Allen VanHoepen has been named February’s Civil Service Employee of the Month at South Dakota State University. He will be honored at a reception Feb. 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Caldwell Hall Lobby.
VanHoepen has worked at SDSU for nearly 32 years with University Housing and Residential Life, now serving as a maintenance operations supervisor.
In letters of support, co-workers said VanHoepen takes pride in his work and is always willing to help.
“Allen is very knowledgeable in all areas of University Housing and Residential Life. If anyone has a problem, they know they can call him at any time and he is willing to help. He has many characteristics of what I believe an employee of the month should display. He has a contagious can-do attitude that makes working with him a complete joy,” said Kristi Johnson, a laundry supervisor with University Housing and Residential Life. “He is also responsible and dependable. Working in the housing and residential life department can sometimes throw you curve balls and Allen’s positive personality really shows when dealing with any issues.”
Others cited his knowledge of the residence halls.
“Allen knows the university housing buildings like the back of his hand and has been places nobody even knows about,” said Jessica Albee, custodial services supervisor in the Department of Facilities and Services. “He always helps other maintenance personnel when they need help and, if I ever have a question, he has the answer.”
“When I started, Allen was the maintenance man for the Grove area, which included Pierson, Brown and Mathews Halls. As we added new buildings, he acquired more,” said Cindy Schmidt, a custodial services supervisor. “He currently serves as the supervisor for the maintenance part of University Housing and Residential Life, a position he deserves. Allen is a very caring individual who takes pride in his work and cares about his co-workers and residents. Allen goes the extra mile for residents and makes sure work orders are completed to the best of his abilities. He approaches tasks very well and never complains.
“In all of the years I have worked with him, I have never seen Allen get mad or act disrespectfully toward anyone,” Schmidt continued. “I have witnessed him training new personnel, showing them his buildings and their special quirks. He is meticulous in his work and it shows. Allen recently became supervisor for the maintenance department and I believe he tries to install our maintenance crew to: take pride in your work, clean up after yourself and do tasks to the fullest and as quickly as possible.”
VanHoepen has two children: a daughter Hope, 7; and a son, Cole 6. In his free time, he spends time with them riding bicycles, roller blading, playing at the park and participating in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.
All SDSU Employee of the Month selections are determined through a nomination process by the Civil Service Advisory Council. Each civil service employee of the month receives an appreciation monetary gift from the F.O. Butler Foundation. The trustees of the foundation recognize the importance of civil service employees and take this opportunity to thank them for their exemplary service.