Concordia recognizes 43 faculty and staff for their service to the university

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SEWARD, NEB. (02/01/2018) On Monday, Jan. 29, Concordia University, Nebraska recognized milestones of faithful service for 43 faculty and staff, as well as 23 commissioned and ordained ministers of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) at a special anniversary service.

Those being honored were recognized during a special chapel service 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):

Holly Matzke, advancement, 50 years

Dr. Jenny Mueller-Roebke, provost and professor of English, 35 years

Linda Daley, human resources, 30 years

Dr. Kregg Einspahr, natural sciences, 25 years

Cindy Greene, health and human performance, 25 years

Janet Baldwin, student financial services, 20 years

Dr. Nancy Elwell, dean of education, health and human performance, 20 years

Brenda Topil, education, 20 years

Randy Baack, health and human performance, 15 years

Rev. Dr. Chuck Blanco, theology, 15 years

Dr. Jeff Blersch, music, 15 years

David Kumm, executive vice president, chief financial officer, chief operations officer, 15 years

Wendy Matulka, student financial services, 15 years

Jill Baack, Chartwells, 10 years

Seth Boggs, art, 10 years

Dr. Connie Callahan, natural sciences, 10 years

Sue Craig, Chartwells, 10 years

Holly Helmer, library services, 10 years

Dr. Joel Helmer, history, geography and criminal justice, trap and skeet coach, 10 years

Janet Hruska, human resources, 10 years

Emmy Lewis-Zajic, student affairs, 10 years

Bryan Moore, theatre, 10 years

Jack More, Aramark, 10 years

Beth Pester, education, 10 years

Mark Samuels, athletics, 10 years

Dr. Laurie Zum Hofe, English, 10 years

Dr. Vicki Anderson, graduate studies and education, 5 years

Dr. Curt Beck, business administration, 5 years

Kurth Brashear, vice president for institutional advancement, 5 years

Stacy Dahlkoetter, athletics, 5 years

Donald Foreman, Chartwells, 5 years

Dr. John Hink, history, 5 years

Amanda Jackson, advancement, 5 years

Donna Kalkwarf, Chartwells, 5 years

Jake Knabel, athletics, 5 years

Leigh Lewis, advancement, 5 years

Danielle Luebbe, marketing, 5 years

Aaron Nix, marketing and communication, art department, English, communication, and theatre arts, 5 years

Janet Olsen, Chartwells, 5 years

Mary Phillips, Chartwells, 5 years

Annika Uden, Follett, 5 years

Joanne Van der Heijden, Chartwells, 5 years

Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, graduate studies & education, 5 years

The list of ordained and commissioned ministers celebrating anniversaries of service to the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod includes (in descending years of service, then alphabetically by last name):

Dr. Martin Stork, 75 years

Dr. Elden Duensing, 65 years

Dr. Carl Everts, 65 years

Dr. John Seevers, 65 years

Dr. Charles Ore, 60 years

Dr. Lee Schluckebier, 60 years

Dr. Leah Serck, 60 years

Dr. Ray Huebschman, 55 years

Dr. Priscilla Lawin, 55 years

Rev. Dr. David Meyer, 55 years

Dr. Gary Steinmiller, 45 years

Prof. Don Dynneson, 40 years

Dr. Mark Lemke, 40 years

Dr. Judy Preuss, 40 years

Dr. Kurt von Kampen, 35 years

Pete Kenow, 30 years

Dr. Brent Royuk, 30 years

Dr. Lorinda Sankey, 30 years

Dr. Laurie Zum Hofe, 20 years

Jennifer Furr, 10 years

Dr. Elizabeth Grimpo, 10 years

Zachary Gunzelman, 10 years

Matthew Myers, 5 years

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,700 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit