Saint Martin’s Jan Berney honored nationally for commitment to students

Director of counseling services receives ANTSHE award

March 28, 2008

Lacey, Washington — Jan Berney, director of counseling services at Saint Martin’s University, has received the National Treasure Award from the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE). The award recognizes professors and academic professionals for their dedication to non-traditional students, honoring those faculty and staff members who consistently go above and beyond in their work with students on campus.

Whitney Kippes, president of the Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University, joined ANTSHE President Jeffrey Bunnell, Communication Officer Martin Moore and Student Representative Jame Cornett in presenting Berney with the award during a staff meeting on March 26.

“On behalf of the nomination committee, members of ANTSHE and the board of directors, we are pleased and are excited to present the award to Jan Berney,” said Bunnell. “Jan has worked tirelessly in supporting the non-traditional students for the last couple of years.”

Now in her eighth year at Saint Martin’s, Berney says what she enjoys most is helping students achieve personal and educational success by supporting them through counseling, training and other programs. “I am deeply grateful for this award and so appreciative of the opportunity to work closely with our non-traditional students,” remarked Berney upon receiving the honor. “I am inspired by the Benedictine values of the University and motivated by students, my colleagues, faculty and our monastic community.”

“Jan’s service to this campus has been outstanding over the years,” commented Dean of Student Services Melanie Richardson. “Her compassion and generosity truly capture the spirit of Saint Martin’s. This award gives us a chance to pause and say ‘thank you’ to Jan for her many contributions to the SMU community, particularly to our non-traditional students.”

Saint Martin’s University will be hosting ANTSHE’s 2009 National Conference next March. For more information, visit

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

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Jennifer G. Fellinger
Director of Communications
Saint Martin’s University