Andrew McNamara is May Employee of the Month at USD

Andrew McNamara is May Employee of the Month at USD Andrew McNamara, programmer/analyst with Information Technology Services, has been named May 2008 Career Services Employee of the Month at The University of South Dakota. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m very honored to receive this award,â�? admitted McNamara, who accepted the award at a reception in his honor at Slagle Hall on USDâ�?�?s campus. â�?�?I didnâ�?�?t see anything like this coming, but Iâ�?�?m very grateful that people think so highly of me to nominate me for this honor.â�? McNamara was nominated for the award by Willard Forsythe, programmer/analyst in Information Technology Services. Forsythe noted McNamaraâ�?�?s hard work and dedication at making ITS more efficient at USD. â�?�?Andrew is a great person helping team members when they have a problem solving requests that they need help with,â�? Forsythe stated in his nomination of McNamara, who has been a programmer/analyst with ITS since 2006. â�?�?He is a valuable asset to our department and to USD as a role model employee,â�? added Forsythe, â�?�?he works hard at working with the customerâ�?�?s requests helping to resolve their problems with Banner and Datatel issues.â�? McNamara, a Sioux Falls native and graduate of Oâ�?�?Gorman High School, received his bachelorâ�?�?s degree from USD in 2004 and a masterâ�?�?s degree from USD in 2005. The former offensive lineman on the Coyote football team originally majored in Pre-Med but fell in love with computers shortly after arriving on campus. â�?�?I had worked in an electronics store between high school and college, and just kind of fell into it,â�? described McNamara, who presently resides in Vermillion. â�?�?After my first year, I just decided I liked working with computers a lot more.â�? While his day-to-day responsibilities vary from monitoring system related issues to assisting with customer requests, McNamara says he really enjoys ITS at USD because of the people he works with. â�?�?I really like the crew that I work with along with the face-to-face customer interaction,â�? explained McNamara, the son of Greg and Laurie McNamara. â�?�?The days can be hectic but there are always laughs involved.â�?

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