Recipients Name: Jeanne Hanson
Why they make a difference: Jeanne has worked tirelessly to make the transition to the lower level of the Woodburn Annex as seamless as possible. She has cooridnated move dates with faculty and staff and Facilities Services as well as worked with furniture suppliers and contractors. Jeanne has sent many messages to faculty and staff informing them of progress on the project and letting them know when interruptions to service could be expected. She has truly made a difference in making this process as good as it can get.
Submitted By: Art Jones - 8/29/2011 12:55:12 PM
Recipients Name: Art Jones
Why they make a difference: I am passing the make a difference coin to Art Jones. This week Art made a difference to BHSU by generously donating plants for me to place around campus. This was not the first occasion Art has donated plants. Art is a person who has asked me each year if I need plants for the campus. Art has been very generous with plants from his home with consistently asking each year if I need more. Art knows that plants sometimes even with the best care do not make it and with a smile again this year told me if the ones I was able to transplant don't make it "there will be more next year". Art will tell me what items I can pick from and to take as many as I can use. Thank you Art for your generosity and making a difference to assist in the beautification of BHSU.
Submitted By: Theresa Lewis - 6/30/2011 10:04:45 AM
Recipients Name: John Wilkinson
Why they make a difference: John cleaned out the dugouts at the softball field by scrapping all the built up dirt off the cement and making them really look nice for our home games. He didn't have to clean them, but he did. Little things like that truly help. Thank you for going above and beyond and working so hard to keep this campus beautiful!
Submitted By: Amy Gurney - 5/10/2011 10:45:47 AM
Recipients Name: Rob Houdek
Why they make a difference: Since Jerry's leaving, Rob has been a tremendous help and sounding board, for me. He has given me great advice and paths to follow, with my new responsibilites. He really listens and communicates his ideas, well. Him having to put up with me, alone, should make him worthy of more than a gold coin, but he does receive and deserve my respect for having such a calm and rational approach when a lot of times, the situation may not be calm or rational. Thank you for all you do for me and for BHSU, Rob!
Submitted By: Lorraine Talks - 3/24/2011 12:30:10 PM
Recipients Name: Anita Haeder
Why they make a difference: Since USS disbanded, so to speak, Anita has continued to be of great help to not only me but others while going through the transition. She has been so flexible and has been such a tremendous help and has many words of wisdom. She truly deserves some kudos. Thank you for all you do to help me, Anita. I truly appreciate it and you.
Submitted By: Lorraine Talks - 3/22/2011 10:00:07 AM
Recipients Name: Lorraine Talks
Why they make a difference: Lorraine has been very helpful to me this week with some difficult requistions. I must have called her twenty times and she was always positive, courteous, helpful and answered all of my questions. I told her I owed her lunch and she said she was just doing her job. Thanks Lorraine!
Submitted By: Sandy Crain - 2/4/2011 4:27:27 PM
Recipients Name: University Marketing & Communications
Why they make a difference: Corrine Hansen, Michelle Tracy, Kristen Kilmer, Susie Pratt and Sheryl Holman have gone out of their way to make life at the Bookstore soooooo much easier. With smiles and great talent, they have created bag designs, last minute ads, pictures and copy for our College Bookstore Industry Magazine and anything else we have thrown at them. This University is truly blessed to have such a talented and "cooperative" Marketing Team! "Thank You friends!"
Submitted By: Pam McKie - 12/14/2010 3:14:20 PM
Recipients Name: Lil Odell
Why they make a difference: Lil does a good job in the print shop doing the printing for the faculty and staff. Lil also does the mail and compliments the mail service well. Lil welcomes you with a smile and is willing to assist anyway she can. And besides all the nice things she does she also owns horses.
Submitted By: Ron Reede - 4/9/2010 6:53:16 AM
Recipients Name: Theresa Lewis
Why they make a difference: Theresa made a big difference today when she found my wallet and tracked me down to return it.
Even though I wasn't aware yet that I had dropped it, she saved me all the time it would have taken to have replaced IDs and cards etc. (She did miss the opportunity to make an even BIGGER difference had she just filled it with some cash but...-- just kidding Theresa!!!!) Truly nice to have such helpful and honest people around our campus making such a difference! Thanks so much Theresa!
Submitted By: Cathy Bergey - 3/26/2010 3:42:22 PM
Recipients Name: Brian Ewald and Josh Baity
Why they make a difference: Brian and Josh are a great asset to the bookstore. In the past month, both have been called numerous times to help with system configurations, server issues, register problems, etc. When you have a line of customers and the registers go down, it's great to be able to rely on Brian and Josh! If I had another coin, I'd give it to Garrett Stevens. Yesterday, when he saw my monitor was on the blink, he took it upon himself to fix it. Thanks NCS!
Submitted By: Michael Jastorff - 3/2/2010 11:59:40 AM
Recipients Name: Laura Weber
Why they make a difference: Laura has been helping three of my nephews to transfer to BHSU this fall. They have all told me how helpful she has been. I appreciate how she's made a difference in their lives!
Submitted By: Nancy Grassel - 2/26/2010 10:25:12 AM
Recipients Name: Ron Reede
Why they make a difference: Ron Reede works as a grounds keeper at Facility Services. Many of the students probably take for granted the work that he does. When it snows over the weekend, he gets called in to clear it. When a sprinkler pipe bursts he's there. Ron Reede makes a difference here at BHSU.
Submitted By: Raymond Evans - 2/24/2010 5:33:01 AM
Recipients Name: Randy Culver
Why they make a difference: Randy is always ready and willing to help if he possibly can and he does it with a smile -- and without complaining. Randy helped me today in a difficult spot when I had a sick child and needed a hand. Thank you for being there and for being willing to help! My family appreciates it!
Submitted By: Cathy Bergey - 2/22/2010 4:00:12 PM
Recipients Name: University Bookstore Staff
Why they make a difference: The University Bookstore Staff makes a difference every day whether they're working with alumni, prospective students and parents or faculty and staff. From ordering things they don't have on hand to giving freebies we may need for meetings/conferences to the occassional delivery they make, it's done with a smile and you're made to feel you're business is important to them and that you're special. They make everyone feel as if they're a part of the BHSU Community. Thank you Mike, Marilyn, Shawn, Dennis, Pam and Corin for taking that extra step and making a difference in a persons day.
Submitted By: Cheri Leahy - 2/19/2010 3:42:09 PM
Recipients Name: Raymond Evans
Why they make a difference: Ray has an outgoing and positive attitude. Ray is willing to assist anyone who is in need. Ray lends a helping hand wherever it is necessary to make things better for his co-workers, students and staff at BHSU. Ray has become a member of the SDSEO council and has spent time encouraging his co-workers to join while becoming a voice for his fellow workers. Ray makes a difference at BHSU and with his co-workers due to his willingness to assist and become involved at BHSU to encourage positive change and growth for his fellow co-workers.
Submitted By: Theresa Lewis - 2/16/2010 1:56:48 PM
Recipients Name: Terry Johnson
Why they make a difference: Terry makes a difference to BHSU due to his dependability, performance in providing quality work, completion of tasks in a timely manner, flexibility in abilities and assignments and proficiency in his work. Terry has a wide range of knowledge and is appreciative and positive in his attitude. Terry demonstrates his skills in each task he is given and is an asset to BHSU with his attitude and quality of work and the way he handles himself each day in his interactions with his peers and other customers he encounters.
Submitted By: Theresa Lewis - 2/16/2010 1:54:58 PM
Recipients Name: Theresa Lewis
Why they make a difference: Theresa knew the weather was going to turn cold so she cut the roses while they were still in bloom and passed them out to offices around campus to enjoy - very thoughtful!
Submitted By: President Schallenkamp - 10/14/2009 12:43:58 PM
Recipients Name: Cheri Leahy
Why they make a difference: Cheri is a special role model for the university community who cares deeply and acts on that committment and dedication to making the world a better place!
Submitted By: Kristi Pearce - 10/9/2009 10:56:25 AM
Recipients Name: Laura Bothwell
Why they make a difference: Laura makes a difference because she is always helpful, flexible and willing to answer any questions that may come up. Laura takes the time to assist and is very pleasant each time you interact with her. Laura makes a difference due to her helpful attitude. Thank you Laura.
Submitted By: Leann Vandine - 10/5/2009 10:31:12 AM
Recipients Name: Kristi Pearce
Why they make a difference: Kristi made a difference to me for all her effort and time she devoted to work with me on my tenure packet. It made the process a whole lot easier. Thanks Kristi!
Submitted By: David Wilson - 9/30/2009 7:35:17 AM
Recipients Name: Ven Thompson
Why they make a difference: Ven has handled the many and varied task from both BHSU and SDSM&T on the conversion of the campus debit card system in both a professional and timely manner. Without his constant support and getting the tasks completed the conversion would never have taken place without major inconvenience to faculty/staff and students.
Submitted By: Jerry Swarts - 9/24/2009 12:14:12 PM
Recipients Name: Theresa Lewis
Why they make a difference: Theresa makes a big difference on campus. She always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face no matter what she is doing. All the landscaping work that Theresa has done on campus is great and enjoyed by all. Thanks Theresa.
Submitted By: George McIntyre - 9/24/2009 8:56:13 AM
Recipients Name: Jilena Faith
Why they make a difference: Jilena always manages to get a yeoman's worth of work done, is unflappable in the chaos of the monthly payroll, and always gets the job done. Whether it be taking on new responsibilities, getting a payroll action entered at the last minute, or providing assistance to any one of our employees, she is always pleasant and approaches everything with a can-do attitude. She's often so quiet, that no one really notices all the important tasks being completed.
Submitted By: Nancy Grassel - 9/23/2009 1:31:57 PM
Recipients Name: dave wilson
Why they make a difference: All the hard work Dave does to keep the presidents gallery on the second floor of Woodburn.
The gallery is alway intersesting.
Keep up the good work, you make a difference.
Submitted By: bert juhrend - 9/16/2009 3:38:53 PM
Recipients Name: Anne Stevens
Why they make a difference: Very seldom do I use the privilege of writing a note to administrators or personnel supervisors. Today, I feel that one person on campus made such a difference that I had to acknowledge her effort, commitment to the university, and dedication to her “job.”
As we lost our classroom in Rapid City and had to move out to be relocated in an annex on another elementary campus, we were faced with a classroom environment that was at best marginal. The old chalkboard and overhead projector were back! Within a week, Anne Stevens had a Smart cart wired with existing technologies purchased for the PDS schools. Yes, she did her job, but she went beyond the call of duty. As I took all the technology to Rapid City she had digital pictures on how to hook it up step-by -step then step-by-step written instructions to run everything properly. She then gave me her support by phone to troubleshoot one set-up. Within 40 minutes I was able to conduct class with a similar technology level as any classroom on campus.
Submitted By: Micheline Hickenbotham - 9/16/2009 7:55:05 AM
Recipients Name: Anne Stevens
Why they make a difference: Welcome week is always a hectic time and requires a great deal of coordination and cooperation. In academic affairs, there are numerous events ranging from an audio conference to and all day workshop. Each of these events utilize technology as a major source of communication. If anything goes wrong, then it would be terribly disrupting. With this being said, I am recognizing Anne Stevens for you excpetional work during this busy time. Because of her efforts, all of the presentations and workshops during welcome week were technology error free. She was always available and to provide assistance and to fix any problems that may have arisen. She was critical to our success.
Submitted By: Dean Myers - 9/16/2009 7:53:54 AM
Recipients Name: Julie Maas, MS, NCC
Why they make a difference: Julie Maas makes a difference because of her ability to provide competent and effective couneling services, on a consistent basis, to BHSU students.
Submitted By: Dr. James Slate Fleming - 9/2/2009 10:24:18 AM
Recipients Name: Jean Kennedy
Why they make a difference: Jean works with departments and vendors on a daily basis and does so with a helpful attitute. She willingly helps with campus events when asked. Thanks Jean!!
Submitted By: Rob Houdek - 8/26/2009 12:01:15 PM
Recipients Name: Bert Juhrend
Why they make a difference: Bert's efforts to reach out to the community through summer theater is truly remarkable. He puts in long hours 7 days a week and does so with wonderful humor. He is always open to new ideas and is a great asset to BHSU.
Submitted By: President Schallenkamp - 8/7/2009 3:40:52 PM
Recipients Name: Jerry Swarts
Why they make a difference: Jerry has been a great help to me during my transition time in the Young Center. He and the folks in his office have helped me understand purchasing regulations.
Submitted By: John Kietzmann - 8/7/2009 9:53:16 AM
Recipients Name: John Kietzmann
Why they make a difference: John did such a fantastic job organizing and working at the BHSU both grilling buffalo burgers and brats during the Festival in the Park. It was great for BH to have a presence at the Festival and we received so many positive comments. On top of all of this the booth raised almost $1,700 for scholarships.
Thank you John for stepping forward and following through on this effort.
Submitted By: Warren Wilson - 7/21/2009 10:14:27 AM
Recipients Name: Dr. Jim Fleming
Why they make a difference: Jim has an amazing ability to reach out to our international students. I watched him work with a student recently and the "stress" just melted as they talked.
Submitted By: Kay Schallenkamp - 7/16/2009 1:54:40 PM
Recipients Name: Jhett Albers
Why they make a difference: He supported our student-athletes throughout the 2008-09 school year and had his best season as the Volleyball Coach at BHSU. He was also voted DAC coach of the year and DAC Athletic Diretor of the Year. COngrats Jhett.
Submitted By: Paul Sather - 7/16/2009 9:43:54 AM
Recipients Name: Robert Houdek
Why they make a difference: He makes a difference in our office every day by his willingness to always help with any questions or problems. He is understanding and encouraging and great fun to work with.
Submitted By: Donna Vanden Hoek - 6/15/2009 10:50:07 AM
Recipients Name: george mcintyre
Why they make a difference: George always greets students ,faculty, and guests with a hello and a smile and is always helpfull when we have work projects in jonas
Submitted By: lynn fox - 5/12/2009 12:02:12 PM
Recipients Name: Anne Stevens
Why they make a difference: Anne is a staff member that is always willing to go the extra mile. When there is a need, Anne is right there to help. This past weekend I needed some information during our Boys/Girls State Orientation and I called Anne at home. Like every other time I have needed her assistance, she was polite, understanding, and very helpful. Good Job Anne!!
Submitted By: Fred Nelson - 4/29/2009 8:59:15 AM
Recipients Name: Donna Vanden Hoek
Why they make a difference: Donna is awesome to work with. She is organized, quick to reply and always finds an answer to my questions. She effectively manages a busy schedule and the schedules of others in her department and tries to make sure items aren't overlooked in a very busy department. I greatly appreciate Donna's efforts and the difference she makes to BH. Thanks Donna!!
Submitted By: Francie Voelker - 4/28/2009 1:58:28 PM
Recipients Name: Francie Voelker
Why they make a difference: Francie is constantly making a difference, especially to those who work in the IITS department. Francie is always there to answer our questions and to make our jobs easier. She is always positive and is always a joy to work with. Thanks Francie, for everything you do!
Submitted By: Anne Stevens - 4/28/2009 8:35:05 AM
Recipients Name: Lynn Fox
Why they make a difference: Lynn used his awesome carpentry skills to make a mace for the President to use at ceremonial events for the university. As always, Lynn did an exceptional job. He was innovative by using leftover wood from the bleachers in the old Cook Gym and discovered a local glass blower who helped him personalize the mace with BHSU colors. Thank-you, Lynn!!
Submitted By: Kathy Johnson - 4/16/2009 8:10:05 AM
Recipients Name: Shelley Stoltenberg
Why they make a difference: Shelley has done such an amazing job engaging students, advising the programming team and helping student organizations. She is absolutely amazing! I also wanted to acknowledge Shelley for all the hard work she did for the Student Volunteer Awards Celebration - she pretty much coordinated the entire event! Thanks, Shelley. You make a difference every day on campus.
Submitted By: Jane Klug - 4/14/2009 10:14:16 AM
Recipients Name: Paula Carrol
Why they make a difference: Paula has the most infectious cheery personality. She has a can do attitude and the persistance to back it up. Paula connects well with students and is open and welcoming to everyone on campus. She is a great asset to BHSU; I sincerely hope we can keep her around.
Submitted By: Shelley Stoltenberg - 4/14/2009 9:28:24 AM
Recipients Name: Leann Vandine
Why they make a difference: When students, staff, faculty, contractors or the general public enter facility services the first point of contact is Leann Vandine. Leann greets people with a friendly smile and a positive outgoing attitude asking how she can assist in meeting the needs that person has. Leann has extensive knowledge of facility services which enables her to address any issues that may come in with a positive result. Leann handles parking violations daily. Leann maintains professionalism and a helpful manner in assisting the person with the violation, who at times are upset in having the violation. Leann has the ability to listen to the concerns and appropriately resolve the concerns with the person leaving with a positive outcome. Leann’s ability to handle any situation that comes in is an asset to facility services and BHSU. Leann makes a difference at BHSU in the way she conducts her daily business with the large variety of people she may see that day. Leann maintains her helpful presence with anyone who asks for anything which makes a difference in how people look at facility services and BHSU.
Submitted By: Randy Culver - 4/8/2009 7:37:23 AM
Recipients Name: Fred Nelson
Why they make a difference: I went down to Fred's office to chat about some issues and Fred was talking with a student about staying here at BHSU, taking a Business major, and the kind of options that would give the student in the IT area.
Thanks Fred for Making a Difference.
Submitted By: Warren Wilson - 4/6/2009 1:31:16 PM
Recipients Name: Randy Culver
Why they make a difference: A recent snowstorm allows me to identify a person who has made a difference at BHSU. Upon the snow beginning to arrive on March 23 BHSU was closed. Randy Culver made sure all his staff were going home safely before getting hit by the storm. Randy stayed at BHSU to weather the storm and fulfill snow removal on campus. Randy spent countless hours moving snow that kept coming in on campus. Randy’s commitment to BHSU during this storm and for the last 18 years is shown by this recent dedication in this storm and his daily positive attitude with staff, faculty, students and contractors that are on BHSU campus. Randy faces any challenge with diligence, optimism, and a positive attitude that gets things completed. Randy is the type of person that is willing to help anyone and puts others first. Randy is truly an asset to BHSU and makes a difference at BHSU.
All the facility staff contributed to the snow removal during this recent storm which is a tribute to Randy that he has the leadership with his staff to get things accomplished to better serve BHSU.
Submitted By: Theresa Lewis - 3/30/2009 4:30:06 AM
Recipients Name: Deb Larive
Why they make a difference: Deb has gone above and beyond in taking care of the residents in Heidepreim Hall. Her care of and for the facilities is noticed by the residents and appreciated by them. Thanks Deb for your attention to detail! Thank you for making a difference at BHSU!
Submitted By: Lois Flagstad - 3/19/2009 10:57:28 AM
Recipients Name: Theresa Lewis
Why they make a difference: Theresa makes a difference in our BHSU community by being a person with a positive attitude. No matter what job she is assigned (from shoveling snow, to moving furniture, to gardening outside) she does it with an affirmative viewpoint and a dedicated commitment. By her willingness, she makes the work environment a nicer place to be. Her outlook is also one of concern for others and she demonstrates her kindness and generosity daily. Her efforts go beyond ordinary and she significantly contributes to our university. Thanks to her, our campus is a better place to be and our students, staff, and visitors will all have a good impression when they leave.
Submitted By: Jan Bettelyoun - 3/17/2009 6:16:33 PM
Recipients Name: Penney Williams
Why they make a difference: As the senior secretary for Student Health Services, Penney works tirelessly to update student immunization records to ensure that students are in compliance with new South Dakota legislation. Penney makes countless telephone calls and sends numerous emails and letters while maintaining a positive attitude. Her attention to detail and her gentle spirit make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students! Thank you Penney!
Submitted By: Lois Flagstad - 3/16/2009 3:11:46 PM
Recipients Name: Jan Bettelyoun
Why they make a difference: For 12 years, Jan has been making a difference every day in the Student Union. She has worked so hard to keep our facility clean and welcoming to all who enter the building. It is the extra touches that she does (without being asked) that make such a wonderful difference. Thank you, Jan for all you do!
Submitted By: Jane Klug - 3/12/2009 12:46:14 PM
Recipients Name: Jane Klug
Why they make a difference: For anybody who hasn't noticed Jane Klug has the ability to make a difference in students' lives on a daily basis. She brings a caring attitude daily to the workplace and displays her sincere heartfelt helpfulness to students. Congratulations Jane.
Submitted By: Steve Peep - 3/12/2009 9:00:02 AM
Recipients Name: Micheline Hickenbotham
Why they make a difference: "You bring such joy and sunshine into my life. Special people like you bring inspiration, warmth and love. Like a bird, you have taken me under your wings."
Submitted By: Sarah Nelson - 3/6/2009 8:44:25 AM
Recipients Name: Jane Klug
Why they make a difference: Jane organized a Black Hills State University day at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. We have 39 employees that attend church at Our Saviors and Jane organized two services and had the employees perform the services that day to give the pastors the day off. BHSU got tremendous exposure out of this and many people wore BH apparel that day to church. Great job Jane!!
Submitted By: Steve Meeker - 3/5/2009 3:53:43 PM
Recipients Name: Sara Nelson
Why they make a difference: Sara is very representative of our Janitorial staff here at BHSU. She always has a friendly smile on her face as she goes about her job making sure our offices and classrooms are clean.
She clearly makes a difference which to often students and staff probably don't notice. Thanks Sara for all you do for BHSU.
Submitted By: Dr. Jim Hess - 3/5/2009 1:25:11 PM
Recipients Name: April Meeker
Why they make a difference: April and her staff generously volunteered to assist our data cleanup effort of 1700+ records that were mistakenly electronically updated by another campus a week ago. The majority of the 4000 BHSU student records affected were electronically corrected. But the records that remain are more complicated and will be a manual fix...Thank you April, Dawn, Ramona, Jane and Karen.....for your expertise and generosity...from your campus IT staff....
Submitted By: Roxy Schmit - 3/3/2009 8:40:19 AM
Recipients Name: Paul Sather
Why they make a difference: Paul has done an outstanding job of representing BHSU athletics in the best possible light. By coaching the Yellow Jackets to the DAC tournament title, Paul has been able to generate excitement and school spirit for the campus.
Submitted By: John Kietzmann - 3/2/2009 10:49:31 AM
Recipients Name: Amanda Tucker
Why they make a difference: Amanda makes a positive difference in the lives of BHSU students every day. As a residence life professional, she is a personable, positive, and caring individual who creates an exceptional learning and living environment for students.
Submitted By: Corinne Hansen - 2/27/2009 1:00:55 PM
Recipients Name: John Kietzmann
Why they make a difference: I admire John Kietzmann's enthusiasm and dedication to BHSU athletics. I know that his never ending list of ideas for events and projects has tremendously increased Yellow Jacket spirit and support of the athletic programs at BHSU. Thanks John and Go Jackets!
Submitted By: Corinne Hansen - 2/27/2009 11:22:06 AM
Recipients Name: Steve Peep
Why they make a difference: One day while I was talking with Steve, he said with great enthusiasm how much he enjoyed being around students. He indicated he tries to get to know them by name. Then, with a smile, he explained if he knew them and vice versa, they might think twice before they threw a candy wrapper on the lawn.
Submitted By: President Schallenkamp - 2/25/2009 3:59:03 PM
Recipients Name: Dr. Jim Hess
Why they make a difference: Dr. Hess made a big difference on our campus by making a significant contribution to our scholarship program. Dr. Hess has been very instrumental in assisting us with our employee campaign both through his ideas and contributions.
Submitted By: Steve Meeker - 2/23/2009 9:28:10 AM
Recipients Name: Roxy Schmit
Why they make a difference: I gave a coin to Roxy Schmit for going above and beyond during the time that Rod Bartholomew has been ill (for the past 3 months). Thank you Roxy!
Submitted By: Warren Wilson - 2/20/2009 1:30:18 PM
Recipients Name: BHSU
Why they make a difference: Just a note to give a big "Thank You" to all of you folks at BHSU who cooperated so willingly today when we were forced to evacuate West Elementary - sounds to me as though you went above and beyond expectations and it was greatly appreciated - it turned out to be a very good live drill for us, and we learned a lot from it - one of those things was how kind, welcoming and thoughtful you folks were in our time of need - please share this with everyone who had a part in taking such good care of our students and staff.
Submitted By: Dave Peters - Spearfish School District Superintendent - 2/20/2009 11:57:50 AM