Johnson named USD employee of the month USD

Johnson named USD employee of the month USD A willingness to help, to learn and to better herself personally and professionally has earned Carmen Johnson of Vermillion the September Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.

Johnson, division secretary for the School of Education, was honored recently during a ceremony at the Delzell Education Center. USD Acting President Donald C. Dahlin presented Johnson with a plaque and a check.

Michael Hoadley, former co-director of the Division of Technology for Training and Development (TTD), nominated Johnson based on her outstanding service to TTD, the School of Education and The University of South Dakota as a whole.

"Carmen has done an excellent job of assisting faculty in the division of TTD and the others in the School of Education," said Hoadley. "Her assistance in working out the details related to the planning, implementation, including some training, and evaluation phases of those (Division of TTD) projects has proven to be very valuable and essential to the overall success of those initiatives."

"As her immediate supervisor for the past three years, it has been my pleasure to watch Carmen develop the skills and knowledge base to be successful in the workplace," said Hoadley. "It is also apparent that Carmen likes her job and she wants to become better in all facets of her life as a person, as a colleague, and as a professional. Her willingness to learn and to be proactive in her approach to getting things done has been beneficial to her and the Division of TDD. Carmen wants to make a difference � and she does, both directly and indirectly each day."

"I enjoy the new challenges that I am faced with almost daily, it keeps the job interesting," Johnson said. "The people that I work with in the School of Education have become like an extended family to me."

Johnson, originally of International Falls, MN, came to USD in 1998 as a temporary secretary in the Office of Academic Affairs and moved to the School of Education in 1999. She and her life partner, Wendy Stubbs, live in Vermillion.

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