Hart honored as USD employee of the month Her helpfulness, courtesy to faculty and students and dedication to her job has earned Mary Ann Hart of Centerville the June Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.
Hart, a faculty secretary in the School of Law since 1996, was honored for her hard work during a ceremony on the USD School of Law. USD President James W. Abbott presented Hart with a check and a plaque.
"The administration has let me run with my skills. Because of them allowing me to fulfill my skills, professionally and personally, that's meant a lot to me," Hart said.
Hart also cited her appreciation of her colleagues and faculty members. "It's nice to think that my peers are thinking of me," she said.
In her nomination, Carlene Muenster of the School of Law praised Hart for her willingness to help others and her outstanding repertoire with faculty and students. "She's a real asset to the faculty and an asset in large projects," said Muenster. "She is very helpful and courteous to the students, faculty and staff. Mary Ann continually has a smile on her face and a very positive attitude. It is very much appreciated."
"Mary Ann holds everyone's hands," said USD School of Law Professor Jo Pasqualucci. "The whole faculty would've nominated her. She's just fabulous."
Hart, originally of Viborg, began working at USD in 1980 as a secretary in the Administration Office. In 1985 she became a secretary in the Program Office and then moved to the Historical Preservation Office in 1987. She moved to her current position at the USD Law School in February of 1996. Hart and her husband Don, a locksmith at USD, live in rural Centerville. Hart has three children and one step-son.