Jane Olson named USD Employee of the Month for June An easygoing personality and dedication to her work has earned Jane Olson of Mission Hill the June Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.
Olson, a secretary in the biology department, was honored during a ceremony June 1 in the Churchhill Haines Laboratory. USD President James W. Abbott presented Olson with a plaque and a check.
"I enjoy working with students in the registration process, helping them with whatever problems they may have with classes," Olson said. "I also enjoy working with the faculty, who are very accommodating, providing information when I assist with their financial accounts and class projects, such as class rosters, tests and other paperwork."
USD Biology Department Chair Karen Olmstead nominated Olson based on her skills in technologies related to accounting, student records, and communications.
"Jane is completely committed. She is here early every day and stays late often," said Olmstead, an associate professor of biology. "She keeps me on track, and is very, very helpful. She is extremely competent with technology, especially Datatel, which is crucial for our large undergraduate enrollment. Her planning skills are excellent. She stays aware of upcoming deadlines and double checks information as it is received in our office," said Olmstead.
"Ms. Olson is also an excellent office manager," Olmstead said. "She is always willing to handle a challenge and the department truly values her dedication and skills. We are lucky to have Jane Olson working for us."
Olson, originally of Crofton, NE, began working at USD in 1998 as a temporary secretary for several departments and became the permanent full time secretary for the biology department in December, 1998. She and her husband, Gordon live in rural Mission Hill.