Coaker named Employee of Month

Coaker named Employee of Month Outstanding service, caring and unselfishness has earned Deb Reeves Coaker of Vermillion the June Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.

Coaker, an administrative assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs, was honored during a ceremony June 7 in Slagle Hall. USD Vice President of Academic Affairs Don Dahlin presented Coaker with a plaque and a check.

"The most enjoyable part of my job is the fact that it's never monotonous, there's always something to do and the fact we don't deal strictly with faculty or students," Coaker said. "We actually deal with all aspects of the university, secretaries, administration faculty and students, and I've enjoyed the last 10 years very much."

Dahlin, Assistant Vice President Lynn Rognstad and co-worker Sally Wheelock, all of the Office of Academic Affairs, nominated Coaker based on her willingness to go the extra mile in her work, and always with a smile on her face.

"Deb's approach is always 'how can I help to get the work done?' " said Dahlin. "Whatever the answer to that question is, Deb always pitches in with good humor and full energy, and she always produces work of the highest quality."

"Deb has given unselfishly of her time and worked a countless number of nights and weekends to ensure that various projects are completed on time," Wheelock said.

Coaker, originally of Neligh, NE, began working at USD in 1990 as a senior secretary in Academic Affairs and was promoted to administrative assistant in 1997. She and her husband, John, and daughter, Heather live in Vermillion.

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