Gray named USD employee of month

Gray named USD employee of month A positive attitude, dedication and professionalism have earned Jolinda Gray of Vermillion the October Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.

Gray, administrative assistant to the dean in the USD School of Education since 1985, was honored during a recent ceremony at the Delzell Education Center. USD President James W. Abbott presented Gray with a plaque and a check.

"I've been with the school of education since 1980 because I like working with the faculty and staff here. I enjoy having the freedom to do the job the best way I know, and the confidence that my supervisors have in me," said Gray.

Professor Jeri Engelking, acting dean of the USD School of Education, nominated Gray based on her effectiveness over the last several years, particularly with managing the details of the recent National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation visit in November 1998.

"Jolinda acted with exceptional professionalism in scheduling the many site visitors for both the national and state review teams," Engleking said. "She was very successful in managing the official documents to present to teams."

According to Engleking, Gray has an exceptionally friendly and professional manner which serves USD and the education school very well in the development of public relations with educational leaders. "Jolinda is a pleasure to work with. Her performance, attitude, dedication and style are exemplary and very worthy of recognition. She takes charge when a job needs doing and is a very capable representative of our school and of the university," Engleking said.

Gray, originally of Platte, began working at the USD School of Education in July 1980.

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