Jorgensen named USD employee of the month Leadership, personality and a willingness to help others have earned Wayne Jorgensen of Irene the April Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.
Jorgensen joined USD as a custodial supervisor in the Residential Life Department in 1991. He was honored during a ceremony April 5 in the Frankenfeld Room of the Coyote Student Center. USD President James W. Abbott presented Jorgensen with a plaque and a check.
"The people are the best part of the job and always have been. Whether it's teachers, students or co-workers, there's so much to say about them," Jorgensen said. "Having good people is what makes the job easier and makes it fun. They're fantastic."
Co-workers Teresa L. Schimelfening, Ruth Kludt and Roger Girard nominated Jorgensen based on his strong work ethic and willingness to help others. "Wayne is a terrific supervisor," Schimelfening said. "He is willing to help out his subordinates whenever he can, and demonstrates great leadership qualities, such as never asking staff to do tasks that he is not willing to do himself. In fact, most of the time he will just go ahead and do the work before asking for help from others.
"Wayne also helps his colleagues to advance professionally. He doesn't hesitate to take on others' responsibilities to accomplish a job. He gets along with everyone, and the staff, students and office people alike respect him for his time and the effort he puts into his job," she added.
Jorgensen, originally of Hurley, began working at USD in 1991. He and his wife Janet have two sons, Paul and Chad, and one grandson, Austin.