Olson named USD Employee of the Month for November Dedication, a pleasant personality and a willingness to take on any task presented him have earned Michael Olson of Elk Point the November Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.
Olson, a fabrication technician for the basic biomedical sciences department since 1998, was honored during a ceremony Nov. 2 in the Lee Medical & Science building. USD President James W. Abbott presented Olson with a plaque and a check.
"The variety of work and friendly people I work with make it enjoyable here at USD," Olson said.
Olson was nominated by a group of department staff and professors, according to USD Dean of Basic Biomedical Sciences Ron Lindahl, who said the group nominated Olson based on his work ethic, competency, thoroughness, self motivation, initiative and talent in his ability to fix almost anything in Basic Biomedical Sciences.
"I can only echo the comments of the secretarial staff, Paul Bliss, Brian Christie and the late Sharon Coles when I say that Mike is certainly one of the most important people in assuring that the Lee Med building operates smoothly on a day to day basis," Lindahl said.
"Mike takes the part of his job description,' ? and other duties as assigned' to new levels," added Lindahl. "He can and will do anything asked of him and somehow often has it done before its even asked of him."
Olson, originally of Elk Point, began working at USD in 1984 in the facilities management department. He and his wife Kimberly have twin 13-year-old-sons, Andrew and Alex.