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WIU Housing Staff, Student: Award-Winning

December 11, 2012

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University housing staff and students brought home the "gold" recently from the annual GLACUHO (Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers) and GLACURH (Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) conferences.

John Biernbaum, associate vice president of student services-student life, was the recipient of GLACUHO's Distinguished Service Award, which is the highest honor given in the region. The award is presented to an individual who has served a minimum of 10 years in the housing profession and who has contributed significantly to the profession and to the development of the regional and/or national organization.

Biernbaum has served as the associate vice president of student services-student life at Western since September 2010. Previously, he was the assistant vice president of student services-student life for four years. He has also served as the director of residential facilities at WIU, associate director of residential facilities and assistant director of residential facilities for six years. He started his career at Western as a complex director and residence hall director. In addition, Biernbaum was the St. Louis Rams Training Camp liaison at Western for nine years.

"JB's service to this institution and to the housing profession is outstanding," said Vice President for Student Services Gary Biller. "He is most deserving of GLACUHO's highest honor."

Joe Roselieb, director of residential facilities, received the GLACUHO Service Award, which is presented to a member who has personally contributed to the region through outstanding service and significant contributions to his/her institution, among other criteria.

Roselieb has served as director of residential facilities since July 2012. Prior to that, he was the assistant director of residential facilities for four years. Roselieb joined the UHDS staff in 2004 as a facilities assistant student worker, and worked as a facilities graduate assistant prior to being hired full-time. In addition to his full-time role in housing, he is the caretaker of the University's official mascot, Col. Rock III, a two year old English Bulldog.

"Joe is an individual who has distinguished himself on campus and in the Great Lakes region," Bierbaum said. "He is a tremendous asset to WIU and the GLACUHO organization. We are lucky to have him at Western."

Tera Monroe, director of residence life, was named GLACURH Adviser of the Year. This award recognizes the outstanding service by an individual adviser above and beyond his/her job description, while serving in an advising role in his/her university community. Monroe has served as director of residence life since June 2008. Previously, she was the associate director of residence life for three years.

"Tera has helped cultivate a culture of tradition with our InterHall Council students which has brought great recognition to IHC, UHDS and WIU," Biernbaum noted.

Jenna Decker, a sophomore sociology major from Oak Forest and vice president of InterHall Council, received GLACURH's Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding student leaders.

"Jenna exemplifies what we want in our students at Western. Her involvement both on and off campus is wide-ranging and she continues to impact Western Illinois University each and every day making it a better place than she found it. She is truly deserving of this honor," Biernbaum added.

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