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Concordia recognizes 58 faculty members and employees for their service to the university

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

On Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, Concordia University, Nebraska recognized milestones of faithful service for 39 faculty members and employees, as well as 19 commissioned and ordained ministers at a special anniversary service on campus.

In addition to the Concordia faculty members and employees, ordained and commissioned ministers of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) celebrating their service anniversaries were honored during chapel on Jan. 30, 2017, in the Weller Chapel Auditorium on Concordia’s campus.

“Each of the persons we recognized and honored this year is a special blessing to the Concordia community,” said Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, president of the university. “I thank God for all of them and for the special gifts, talents and abilities He has given them to use in service to our students. Without these gifted colleagues, Concordia would not be the vibrant place of learning and ministry that it is!”

The list of employees includes (in descending years of service, then alphabetically by last name):

  • Dr. Don Sylwester, computer science, 45 years
  • Lon Jungemann, computing services, 35 years
  • Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, president, 25 years
  • Glo Hennig, financial aid, 25 years
  • Dr. Mark Meehl, theology, 25 years
  • Dr. Ed Reinke, mathematics & computer science, 25 years
  • Todd Ehlers, Chartwells, 20 years
  • Marian Fett, Chartwells, 20 years
  • Lisa Owens, president & provost office, 20 years
  • Kerry Beckmann, accounting & finance, 15 years
  • Dr. Ron Bork, education, 15 years
  • Norma Guy, Chartwells, 15 years
  • Tess Jepson, Chartwells, 15 years
  • Julie Johnston Hermann, global opportunities, 15 years
  • Delores Kozuszek, Chartwells, 15 years
  • Dianne Miller, Chartwells, 15 years
  • Bob Olson, theater, 15 years
  • Laura Rohleder, Chartwells, 15 years
  • Ed Siffring, registrar, 15 years
  • Momir Gilgorevic, Aramark, 10 years
  • Prof. Terry Groth, theology, 10 years
  • Sharon Holeka, Chartwells, 10 years
  • Mike Mettenbrink, advancement, 10 years
  • Drew Olson, women’s basketball, 10 years
  • Aaron Roberts, undergraduate admissions, 10 years
  • Tony Robotham, Ricoh, 10 years
  • Elaine Royuk, Follett, 10 years
  • Prof. Andy Schultz, music, 10 years
  • Devin Smith, athletic director, 10 years
  • Dr. Bernie Tonjes, education, 10 years
  • Jan Bruick, college of graduate studies and adult education, 5 years
  • Debbie Brutlag, advancement, 5 years
  • Corey Gray, career development and retention, 5 years
  • Kari Harris, admissions, 5 years
  • Jane Heinicke, education, 5 years
  • Brett Muller, golf, 5 years
  • Prof. Shanna Opfer, education, 5 years
  • Lori Read, student financial services, 5 years
  • Jacob Schmidt, computing services, 5 years

The list of ordained and commissioned ministers includes (in descending years of service, then alphabetically by last name):

  • Prof. Gilbert Daenzer, 65 years
  • Dr. Lee Roy Holtzen, 65 years
  • Dr. Eugene Brott, 60 years
  • Dr. J.D. Weinhold, 55 years
  • Dr. Joseph Gubanyi, 45 years
  • Dr. Mark Blanke, 35 years
  • Dr. Vicki Boye, 35 years
  • Julie Johnston Hermann, 35 years
  • Kenneth Sankey, 35 years
  • William Schranz, 35 years
  • Matthew Beisel, 20 years
  • Dr. Nancy Elwell, 20 years
  • Dr. Joseph Herl, 15 years
  • Prof. Amy Royuk, 15 years
  • Devin Smith, 15 years
  • Dr. Joel Helmer, 10 years
  • Rehema Kavugha, 10 years
  • Corby Osten, 10 years
  • Prof. Dylan Teut, 5 years