Seven Wartburg College students, faculty and staff have been honored for their commitment to service as part of the annual Saint Elizabeth Week celebration.

Angela Zook, Kaitlyn Behnken and Michaela McIlravy received the Saint Elizabeth Award for Service, which recognizes students who exemplify a commitment to service and desire to live a life that embodies Wartburg’s mission.

Zook, a senior psychology major, is involved with Orange EXCELeration, the college’s orientation program; was named Homecoming queen; is a service trip leader; and serves on the service trip program executive board.

Behnken, a senior communication arts major, leads service trips, is president of Suicide Awareness For Everyone and serves on the service trips program executive board.

McIlravy, a senior social work major, participates in Dance Marathon and brought The Sparkle Effect, a national organization that helps students create cheerleading and dance teams for students with and without disabilities, to Wartburg. She also is a member of the local United Way board.

Kathy Traetow, Gloria Campbell and Nelson and Bonita Bock received the Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service, given to faculty or staff who embody his enthusiasm, support, dedication and overall commitment to Wartburg’s mission of service. Trachte is a Wartburg graduate and former campus pastor.


Traetow, the Study Abroad Office coordinator, is in constant communication with students at Wartburg and across the world, assuring that their needs are met.


The Bocks, ordained Lutheran ministers and faculty in the Department of Religion & Philosophy, serve the mission of the college as leaders of Wartburg West, the Urban Studies Program in Denver, Colo. They also serve through organizations like Urban Servant Corps.

Campbell, associate professor of business administration and economics, has served the college as a department chair and been elected to many key governance committees. She also has served as the Catholic Knights faculty adviser and hosts students in her home for meals.

For more information about Saint Elizabeth Week activities, which continue through Thursday, Nov. 19, visit