Two Luther employees named Staff Excellence Award recipients

Luther College staff members Michael Bartels and Karen Dallenbach have been named the recipients of the Luther Staff Excellence Award for 2014. Bartels and Dallenbach were recognized at the annual Staff Appreciation Day on June 4.

The Staff Excellence Award recognizes exemplary performance by staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of Luther.

Bartels serves as a graphic designer in the Publications department. Dallenbach serves as an accounting assistant in the Office for Financial Services.

As part of the award, each recipient will be granted an individualized educational opportunity, funded by the college. Luther works with award winners to pursue an opportunity in an area of special interest.

Past winners have participated in January Term study-abroad programs, spring break service-learning trips, summer courses off campus, Luther music ensemble tours, unique professional development opportunities or semester-long courses on campus.

Staff Excellence Award candidates are nominated by their staff and faculty colleagues, and recipients are selected by the college administrative and support staff committees.

Award recipients are chosen for outstanding performance of their professional duties to further the mission of the college. Award winners have consistently performed at a level above and beyond normal job requirements.

As a graphic designer, Bartels is responsible for crafting the appearances of Luther's promotional materials. His works give many prospective students and the general public their first impressions of the college, making him a key member of the marketing team.

In addition to his skill as a graphic designer, Bartels is known for his thoughtful and supportive behavior in the work place. He leads by example and acts as a mentor to other designers and editors, ensuring that projects of all sizes and degrees of difficulty are well executed.

Dallenbach has worked for Financial Services for more than 35 years. During her time as an accounting assistant, she has fielded numerous financial decisions for the campus, interacting with thousands of students, faculty and staff over the years. She has been instrumental in streamlining financial processes at Luther, including promoting the switch from paper checks to electronic payments for major vendors, a change that saves time and resources.

Dallenbach has repeatedly shown herself a ready and capable worker, always willing to go the extra mile and tackle the overtime needed to get the job done. The depth of her knowledge in all aspects of the college's operations makes her an invaluable asset to Luther.

Bartels and Dallenbach will have the opportunity to arrange their Luther Staff Excellence travel or project experience during the 2014-15 academic year.