SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff University proudly recognized three employees with distinguished awards during a ceremony on May 4, in the Stark Student Center on campus. The University presented Renee Allan with the Distinguished Staff Award; Jenny Tobin with the Distinguished Administrator Award and Elizabeth Rembold with the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Renee Allan, the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award, is the mailroom and textbook coordinator. Allan handles her responsibilities with precision and timeliness, making her a dependable resource for her colleagues and students. Since joining Briar Cliff in 2003, she has served on multiple committees and dedicated herself to many of Briar Cliff’s service projects. Through her commitment to service and compassion for others, Allan strongly reflects the Franciscan values. Allan holds an associate’s degree from Western Iowa Tech Community College.
Jeanette Tobin, the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Administrator Award, is the director of counseling services at Briar Cliff and a licensed independent social worker. She has an outstanding commitment to care for the good of all students and exhibits great compassion to them and members of the campus community. Her service, advocacy and dedication in taking a proactive approach with mental health issues has positively influenced students in their personal and academic success. Tobin holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Elizabeth Rembold, the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award, is the program director and assistant professor of social work. She teaches classes while overseeing the university’s on-campus undergraduate social work program. Rembold also helped develop the nationally recognized online Bachelor of Social Work degree completion program, which she now oversees. She is a passionate advocate for student success and education and serves an important role as a faculty representative on the Briar Cliff University planning committee. Rembold holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Dakota.
The University also recognized employees celebrating service milestones, a group that has served a combined 280 years at Briar Cliff:
- 35 years of service: Thomas Kleen, assistant professor of computer science.
- 30 years of service: Dr. Patricia Currans-Sheehan, professor of English and writing and editor of The Briar Cliff Review.
- 25 years of service: Sr. Shirley Fineran, assistant professor of social work and director of field education and Carla Grey, tutoring coordinator and writing specialist.
- 20 years of service: Deidre Engel, registrar and Mark Rossi, professor of business administration and chair of the business department.
- 15 years of service: Dr. Eric Juhnke, professor of history and chair of the history department; Jeff Jansen, assistant vice president for finance; Brian Eben, vice president for enrollment management and Rita Combs, faculty administrative assistant.
- 10 years of service: Dr. Richard Petersen, associate professor of nursing and graduate nursing program director and Todd Knealing, interim vice president for academic affairs.
- Five years of service: Alyssa Utech, graphic designer; Mark Svagera, head men’s basketball coach; Dr. Matthew Pangborn, associate professor of English and writing and chair of the modern languages department; Reggie Miller, head cross country coach and track and field assistant; Sharon Messerschmidt, admissions counselor; Julius Fleschner, director of library and education services and Dr. Ryan Allen, associate professor of English and writing.
Briar Cliff is honored to recognize these employees for their loyalty and service to the institution.