ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Northern State University employee was honored for half a century of service at the annual NSU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Banquet on Tuesday, April 22.
A special video was shown honoring Ann Eisenbeisz, operations supervisor for NSU Technology Services, for 50 years of service. President James Smith and Debbi Bumpous, chief information technology officer, also presented Eisenbeisz with a scrapbook created by the Employee Achievement and Recognition Committee.
A total of 64 faculty and staff members were recognized for years of service. A list of winners of the 2014 performance awards follows:
Excellence in Management:
Carla Addison, director of NSU Children’s Center
“Commitment to her work; the NSU faculty, staff and students; as well as the Aberdeen community is what makes this year’s winner more than deserving of this award.
"She has achieved tremendous budgetary goals by cutting unnecessary expenses and paying off an old debt accrued prior to her taking over as director. She has taken a department that can so easily lose money because of revenue fluctuations and turned it into a functioning program that is now turning a profit.
"A few of her many attributes include taking the time to assist students with questions about classes or NSU; visiting and working with parents if she and her staff feel their child needs to be evaluated for a learning disability; and working with the parents and professionals to bring the best assistance to the child at no extra cost to the parents.
"She is very supportive and active with the families, students, university and community and has done so much to enhance the NSU campus and the Aberdeen community.”
Excellence in Performance
: Linda Richards, math and science department secretary
“This year’s Excellence in Performance award goes to someone who is an integral part of her department and excels in all aspects.
"Some of the many areas in which she excels include; managing the department purchases and budget, including grants; her communication, management, and organization skills; and (providing) extensive assistance to the department chair.
"The help and support she provides the faculty and students in our department is always delivered with a smile. She is an excellent manager, secretary and colleague and is well-respected by faculty, staff, NSU and elsewhere.
"This year’s recipient goes above and beyond the call of duty when organizing major events on campus such as the high schools science fair and math contests. Her commitment to these events allows for their success, and these events have become an important recruitment tool for NSU.”
Student Service Award
: Becky Pribyl, financial aid assistant director
“’What do the students need to know, and when’” is the primary focus for the winner of this award. She willingly says ‘yes’ whenever asked to meet with students, no matter how large or small the group is, whether during office hours, on weekends or evenings. She always maintains a calm demeanor and loves to throw in humor to make the students feel at ease.
"One of the things she does so well is make the student take responsibility for his or her financial obligations by guiding them through the process, but always sending the message that we are here to help, but the student needs to be mindful of deadlines, paperwork needed, etc.
"She is frequently called upon to do presentations at Northern Bound Days, in IDL classrooms, in Student Support Services workshops, at coaches and athletes meetings, and at high school financial aid nights. She works diligently to tailor her presentation to the audience, and her work is exemplary and of the highest quality. Yet, she quietly goes about her daily tasks, never drawing attention to herself. She is one of NSU’s hidden gems.”
Community Leader Service Award: Ardell Melland, library circulation manager
“This year’s Community Leader Service award nominee donates many, many hours of her time and talent. She schedules and attends meetings and ‘building days,’ and handles marketing and arranges volunteers for annual events. In addition, she handles the financial part to make sure the proceeds are donated to the proper charities. For the past several years she has been in charge of the Empty Bowls charity event in Aberdeen, and this event has raised a lot of money for local food banks.”
Teamwork Award: The media and tech services departments in NET Services (Media Services: John Romeo, Jeanie Hoffman, Jerome Brandner, Dennis Burrell, Jeremiah Duehring and Paul Moulsoff; Tech Services: Tom Godfrey, Terry Murray, Dustin Price, Jeff Batie and Ann Eisenbeisz)
“This year’s teamwork award goes to a team that is always here at the first sign of trouble. Whether it is a small glitch or a huge crash, they are here when needed. They are always available for any technical difficulties or anything that just needs tweaking.
"This may sound like they are just doing their jobs, but you have to understand just how often our department has to call them. We can’t believe they still pick up the phone when our numbers come up on caller ID!”