St. Elizabeth Award for Service

The St. Elizabeth Award for Service is intended to recognize student members of our community that have exemplified a commitment to service. Members of the Wartburg community are invited to nominate students who live out that commitment to service in, with, and for the community.

St. Elizabeth’s Award Recipient History

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Sarah Speltz, Luther Bartelt, Sara Kluender, Andrea Payne, Amanda Porter

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Emily Speltz, Suzy Piel, Danielle Dyvig, Austin Roberts, Latasha Hamlet

Kelly Dotson, Erin Hedeen, Derek Riley, Matt Townsley, Hilary (last name unknown)

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The following years the award changed to be more general to include faculty and staff and not just senior students:

Brian McCarty, ’06, Shigeru Ota ‘07, Erin Yoder ‘07, Marcella McCormick (student life staff).

Dr. Tammy Faux, Dr. Scott Fullwiler, Beth Engelbrecht, Tyler Vachta ’08, Kara Aanenson ‘06, Vern Klobassa ‘07

In 2007, the student coordinator of the award committee thought the award should not be competitive so everyone that was nominated received the award.

Linda Smith, Campus Visit Coordinator in Admissions, Dr. Jeff Stein, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Andy Bell, ’08, Brian Borchers, ’08, Sarah Dentlinger, ’09, Jessica Foster, ’08 and Ryan Hahn, ’08, Alicia Henry, ’08, Krystina Irvin, ’08, Timothy Maybee, ’09, Janna McClintock, ’08, Tarra Norem, ’08, Zakh Ward, ’10,Jill Wiebke, ’09.

In 2008 it was decided that the award will be given to two students, two staff and two faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to service. Additionally it was announced that in 2009 as part of the St. Elizabeth Award Ceremony the Pastor Trachte Award for Service will be given to one person who exemplifies PT’s dedication and service to the Wartburg Community.
Nate Palmolea ’09, Biology Major; Randon Ruggles ’09, Education Major
Jean Buckingham, Events and Scheduling Coordinator, Jim Ohmstede, Broadcast Engineer
Dr. Tammy Faux, Assistant Professor of Social Work,  Rev. Larry Trachte, College Pastor.

 In 2009, with the addition of the Pastor Trachte Award for Service it was decided that the St. Elizabeth’s Award would recognize three students each year and the PT Award would recognize one faculty and one staff member.


Amy Tucker, ’10, Community Sociology Major; Kartika Putri, ’11, Music Performance Major; Abbie Smith, ’10, Biology Major; Krystal Madlock, Director of Student Diversity Programs; Dr. Kathy Book, Associate Professor of Education. Honorable Mentions included: Eboni Coates, ’11, Emily Johnson, ’10, Haley Hanson, ’12, Kristin Huinker, ’11; Beth Goskesen, Clinton Resident Hall Director; Dr. Tammy Faux, Associate Professor of Social Work & Dr. Fred Ribich, Professor of Psychology.

Haley Jo Hanson, '12, Kristin Huinker, '11, Angie Mullenbach, '11


JoHanna Smrcina, '12 Kelsey Nulph, '14, Michael Stevensen, '12

Jenna Manders ‘15

Pastor Trachte Award

Nominate a Staff or Faculty Member

After 35 years of faithful service, Pastor Larry Trachte (fondly referred to as PT) retired from Wartburg College in May 2009. He taught, mentored, honored, and befriended thousands of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In honor of his retirement and dedication to service The Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service is given during St. Elizabeth’s Week to staff and/or faculty whom embody PT’s enthusiasm, support, involvement, dedication and overall commitment to Wartburg’s mission of service.

Elizabeth Goskesen, Residential Life Hall Coordinator
Dr. Bill Withers, Professor of Communication Arts

Bernard Holland, Security Officer

Terry Letsche, Professor of Computer Science 

Chris Knudson, Marketing and Communication
Susan Vallem, Professor of Social Work

LeAnn Faidley, Engineer Science
William Soesbe, Education
Pastor Brian Beckstrom, Spiritual Life and Campus MInistry