Employees honored at OSB/SJU Administrative Recognition Luncheon

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May 22, 2014

By Mike Killeen

Jeana Koenig was recognized as the 2014 Fr. Vincent Tegeder, OSB, Outstanding Administrator Award winner at the Order of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University administrative recognition luncheon May 21 at 264 Quadrangle Building, SJU.

The award is given annually to an administrator whose work exemplifies service and excellence within the Saint John's administrative community - someone who embodies the spirit of Saint John's, provides quality service and positively impacts the Saint John's community. The award, which has been presented since 1992, was renamed in honor of Tegeder, former chair of the history department and University/Abbey archivist, who passed away in April 2007.

Koenig, student accounts director at SJU, has spent her entire professional career at Saint John's. Abbot John Klassen, who presented the award, noted that Koenig first applied at the Liturgical Press, but was rejected. Her application was passed on the Saint John's student accounts office, but Koenig wasn't sure she would have fun in the office.

"She brought the fun back to the office," Klassen said.

Klassen said Koenig is a hard-working, self-motivated person who has made a huge influence in many people's lives. She handles difficulties with parents with ease, and has managed through several technological shifts. Koenig has also volunteered many hours at Saint John's Abbey Arboretum.

Also nominated for the award were Bill Boom, physical plant; Jane Moening, SJU business office; Fr. Doug Mullin, OSB, student development; and Matt Reichert, Saint John's Prep School.

Administrative staff from SJU and the Order of Saint Benedict were also recognized for their years of employment and retirement at the event. Those honored included:

Five years
SJU -
John Adix, counseling and health promotion; Derek Daehn, athletics; Adam Dahl, Fine Arts Programming; Andy Dirksen, student development; Walter Kieffer, residential life; Dan McAvey, campus life; Joy Ruis, office for education abroad; Doug Schueller, athletics; Sharon Wenner, academic advising; Stephanie Young, business office.
OSB (includes Saint John's Abbey, Liturgical Press and Saint John's Preparatory School) - Steve Berhow, fire department; Brian Eisenchenk, Liturgical Press; Kelly Fitch, Prep School; Carol Lee, St. Raphael Retirement Center; Lauren Murphy, Liturgical Press.

10 years
SJU -
Terri Barreiro, Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship; Tim Ternes, HMML; Wayne Torborg, HMML.
OSB - Donald Ottenhoff, Collegeville Institute.

15 years
SJU -
Michael Ewing, counseling and health promotion; Victor Klimoski, School of Theology; Karla Lauer, IT services; Jon McGee, institutional research; Christine Sales, bookstore; Lynn Schultz, physics; Joseph Vardas, athletics; Jeff Wubbels, dining service.
OSB - Robert Ellenbecker, Prep School; Kris Fremo, Prep School; Mary Ellenbecker Johnson, Prep School.

20 years
SJU -
Jim Gagliardi, athletics; James Gramke, IT services; Jason Kelly, academic advising; David Malone, library; Todd Vierzba, life safety.
OSB - Mary Leighton, Prep School; Lance Nydeen, Prep School.

25 years
SJU -
Greg Becker, communications and marketing; John Rocky, IT services; Mary Sagissor, institutional advancement; William Saxton, athletics; Mark Shimota, academic advising.
OSB - Peter Dwyer, Liturgical Press.

30 years
SJU -
Eva Haber, custodial services; Cathy Wieme, institutional advancement.
OSB - Michael Roske, physical plant.

35 years
SJU -
David Schoenberg, dining services.
OSB - Colleen Stiller, Liturgical Press.

50 years
OSB -
Br. Kelly Ryan, OSB, abbey.

55 years
SJU -
Br. Andrew Goltz, OSB, library.

Retirement
SJU -
Terri Barreiro, Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship; Virginia Delles, dining service; Victor Klimoski, School of Theology; David Leitzman, education; Jane Moening, business office; William Patefield, business office.

View a photo gallery from the event.