CSB honors employees at recognition ceremony

May 14, 2014

Administrative and support staff from the College of Saint Benedict were recognized for their years of employment and retirement at the Employee Recognition Luncheon May 13 at the Gorecki Center, CSB.

Those honored included:

Five years - Kara Cassen, On A Lark; Jean Donnay, health services; Justin Feld, culinary services; Curtis Gullickson, security; Brooke Horejsi, fine arts programming; Rebecca Hoye, culinary services; Jennifer Hylla, On A Lark; Brian Jose, fine arts programming; Debbie Kissner, culinary services; Calvin Ryan-Mosley, admission; Patrick Scott, culinary services; Julie Sorteberg, bookstore; Susan Sovada, culinary services; JoAnn Weir, events and catering.

10 years - MaryAnn Baenninger, president; Judy Bednar, human resources; Barbara Hein, communications and marketing; Marianne Koenig, culinary services; Dave Konz, custodial maintenance; Brent Schloe, IT services; Jennifer Schwichtenberg, theology.

15 years - Shelly Athmann, student development; Sharon Braegelmann, facilities management; Michael Juntunen, transportation; Ganard Orionzi, environmental health and safety; Barbara Ries, culinary services; Martha Schmitz, culinary services; Jane Schulzetenberg, custodial maintenance; Karen Storkamp, natural science; Jeanne Terres, academic advising; Adam Wicklund, IT services.

20 years - Barbara Buesing, health services; Nicole Joos, IT services; Gordon Smith, custodial maintenance.

25 years - Jacqueline Hampton, academic advising; Susan Palmer, business office; Mary Jo Waggoner, academic affairs.

30 years - Judy Eggert, global business leadership; Roger Lutgen, power plant.

35 years - Patricia Bogard, institutional advancement; Mary Harlander-Locke, career services.

40 years - James Koenig, IT services.

Retirement - Arleen Roelike, bookstore; Diane Rudolph, events and catering.

In addition, five individuals and two teams were recognized for their contributions with WOW Awards. The individual recipients were:

  • Rita Knuesel, provost at CSB and SJU, was recognized for exemplary academic leadership. She received the 2013 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Chief Academic Officer Award Nov. 2 in Pittsburgh.
  • CSB head basketball coach Mike Durbin and assistant coach Denny Johnson were recognized for winning 600 games together on the Blazers' bench. They hit win No. 600 with a 68-58 victory over Hamline Jan. 29. 
  • Brian Jose, executive director of Fine Arts Programming at CSB and SJU, was recognized for exemplary leadership in presenting the performing arts. He received the annual North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents Award for Excellence in Presenting the Performing Arts Jan. 13 in New York City.
  • MaryAnn Baenninger, president of CSB, was honored for her exemplary college leadership. Baenninger, the 14th president of CSB, has led the college for the last 10 years. She will step down from the presidency on June 30.

The teams recognized were:

  • The Registrar and Academic Advising offices were recognized for exceptional service and teamwork. Both offices were instrumental in CSB and SJU switching from a six-day to five-day academic class schedule.
  • Baenninger, speaking on behalf of the CSB Cabinet, acknowledged the efforts of everyone in making the CSB Centennial a resounding success.

View a slideshow from the event.