Housekeeper Brenda Dautermann was awarded this year’s Bill Behling Prize. Dean of Students Christina Klawitter presented her with the award at the annual Staff Recognition Celebration and Breakfast held on Wednesday.
Dautermann, an employee of Beloit College since 2001, won in part for her ability to relate to people and to make them feel at home.
“Every student deserves respect no matter who they are,” says Dautermann. “I treat them all like they're my own children and how I’d want someone to treat my child. I consider the students to be the spice of life, and there are a lot of spices out there.”
Dautermann, whose daughter Valerie graduated on Sunday, is known for leaving baked goods or vegetables for students in their dorms and kitchens and inviting them over for holidays and home cooked meals.
Nominated by students, the Bill Behling Prize recognizes a college staff member—hourly or administrative—who demonstrates a level of care that goes above and beyond their job description. The award is named in honor of Bill Behling, otherwise known as “The Food Dude,” who directed Beloit’s campus food services for more than 20 years.