Facilities Department
Facilities Department


This KUDOS award recognizes the work of a team of staff members in the Facilities Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney – Kristen Ahrens, Custodian II; Michael Cremers, Facilities Manager; Riley Oestreicher, Custodian II; and John Rinaker, Zone Manager. UNK was very pleased to be one of only 10 sites nationwide chosen to host the “By the People,” national public dialogue sponsored by MacNeil/Lehrer productions. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center coordinated the event in Nebraska. Many people at UNK contributed to the success of this special event, but none were more helpful then this team of dedicated facilities staff members. Their spirit of cooperation, efficiency, and “can do” attitude were key ingredients in Nebraskans’ successful participation in this national production. Kristen and Michael are relative newcomers to UNK, while Riley has been a valued member of the staff since 1973, and John has served UNK since 1993.
Pictured: Pictured: Chancellor Doug Kristensen; Riley Oestreicher; Michael R. Cremers; John Rinaker; Donette Zrust, friend of John Rinaker; and Regent Brett Chloupek. Not pictured is Kristen Ahrens.

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