Roane State honored Gary Heidinger for his 50 years of service to the college with a special recognition during Fall Convocation. Pictured, from left, on campus after that event are Don and Tamsin Miller, Pam and Gary Heidinger, Pat and Bruce Fisher and RSCC President Chris Whaley.

Gary Heidinger says even after 50 years, he’s still a bit anxious and excited on the first day of each fall semester at Roane State Community College.

If he ever becomes nonchalant about that event, it may be the signal that it’s time to step away from his life’s work as an educator, he said.