Inaugural Viva La Difference Award presented to Husby

Inaugural Viva La Difference Award presented to Husby
The Campus Diversity Enhancement Group (CDEG) at The University of South Dakota is pleased to announce that Mary Kathleen ("Kathy") Husby is the first-ever recipient of the Viva La Difference Award.

The prize, presented May 16, is awarded to a career service employee at USD, who through action, effort, or attitude, promotes the university's values of creating a welcoming environment where diversity and cultural difference can be celebrated.

Husby graduated in 1998 from USD with a degree in alcohol and drug abuse studies (ADAS), and has been employed at the university for 15 years. She is currently the senior secretary for the ADAS program.


Husby and her husband Russ have been married for 35 years, and they have two children, Jason and Tiffany, a daughter-in-law, Bobby Jo, and two grandchildren, Jacob and Shelby. She is also actively in the Wase Wakpa Community, Native American Cultural Center, Wawokiya Mentoring Program, and the Building Bridges Committee.

The Viva La Difference award was developed in order to recognize those on the "front line" of service to students, staff and community.

"I felt surprised to be nominated for the Viva La Difference Award, and would like to thank the alcohol and drug abuse studies program for nominating me," said Husby. "I was extremely honored to receive the award. All of the nominees work very hard to foster diversity on the USD campus, and I feel humble that I was selected among such a strong group of candidates."

CSA members who also received nominations for the award include: Carmen Johnson, senior secretary of the division of technology for education and training; Pam Jurgensen, senior secretary for the department of psychology; Danielle DeJager-Loftus, librarian in the Wegner Health Science Information Center; Gayle Bliss, secretary for the Vucurevich Children's Center; and Debbie Stalvig, program assistant for the East Asian Institute and School of Business.��

All of the nominees received flowers, growing in a pot, to symbolize the seeds of change and the open-minded welcoming atmosphere they foster at USD. Husby received flowers, a gift certificate, and a check for $100.

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