Awards

A program to recognize and reward exceptional performance, leadership, and contribution to the SDSU community by individual members of professional staff at South Dakota State University was established in 2012 by the Professional Staff Advisory Council and funded by the F. O. Butler Foundation Board of Trustees.  Overall, the main purpose of this program is to highlight and celebrate the broad range of roles and accomplishments of professional staff employees within their unit, college, university, and outside of SDSU.

Four awards will be granted annually in two different categories: Outstanding Professional (3) and Rising Star award (1). Given annually, cash stipend of $1,500 is provided for the three awards Outstanding Professional awards.

Outstanding Professional Award

The Outstanding Professional award recognizes professional staff members who strive to exemplify South Dakota State University’s core values as a land-grant institution.  Three professional staff members are chosen annually to each receive a plaque and $1,500 stipend, provided by the F.O. Butler Foundation Board of Trustees, during the Professional Staff Advisory Council Annual Meeting held in March.

All regular, professional staff (non-faculty exempt) members who have been employed with SDSU in a professional staff role for three or more years are eligible for consideration.  Recipients must be SDSU employees at the time of the annual meeting to receive the award.  Prior recipients of this award (under its current or former name) are not eligible. Previous nominees not awarded are eligible; however, an updated nomination packet must be submitted.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star award recognizes superior professional achievement by a professional staff member within the first three years of employment at SDSU. One professional staff member is chosen annually to receive a plaque and stipend, supported by University Leadership, during the Professional Staff Advisory Council Annual Meeting held in March.

All regular, professional staff (non-faculty exempt) members who have been employed with SDSU in a professional staff role for less than three years are eligible for consideration.  Recipients must be SDSU employees at the time of the annual meeting to receive the award. Prior recipients of the Rising Star award are not eligible. Previous nominees not awarded are eligible; however, an updated nomination packet must be submitted.

2020 Award Winners

Kyle Schaefer, Rising Star and Mary Christensen, Jamison Lamp, Nathania Knight, Outstanding Professionals
Find additional details about these award winners in the Spring 2020 press release.