Ouellette retiring after 37 years at university

Ouellette retiring after 37 years at university Luann Ouellette ended up staying at The University of South Dakota longer than she expected.

In June 1963, Ouellette was one week away from her graduation from USD when she was offered a part-time secretary position with the USD power plant. She took the job and received her degree in mathematics. Now, 37 years later, Ouellette will be leaving USD as she retires as plant manager of Facilities Management.

In that same time period, Ouellette witnessed the construction of many buildings on campus and renovation and remodeling of others, including Old Main, where most of her classes were held when she was a student.

In November 1964, Ouellette moved from the power plant office when the buildings and grounds department merged with the power plant. Ouellette became the first secretary for the new USD/Physical Plant Department. She has worked for the department since and has moved up the ranks to her present position.

"The next years promise changes to the physical appearance of this campus much like I saw in my first 10 to 15 years working here," Ouellette said. "I've enjoyed being part of the growth, but even more special, is having worked with so many dedicated people."

Ouellette has one daughter and a son-in-law that live in Billings, MT, and her mother lives in Vermillion. She has been active in the Epsilon Sigma Alpha women's sorority, on the board of the Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Civic Council board, parish advisory board of the Newman Center and a member of the Vermillion Investment Club.

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