First Annual SFS Excellence Awards Presented
October 26, 2013
A tradition of celebration began when Sioux Falls Seminary presented its first annual Excellence Awards to four deserving individuals on Friday, October 25. The awards were created to show the seminary's thankfulness to the trustees, faculty, and staff who help to create a culture of excellence in Christian service. To be conferred annually are The Powell Award for Excellence in Service by Faculty; The Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Staff and Administration; The Zimbelman Award for Excellence in Service through Sioux Falls Psychological Services; and The Schmeltekopf Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service.
2013 recipients are: Dr. Susan Reese (Powell Award for Faculty); Sheryl Sletten (Rauschenbusch Award for Staff and Administration); Dee Wacker (Zimbelman Award for Sioux Falls Psychological Services); and the Rev. Brian Russell (Schmeltekopf Award for Volunteer Service).
Dr. Susan Reese: The Powell Award for Excellence in Service by Faculty
Dr. Susan Reese (pictured middle right) has been credited with setting the tone for the future of ministry training through innovation and creativity. In addition, she demonstrates outstanding dedication and service to students and leads through quiet strength and leadership. Thank you, Dr. Susan Reese for your dedication to the best interests of the seminary.
The Powell Award for Excellence in Service by Faculty was created in honor of the late professor Dr. Ralph Powell. It will be given annually to the faculty member who contributes to a culture of excellence in service to students and to the seminary community as a whole.
Sheryl Sletten: The Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Staff and Administration
Sheryl Sletten (pictured middle left) is not afraid to take on whatever task is needed to help the seminary team. More often than not, she goes above and beyond to help those around her. Thanks Sheryl for taking on every task with a smile!
The Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Staff and Administration was created in honor of the seminary’s founding professor, August Rauschenbusch, and his son, professor Walter Rauschenbusch. The award is given annually to the Sioux Falls Seminary staff or administrative member who exemplifies excellence in achievement through his or her daily work.
Dee Wacker: The Zimbelman Award for Excellence in Service through Sioux Falls Psychological Services
Dee Wacker (pictured far left) has a wonderful ability to connect with and serve her clients. As a result, she maintains a very full practice. Her peers praised her drive to evolve as a professional by staying current with issues and by continually pursuing new education and opportunities. Thanks Dee for impacting the seminary's mission and the entire community through your work.
The Zimbelman Award for Excellence through Sioux Falls Psychological Services was created in honor of retired professor and former head of Sioux Falls Psychological Services, Dr. Ernie Zimbelman. The award will be given annually to the employee whose excellence as a counselor and/or staff member of Sioux Falls Psychological Services contributes to the highest standards of service both to the seminary and to the entire Sioux Falls community.
Rev. Brian Russell: The Schmeltekopf Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service
Rev. Brian Russell, Senior Pastor of McDermot Avenue Baptist Church in Winnipeg, MB, (pictured far right) serves Sioux Falls Seminary as its Board Chair. Thanks to his role, the Board of Trustees is more engaged in the mission of Sioux Falls Seminary than ever. Thank you, Brian, for setting the standards of board service so high!
The Schmeltekopf Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service was created in honor of the late, former Board of Trustee member Morris Schmeltekopf. The award will be given annually to the trustee or seminary volunteer who exemplifies the highest standards of meritorious service to Sioux Falls Seminary through its Board of Trustees or other volunteer role.