday, May 7, the campus thanked Karla for her five decades of service to students.
"We have learned so much from her. She is the epitome of our MSUM core values of grit, humility and heart," said Dean of the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning Lisa Karch.
In her 50 years, Wenger has seen it all. She has worked for four MSUM presidents, has watched the campus change names three times, and has watched thousands of students through her doors.
On the campus mall at MSUM on Friday, there was music, food and a celebration of dedication.
While Wenger is retiring, she isn't planning on sitting around. She plans on putting some miles onto her Harley with her husband.