Schuknecht is employee of month The University of South Dakota has announced that Arica Schuknecht of Vermillion has earned the June Career Service Employee of the Month Award. Schuknecht, who is a senior secretary for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, was honored on June 13 during a reception at the Lee Medical Building located on the USD campus in Vermillion. President James W. Abbott presented Schuknecht with a plaque and a check in recognition of her award.
Schuknecht was nominated by Coordinator of the Medical Student Professional Support Services Cathy Logue and several School of Medicine students based on her organizational qualities, outstanding people skills and genuine care for the students.
"Arica's role in scheduling clinical experiences for first and second year students is a vital and important part of the students' medical education, as well as what keeps students motivated and inspired as they study the basic sciences," said Logue. "She displays calm even under the most chaotic situations and her warmth and caring are evident by her rapport
with faculty, staff, students, physicians and patients."
"I really enjoy working with students, faculty and staff," said Schuknecht. "They make it a fun place to work and the students are very appreciative of what I do and that makes me want to help them any way I can."
Schuknecht began her career at USD in 1999 as a secretary in the School of Medicine and was promoted to senior secretary in October 2002. She currently lives in Vermillion with her husband, Ryan.