Oien named USD Employee of Month A positive attitude, courtesy toward others and pride in his work have earned Larry Oien of Gayville the November Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.
Oien, a custodial worker at Statewide Educational Services (SWES) since 1997, was honored during a recent ceremony at the SWES office. USD President James W. Abbott presented Oien with a plaque and a check.
"I have real nice people to work for and I like working here," said Oien. "It's a good place to work. My supervisor, Susie Collins, is a nice person to work for. Whatever I need she usually gets it, she's a real friendly person. The grounds crew provides support and all the electricians and plumbers are great to work with at USD."
Marlene Jacobson, instructional designer and acting assistant dean of SWES, nominated Oien based on his effectiveness, work ethic and attitude over the past two years.
"He takes such tremendous pride in his job and it affects staff morale so positively, Jacobson said. "He maintains our buildings beyond a level the SWES staff has ever seen, and he has such pride in his work and his accompanying work ethic positively influences our entire staff.
"Larry exudes pride in his work to the extent that it is infectious. He is not only incredibly thorough, he routinely checks in with each of the SWES staff to see if there is anything more he can do and if what he has done is suitable. He goes way above and beyond the call of duty and takes such pride in his work and that's good to see," Jacobson added.
According to Jacobson, Oien has an exceptionally courteous and friendly manner which serves USD and SWES very well. "Larry is so courteous to other staff while working, he is truly a joy to have around. We are incredibly lucky to have such a valuable employee in our building," Jacobson said.
Oien, originally of Mission Hill, began working at the USD SWES office on July 1, 1997.