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Black Hills State University recently recognized employees for their years of service and dedication during the annual Employee Awards Reception.

Retirees honored this year were: George McIntyre, Facilities Services; Chris Coolidge, BHSU South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SDCEO); Roger Miller, College of Arts and Sciences; Daniel Adams, Facilities Services; Ron Reede, Facilities Services; Barb Ridgeway, Center for Academic Success; Hanna Swarts, University Mail Services; Jerry Swarts, University Support Services; and Doug Wessel, College of Arts and Sciences.

Jim Hess, professor of psychology at BHSU, received the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award. Hess was honored for being a leader on campus though his dedication to and support of his psychology students, his colleagues, and the University. His classes are sought after by many students for his real-world experiences in clinical and counseling psychology.

BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp recognized the Career Service Act (CSA) outstanding employees for the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters. BHSU employees are nominated for their customer service, attitude, dependable and responsible performance, communication skills, and team work.

Marc Jolley, building maintenance specialist for Facilities Services, was recognized for the fall 2010 semester. Jolley was nominated by an entire office on campus rather than just one individual, which is unique and a reason for him to be proud, knowing he is leaving an impact on the entire campus. According to his nominees he is known for living up to his last name – “by being ‘jolly’ all the time.”

Cami Dohman, secretary for the College of Arts and Sciences, was named the 2011 spring semester outstanding employee for her over-the-top work performance and dedication to projects outside her normal work duties. As noted in her nomination form, her positive and cheerful attitude gets the day started on the right track and her contagious laugh always lights up the office. Dohman’s dedication to the University is outstanding and appreciated; she is a team player who always puts students and co-workers first.

Each year during the reception individuals and groups who inspire higher levels of service to the students, the University, and the community are recognized by the BHSU Employee Recognition Committee.

  • Jeanne Hanson, program assistant II for Facilities Services, was honored with the Special Committee Award for her exemplary organizational skills and her customer service to on-campus departments. She is known for being thorough, efficient, and effective as well as having exceptional problem-solving skills.
  • Debra Smoot, office supervisor for the Center for Academic Success; Ven Thompson, senior programmer analyst and webmaster for Administrative Information Management Services; and Danielle Brady, director of the Office of Academic Support; received the Economic Impact/Innovation Award for initiating and successfully establishing new methods that have enhanced revenues and/or saved the University money and time. The group worked together to automate an email notification process for all students required to take the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam. They resolved issues such as ensuring documentation of notification, confirmation of test date, and compliance with South Dakota Board of Regents policies.
  • Terry Hupp, director of Instructional Technology, was recognized with the Community Service Award for demonstrating significant contributions of his time and talent to the University, the Spearfish community, the region, and the state. Hupp is a talented auctioneer and volunteers his skills for campus and community fundraising events. He is also the BHSU representative for the Ranch A Board of Directors. In the community he is involved with the United Way, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Sandstone Hills Homeowners Association.
  • Richard Raridon, BHSU community service coordinator, was honored with the Student Service Award, for providing excellent leadership-by-example skills in service learning and volunteerism. In addition to annual events such as Make a Difference Day and Alternative Spring Break, Raridon has been involved with the Spearfish Habitat for Humanity Board, the Dupree tornado clean-up effort, and numerous projects with the Dorsett Home.
  • Patty Clarkson, senior secretary for the College of Education, was commended for her commitment to her responsibilities and was presented with the Outstanding University Service Award. Clarkson sets a professional and productive tone for the College of Education. She displays a caring attitude towards faculty, students, and the public and assists new faculty and students in making the transition to BHSU.
  • The BHSU Human Resources Department was recognized with the University Area Award. The award is presented to an area of the University that has displayed exemplary dedication to their responsibilities. The willingness of the Human Resources staff to implement new software, processes, and procedures and to conduct training is valued by all offices on the BHSU campus. Members of the Human Resources Department include: David Dobrenski, human resources generalist; Jilena Faith, human resources generalist; Glen Lammers, human resources assistant; Marie Guest, receptionist; and Nancy Grassel, director.

The reception also honored employees with longevity recognition. Cindy Raysor, senior secretary of Sponsored Programs, was recognized for 30 years of service.

Individuals honored for 20 years of service included: Randy Culver, associate director of Facilities Services; Shawn Haug, buyer for the University Bookstore; Roger Miller, associate professor of history and social science; Kathleen Parrow, professor of history and social science; Richard Walker, kitchen utility worker for A’viands Dining Services; Diane Watson, director of Sponsored Programs; Warren Wilson, chief information officer and director of Information and Instructional Technology Services; and BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp.

Employees recognized for 15 years of service were: Erin Holmes, director of Institutional Research; Paul Kopco, instructor of mass communication; Tim Molseed, professor of education; Fred Nelson, director of Network and Computer Services; Shane Sarver, chief research officer; Sandee Schamber, director, University Center-Rapid City; and Dennis Walkins, buyer for the University Bookstore.

Those acknowledged for 10 years of service included: David Bergmann, associate professor of science; Shawn Covell, grill cook for A’viands Dining Services; David Cremean, associate professor of humanities; Lynn Fox, senior building maintenance worker for Facilities Services; Marc Jolley, building maintenance specialist for Facilities Services; Mary Jones, assistant professor of education; Heidi Kegler, chef for A’viands Dining Services; Sandy Klarenbeek, instructor of education; Deb Larive, facility worker for Facilities Services; Sarah Nelson, custodial worker for Facilities Services; Mark Nore, head women’s basketball coach and assistant professor of education; Irene Salitros, senior secretary for Admissions; Karen Sorensen, office supervisor for the Registrar’s Office; and Steve Wynia, assistant professor of technology.

Employees honored for five years of service were: Rodger Albrandt, facility worker for Facilities Services; June Apaza, director of the Center for Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE); Don Coble, director of budget for the Business Office; Ann Evridge, teacher aide for the Child Care Center; Shauna Junek, director of prospect research for University Advancement; John Kietzmann, assistant athletic director; Faye LaDuke-Pelster, instructor of education and coordinator for the Northern Hills Professional Development Schools; Kristie Lovett, herbarium data technician; Kathy Morford, senior secretary for the College of Business and Technology; David Post, adjunct assistant professor of biology; Jeannie Salazar, program assistant I for University Advancement; David Scarborough, associate professor of business; Bradd Schafer, head men’s basketball coach; Ken Schallenkamp, associate professor of business; Garth Spellman, assistant professor of science; Jami Stone, assistant professor of education; Bret Swanson, instructor for the University Center-Rapid City; and Michael Tolan, librarian and instructor of education.