Wingen named USD employee of the month Her optimism, devotion to the job and friendly persona have earned Theresa Basom Wingen of Vermillion the August Career Service Employee of the Month at The University of South Dakota.
Wingen, a senior secretary with the Vice President of Finance and Administration, was surprised with the honor during a ceremony in Slagle Hall on the USD campus in Vermillion. USD President James W. Abbott presented Wingen with a plaque and check.
Wingen said that she appreciated the nomination and support she has been given at USD. "The best part about my job is definitely the people," Wingen said. "My work provides me with real opportunities to be creative and to professionally grow."
Wendy Sammelson, an administrative assistant in the USD Office of the Vice President, nominated Wingen for her optimism and positive outlook on her job and life. "Theresa is willing to stand by her fellow colleagues and me whether it be a celebration or disaster in the office," Sammelson said. "She will laugh with you when you laugh at yourself, smile with you when you smile and listen with the utmost attention and sincerity when you have a dilemma and need someone to talk to. I consider myself fortunate to have her as a working colleague, but more as a friend."
President Abbott thanked Wingen for her cooperation and teamwork approach with her colleagues. "Thank you, Theresa, for helping to keep up the spirits of everyone here at USD," he said.
Greg Redlin, Vice President of Finance and Administration, said that Wingen deserved the distinction long before she received this honor. "Theresa, in my opinion, is the perfect employee," Redlin said. "She's highly skilled, naturally friendly, immensely loyal and always puts the goals of the office before her personal needs."
Wingen, originally of Wisconsin, began working at USD as senior secretary with the Vice President of Finance and Administration in 1991. In addition to the work that she does in her department, Wingen also aids the Budget, Finance and Institutional Research Department and Auxiliary Services. Wingen and her husband Pat, live in Vermillion. Wingen has one daughter, Mary, a senior at Vermillion High School, six step-children and two step-grandchildren.